SGPT: Tell us about yourself?
KD:I grew up in Alabama, became a SEAL by age 18, deployed all over including Afghanistan and since I got out I became a sponsored professional shooter with my own company.
SGPT: Did you have an athletic background growing up?
KD: Yes. Varsity letters for football and track from the 9th grade to the 11th. Cross country my senior year to prep for BUD/S.
SGPT: Which BUDS class did you go through? What was the hardest part of BUDS for you?
KD: Class 201, Hardest part for me was pool comp in second phase. I passed but it stays in my mind as the most difficult evolution for me personally.
SGPT: Please tell us about the Haleyville fundraiser.
KD: I’m running the 34 mile route, which is usually walked, and changes each year to represent Mark’s age that year- to honor Mark Forester, a CCT operator who was KIA in Afghanistan, we are both from Haleyville and our families grew up together, and also to raise money for The Mark Forester Foundation which provides a scholarship each year to a student from out high school.
SGPT: That is a long distance to run. How are you training for this event.
KD: I’ve ran a number of ultras before, mostly 50 milers, so I luckily have the experience to fall back on. I’m basically doing back to back long days of 3-4 hours each and another 2 or 3 one hour long runs each week, ending about two weeks out from the May 16 race day with a nice taper. This run ends up being a 50K plus a couple miles but the hilly terrain of The Ville is my biggest concern. Shouldn’t be an issue though.
SGPT: How can athletes register or donate online if they live far away?
KD: Go to www.markaforester.com and click the donate tab which will take you to their Paypal page. To register, click on registration.
SGPT: Tell us more about your shooting school.
KD: I wouldn’t say I have a school per se, I don’t own a range. About 90% of my business is gov/Mil and I train those guys on pistol, carbine, scoped rifle and CQB. I only do around a dozen of maybe 14 open enrollment classes each year which anyone who can pass a background check and has decent experience with shooting can attend.
SGPT: If someone wanted to train at your school what would be the best way to get in touch and start?
KD: Visit my website — http://defoor-proformance-shooting.myshopify.com and check out what you might be in to.
SGPT: Many thanks for the interview Kyle.
KD: V/R, Kyle Defoor
Questions from our SGPT athletes.
Answer: We like the book Breaking BUD/S: How Regular Guys Can Become Navy SEALs.
It gives a good inside look at what happens day to day and what to expect.
You will still have to train hard and be ready for that day.
How to Prepare for BUDS Training
ANSWER: I use Athletic Greens in our shakes. It’s got tons of great nutrition—vitamins and minerals. Plus it mixes up easy in milk or water.