Grandmaster Landers began his training in the Martial Arts under Grandmaster Peter M. Rose in 1971. After Mr. Rose moved to New Hampshire, Mr. Landers continued his training in various systems in Korean and Okinawan Karate, Jujitsu, and Aikido as well as several Chinese systems until 1978 when he was able to re-establish connections with Grandmaster Rose.
Mr. Landers was made a member of the Board of Directors of the C&S Self Defense Association in 1993. He received his 5th Degree Black Belt Masters promotion from Grandmaster Rose in 1994 and his 6th Degree Black Belt in 1996. Upon promotion to 6th Degree Black Belt, he received the title of "Storm Dragon Master". He received his 7th Degree Black Belt promotion on January 10, 2004 and was awarded the title of Grandmaster. He oversees a network of Storm Dragon Dojos throughout the Midwest.
As a veteran police officer since 1976, Grandmaster Landers has been actively involved in many law enforcement groups. He holds the title of Internationally Licensed Instructor in the USKA's Police Self Defense Instructor's International, the highest ranking in that organization. He has also served as PSDI's Illinois State Director, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1992.
He is the founder of Defensive Training Systems, a research organization that trains people in simplified methods of personal self defense. Grandmaster Landers was a deep undercover narcotics detective from 1989 to 1993 receiving a promotion to Chief of Detectives of the Effingham, Illinois Police Department. He served as Deputy Chief of Police from 1997 to 2000 when he assumed the role of Illinois State Region 1 Field Coordinator for the Midstates Organized Crime Information Center. He is currently involved with the Department of Homeland Security.
Grandmaster Landers lives in Effingham, IL with his wife Linda.