Co-Director of Guardian Defence, AJ heads up Guardian Krav Maga as Chief Instructor, using his many years of experience to guide and formulate the system and syllabus.
Motivated by seeing his friend attacked, AJ started his martial arts journey in 2000, firstly learning Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation), and then going on to study Kobudo (Okinawa International Kobudo Australia). He started assisting with classes in 2002, went on to attain a First Degree Black Belt in both styles, and began teaching both at the Academy of Martial Arts in Sydney from 2004.
His interest and study of Krav Maga began in 2002, and he went on to become certified as an Advanced Civilian Krav Maga Instructor by Prof. Itay Gil of Protect Krav Maga in 2006. He has since gone on to be certified as Krav Maga Chief Instructor by Tactical Krav Maga, Krav Maga Practical Instructor by Wingate Institute (Israel), Youth Krav Maga Instructor by Combat Krav Maga, Floro Fighting Systems Instructor by Raymond Floro, (Floro Fighting Systems), Dave Paulii (ISR Matrix).
AJ continues his association with Prof Gil (former Chief Instructor of the Israeli counter terror and hostage rescue unit YAMAM) and has also trained with the likes of: Roy Faiga (Shi-Heun Krav Maga, Wingate Institute); Avi Abeceedon (10 Dan Degree, K.A.M.I - Israeli Krav Magen Assoc.); Ran Nakash (former Chief Commander of Krav Maga Instructional Unit within the Israeli Defence Force (IDF)); Danny Netzer (Chief Commander of the Krav Maga Instruction Unit, IDF); Itay Danenberg (KMI), John Whitman (Krav Maga Alliance); Roy Elghanayan (Krav Maga LA); Lior Offenbach (Combat Krav Maga); Ray Floro (Floro Fighting Systems); Richard Dimitri (SAFE International, Senshido); Chris Roberts (SAFE International).
He is also a certified Personal Trainer and has being called upon many times, as an expert in self-defence for national print publications, television and radio.
Samuel Boyes is one of the most recent instructors to join our team, having become a certified Krav Maga Instructor under Protect Krav Maga (Prof. Itay Gil) and Guardian Krav Maga (AJ Kearns) in 2017.
His passion for helping people become safer, through the practice of Krav Maga, sees him deliver classes full of great information and confidence building drills.
Tracey Ayres-Turner has been an Advanced Civilian Krav Maga Instructor since 2012, being certified by Tactical Krav Maga. She has a strong teaching base in techniques, the foundation of the Krav Maga syllabus. Tracey has extensive experience in all class levels, private training and workshop facilitation. She has trained with some of the worlds most elite instructors including Prof. Itay Gil and Ran Nakash.
Tracey is passionate about our school community and facilitates the majority of our social events. She is also passionate about supporting new students from the very beginning of their Krav journey at our introduction sessions, through to assisting students in achieving their personal goals.
Tracey is also a member of the administration crew in the capacities of receptionist and bookkeeping.
Simon Rankmore is one of the most recent instructors to join our team, certified under Protect Krav Maga (Prof. Itay Gil) and Guardian Krav Maga (AJ Kearns) having trained with us since 2012. His classes have a strong focus on striking techniques, having practiced boxing since 2002, being trained by some of Australia’s elite National and State champions.
Accredited by FightFit, Simon has been teaching boxing classes at Guardian Defence since 2016, bringing his wealth of accumulated knowledge to each session.
Zunami White is Co-Director of Guardian Defence and our Senior Krav Maga Instructor. She has over 8 years of experience as an Advanced Civilian Krav Maga Instructor, certified under Tactical Krav Maga (2009) and recently earned the rank of Senior Krav Maga Instructor under Guardian Krav Maga (2017).
She has trained with some of the world’s most elite instructors including Prof. Itay Gil, Ran Nakash, Avi Abeceedon, Roy Faiga, Raymond Floro and Dave Paulii (ISR Matrix). Zunami is the world’s first female to be certified as an instructor in Floro Fighting System’s edged weapons defence, trained exclusively by Raymond Floro.
Zunami specialises in civilian self defence and corporate workshops. She employs a teaching focus on Krav Maga conceptual and scenario training throughout her regular classes. Her passion lies in Women’s self defence, which has seen her work extensively with the Victims of Crime Tribunal, community groups, private training and workshops across the country.
Zunami has featured in several publications in relation to self defence training including the Herald Sun and The Age newspapers and the soon to be released ABC documentary – Keeping Australia Safe