Rick commenced his martial journey when he was 14yo and has progressively evolved as a practitioner and an instructor over the 30 plus years. With his thirteen years professional background as a soldier in the elite airborne unit of the Australian Army and his multiple operational deployment into theatre of conflicts around the globe, Rick has developed a keen sense of what a real-world threat consists of and how best to prepare for the physical and psychological threats that one may encounter. He has a unique style of transmitting his skill sets, of not just the technical aspects of self-defence but also of critical threat and crisis management to his students, which comes from his practical experience and many years of training and instructing members of his unit and the wider military community. His martial experience is backed up and reinforced by his real-world encounters during deployments both on combat operations and on humanitarian missions.
Rick has a background in traditional martial arts which includes Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Karate, Silat and Kali and is a Military Unarmed Combat exponent. He has also cross trained with distinguished practitioners of the martial world like Kuya Doug Marcaida of Marcaida Kali, Maul Mornie of SSBD (Silat), Roy Faiga of Shi-Heun Krav Maga, Guro Mark Stuart of Boxer Rebellion International, Graham Cook of Total Martial arts, Guro Evan Tai of SCMT International and Sifu Jack Leung of Practical Wing Chung Australia.
Rick is a qualified practical Krav Maga instructor certified by Wingate Institute, the Israeli institute of sports under the guidance of Roy Faiga (Israeli Special Operations, Army).
Having assisted our instructors in class for some time, Franki officially joined our team after becoming certified as a Krav Maga Instructor under Protect Krav Maga (Prof. Itay Gil) and Guardian Krav Maga (AJ Kearns), in 2017.
With his skill set also spanning Wrestling, Boxing and Muay Thai he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team.
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.
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