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Team Introduction

Welcome to Guardian Defence. Specialist trainers in Krav Maga Self Defence Manchester. 

We provide self defence classes with techniques that are primarily based on Krav Maga. Our lead instructor Dave Kay successfully completed his Krav Maga instructor qualification in Israel in 2010.

All of our instructor team are qualified BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award Self-Defence Instructors.

Instructor John D is also a specialist boxing instructor.

We run specialist Self Defence Seminars in Manchester & Bury four times a year.

Team Ethics & Philosophy

Our primary goal as instructors is to empower our students with the self defence skills to be able to defend themselves and loved ones if a confrontational situation arises.  

What makes us different?

There are so many organisations both local and global out there providing Krav Maga self defence classes and seminars.

Being part of such an organisation has many benefits. However, it also has drawbacks. The main one is being tied to a curriculum based on a grading system.  At Guardian Defence we believe that being restricted to a set curriculum hinders a persons experiential learning. These learnt concepts are transferrable in real life situations. That’s why we incorporate the relevant aspects of other martial arts, fighting systems and drills into our curriculum.

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Our professional instructors have been trained by world class specialists in different fighting forms

Dave Kay

Dave Kay


Dave has provided security for high net worth clients. He successfully gained his Krav Maga Instructor Certification in Israel. Dave is also a BTEC Level 3, Advanced Award, Self-Defence Instructor He studied and successfully passed a Sports Science degree course. Dave has led expeditions in mountain, jungle and other inhospitable environments. He regularly updates his skills and knowledge base in different combat sports & Outdoor Pursuits. His specialties include: Krav Maga, Self Defence, Boxing, Fitness training, Nutrition and Diet, Mountaineering, Ice Climbing, Rock climbing, Skiing, Fell Running, Orienteering, Mountain biking.


Kevin Clarke

Kevin Clarke


Kevin has over 20 years experience in the security industry and is a seasoned martial artist. His security qualifications are from the Security Industry Authority and are as follows; SIA Conflict management trainer, SIA door supervisor trainer.

He is also a qualified First Aider. Kevin has trained in Krav Maga for over four years and holds high level grades in Krav Maga, Budokan & Shotokan Karate. He regularly updates his skills and knowledge base in Self Defence techniques, Karate & Krav Maga.


Elisha Donnelly

Elisha Donnelly


Elisha has over 10 years experience in training and attending courses and seminars in the following martial arts; Krav Maga, BJJ, Karate, Kickboxing.

Elisha holds a high level grade in Krav Maga and has also obtained the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award as a Self-Defence Instructor.

Elisha regularly updates her skills and knowledge base in Self Defence techniques & Krav Maga.


John David

John David


John has over 20 years of experience in security, martial arts and rugby.

John played rugby for Lancashire county and was a formidable wing forward. He has provided security for high net worth clients.  He honed his boxing skills at a local boxing club, but chose to pursue a rugby career over boxing. However, John remains, to this day a highly skilled pugilist.

John has trained in Krav Maga for over five years and holds a high level grade in Krav Maga. John is also a qualified BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award Self-Defence Instructor. He regularly updates his skills and knowledge base in Boxing, Krav Maga & Self Defence techniques.


Team Qualifications

Here are a number of instructors whom our team have trained with and learnt from. We have also listed the qualifications our team have gained.

Mark Dawes, BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Self-Defence

Quinton Shillingford MBE, ABA Boxing tutor (full contact)

Yigal Arbiv, IKMA Instructor, Netanya, Israel

David Kahn, IKMA Instructor, Netanya, Israel

Haim Gidon, IKMA Instructor, Netanya, Israel

Roy Elghanayan, REKM Seminar, certification London, UK

Tamir Gilad, (1) IKMF CIC Instructor, Liverpool, UK

(2) IKMF Handgun firearms course certification, Manchester, UK

Gilles Hassine, FEKM seminar certification, London, UK

Remi Lessore, FEKM seminar certification, London, UK







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