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Ashley Gard

Ashley Gard is an esteemed instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Krav Maga, security, law enforcement, and the close personal protection industry. With a comprehensive understanding of these fields, Ashley is dedicated to training individuals in practical self-defence techniques while incorporating principles from his extensive background.

With years of training and practical application, Ashley has honed his skills in Krav Maga, a highly effective self-defence system. As a certified Krav Maga instructor, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his classes. Ashley’s understanding of Krav Maga extends beyond physical techniques, as he emphasises situational awareness, risk assessment, and effective decision-making in real-life scenarios.

In addition to his proficiency in Krav Maga, Ashley has a solid background in security, law enforcement, and the close personal protection industry. He has served in various roles, including working as a security consultant and as a close protection officer for high-profile individuals. Ashley’s firsthand experience in these areas allows him to offer valuable insights and practical strategies to his students.

Ashley’s instruction goes beyond physical techniques, encompassing a holistic approach to personal safety and security. He emphasises the importance of understanding the legal framework and ethical considerations that govern self-defence, particularly within the context of the close personal protection industry. His knowledge of relevant laws and regulations ensures that his students are well-informed and able to navigate complex legal situations effectively.

As an instructor, Ashley creates a dynamic and engaging learning environment. He is adept at tailoring his teaching style to accommodate students of all backgrounds and skill levels. Ashley’s passion for empowering individuals is evident in his commitment to helping his students build confidence, develop situational awareness, and cultivate effective self-defence strategies.

In addition to his instructional work, Ashley remains actively engaged in professional development. He continuously seeks out opportunities to enhance his knowledge of Krav Maga, security practices, and industry trends. This commitment allows him to provide cutting-edge training that reflects the latest advancements in these fields.

Outside of his professional pursuits, Ashley is known for his dedication to community safety. He actively contributes to public awareness campaigns, sharing his expertise and promoting personal security in various settings. Ashley believes in fostering a culture of preparedness, ensuring that individuals are equipped with the necessary skills to protect themselves and their loved ones.

With his extensive knowledge of Krav Maga, security, law enforcement, and the close personal protection industry, Ashley Gard is a highly skilled and respected instructor. His multifaceted expertise, combined with his passion for empowering individuals, make him an invaluable resource for those seeking to develop practical self-defence skills within legal and ethical boundaries.

In addition to his expertise in Krav Maga, security, law enforcement, and the close personal protection industry, Ashley Gard has also made significant contributions as a volunteer for the State Emergency Services (SES). Through his dedicated service, Ashley has demonstrated a deep commitment to public safety and community resilience.

As an SES volunteer, Ashley has undergone specialised training in emergency response and disaster management. He has developed a wide range of skills, including search and rescue techniques, first aid and medical assistance, and effective communication during crisis situations. Ashley’s experience in the SES has equipped him with a unique perspective on emergency preparedness and the importance of maintaining a calm and composed demeanour in high-pressure environments.

Ashley’s involvement with the SES showcases his selflessness and his desire to make a positive impact in times of need. Whether assisting with severe weather events, natural disasters, or other emergencies, he exemplifies the spirit of community service and goes above and beyond to support those affected by adverse circumstances.

Combining his knowledge of Krav Maga, security, law enforcement, the close personal protection industry, and his experience as an SES volunteer, Ashley brings a well-rounded and comprehensive approach to his instruction. His understanding of emergency situations and his ability to teach effective self-defence techniques within a broader safety framework makes him an invaluable resource for individuals seeking to enhance their personal security and contribute to the resilience of their communities.

Ashley’s dedication to volunteer work with the SES reflects his unwavering commitment to public safety, community service, and the well-being of others. His multifaceted expertise, coupled with his experience in emergency response, sets him apart as an instructor who truly understands the importance of comprehensive preparedness in both everyday life and crisis situations.

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Anna Hacquoil

Anna Hacquoil is a highly accomplished instructor with a strong background in Krav Maga self defence (over 17 years) and extensive legal qualifications. With a deep understanding of self-defence techniques and a passion for empowering individuals, Anna is committed to equipping people with the necessary skills to manage conflict while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines.  

Anna has been incremental in the development of InDefence’s Workplace training packages (Topics include: Conversation Management, Use of Force, Situational Awareness, Responding to Incidents among others).

Anna is an Expert Level Krav Maga instructor having qualified under Krav Maga Global and has undergone rigorous training under renowned instructors in the field. Anna’s comprehensive knowledge and practical experience enable her to teach skills to deal with conflict in a manner that is both effective and safe.

In addition to her martial arts proficiency, Anna holds a law degree. Her legal background provides her with a unique perspective on self-defence and helps her navigate the intricacies of the legal system when teaching people and businesses how to manage conflict. Anna emphasises the importance of understanding self-defence laws, personal rights, and the ethical considerations that arise when managing conflict.

Anna’s goal is to teach the skills and tactics of managing conflict to as many people as she can believing that education and awareness is the key to achieving a community that is not only better at conversation management but more aware of their environment and the people within it.

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James Donison

James “Jimmy” Donison received a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in 2011 from Gracie Barra in Vancouver, Canada. His enthusiastic and informative style of teaching BJJ was a hit amongst adults and children. 

After relocating to Australia James decided to focus on career in his newly adopted country. Finding success in corporate training and development he came across a personal safety program offered by Ash and Anna from InDefence Personal Safety Specialists. Seeing the instant benefits, James started taking Krav Maga, and In 2016 he began teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for InDefence. 

InDefence BJJ is not a typical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice. Dispensing of many of the flashy techniques reserved for tournaments and YouTube videos, James’ classes focus on training and technique that would be beneficial in ‘street’ encounters. Savvy practitioners of other martial arts, including Krav Maga, find the ground techniques beneficial to their self-defence practice. Being 50+, James is all too familiar with the effects of age on the body and mind, and tailors his teaching for all age groups.

Rather than wearing the traditional Gi (kimono) training is done wearing a t-shirt, or rash guard and shorts (No Gi) which is more fitting with the climate and situations a practitioner would encounter in Australia. 

Whether you’re new to martial arts or an experienced practitioner, take advantage of the Introductory Offer and try out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You can learn more and follow InDefence BJJ on Instagram or Facebook. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to James through his social media DM or InDefence contact from.

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About Indefence

At InDefence Personal Safety Specialists, our mission is to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently navigate the complexities of personal safety. Through cutting-edge training programs, we strive to instill a sense of security, resilience, and self-assurance in our clients.

Committed to excellence, we blend expertise, innovation, and a passion for safety to create a holistic approach to personal well-being. Our mission extends beyond imparting self-defence techniques; we aim to cultivate a culture of preparedness, ensuring that every individual feels empowered to proactively address personal safety challenges. At InDefence, we believe in building a safer world, one person at a time.

If we can save one person from catastrophic violence, it is worth a lifetime commitment to this cause.