Meet the Team

About Claudio Chiste

Leadership & Peak Performance Coach
Krav Maga Instructor

Claudio is passionate about leadership and coaching people to develop mental toughness to achieve peak performance. Claudio is a certified Master NLP Practitioner, and a Registered Coach with Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA), where he serves on the EXCO as Chairman of Events for the Western Cape Chapter.

Claudio started his career in the South African Navy as a Combat Officer (Warfare Officer). After graduating from the Military Academy, he went on to complete his B. Comm (Hons) at the University of Cape Town whilst serving as Gunnery & Diving Officer aboard a minehunter vessel.
Claudio represented the navy in boxing, winning the provincial light-heavyweight championships qualifying for national honours under the guidance of the official Navy coach, John Jantjies, as well as the former world welterweight champion Gary “The Heat” Murray.

Claudio’s last role in the South African Navy was the Acting Officer Commanding SAS FLEUR, the key naval vessel that provided underwater warfare support: submarine search and rescue, torpedo recovery and diving to the Ministry of Defence. Since leaving the navy, Claudio worked in the corporate world in London, to ensure a healthy work-life balance. After ten years of training in Krav Maga with the major Krav Maga bodies, Claudio qualified as a Krav Maga instructor under former Captain in the Israeli Defence Force, Professor Itay Gil of Protect.

Claudio has stayed active by pursuing his military passion primarily by ‘giving back’ to military veterans and the next generation, undertaking gruelling challenges like the 200km Four Day march (Vierdaagse). At the time of the march he was the National Chairman to South African military veterans (England), promoting fund raising activities for veterans in need.
In his civilian career, he has established himself as a leader in the maritime industry with a background in shipping finance as well as being the immediate past and longest serving chairman of the award-winning Shipping Professional Network London (www.SPNL.co.uk) and the current President of the international network of shipping professional (SPNI). Claudio lectures at universities around the world, including Shanghai Maritime University, Durban University of Technology, Cambridge Academy of Transport and Plymouth University.

Professionally, he is a qualified Chartered Shipbroker, has a Master of Science degree at Cass Business School (University of London), a B. Comm (Hons) from University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Military Science (Mathematics & Nautical Science) from the Military Academy, a faculty of the University of Stellenbosch. Claudio holds fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, is a liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, served as an officer with the ward of Aldgate in support of the Lord Mayor.

Married, Claudio lives with his wife and daughter in the Mother City. He holds a PADI & NAUI Scuba Diving Instructor licence and his current “sport”, when time permits, is making the time to explore the beauties of South Africa.

Claudio Chiste Krav Maga Graduation
Claudio Chiste graduating as a Krav Maga instructor with Prof. Itay Gil

About Matt Leach

Krav Maga Instructor-Head of Krav Maga Combat Academy
In his twenties Matt worked the door at pubs and clubs in the home counties and London, here he gained experience of de-escalating confrontations and dealing with violent situations. He quickly gained a reputation for his ability to calm down an ugly situation and for being dependable in a crisis. He went on to work in other areas of security including close protection and was involved with the physical security of MOD main building in Whitehall.

“In my early thirties I was working as a legal consultant and was missing physical challenges and excitement. I took up Krav Maga with one of the large organisations and attended classes as much as I could, usually for 6 to 7 hours per week.”

After several years of training Matt decided to become an instructor and undertook around 400 hours of instructor training with ex members of the special forces including around 200 hours with the former Captain responsible for Krav Maga training in the IDF and head instructor of the Lotar Counter Terror School.

Matt’s passion for Krav Maga is reflected in the way he teaches. His knowledge of Krav Maga is complemented by his real world experience of handling confrontation and street fighting.

About Vuyisile Dyolotana

Nguni Stick fighting Instructor
Chairman of the foremost stick fighting federation in the Western Cape

Stick fighting forms an integral part of the Nguni Warrior.
There is a great debate about the origins of this indigenous sport within the Zulu group, some trace it to the times of Shaka Zulu and others to Amalandela, the son of Gumede, around 1670. However it is generally agreed that during Shaka’s reign this sport was used as a way of training young men for war and self-defense. This was extended to the times of Dingaan, who was Shaka’s successor. As new leaders emerged the purpose of stick fighting also changed. During the reign Cetshwayo who succeeded Dingaan, it was used as means of resolving internal disputes, however, there were protocols as it was not intended for the purposes of killing.

Stick fighting forms an integral part of Zulu cultural tradition, fulfilling as it does an important teaching purpose. As such, for Zulu males, stick fighting is pivotal in upholding a social system that constructs accepted roles and modes of behavior.

About Jessica Anne

Self Belief Coach
Marketing Manager

Jessica is qualified in NLP,  having practically applied principles of overcoming limiting beliefs in her own life, and is passionate about sharing this with those seeking to step into their power. She has been assisting people overcome their limiting beliefs using NLP techniques and strategies. Whether this is within the community, or workshops helping women increase their confidence, self-worth combined with self-defence techniques.

In parallel, Jessica oversees the marketing and content for the WTC. She has worked as a Marketing Manager for Reed Exhibitions, an industry leader and one of the largest and most successful event and venue management companies of its kind. Previous to which she was a manager with the leading cruiseliners, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and MSC Cruises, where she was instrumental in event managing the launch of a number of newly built cruise ships.