Hi, Im Kennie Gould, The Founder and senior Instructor of South West Krav Maga. I would like to this opportunity to welcome you to the Club and hope you will be joining us soon.
I served in the British army infantry and parachute regiment (1 Para), until 1997, I toured Northern Ireland several times also taken part in some major exercise throughout the world including Germany and the United States of America plus I’ve experienced the sharper end of sectarian violence.
My time in the Army taught me that real world violence can be unpredictable, life changing and incredibly intense.
Despite numerous medical operations and extensive rehab, I was medically discharged from the Army. Going from Elite soldier to being medically discharged out was extremely challenging and difficult to accept.
My passion for Martial Arts Begun when I studied karate for 10 years, taught by Phil Woodfield 4th Dan Black Belt. I later began work in the Close Protection and Security industry. I also worked the doors as a bouncer/door supervisor (an education in its self) I also provided security to a number of celebrities including TV, Sports Personalities and Music Celebrities. I’ve also worked in teams assigned to high profile individuals
Shortly after, Krav Maga became my true passion where I devoted my life to becoming an instructor. I’m 100% dedicated to teaching only the finest techniques to my students, I’ve taken part in various seminars in the UK taught by Amit Porat a Former IDF Krav Maga Instructor in Israel plus Jeff Mount a 3rd Dan Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor for Krav Maga World Wide (KMWW) from the USA. In July 2016 I completed a 140 hour Intensive Krav Maga and Education course at Wingate Academic Institute in Israel, taught by Gabi Shai Chief Executive officer at Israel Operational Krav Maga (IOKM) and Avi Abeceedon 10th Dan Grand Master of Krav Maga Israel Krav Maga Association in Israel. Which he is a former Krav Maga Student of the founder of Krav Maga Imi Litchfield and Eli Avikzar the First Black Belt of Krav Maga in the World also the Founder of Israel Krav Maga Association (K.AM.I). The Wingate academic Institute of Israel Krav Maga qualification is recognised worldwide, also one of the best qualifications to be achieved.
I also attend regular Instructor update training and Seminars, Taught by John Whitman 6th Dan Black Belt, in Europe. John has also taught Seminar Open to the Public right here in Swindon.
150 Hour BTEC Level 3 Close Protection Course
BTEC Level 3 Conflict Management
Restraint and hold techniques level 2
Road passenger vehicle driving (CHAUFFUER) NVQ level 2
Defensive driving ASCT level 2
PTTLS level 4 teaching qualification Preparation to Teach in the Learning Sector
Former G4 Krav Maga Instructor for the (BKMA) British Krav Maga Association from 2013-February 2017.
Wingate Academic Institute College of Israel Krav Maga & Education Instructor. Recognized worldwide
Brown Belt Level 5 Krav Maga Alliance USA
I emphasise tough, real world training. Every session is tough, but good fun and enjoyable. I don’t tolerate egos and generally have a really nice group of people male and female above the age of 18 year old.
I understand some of you may be nervous, unfit or carry injuries of your own, that’s OK. I’m happy to work around these issues but I will hold the expectation that you must do the best you can.
I believe one of the ways I can deliver the best Krav Maga training to my students is to keep updating my own skills and Knowledge, by attending regular instructor events Worldwide and (BJJ) Brazilin Jujitsu Gracie Barra Classes