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Truekrav instructors

We believe that quality instruction is non-negotiable. Every instructor at Truekrav has completed a minimum of one year’s training before starting their instructor training. Instructor training is a four-month process, during which time the potential instructor will be taught how to provide quality instruction. He/she will begin by assisting during group classes, helping beginners learn the basics and teaching small groups under supervision. After four months, the potential instructor will undergo official instructor testing. This consists of a skill test under pressure, an instruction evaluation and finally a physical test. Only after successfully completing all of the above will the individual qualify as a fully certified Truekrav instructor. Each Truekrav instructor undergoes annual performance appraisals under strict penalty of instructor status revocation.

Current Fully Certified Truekrav Instructors

Etienne Ferreira

Founder – Cape Town, South Africa

Bradlee Wilson

Cape Town, South Africa

Dylan Hoffman

Cape Town, South Africa

Regardt Hogan

Cape Town, South Africa

Johannes Coetzee

Cape Town, South Africa

Joseph Ou

Cape Town, South Africa

Frank MacBeath

Cape Town, South Africa

Sunette Klopper

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Zirki Du Toit

Worcester, South Africa

Gabriel Giordano

Chivasso, Italy

William Jiraiya


AJ Surian

Long Island, NY


Gabriel Giordano

Head of Truekrav Italy – Based in Chivasso, Italy

Gabe has been training with Etienne Ferreira since March 2014 and he is the first fully certified Truekrav instructor in Italy. His group is named Truekrav Italy. Gabe is passionate about what he does and the embodiment of everything that we try and achieve with Truekrav. He is a true professional and heads Truekrav in Italy.

Training Center Leaders


San Dona di Piave



Domenico Mazza



William Jiraiya

Head of Truekrav Australia

William has 19 years of experience in martial arts ranging from Tae Kwon Do to Muay Thai as well as doing private security around the world. He is a fully certified instructor under Etienne Ferriera and heads up Truekrav Australia.


Francois Dames

Training Center Leader


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AJ Surian

Head of Truekrav USA – Based in Long Island, NY

AJ is a retired NYPD detective who spent several years assigned to patrol, plain clothes undercover details and the NYPD’S most elite unit, ESU (SWAT). After retiring from the NYPD, AJ began training in TrueKrav under Etienne Ferreira and in July of 2016 became the 1st Certified Instructor to teach TrueKrav in the US.