Leon is a full-time professional self-defense instructor with over 25 years of experience in protective services. As a former Military Counter Intelligence Officer and Corporate Security Manager for various Blue-Chip Companies in one of the most violent countries in the world, he is well versed in all aspects of personal protection and security risk mitigation.
He’s been featured on various South African radio and TV shows and is a sought-after corporate self-defense trainer for global companies. Leon is the author of Survive the Predator: Modern Day Strategies for Defending Your Family Against Violent Criminal Attack.
He started his martial arts journey in 1976. He is a Certified Instructor in Krav Maga, COBRA Self-Defense Systems and COBRA Fighting Systems. Leon was awarded a Black Belt in COBRA Fighting Systems under Chris Sutton who trained under World Kickboxing Champions such as Joe Lewis, John & Jim Graden.
As the Regional Director for C.O.B.R.A. Defense International in South Africa, he is responsible for promoting and expanding the brand footprint in South Africa. He serves as the local point of contact and instructor development for South African Instructors.