Dave Wignall

Dave is the Chief Instructor and Director of Simply Krav Maga Ltd, and for over 30 years has built a long and credible background in Martial Arts and Self-Defence.Training began at 14 years old when he attended a Kung Fu class in Tottenham, North London. From there he eventually moved on and started attending Shotokan Karate classes. He was soon to realise that Martial Arts training was his passion and during the following 18 years of studying Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, he cross-trained within a range of other disciplines and systems including Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chung Kung Fu, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, MMA, Muay Thai, and Boxing.

In 2006, after returning from a Jiu-Jitsu World Congress in Japan and fuelled with a desire to learn more about reality based systems, he began looking for something that could help fill the many gaps and holes he identified within the more traditional and sport based disciplines. Dave continued to teach his own ideas and processes on self protection, basing defence responses and techniques he had learnt from his experience in other styles until 2011 where he undertook and passed an Instructor course in Krav Maga

Not entirely satisfied with what the more traditional and authentic side Krav Maga had to offer, in 2013 he travelled to California to attend an instructor course under Nir Maman where he was awarded CT707 Civilian Instructor certification. As a result, he is now Europe and the UK's leading, full-time, professional Civilian Krav Maga Instructor certified under Nir Maman to teach CT707 Israeli Krav Maga Systems.

Dave continues to develop his school of Krav Maga, looking to make what he teaches the most direct and effective form of self protection it can be. He constantly analyses the effectiveness of whatever he teaches and during classes he advocates questioning by his students. Dave has a strong belief that by doing so, by being open, by encouraging students to have opinions and think for themselves, by teaching without ego, it nurtures truth and honesty within SKM.

"Violence is not regimented or scripted. It’s real, it’s ugly and raw. It can be brutally unforgiving and can be life changing in the blink of an eye. Therefore as Teachers, we have to be clear on what we teach our students and from what angle we are teaching. Is it a Sport? Is it an art of tradition or is it in fact self-professed reality-based training that is far removed from reality?

Having knowledge of a combat system is one thing. Having knowledge of self protection is another. At SKM I feel we have achieved a respectable synergy between the two".

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