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Team Bio

Meet The Team

Sahanshil Rai

"Sonny"

Chief Instructor

Charles Banaghan

"Charlie"

Instructor

Andrew Comley 

"Andy"

Instructor

Grant Cooke

Assistant Instructor

Paul Willis

Assistant Instructor

Where the Passion Begins

Our incredible team is truly the heart of 123KM. It’s their dedication, passion and talent that keeps students invested in the learning process. Take a look below to learn more about the team.

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Sahanshil Rai "Sonny"

Chief Instructor

  • Advanced level 4 Civilian Krav Maga Instructor

  • Knife Fighting and Self-defence Instructor

  • VIP Advanced Close Protection Instructor

  • BTEC Level 3 Self-defence Instructor

Before Krav Maga, Sonny took up Shito-Ryu Karate as a kid. He trained Kyokushin Karate with his uncle who was a Black belt instructor and a Gurkha Contingent trooper in Singapore. He studied and trained in various different martial arts and fighting systems, including wrestling, taekwondo, kickboxing, Bujinkan Ninjutsu up to Brown Belt (4th Kyu) and also trained in the close range systems such as Wing Chun Kung-Fu and JKD.

In 2011, Sonny discovered Krav Maga and instantly liked the simplicity, effectiveness, and completeness of this system. Constantly improving himself he was promoted to become assistant instructor.

 

In April in 2016 after few months of hard work he finished Knife Fighting and Defence Instructor Course and Civilian Krav Maga Instructor Course.

 

After the passing of the late founder of the club, Krzysztof 'Kris' Szczepanski in September 2018, Sonny has taken over the responsibility to carry forward the legacy of his best friend and now is he the Chief Instructor of 123 Krav Maga. 

"Keep going, Keep flowing, Keep growing" - Sonny

Charles Banaghan "Charlie"

Instructor

  • Advanced Level 1 Civilian Krav Maga Instructor

Charles started Boxing at the age of 12 and was a member of the Camberley Boxing Club. He had exposure to other fighting system and martial arts such as Wing Chun, BJJ, before he found Krav Maga at 123KM.

 

With years of dedication and commitment, Charles completed his instructor course at Poland in 2018, under Master Tomasz Adamzyk. 

 

His passion for Krav Maga is that the techniques are based on street fighting, as a result what we learn and teach is explosive and structured for survival on the street. What we teach and train are constantly being tweaked and refined due to feedback by real experience from bodies such as Police, Military and Security Services. Charles has been a valuable team member and has constant input on improving and evolving 123Krav Maga. 

"There will always be more than one" - Charles 

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Andrew Comley "Andy"

Instructor

  • Advanced Level 1 Civilian Krav Maga Instructor

  • Kids Krav Maga Instructor

Andy discovered Krav Maga whilst living and working in the US after many years spent training in traditional martial arts including Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. He was immediately impressed by Krav Maga’s highly-effective self-defence and combative techniques and the clear logic underlying the system.

On returning to the UK in 2012 Andy continued to train Krav Maga under Nick Maison and 123 KM Founder Kris Szczepanski. After several years of dedicated training, Andy was awarded his Instructor diploma by Master Tomasz Adamczyk in 2018. He is also a qualified Kids Krav Maga instructor and a rugby coach.

"Train as you play" - Andy 

Grant Cooke

Assistant Instructor

Background: BJJ, Krav Maga

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Paul Willis

Assistant Instructor

Background: Military and Boxing

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