Meet The Team

Where the Passion Begins

FAV: Hand to Hand | Weapon

 

Sahanshil Rai "Sonny"

Chief Instructor & Club Director

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  • Advanced level 5 Civilian Krav Maga Instructor

  • Knife Fighting and Self-defence Instructor

  • VIP Advanced Close Protection Instructor

  • BTEC Level 3 Self-defence Instructor

  • COVID Safe Martial Arts Instructor

Before Krav Maga, Sonny took up Shito-Ryu Karate as a kid. He also 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

  • Advanced Level 2 Civilian Krav Maga Instructor

  • COVID Safe Martial Arts 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 

FAV: Striking | Boxing

Charles Banaghan "Charlie"

Instructor

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  • Advanced Level 2 Civilian Krav Maga Instructor

  • Kids Krav Maga Instructor

  • COVID Safe Martial Arts 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 Krav Maga 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 

FAV: Striking | Kicks

 

Andrew Comley "Andy"

Instructor

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FAV: Grappling

 

Grant Cooke

Assistant Instructor

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  • Defender Level 5

  • BJJ Practitioner

Grant has always had a passion for self-defence and martial arts, he started his journey training in Karate and Judo as a teenager, along with Greco Roman wrestling which was mandatory in his school. He then trained on and off in kickboxing (K1 rules) through his twenties but never losing the passion for martial arts.

 

Grant found 123 Krav Maga whilst looking for a self-defence school and immediately fell for the style, practicality and efficiency of the system. Krav Maga offered all the best aspects of a practical martial art with the added benefit of tactical thinking and real pressure tested techniques. Grant has now been training for almost 5 years in Krav Maga and also training in Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ Gi and NoGi) and wrestling.

 

His passion and drive for training have been noticed, thus he has been promoted to the Assistant Instructor Team. He has been a valuable part of the 123 Krav Maga team, bringing with him his experience and skills into the club's training program in order to help enhance the training system at 123 Krav Maga.