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Andre Maritz

Andre Maritz has over 40 years of experience in different martial arts. He has a black belt (Shodan) in Karate, and did years of boxing while serving in the National Defence Force of South Africa. After practicing kick-boxing as well, he trained professionally in Muay Thai for 14 years. After surviving a violent carjacking, he realized that what is works in the ring will not necessarily save you on the street. He looked for a system that is effective, easy and enjoyable to learn, and builds confidence and fitness... and found Krav Maga.

The New Zealand Self-Defence Academy (NZSDA) opened its doors to the public in March 2011. We are passionate about teaching people how to defend themselves and their family and believe everyone should have the confidence and skills to do that. That is why we offer weekly group classes as well as private sessions. In addition to private clients, we work with many security, law enforcement and corporate ones.

Andre is a great believer in building students not just in confidence but also providing them the oppertunity to grow in Krav Maga so that they can help others (pay it forward).

During these last couple of years, Andre trained up 4 students to become Krav Maga instructors......

Gabriel Molina, Daren Luke, Hugo Liebert, Alex Nikolova and Venetia McInman

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venetia mcinman

Venetia McInman

With over 6 years of training in Krav Maga, Venetia has recently joined our instructor team as a certified instructor with Krav Maga Global. Venetia delights in helping students of all ages to reach their goals on their Krav Maga journey. 

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