Principal Instructor

Karl Thornton is one of Australia's most experienced and qualified combatives instructors.
A leading expert in the Physiology and Psychology of anger, aggression and violence in self defence situations and applications.

Australian Principal Instructor MDTA
1st Dan Black Belt, Gan Gan Tao
3rd Degree Black Belt MDTA
3rd Dan Black Belt Diploma (IBF)
Industry Accredited Martial Arts Instructor
MDTA - Registered Combatives & Tactical Operations Instructor
Registered Instructor with the World Combat Association
Certificate II in Security Operations
Certificate III in Security Operations
Certificate III in Investigative Services
Diploma of Security & Risk Management
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Qualified Baton & Handcuffs
Qualified Firearms, Qualified Private Investigator
Certificate IV in Government (Investigation)
Qualified Crisis Negotiator
Qualified Undercover Operations
Qualified Human Trafficking Investigation
Diploma of Professional Counselling
Certified Police Trainer (CNP)
Qualified in Predictive Profiling
Certificate in Neurophysiology
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Master Practitioner level (NLPMp)
Diploma in Modern Applied Psychology


Licensed Security Operations
Licensed Bodyguard
Licensed Private Investigator
Licensed Private Security Trainer
Licensed Firearms


Member of the WCA
(World Combat Association)

Principal Representative of the World Combat Association
Industry Accredited Martial Arts Instructor
(Martial Arts Australia)
Associate Member of the IBA
(International Bodyguard Association)
Member of the IBF
(International Budo Federation)
Professional Member of the AITD
(Australian Institute of Training and Development)
Member of ASIAL
(Australian Security Industry Association Limited)
Member of ASIS International

Former Member of The British Bodyguard Association


The Medaille OTT
(Awarded by the: International Bodyguard Association)
Shaolin Black Sash Honour
(Awarded by: Graham Slater - traditional martial arts Australia)
Karl was recently awarded the "Most Professional Child Recovery Agent 2019"
(Awarded by: CV Magazine 2019 Global Security & Investigations Awards)


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