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Meet the Expert Krav Maga Instructors at Champions Krav Maga Academy, Brisbane

Team-Driven Excellence: Unveiling the Champion Within Under Our Certified Krav Maga Instructors 

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At Champions Krav Maga Academy, guided by the expertise of our founder and chief instructor, Max McGregor, we are committed to helping others unleash the champion within. Max, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga and Dennis Survival Ju-Jitsu, exemplifies our mission to cultivate both martial prowess and character development. His rigorous training and grading in Israel have bestowed him with a comprehensive understanding of self defence and personal growth.

Max is more than just an instructor; he's a mentor who upholds the highest ethical and professional standards. His methodology aligns perfectly with our core values—safety, respect, and personal growth—ensuring that every interaction contributes to our broader mission. Under his guidance, our certified Brisbane Krav Maga instructors deliver authentic training in Modern Krav Maga and integrated Mixed Martial Arts, informed by the teachings of Grandmaster Gavriel Schneider, an 8th Dan Black Belt in Gendai Ryu Krav Maga and Jiu-Jitsu.

Our commitment to excellence extends to creating a secure and respectful training environment that accommodates martial artists of all skill levels. Beyond the mats, we aim for each member to integrate the principles of safety, respect, and personal growth in everyday life. In this way, Champions Krav Maga Academy goes beyond providing high-quality, results-oriented instruction; we empower you with the essential self-defence tools and life skills needed for personal and communal safety.

Take the Next Step Towards Personal Growth and Safety

Ready to unleash the champion within you? Champions Krav Maga Academy is more than a martial arts studio; it’s a community guided by certified experts. Under the seasoned leadership of Max McGregor and our qualified Krav Maga instructors, you'll not just learn; you'll evolve. Don’t settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary. Sign up today to be part of a team that values safety, respect, and personal growth, both on the mats and in everyday life.


Max McGregor | CKMA Founder and Chief Instructor 

3rd Dan Black Belt in Gendai Ryu Krav Maga & Jiu-Jitsu / Dennis Survival Ju-Jitsu 


With an extensive background in various martial arts disciplines, Max is not merely an instructor but a catalyst for personal transformation. His commitment goes beyond teaching techniques; he is devoted to guiding each individual to unlock their inner champion. Through the lens of Krav Maga's real-world applicability, Max instills in his students not just martial prowess, but the resilience, awareness, and self-confidence needed to navigate life's uncertainties. At the core of his teaching philosophy is the belief that empowerment comes from a fusion of skill, preparedness, and the unshakeable self-belief that one can overcome any obstacle. Credentials Gendai Ryu Krav Maga and Jiu-Jitsu: Awarded a 3rd Degree Black Belt through a demanding grading procedure in Israel, evaluated by a distinguished panel consisting of Grandmaster Gavriel Schnieder, Great Grandmaster Dennis Hanover, and Grandmaster Ran Steinburg. Gendai Ryu Krav Maga and Jiu-Jitsu is a modern evolution of traditional Krav Maga. This accomplishment marks him as one of Brisbane’s top-tier Krav Maga instructors, adept in holistic self-defence strategies for real-world applications. Dennis Survival Ju-Jitsu: Awarded a 3rd Degree Black Belt by Great Grandmaster Dennis Hanover himself, affirming his mastery in this multifaceted self-defence system. Survival Ju-Jitsu is an Israeli martial arts system developed by Great Grandmaster Dennis Hanover. Designed for all-around survival and personal protection, the system excels in efficient techniques that neutralise real-world threats, including armed attacks. The training is based on universal survival principles, science, and experience, continually updated to counter emerging threats. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Earned a Blue Belt under the tutelage of Professor Antonio Lauro Rodrigues, demonstrating a solid foundation in ground combat techniques. Operational Skills and Tactics: Trained by the Queensland Police Service and formerly served as an Operational Skills and Tactics Instructor for Transit Officers in Queensland. This experience reinforces his practical knowledge in conflict resolution and threat management, adding a law enforcement perspective to self-defence training. AMACS Level 3 Instructor: Certified at Level 3 by the Australian Martial Arts Coaching System, underlining his mastery in delivering high-level martial arts instruction. Background Military Discipline: Served in the Australian Defence Force, instilling a disciplined approach to training and self-defense. Guided by the Best: Underwent over ten years of personal training and mentorship from Master Gavriel Schneider, a 8th Dan Black Belt and an authority in Krav Maga, self defence and martial arts. Elite Recognition: Has been graded and recognised by a distinguished panel of masters and grandmasters, validating his skill sets at an international level. These include names like Grandmaster Yaron Hanover and Master Noah Greenstone, Grandmaster Guy Rafaeli, Sensei Gershon Ben Keren and Master Mac McGuire. Krav Maga in Action Modernised Approach: Utilizes Krav Maga's practical, scenario-based techniques to empower students to handle real-world dangers effectively. Innovative Instruction: Merges Krav Maga methodologies with other martial arts, offering a well-rounded self-defense curriculum at Champions Krav Maga Academy. Teaching Experience Expert Guidance: Former senior instructor for Gendai Ryu Krav Maga & Jiu-Jitsu at BTC under Master Gavriel Schneider. Impacting Lives: Has trained hundreds, from complete novices to advanced martial artists, all benefiting from his extensive Krav Maga experience. Ongoing Training Constant Evolution: Continues to train in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to integrate versatile striking and grappling techniques into his Krav Maga instruction. Certifications Well-Credentialed: Holds several certifications such as Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, Nationally Accredited Self-Defence Instructor Certification, MAIA Kids Safe Instructor and others. Max holds a Blue Card, ensuring a safe and professional learning environment.

Dr. Gavriel Schneider | Head of Gendai Ryu and BTC Kelvin Grove Chief Instructor 

8th Dan Black Belt in Gendai Ryu Krav Maga & Jiu-Jitsu / Dennis Survival Ju-Jitsu 


Grandmaster Gavriel Schneider, an 8th Dan Black Belt, stands as a paragon of martial arts expertise and holistic self-defence training. With a career spanning over three decades, he has been instrumental in evolving Gendai Ryu and serving as the guiding light for the Modern Warrior Alliance. Credentials and Honors Current Head of System: Gendai Ryu and Modern Warrior Alliance Former Head: DSJJ/Hisardut for the Asia Pacific Region Years of Experience: 34+ years in training, 20+ years in teaching and school management Military and Law Enforcement Training: Provided training to Special Forces, Presidential and Royalty Protection units Awards: Inducted into the South African Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2004), the Israeli Museum of Martial Arts History (2010) Career Milestones Took the helm of the Gendai Ryu system in 2014, following Sensei Vernon Rosenberg, with the blessings of Dr. Dennis Hanover, founder of DSJJ/Hisardut. Competed for the South African full contact Taekwondo team from 1995-1998 Coached the South African Muay Thai team for the 3rd Kings Cup in Bangkok, Thailand Martial Arts Journey Gavriel's martial arts odyssey began in the early '80s with Shotokan and Goju Ryu Karate. He earned his first black belt in Gendai Ryu in 1992, under Sensei Vernon Rosenberg. Notably, Gavriel lived as a full-time student of Dr. Dennis Hanover in Israel, receiving certifications in DSJJ/Hisardut and Military Krav Maga. Key Grades 8th Dan Black Belt in Hisardut/Dennis Survival Jujitsu and Gendai Ryu Krav Maga and Jiu-Jitsu 7th Dan Black Belt in Gendai Jujitsu and Krav Maga 6th Dan Black Belt in Hisardut/Dennis Survival Jujitsu and Koga/Gendai Ryu Ninjitsu 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo Academic and Professional Training PhD from UNISA focused on best practice use force and defensive tactics training methodology Multiple instructor qualifications including Firearms Instructor, ASP Tactical Baton Instructor, and OCAT Training With a focus on real-world applicability, Grandmaster Gavriel Schneider's methods and teachings are not merely techniques but life skills, preparing individuals for both known and unknown threats. His fusion of traditional martial arts with modern self-defence strategies empowers his students to navigate the complexities of a changing world.


Angus Chapple-Harris | Instructor 

2nd Dan Black Belt in Gendai Ryu Krav Maga & Jiu-Jitsu / Dennis Survival Ju-Jitsu 


Matt Duffy | Instructor 

2nd Dan Black Belt in Gendai Ryu Krav Maga & Jiu-Jitsu / Dennis Survival Ju-Jitsu 

Secure Your Journey to Mastery and Empowerment Today Through Modern Krav Maga

Don't miss your chance to be part of an elite community. Under the expert mentorship of Max McGregor and our certified Brisbane Krav Maga team, you’ll gain more than skills; you'll build character and self-reliance. Act now to secure your path to mastering self-defence and achieving personal growth.

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