Dr Gavriel Schneider, 7th Dan | Soke

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DSJJ Australasia Director | Dr Gavriel Schneider, 7th Dan

Current Head of System | History Dr Gavriel Schneider

Master Gavriel Schneider began his martial arts training in the early 1980s beginning with Shotokan and then Goju Ryu Karate. In the late 1980s he was introduced to Sensei Vernon Rosenberg and began training under him in Koga Ryu Ninjitsu. When the migration to the Gendai Ryu style happened in the early 1990s Gavriel received his first black belt in the system in 1992 and began teaching the system. Whilst teaching under the Gendai system, Gavriel began training in Taekwondo under Master James Lee (8th Dan). Under Master Lee, Gavriel became a member of the South African Taekwondo team, fighting in numerous regional events as well as representing South Africa in the Taekwondo World Cup in 1997. During 1993-94 Gavriel also cross trained with a wide variety of other martial arts practitioners including Grandmaster Mickey Davidow.

In 1996, he then travelled to Israel and received the great privilege of becoming a live-in student of Grandmaster Soke Dennis Hanover – founder of Dennis Survival Jujitsu or Hisardut. Gavriel trained and taught in the main school in Herzliya full time (between 6-12 hours a day) during most of 1996 and was graded 1st Dan in DSJJ / Hisardut in the middle of 1996 and 2nd Dan at the end of the same year. During this time Gavriel also spent time at the main army physical fitness and self-defence training base at Wingate and was exposed to Military Krav Maga. Through Dennis, Gavriel was also able to meet Imi Lichtenfeld (the legendary founder of Krav Maga) before he passed away in 1998.

Gavriel also underwent intensive firearm training with pistol and submachine gun and received certification as an international practical shooter from the Israel Shooting Association. During 1996 Gavriel also made a trip to the USA and trained and attended seminars with several high ranking martial arts masters including Guru Dan Inosanto, Sifu Francis Fong, World Kickboxing Champion Jerry Rhome, Small Circle Jujitsu and Kyoshu-jitsu Master Mark Kline, Ashida Kim and numerous others. Whilst in the US Gavriel was awarded his 3rd Dan in Ninjitsu. Gavriel then returned to South Africa and continued training and teaching under the Gendai system as well as teaching Taekwondo.

Over the next few years Gavriel became extensively involved in the security, law enforcement and military training sector. He has trained numerous military, policing, specialise security, royalty and mayoral protection teams over the years in both security skills and Defensive Tactics. Gavriel began deploying operationally as a Bodyguard/Close Protection Officer in 1997 and to date has protected Presidents, other senior level government officials and numerous celebrities and senior corporate executives. He continued to train under Dr Dennis Hanover during Dr Hanover's numerous trips back to South Africa and made almost annual trips back to Israel. Gavriel stopped competing in Taekwondo to focus on the self-defence and practical combative aspects of the martial arts in 1998.

Dr Schneider also participated actively in martial arts cross training with like-minded practitioners such as (Rodney King – founder of the Crazy Monkey system). He travelled Thailand as a coach for the SA amateur Muay Thai team as well as training actively in Muay Thai, Kali/Eskrima and Brazilian Jujitsu. Over the years Gavriel and his students received high grades in DSJJ with Gavriel being awarded a 6th Dan from Dennis Hanover in 2005 as well as being awarded a 6th Dan in Ninjitsu from GM Ashida Kim. 

Gavriel has also been a black belt full contact champion in the DSJJ championships and silver medal winner in the masters (above 5th Dan) open division. Gavriel was inducted into the South African Martial arts hall of fame in 2004 and received the ultimate honour of being included and inducted into the Israeli museum of martial arts history in 2010.

Dr Schneider has undertaken extensive academic studies and was awarded his PhD from UNISA in 2012 after a 5 year research study assessing best practice use force and defensive tactics training methodology. He has numerous trainer and defensive tactics instructor qualifications including:

  • Diploma of Martial Arts Sports coaching (Kenshusei College)
  • Certificate IV in Fitness (Kenshusei College)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Corridors Training)
  • ASP tactical baton instructor
  • ASP Restraint and Control instructor
  • OCAT (Oleoresin capsicum spray training) (Safe Case Corporation)
  • Stinger Systems S200 Electronic immobilisation Device and React Systems Instructor
  • Firearms Instructor in Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle and tactical application (IFTA)

Dr Gavriel Schneider's experience and key grades:

  • Current Head of System for Gendai Ryu and the Modern Warrior Alliance
  • Over 30 years of training experience
  • Over 20 years of running martial arts schools and teaching
  • Presented self-defence, defensive tactics and unarmed combat training to Special Forces, presidential protection units, bodyguards and security operators
  • Founder of the Advanced Combat Training (A.C.T) organisation
  • Inducted member of the South African Martial Arts Hall of fame 2004
  • Former member of the South African full contact Taekwondo team
  • Coach to the South African Muay Thai team competing in the 3rd Kings Cup in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Black belt middleweight full contact champion in the DSJJ world full contact championships held in Israel in 2000 and Advanced black belt (5th Degree and up) Silver medal winner at the DSSJ world full contact championships held in Israel in 2007
  • Inducted into the official museum of martial arts history in Israel 2010
  • Former head of system for Hisardut jujitsu for the Asia pacific region

Key Grades:

  • 6th Degree black belt HISARDUT / DENNIS SURVIVAL JUJITSU
  • 6th Degree black belt KOGA / GENDAI RYU NINJITSU

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