About Ivana Ries - Instructor
Ivana is a full time, professional Close Quarter (Hand-to-Hand) Combat Instructor, Advanced Tactical Firearms Instructor, Bladed and Edged Weapons Instructor, Israeli Krav Maga Instructor and Black Belt.
She specialises in teaching advanced close quarter combat to members of special police units, law enforcement, private military contractors, VIP/Close Protection Officers/Bodyguards, Armed and Unarmed Security Personnel, members of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Responders. She herself is a member of a team of responders and has also worked with anti-human trafficking.
Ivana was the original founder of Elite Defence Academy Lonehill. She then went independent, launching Storm Combat. Moving beyond the mandate of her early days, Storm Combat turns up the heat with an intensified system of self-defence built upon integrated combat systems.
Ivana constantly reminds her students to work on the worst case scenario - that is the assumption that their attacker is bigger, stronger and faster than they are. She therefore ensures that all techniques taught are not dependent upon strength, size, weight or height, but rather upon intelligent use of leverage, bio-mechanics and superior timing.
She herself is of small stature, standing only 163cm tall. Through her experience working with both police and security, Ivana is keenly aware of the harsh reality of violent street attacks and therefore relentlessly pressure tests every technique she teaches, with maximum resistance and force, against her biggest, strongest students, before being willing to pass the technique into the Storm Combat Syllabus.
As an Advanced Tactical Firearms Instructor, she also offers firearms training at Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Level.
Aside from Krav Maga, Ivana has a background in Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Kali and Silat. She has been privileged to train alongside professional EFC, WBO and IBO champions and remains a life-long student.
Living by the motto: Who Dares to Teach Must Never Cease to Learn, Ivana continues her own personal training regimen and is constantly expanding her own knowledge.
She is passionate about passing on this knowledge and elevating her many students to their highest possible level of proficiency, understanding, refinement and mastery - with the objective of ensuring they are mentally and physically prepared for dealing with a violent encounter.