Armed Combat & Tactics history South Africa

To serve as “PART 3” to my Israeli Martial Arts story to date-

“It was not until I picked up the weapon did I find my true teacher”

This is the original and official history of Armed Combat & Tactics South Africa 🇿🇦

Special thank you too Alexander ZhelezniakNoah GrossMisha Rostoverand Darrel Haltmann

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Personal Safety Course - as initiative to help we have started a corporate woman only Personal Safety Course.

Based on A.C.T (Armed Combat & Tactics) and S.S.S (Street Survival System) adaption. The course is 8 hours and can be run over 8 weeks or a weekend and serves to teach the bare necessities of self defence and survival.


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Anti Knife AK1 Survival Course presented by Ryan Davies. Powered by Armed Combat & Tactics / Street Survival System.

When : 28 / 29 / 30 September

Where: Primal Gym Rosebank Gauteng Johannesburg South Africa

Duration : 18 hours

Cost : R 6000 per person

Contact: / 082 678 13 71

Primal Muay Thai

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CAMA Muay Thai Grading 2004

CAMA Muay Thai Grading 2004

PRIMAL GYM Muay Thai has come a long way. It’s hard to say when it all started as the PRIMAL founder Ryan Davies Has had a passion for Thai Boxing since he was a child having watched both Kick boxer and Blood Sport.

Fight Fit Militia 2009

Fight Fit Militia 2009

Ryan would later go on to formally start studying Muay Thai & Sanda Chinese kick boxing after school- under Muay Thai Kru Henry Madini 2002. Under Henry he would compete in both local Kick Boxing & Muay Thai fights between the years of 2003 to 2007. In 2006 Ryan decided leave South Africa to go and train in Bangkok Thailand.


Today Ryan is the founder and owner of PRIMAL GYM Rosebank South Africa. Along side Kru Liale Francis they are intent on making an impact on the South African Muay Thai scene.

PRIMAL GYM has found huge success and popularity with the introduction of It’s Muay Thai program is 2016. Kru Liale Francis has proven to be a very valued coach at PRIMAL demonstrating passion that drives knowledge. Passion is what makes an excellent coach.


Kru Liale has successfully taken our Primal Muay Thai Athletes to the ring. Warrior Sports Centurion South Africa has been putting on real amateur developmental Muay Thai fights under South African Muay thai president Brett Clark. These event have allowed everyone in the involved in the South African Muay Thai community to have a legitimate platform under a professiona body to compete against each other.

Coach Ryan Davies owner of PRIMAL GYM.

Coach Ryan Davies owner of PRIMAL GYM.

Kru Laile & fighter Sherazaad Dollie

Kru Laile & fighter Sherazaad Dollie


Ryan Davies on Man Cave South Africa

Thank you to SABC Man Cave for having us on to what we do. Krav Maga and Armed Combat & tactics expert instructor Ryan Davies on @ 10.48.

Krav Maga Pros South Africa

Krav Maga by Ryan Davies

Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art defence system developed in the 1940s during World War II, is fast gaining popularity in South Africa. Rosebank's Primal Gym owner and trainer, Ryan Davies, says after being a victim of violent crime in 2008, he went to Israel to learn Krav Maga with the aim of bringing the self-defence system to South Africa. Davies says a lot of people are using Krav Maga as an alternative to usual gym routines, as it also offers something practical.

Thank you to Business live for coming to check us out.

What Krav Maga taught me


This what make Primal Gym unique, rare, original and honest. For 10 years Ryan Davies the founder of Primal Gym has been documenting his training history. Ryan is still the only South African to hold full instructor diplomas from the IKMA Israeli Krav Maga Association Achieved directly at the IKMA head quarters in Netanya Israel.

This is a documentation and proof of training nothing more and nothing less. This repersents the birth of Primal Krav Maga

The footage above was put together from the years 2010 to 2014

By Ryan Davies

Primal Gym South Africa

Primal Gym is the result of Ryan Davies Imagination put to good work.

I wanted to create a space that could explore martial arts, fitness and health and wellness concepts. A space for free thinkers and physical activity where people could become their personal best.

Armed Combat & Tactics South Africa director Ryan Davies

Promotion for Armed Combat & Tactics South Africa Ryan Davies. Knife, Machete , empty hand, full contact sparring its all there.

By Ryan Davies

Knife fight Break down - Armed Combat & Tactics South Africa

Ryan Davies A.C.T director South Africa break down of knife vs knife sparring. Knife combat like all combat defiantly has algorithms and human patterns that can be study, trained and exploited to win in combat. Above is a very good example of this. You can clearly see Ryan testing his opponents reactions followed by setting up tactics to create a win.

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Armed Combat & Tactics - Noah Gross seminar 2017

Noah Gross Knife fighting and self defence seminar February 18th & 19th 2017. Noah has be an instrumental part of setting up A.C.T South Africa. We are proud to call him our teacher. In this promotion we cover why most people do A.C.T and why is it relevant to their lives.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics - Counter off a block

Brage Page with a beautiful perfectly timed counter to the face off a solid block. Blocking is relevant in knife combat as it is relevant in all combat. You can block a knife and end the fight. The factors that come it to play is timing and range. A successful block works when your opponent cuts or stabs with a strong forward moving pressure covering range. He essentially step into a trap.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics Sparring fragments - Knife vs Knife

A complication of sparring and wins knife vs knife. This is what A.C.T is all about. Full contact sparring with safe training simulators the “spatha”. A.C.T covers one on one sparring, MO multiple opponents, empty hand vs knife. The full arsenal of combat with and without weapons.

Fight as you teach, teach as you fight.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics - Drawing under pressure - Multiple Opponets

Street Survival System integration Armed Combat & Tactics. Under the pressure of MO multiple opponents- a street style gang attack, this video shows one example of how to transition from empty hand striking, to drawing you EDC carry. For safety in training we are using the A.C.T street Spatha training simulator.

By Ryan Davies

Alexander Zhelezniak founder of Armed Combat & Tactics

A.C.T 2018 Promo for Alexander Zhelezniak Seminar and S.W.I.C instructor course.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics - Rush counter

There are no rules to armed confrontation, however that does not mean the laws of the universe do not exist here. The example above shows the danger of forward aggression in armed combat. You simply should not rush into a sharp object, especially against a well trained or experienced opponent.

Think about how many martial arts teach you to go forward at all costs. The phrase “ if you are not going forward then you are not wining the fight”. Nothing could be more untrue when it comes to an armed fight. Martial Arts that teach you to shoot in will not work here, they have no context here.

Knowing and having the skill to rush counter comes from trying and studying the mental physiology of why people feel the pressure to rush in a fight, armed or unarmed. Studying how to created pressure on your opponent, so he rushes as an emotional response and exploiting that with in him.

By Ryan Davies

Armed combat & tactics - Face shots

Fight Stopper-

A clean strike to the face can stop the fight. The shock of impact or being cut on the eye, it’s an unpleasant experience to say the least. We train with professional safe training simulators “ The Spatha” designed by Alexander Zheleniak and Noah Gross. The Spatha is designed for full contact fighting. We are able to hit each other with full force and not cause major injury. The Spathas keeps you safe and protective goggles are worn to protect the eyes and nose. Notice even with a safe knife training simulator and protective goggles the shock factor fo being hit in the face- it most often stops the fight. Image the real thing impact or edge weapon in reference to self defence and the value of the face shot to stop an attacker.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics 2017

Fragments and snippets from 2017 Armed Combat and Tactics training, teaching, touring and fighting. Ryan Davies has be traveling religiously to Israel since 2010 for the purpose of studying, training, Israeli martial arts systems, Krav Maga / Armed Combat & Tactics / Street Survival System.

In 2017 would be the 1st year that Ryan took a South African team to israel for the Armed Combat & Tactics and Street Survival System annual fight camp.

By Ryan Davies

Ryan Davies Founder of Primal Gym

This is documented history of Krav Maga / Armed Combat & Tactics / Street Survival System South Africa – By PRIMAL founder Ryan Davies

Ryan Davies has been training in and experimenting with many martial arts since he was a child. It’s hard to say how many influences he has had over the years. The one thing that is certain is that he endlessly pursues knowledge in combat. 

Ryan has actively traveled, trained, competed, taught and represented full contact sport and self defence systems– Muay ThaiKrav Maga / Armed Combat & Tactics A.C.T.Street Survival System S.S.S.

Born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, Ryan has been exposed to the reality of violence and criminal mentality. This has shaped him to become critically aware of his need for self defence. This factor alone is what motivated him to open a school of martial arts and self defence. Ryan has concluded that the in-depth study of weapons is essential to combat and self defence. Ryan continues to travel to Israel as frequently as possible for continuous training. He is the head combat coach at PRIMAL GYM.





Ryan Davies was living in in Golders Green London, already a fighter and competitive martial artist competing in both Chinese Sanda and thai boxing matches and tournaments. Ryan would be introduced 1st to Krav Maga in Hendon London. and that’s when it all started. He quit his job to pursue a life of combat training and teaching. All of Ryans teaching certificate have been studied, passed, and earned directly in Israel.




 1stinstructor certification in 2009 at a military base just out side London. CKM Krav Maga




Israeli Krav Maga Association IKMA full instructor under Haim Gideon Netanya Israel





Israeli Krav Maga Association IKMA full instructor under Haim Gideon Netanya Israel






Israeli Krav Maga Association IKMA full instructor under Haim Gideon Netanya Israel







Israeli Krav Maga Association IKMA full instructor under Haim Gideon Netanya Israel




Protect Krav Maga Academy full Instructor recognition Professor Itay Gill Jerusalem Israel





Armed Combat and Tactics representative under Noah Gross




Armed Combat & Tactics representative under Noah Gross




Armed Combat & Tactics full practical weapon instructor under Alexander Zheleniak 




Armed Combat & Tactics director South Africa under Alexander Zheleniak \ Street Survival System instructor under Michael Rayzonv




Armed Combat & Tactics director South Africa under Alexander Zheleniak \ Street Survival System instructor under Michael Rayzonv