Speaker profile

Matt Leach

CEO
ESCAPE Training

Matt started his career in various areas of security and close protection. Recognising that there are situations where physical confrontation cannot be avoided, and that his skills in this area could be improved, Matt started studying Krav Maga in 2011. In 2014 , his journey to become a civilian Krav Maga instructor began and he undertook 80 days of instructor training with ex members of the special forces, including 23 days with the former Captain responsible for Krav Maga training in the Israel Defence Force and Head instructor of the Lotar counter terror school.

Matt went on to study the Yamam “special ops” version of Krav Maga qualifying under the world renowned Itay Gil. He is now a level 6 Krav Maga Instructor and may be the
only instructor qualified under 3 separate international Krav Maga organisations, as he is an IKF close quarter battle instructor and also holds instructor certification with
Protect Israeli Security Systems under Itay Gil, and with Combat Krav Maga International, headed by Lior Offenbach.
Matt has a BTEC in self defence instruction and was recently involved in teaching military and special forces, which included teaching the world’s largest Krav Maga training session in South Africa, consisting of over 600 soldiers and police officers.

Inspired by the principles of Krav Maga, he developed ESCAPE Training, a safe-to-teach train the trainer programme, enabling teachers to teach students essential
escape skills, specifically how to effectively escape from rape and knife attacks. He formed a not-for-profit organisation with the sole purpose of delivering ESCAPE Training to all secondary and high schools nationwide, with a mission to make it part of the curriculum of schools in order to ‘Train a generation how to escape from rape and knife scenarios’ and therefore massively reduce victim rates in years to come. ESCAPE Training is aimed at young adults aged 11-18 but the skills they learn will stay with them
for life.

Agenda sessions

Day 1 - November 13, 2019

  • WELLBEING DEMO AREA

    • 12:45 pm
      Teaching Young Adults How to Escape from Rape and Knife Attacks

Day 2 - November 14, 2019

  • HOT SEAT

    • 12:50 pm
      What is The Role of Schools in Tackling and Reducing Youth Violence?

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