Brett Mackenzie lead self defence instructor for Viking KAPAP based in Norfolk

About the Viking KAPAP self defence group

So what is Viking KAPAP?

Viking KAPAP, previously KAPAP Great Yarmouth, opened it’s doors in 2012 by the club founder Brett Mackenzie.

Starting from the beginning, in the early days, Brett was shy and very withdrawn. He had suffered a lot of bullying at school, so as a young man at the age of 13 he started karate classes. At the age of 14 he decided to join the army, he was determined to join the infantry and that was that.

The following few years were tough and he learned to do and see things he didn’t like doing, but he would roll up his sleeves and just get on with it. Over the years his mindset changed and he discovered an inner toughness and resolve. He served with the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment for several years seeing active service in Northern Ireland in the the late 80s and early 90s.

After leaving the army, Brett continued to study martial arts (freestyle karate) and was encouraged to work the doors in Great Yarmouth. It was at this point he moved into full contact Muay Thai/K1 with a good friend of his Trevor Lowe. What followed was several years of very hard training and conditioning that he learned to really appreciate. He later returned back to Karate and eventually earned his black belt after a very long journey and for several years taught classes in Great Yarmouth until he stopped due to ongoing injury issues.

 

Searching for something different

After researching the market he stumbled across a little known martial art at the time called ‘Krav Maga’, the nearest club was in Colchester. This involved a lot of travel and whilst learning ‘Krav Maga’ Brett came across an even more little known system called KAPAP and that really interested him.

After doing his homework, he decided this is what he wanted to do. So in 2012 he took the plunge and started making long journeys to Bridlington to learn KAPAP, meeting his teachers Sam Markey and Chief Instructor Avi Nardia.

 

GROM Practical Shooting Academy Serbia

In 2015 Viking KAPAP joined Avi Nardia’s recommended firearms academy GROM Serbia under the tutelage of Master Željko Vujčić. Something Brett had really missed since leaving the Army was shooting, Brett loves visiting Serbia, the people, the hospitality and the range culture. He feels at home and regularly brings students over and teaches under the GROM banner.

If you really want to do something you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse

 

Only human, Brett considers himself to be nothing special. He just didn’t give up!

Brett, since his 40s, has been blighted with injuries and continues to train. Recently he has had a full right hip replacement and that his not going to stop him. He continues to train and understands limitations and at present is a student of Japanese Jiu Jitsu and continues to teach KAPAP and practical shooting.

 

Other respected martial art teaches and influences

  • Terry Nixon – Karate
  • Charlie Trorey (RIP) – Karate
  • Clive Betts – Karate
  • Steven Webster – Karate
  • Trevor Lowe – Muay Thai
  • Dale Wordley – KAPAP
  • Alex Mair – Ex Royal Marines unarmed combat
  • Russell Jarmesty – JMA
  • Brett Lemon – WJJF
  • Steven Cowan – Icon Jiu Jitsu
Brett Mackenzie KAPAP self defence instructor and member of Avi Nardia Academy

Brett Mackenzie

Lead Instructor Viking KAPAP

  • Ex British Army Infantry 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regiment (The Vikings)
  • Level 2 KAPAP instructor
  • Level 2 Firearms instructor GROM Serbia
  • 1st Dan Black Belt Korean Karate
  • Praticing Jiu Jitsu student
  • Experienced door supervisor

Meet the team

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Testimonials

Very eye opening to the severity of violence, nice basic principles to follow. No painting by numbers as it were, would recommend to anyone looking to survive and protect the ones you love. Given that the circumstances are correct, no nonsense no bullshit training, coached by a very experienced guy. On a person level, I have trained for over a year and it's has helped me or than once with surviving a fight or two. Plus, A side perk of the training is you keep fit, mentally and physically.
Robson Blyth

Close quarter combat

Direct, straight to the point self defence. KAPAP offers counter measures when dealing with even the most violent of opponents. We build confidence, a survival mindset and fitness.

Practical survival skills - Bushcraft

KAPAP is a survival system and run workshops with experts in the survival field with Alex Mair (Ex Royal Marine) and Fraser Christian (Coastal survival) school.

Edged weapons awareness & disarming

Learn how to spot a potential concealed weapon (awareness). How to react/respond to a robbery and last resort attempt a disarm.

Firearms handling & disarming

At Viking KAPAP we insist that you learn basic firearms handling. Students will learn how to make a weapon safe, understand the mechanics of a pistol and the difference between different pistols and revolvers.

We train with VCRA compliant (blank firing pistols and BB pistols for realism) pistols. In class you will be taught Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). How to react in a robbery/hostage scenario, evaluate the situation and respond without risking injury to yourself and others.

Remember, their is no 100% guarantee a disarm will work. Is a calculated risk based on the situation and how it develops. Attempting to disarm someone is a last possible resort.

Street grappling

We teach practical easy to learn self defence drills on the ground. KAPAP system teaches Brazilian Jiu Jutsi (Machado school) as a self defence not a sport.

KAPAP in Norwich

Location: The Norman Centre, Bignold Road, Norwich NR31 2QZ

Time: Tuesday evening 19.30 - 21.30hrs

KAPAP in Lowestoft

Location: Ruckus Martial Arts 38 London Road North, Lowestoft NR321EP

Time: Wednesday evenings 19.00 - 21.00hrs

KAPAP in Great Yarmouth

Location: Cobholm Community Centre, St Lukes Terrace, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth NR31 0AP

Time: Monday evening 19.30hrs -21.30hrs

Avi Nardia Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our chief Instructor Avi Nardia is part of the famous Machado family Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

GROM Shooting Academy

We are the UK national representatives club for Master of Arms Željko Vujčić. We teach practical shooting (UK we train Airsoft - skills and drills. Serbia is real steel without the restrictions of UK licensing)

KAPAP / Israeli Jiu Jitsu / GROM

Viking KAPAP is proud to be a member of the Avi Nardia Academy. Teaching KAPAP a modern street self defence system CQC (Close Quarter Combat). Israeli Jiu Jitsu is a more traditional version of KAPAP which is syllabus based. And final we are part of GROM Serbia, the selected firearms school of the Avi Nardia Academy.

Avi Nardia

Founder Modern KAPAP

During his 24 years as a reserve officer, Avi Nardia (Major, IDF Res.) served as an official hand-to-hand instructor and safety officer.

Avi Nardia also served in an an Israeli Special Counter Terror Unit as an intelligence team member with the rank of Staff Sergeant Major (NCO) and as its official defensive tactics / CQB instructor. He also served at the Israeli Operational Police Academy as an official instructor of defensive tactics and operational behavior. In 24 years of reserve service to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), he earned the rank of Major. He has also trained Police agencies and armed forces all over the world, from Police patrol and corrections officers to SWAT, SRT and SERT team members along with Army, Marine and counter terror units and Special Forces. He is one of a handful of instructors to have been an official instructor for the Israeli army, Israeli Police, and Israeli counter terror units.

www.avinardia.com

Sam Markey

Chief Instructor KAPAP UK

Certified teacher and KAPAP UK leader of the Avi Nardia Academy. He is the highest ranking instructor (Level 4) under Avi Nardia and also carries a 5th Dan in Juijutsu.

Along with his martial arts qualifications Sam is a certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor as well as a range safety officer with the National Rifle Association of America. Over the years Sam has taught and trained alongside Avi Nardia and began teaching KAPAP, under the name of KAPAP UK in 2003.

Teaching has been, and continues to be, a rewarding experience for Sam. He takes great pride in being able to contribute and to facilitate others in their learning and development during his 11 years of teaching KAPAP.

Through his involvement with KAPAP UK, Sam has taught to the police, the military, and corporate and individuals a range of seminars and workshops based around personal protection and KAPAP level 1, 2, 3 and 4 instructor courses.

Sam has recently been appointed to 'teacher', marking Avi Nardia's respect for him as a KAPAP instructor and ranking him the highest level under Avi himself in the Avi Nardia Academy.

www.kapapuk.com

Master Željko Vujčić

Chief Instructor GROM Shooting Academy Serbia

Željko has been a professional shooter since 194 and experience includes: One of the founders of IPSC association in Serbia. European champion in IDPA in 2007. Trainer of the top junior and senior teams in Serbia. He has been appointed chief instructor for the Avi Nardia Academy

Andy Smith

Andy is our longest studying student he joined KAPAP in 2013 and was previously a dan grade in Shotokan Karate. He's is a level 1 instructor and regular helps supporting classes in Norwich

Joshua Ward

Josh has been with Viking KAPAP for several years. He is a Level 1 instructor and he now fronts the Great Yarmouth club. He also helps and supports Viking KAPAP in the new venue of Lowestoft.

Mark Eardley

Mark is our first aid trainer, he has over 30 years frontline experience

Trevor Lowe

Trevor has been training in martial arts for over 40 years. Did several different styles but fell in love with muay thai and been teaching that since he was 20.

He's had 70 fights lost 2 and drawn 1. Most fights were in community centers around the country. I've trained with master toddy and master sken then Paul Sutton.

Trevor won a British title in Aug 1999 and fought on a British team in 2000. He has trained several champions, he also has an assistant instructor called Jimmy Newman. Who is highly recommend and got a great fight record.