Dan Joyce is one of the best Krav Maga instructors in Gateshead and Newcastle.

Ex serving member of the British Armed Forces. Graduated into the Royal Air Force Regiment 19-APR-2010 and served as a full time active Gunner for 7 years within the regiment. Four of which were spent serving on the prestigious Queens Colour Squadron carrying out ceremonial duties at home and overseas providing security and protection for the Royal Family.

Deployed to Kabul Afghanistan in 2012 specialising in heavy machine guns, close quarter battle, advanced driving and emergency medical assistance  to assist and conduct in Force Protection of discreet air assets and the movement of VIP’s in high threat areas of the middle east during world wide operations.

Terminated full time active service 01-MAY-2016 and rejoined as a reservist serving for a further 2 years on 609 Squadron based at Royal Air Force Leeming.

Up on leaving the military in 2016 I graduated as a Close Protection Officer with Argus Europe and have worked as a body guard.


During my time in the military I had the good fortune to train in a variety of different fighting styles and gave up all my free time to do so which led me to box for my regiment at amateur level. As time went on my knowledge in fighting grew and I soon realised competitive fighting wasn’t very practical on the streets or as a gunner out on the ground in Afghanistan. I wanted solutions for violence in the real world not just in the ring where there is a list of rules to follow and a referee and doctor on standby. This realisation led me to Krav Maga.

After leaving the military I began my search for a Krav Maga Instructor that could take my knowledge in competitive fighting and adapt it for my new role as a close protection officer working in the private security sector. My search led me to Spartans Academy Of Krav Maga where I have trained at ever since under head instructor and close friend Gheorghe Husar.


  • Krav Maga Instructor S2
  • BTEC Level 3 Close Protection
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Private Investigation
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Surveillance
  • BTEC Level 2 First Person On The Scene (Intermediate)
  • FAA Level 3 Award In First Aid At Work
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Public Services


Further Training And Development

  • Extreme Krav Maga 2016 – 2018
  • Krav Maga Instructor Course – 2018
  • Itay Gil Seminar Leeds – 2017
  • Itay Gil Seminar Sheffield – 2017
  • 3 Days Combined Fire Arms Course France – 2017
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