Ashley (Ash) Gard discuss how his childhood in a small New Zealand town, with parents who volunteered in victim services and a brother, who's a highly regarded bodyguard (third party protection), led Ash to a career in the military, achieve expert status in the Israeli fighting system Krav Maga, and provide third party protection to high profile clients. (more info in show notes)
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Ash Gard also discusses how he deals with career stress, why the birth of his daughter changed the way he thinks about personal protection, running a business with his wife and two kids in tow, and the motto he subscribes to, that just happens to come from one of the 80's best action movies.
Other topics include:
- What is Krav Maga
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Private school bullying
- Why architecture is boring
- Ash Gard's upcoming book and online course
This episode will be in two parts. Part 2 will be released the end of December 2021.
How to contact Ashley Gard (Gold CoastAustralia based, online and travel available)
InDefence Personal Safety Specialists: https://indefence.com.au/
Part 1 references and links
The A-Team tv show theme song - Pete Carpenter and Mike Post
The Castle movie scene (1997) "Straight to the pool room!"
Australian Waterfront Dispute 1998 (Maritime Union of Australia) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03k5feo1iCo
Survivor tv show - Council Theme
Road House movie (1989) - bar lecture scene
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A former Australian military policeman, Ash Gard has an Expert Level Krav Maga and runs InDefence Personal Safety Specialists with his wife Anna. Along with corporate training, Ash also provides third party protection, as a Bodyguard, for athletes (NZ All Blacks rugby team...) and celebrities (Harry Styles, Paris Hilton...) around the world.
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