Ryan is originally from South Africa and has been living in Whangarei since 2004. He is married and has two kids. Ryan has a heart for working with youth and the community and desires to share the hope of Jesus with as many as possible.
Ryan started karate at the age of four and went on to achieve his 1st Dan Blackbelt in Shito Ryu Itosu Kai karate under Sensei Louie Van Schalkwyk and Chris Rennie in Durban, South Africa at the age of 16. He was selected to represent South Africa at the Shito Ryu World Championships in California in 1998.
As well as doing karate, he also trained in Kyokushin, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Japanese Jui Jitsu, Aikido, Boxing and Kickboxing.
Ryan has combined various aspects from these martial arts to form The Lion’s Den MMA system.
Assistant Trainer/Full-time Staff
Pride Fight Team Captain/Fighter
Assistant Trainer/Full-Time Staff