Our Team


DONOVAN RYAN - FOUNDER & CEO



Donovan Ryan is a highly experienced and skilled Krav Maga Expert, Instructor, Self Defence Specialist, Martial Artist, Personal Trainer and Conditioning Coach. He is Hong Kong’s highest ranked Krav Maga Instructor holding an Expert Level (E1) from the Krav Maga Global (KMG) Organisation based in Israel. He also has over 25 years of martial arts experience and holds black belts in Taekwondo and Karate and has accreditations in MMA, BJJ, Hapkido, Boxing and Kickboxing. Donovan has close protection experience across New Zealand, Europe and Africa and still occasionally accepts high profile assignments around the world. 

Donovan has trained Krav Maga in Israel, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He is the only Expert ranked KMG Instructor in Hong Kong and is also a qualified kids Krav Maga Instructor.

Donovan also has a Bachelors Degree in Business Science and a Masters Degree in Marketing and before starting HKSD had a very successful 15 year career in the corporate sector working for large multinational businesses like Coke, Heineken, Nestle, Jockey and Quest Nutrition holding many senior executive and Director positions.  

Donovan established Hong Kong Self Defence & Fitness in January 2016 with the goal of offering locals, ex pats, corporate organisations, schools and kids quality Self Defence and Krav Maga Training programs and courses focusing on personal safety, self defence, fitness, building confidence and conflict management. 

Donovan is 100% passionate and dedicated to providing Hong Kong with the very best self defence instruction and products. As CEO and Chief Instructor of HKSD, Donovan actively tries to teach all classes while in Hong Kong and is heavily involved with school and corporate programs throughout Hong Kong. 


KATE MERCURIO - ADMINISTRATION & MARKETING MANAGER



Kate is a fellow Krav Maga Practitioner and manages all the administration and marketing of HKSD and also ensures Donovan is in the right place at the right time. Kate holds a Bachelor's Degree in Media and has a strong background in media planning, research and client service. 

Kate project manages all our events, memberships, online sales, equipment, administration, marketing strategy social media and more