Our Chief Instructor

CLAUDIO CHISTE: Leadership, Mental Toughness Coach & Krav Maga Instructor

Claudio, also known as the Warrior Mind Coach, is a leading Leadership and Mental Toughness coach, harnessing the Warrior Mindset to lead & succeed.

Claudio studied the Yamam “special ops” version of Krav Maga qualifying as an instructor under Professor Itay Gil and is the current Chairman of CoMenSA, Western Cape (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa – the only SAQA-recognised body for coaches & mentors in SA). Also having the following coaching credentials:

  • Registered Coach with CoMenSA
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • Master Life Coach
  • Firewalk Instructor

Claudio started his career in the South African Navy as a Combat Officer (Warfare Officer). After graduating from the Military Academy, he went on to complete his B. Comm (Hons) at the University of Cape Town (whilst serving as Gunnery & Diving Officer aboard a minehunter vessel) and a Master of Science degree from University of London.

Claudio represented the navy in boxing, winning the provincial light-heavyweight championships qualifying for national honours under the guidance of the official Navy coach, John Jantjies, as well as the former world welterweight champion Gary “The Heat” Murray.

Claudio’s last role in the South African Navy was the Acting Officer Commanding SAS FLEUR, the key naval vessel that provided underwater warfare support: submarine search and rescue, torpedo recovery and diving to the Ministry of Defence. Since leaving the navy, Claudio worked in the corporate world in London, taking up Krav  Maga training to ensure a healthy work-life balance. After ten years of training in Krav with the major bodies, he qualified as a Krav Maga instructor under former Captain in the Israeli Defence Force, Professor Itay Gil of Protect.

Claudio has stayed active by pursuing his military passion primarily by ‘giving back’ to military veterans and the next generation, undertaking gruelling challenges like the 200km Four Day march (Vierdaagse). At the time of the march he was the National Chairman to South African military veterans (England), promoting fund raising activities for veterans in need.


The Warrior Training Centre was founded in 2018 is the training provider focusing on:
- Leadership
- Mental Toughness
- Glass walking
- Firewalking
- Krav Maga
- Teambuilding

See www.warriortrainingcentre.com