Shihan Ashley Wolfaardt was born on 18th August 1979 in Cape Town, South African
He has started at Kenpo Karate on the 16th August 1995 & he was 15years old at that time. He was invited by a friend the first time & he always knew from that day that Martial Arts was his sport. He had training at Kenpo Karate for 5years, & he has received his first degree Black Belt in 1999 at the Tiger Academy of Martial Arts (TAMA) under Shihan Cobe C. Jephta. TAMA was founded by the late Master Brian Wiehahn a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. Master Brian has traveled the world and trained with many Kenpo Masters.
In the year 2000 Ashley Wolfaardt opened his own Martial Arts Club named Cape Mantis Karate. The club closed down in 2006 as Sensei Ashley obtained further training in Johannesburg in (2007) at the S.A Bodyguard Academy.
During his absence from active training in the Martial Arts World he was still training, in 2008, at Federal Gaming at Grand West Casino in Combat & Advance Firearm Training, Close Protection, Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.)- This team consists of a number of highly trained officers who use specialized weapons and tactics to handle high-risk situations, performing functions which include: dealing with heavily armed criminals; execute hostage rescue and counter-extremists operations;
high risk protection details and entering reinforced or barricaded buildings. Our unit is equipped with specialized weapons to control various levels of threats. We utilize specialized equipment and skills to covertly determine the positions of hostages or hostage takers, inside enclosed structures.
Our Tactical Operators are all accredited with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in this field. With the growing increase in violent crime in South Africa, S.O.R.T (acronym for Special Operations Response Team) is a commonly known in the Law Enforcement field as SWAT units, which use military-style light weapons and specialized tactics in high-risk operations that fall outside of the capabilities of regular Security Companies or law enforcement agencies. “SWAT” is commonly used internationally, as a colloquial, generic term for these units.
He also trained informally over the years in Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga & Muay Thai
Shihan Ashley has been in the Martial Arts world for over 24 Years.