Donovan Ryan

Donovan Ryan is our CEO, Founder and Chief Instructor at HKSD and Hong Kong's only Expert Ranked Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor. 

Donovan is a highly experienced and skilled Krav Maga Expert, Instructor, Self Defence Specialist, VIP Protection Instructor, Martial Artist, Personal Trainer and Conditioning Coach. He is Hong Kong’s highest ranked instructor holding an Expert Level Black Belt. 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 over a decade of close protection experience across New Zealand, Europe and Africa and still occasionally accepts high profile assignments around the world. 

Donovan has studied and trained Krav Maga for over a decade and has trained Krav Maga in Israel, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and Africa with some of the world’s highest ranked Krav Maga Experts and Masters. He is also a qualified Kids and Teens Krav Maga Instructor. 

In 2007, Donovan started training Krav Maga with the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) with Tim Alexander (E3) and Master Avi Moyal and in 2010 completed his Krav Maga Civilian Instructors Course. After moving to Hong Kong in 2015, Donovan joined the Krav Maga Global organisation (KMG) and in 2017 Donovan was awarded his Krav Maga Expert Level 1 by Master Eyal Yanilov in Israel through KMG. Donovan was also the founder for both the IKMF branch in New Zealand and the KMG branch in Hong Kong having started both branches. Donovan held the position of Country Director for the IKMF from 2011 to 2015 and Country Director for KMG from 2015 to 2018. To bring an all round self defence system to Hong Kong, Donovan decided to move forward independently and align himself with Amir Perets from Los Angeles, USA (4th degree black belt and Martial Arts Hall of Famer) in late 2018. 

Donovan has a Bachelors Degree in Business Science and a Masters Degree in Marketing and has had a very successful 15 year career in the corporate sector holding many senior executive and Director positions for many large multinational companies. Donovan has used his combined corporate and self defence experience to develop many corporate conflict management and corporate personal safety programs which many organisations use at their conferences, seminars, forums and team building events across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 

After 3 years in Hong Kong, Donovan now lives in the USA but commutes to Hong Kong on a regular basis. Donovan actively teaches classes while in Hong Kong and is heavily involved in our school, corporate and security programs throughout Hong Kong. 


Donovan pictured above with Master Avi Moyal - Chairman of IKMF


Donovan pictured above with Master Eyal Yanilov from Krav Maga Global (KMG)

Donovan pictured above with Krav Maga Master Amir Perets in Los Angeles after a gruelling training session