Krav Maga Instructor (Gabi Noah IKM - Mississauga, ON)
CQB-Kapap Instructor (IKF - Telford, UK)
Close Protection Krav Maga Instructor (Gabi Noah IKM)
Law Enforcement Krav Maga Instructor (Gabi Noah IKM)
Children's Krav Maga Instructor (Gabi Noah IKM - Gizycko, Poland)
Combat Fitness Instructor
Suples Strong Level 1 Bulgarian Bag Instructor (Suples - Toronto)
Kettlebell Level 1
Suspension Level 1
Cyrus is the lead instructor at Spartan Self Defense. A former Bay Street executive, he traded in his grey flannels for his now trademark camo pants to help empower everyday people through fitness and effective self-defense. Cyrus specializes in Krav Maga and Kapap, the official self-defense and close quarter combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces. He is a highly experienced Practitioner, having trained in Israel, Poland, the UK, the US and Canada, receiving instruction from some of the best known experts in the system. Aside from helping men, women and children gain practical self-defense skills, Cyrus has also had the privilege of working with military personnel, law enforcement and security professionals from around the world.
Given his unique background, Cyrus brings a different perspective to teaching self-defense. He firmly believes that ultimately, the responsibility for your safety and security rests squarely upon your shoulders. He adopts a broader view of self-defense which equally prioritizes awareness, avoidance and prevention and, failing these, the determined execution of brutal and efficient hand-to-hand combat techniques to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm. In this regard, Krav Maga’s straightforward nature and no nonsense approach is the perfect self-defense tool as it is easily learned and applied by anyone regardless of age, gender, size or physical capabilities.
As a father to two teenagers, Cyrus is a strong advocate of empowering women and young people, helping them gain confidence through a combination of fitness and self-defense. He conducts Extra- and Co-curricular Programs in schools through Oakville and Burlington, along with exclusive Self-Defense Courses for Women, for Teenaged Girls and for Children. He also conducts Corporate Workshops and Community Programs to bring his message of safety and security to as many people as possible.
Outside of training or teaching, Cyrus’ other passion is the outdoors. He is a professed bugslinger and could usually be found wading one of the nearby rivers, fly rod in hand. He is also an avid turkey, waterfowl and upland game hunter, although not a very successful one.
Cyrus is proud and honoured to have won the Platinum Award for Best Personal Trainer and Gold Award for Best Martial Arts Instructor in the 2020 Burlington Post Reader's Choice Awards.
Krav Maga Instructor (Combat Krav Maga Int'l - Burlington)
CQB - Kapap Instructor (International Kapap Federation - Burlington)
VIP Protection Krav Maga Instructor (Gabi Noah IKM)
Security & Counter Terrorism Specialist (RCMP)
Combat Fitness Instructor
Kettle Jitsu Instructor
Boxing and Barbells Instructor
Stephen has been training Krav Maga for 8 years and has been at Spartan Self Defense for 6 years. Stephen has received numerous certifications with a variety of Krav Maga and Kapap organizations, all Israeli-accredited. Beyond his Krav Maga background, he has over 30 years of experience as a police officer, undercover operator, frontline police supervisor and criminal investigator.
As the lead investigator and supervisor of the largest downtown area Vice Unit, Stephen led large-scale drug enforcement operations as well as human trafficking and juvenile prostitution investigations. In the four years that he supervised this Unit, he and his team were involved in many successful rescues of vulnerable underage girls forced into the sex trade.
Stephen continued to expand is investigative knowledge as one of the lead investigators in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) elite Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), a joint forces unit tasked with a mandate to expose, investigate, prosecute, and dismantle Transnational Organized Crime groups. As a Supervisor and Investigator he was involved in the project creation/management of transnational organized crime related investigations at the local, National and International level.
As a supervisor and investigator within the Security Operations Section – Counter-Terrorism Unit, he oversaw Terrorism related investigations as well as managed the close protection teams assigned to visiting dignitaries and internationally protected persons. In addition, he was involved in and supervised the analysis of strategic and tactical intelligence related to terrorism activities.
In 2013-2014, he served as a United Nations civilian police officer in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) where he and his international counterparts worked at strengthening the operational capabilities of the Haitian National Police through the training and mentoring of the Haitian Coast Guard. During his tenure in Haiti, he also assisted with several close protection details of visiting dignitaries from Canada.
As a member of the Marine Unit, he was part of the planning and organization committee overseeing the waterfront security for the protection detail of his Holiness Pope John Paul II during the World Youth Day event held in Toronto.
Stephen has also taken on the role of training other investigators in the areas of underwater crime scene management, death investigation and human trafficking. As a training Sergeant, he has been intricate in the creation of course training standards and lesson plans for marine unit training, ice rescue, swift water rescue and underwater search and recovery.
His policing experience has gained him the opportunity to be invited as a guest speaker at a variety of Canadian Universities to lecture on such topics as; Policing, Investigating Human Trafficking, Underwater Forensic Investigations, Investigating the Water-Related Death, and the Use of Underwater Archaeological Techniques in Underwater Crime Scenes and Body Recovery.
Stephen has successfully completed training in the areas of close protection and possesses the knowledge to properly conduct threat assessments on critical infrastructures using the CARVER Methodology. He also holds a certification as a close protection instructor using the fundamentals of Krav Maga. He has received training in Israeli Dynamic shooting techniques and is trained in the handling and use of a number weapons including; the Glock semi-automatic pistol, the Remington 870 shotgun, MP5 and the Colt C-8 Carbine rifle. Stephen also has extensive experience in the areas of physical and mobile surveillance.