Meet The Instructors

The following instructors below have all been personally certified and tested by Charlie and teach workshops throughout New Zealand.

Sarah Vallecer MINDSET Instructor
Sarah Vallecer
Women's MINDSET National Instructor (New Zealand)
Antonina Fourman MINDSET Instructor
Antonina Fourman
Women's MINDSET Instructor (Australia & New Zealand)
Ishita Dwivedi MINDSET Instructor
Ishita Dwivedi
Women's MINDSET Instructor
(New Zealand)
Amber Schnauer MINDSET Instructor
Amber Schnauer
Women's MINDSET Instructor
(New Zealand)
Charlie Riley - MINDSET Self-Defence & Close Quarters Combat

Charlie Riley
Chief Instructor & Owner (Australia & New Zealand)

Charlie is a qualified Martial Arts and Close Quarters Combat instructor. He began training in Tae Kwondo in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the age of 16 at the Teh's Tae Kwondo Institute under chief instructor Thomas McLaughlin. While training at Teh's he achieved 4th Kup, realising that this wasn't what he wanted to continue training in, he then moved on to studying Wu Shu Kwan (Chinese Boxing) under Sifu Dr Javad Birjandi (deceased).

Due to internal politics within the Wu Shu Kwan hierarchy, Sifu Birjandi with some of his senior students (Charlie included) started training under a new system called Zhuan Shu Kuan (Chinese Fighting Art). With commitments to work, studying and bringing up a young family, training ceased for a few years until he migrated to New Zealand in 1995. Within a couple of months of being in the country he started training with Siu Lum Gar Kung Fu and Kickboxing under the watchful eye of chief instructor Sigung Martin Lindgreen.

Charlie initially concentrated on advancing his Kickboxing/Chinese Boxing/Arnis skills with Siu Lum Gar, progressing through the grades rapidly and becoming one of Siu Lum Gars Kickboxing instructors. When Charlie's two son's started learning Kung Fu, he concentrated on working with them and became more involved with the Kung Fu, again working his way through the ranks quickly, he started instructing students.

Even before he was presented with his instructors Black Sash he was running his own Kung Fu branches in Pakuranga, Papatoetoe, Maraetai & Manurewa (Auckland, New Zealand).

With a thirst for learning his training hadn't stopped, in 2013 he started training Krav Maga reaching Level 4, at this stage he found that he would be tidied to their system in more ways than one. So Charlie continued his training becoming a registered ICS Close Quarters Combat instructor (as of March 2020 he is now a Level 10 Integrated Combat Systems Master Instructor), all the intensive close quarters combat courses and gradings have been conducted in person by ICS's chief instructor Peter Sciarra.

Also in August 2013 he became a Protect Self Defence accredited trainer, the course was conducted in Auckland by Protects director and chief instructor Phil Thompson. (Auckland, New Zealand)

During August 2014, Charlie became a certified Level Four (as of 2018 he's now graded to Level 7) Unarmed Combatives Instructor with Hock Hochheim's CQC system, plus a Level Three PAC (Pacific Archipelago Combatives) Instructor and a Level Three FFC (Freelancer Filipino Combatives Instructor). The grading and certification was conducted in Auckland by one of the worlds leading CQC instructors; Hock Hochheim. (Texas, USA)

At the beginning of 2019, Charlie and his team of instructors started developing their Street Smart syllabus to cater specifically for the blind and partially sighted. Working with the Blind Foundation in Auckland, the self-defence program as far as we know was a first for New Zealand.

Charlie has also completed Combat Krav Maga Knife Workshops: achieving Levels 1, 2 and 3. Prior to moving from New Zealand he was also the Combat Striking Instructor for the Krav Fighter Gym in Auckland.

In August 2022 Charlie moved to Adelaide where he started MINDSET Self-Defence & Close-Quarters Combat, he'll be teaching his syllabus along with the ICS (Integrated Combat System) syllabus. Charlie has also been screened and cleared with both a South Australian Police check and Working with Children check.