Our Founder

KARL THORNTON
Government & Non-Government Contractor.
Anti-Human Trafficking Operations
(Child Recovery Agent)
High Risk Environment Specialist

Karl's Background

Karl was one of 538 Pty Ltd security groups top EPS (Executive Protection Specialist) Agents and specialises as a Primary Escort and Secure Transportation driver. Karl was assigned to protect some of Australia’s top CEO’s and Executives for some of Australia’s leading companies. As well as protection services for well-known National and International individuals within the entertainment industry.

Karl is an active Agent for the Child Recovery Agency, (Formerly Silent Integrity Inc.) deployed to some of the world’s most high risk environments, conducting covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and child recovery (rescue) operations, including CPP services in repatriation/rescue operations. As well as having worked with other anti-trafficking organisation’s as part of a physical response team with the Royal Thai Police, Anti-Human Trafficking Division. Karl is also a contracted instructor for the Cambodian National Police Anti-Human Trafficking, Juvenile Protection, and Criminal Investigation Departments.

Karl is contracted by Government as well as Non-Government organisation’s for his expertise in Child Recovery, and his Anti-Human Trafficking, high risk environment skills.

Karl also currently instructs self defence systems to Government Agencies, Law Enforcement, Security Professionals, Special Operations Personnel, Corporate Enterprises, Community Service Providers, and to the General Public.

Karl was awarded the Medaille OTT in 2012 by the International Bodyguard Association. This Medal is the IBA's medal for meritous and protective service by a person who has served in an area in conflict providing protection. Karl was awarded the Medaille OTT for his operational service in South East Asia in protective services and his exemplary behaviour under hostile conditions. Also being awarded the Guardian Cross of Merit (First Class) in 2021.

Karl was awarded the Shaolin Black Sash Honour. The Shaolin Temple, Dengfeng, China has a 1500 year, documented history of traditional martial arts and holds an unparalleled significance for many people around the world. The Black Sash Award was awarded to Karl by Graham Slater of traditional martial arts Australia.

In 2019 Karl was awarded The Most Professional Child Recovery Agent by Corporate Visions Global Security Awards.

Karl, is a Registered Instructor with the World Combat Association.

The WCA was founded by Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson of the UK’s British Combat Association (BCA); an organisation that changed the face of traditional martial arts, not only domestically but in a wider international context.

Launched in 2008 by Peter Consterdine, with Geoff Thompson as Co-Chief Instructor, the WCA is the organisation for our international groups and their Instructors. The WCA was, very much, a product of demand. For many years, overseas interest in the British Combat Association could not really be satisfied by a domestic U.K. organisation, hence the formation of the World Combat Association where all the benefits of membership open to our BCA people are now available globally.

Karl is also the International author of the best selling books, Violence Evolving, Controlling Distance, In Your Hands, and the book about Saving Children The Karl Thornton Story.

Karl's Qualifications
Karl Thornton is one of Australias most experienced and qualified combatives instructors. Australian Principal Instructor MDTA 1st Dan Black Belt, Gan Gan Tao, 3rd Degree Black Belt MDTA, 3rd Dan Black Belt Diploma (IBF), Level 8 MDTA Instructor, Level 3 CSO Instructor, MDTA - Registered Combatives & Tactical Operations Instructor, Registered Instructor with the World Combat Association, Certificate II in Security Operations, Certificate III in Security Operations, Certificate III in Investigative Services, Diploma of Security & Risk Management, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Qualified Baton & Handcuffs, Qualified Firearms, Qualified Private Investigator, Certificate IV in Government (Investigation), Qualified Crisis Negotiator, Qualified Undercover Operations, Qualified Human Trafficking Investigation, Diploma of Professional Counselling, Certified Police Trainer (CNP), Qualified in Predictive Profiling, Anti-Slavery Australia Course (University of Technology Sydney), Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Master Practitioner level (NLPMp), Diploma in Modern Applied Psychology, Qualified Modern Applied Psychologist.

Licenses
Licensed Security Operations, Licensed Bodyguard, Licensed Private Investigator, Licensed Private Security Trainer, Licensed Firearms.

Professional Memberships
Member of the WCA
(World Combat Association)
Principal Representative of the World Combat Association
Associate Member of the IBA
(International Bodyguard Association)
Member of the IBF
(International Budo Federation)
Professional Member of the AITD
(Australian Institute of Training and Development)
Member of ASIAL
(Australian Security Industry Association Limited)
Member of ASIS International
Member of ILEETA
(International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association)
Former Member of The British Bodyguard Association

Professional Awards
The Medaille OTT
(Awarded by the: International Bodyguard Association)
Shaolin Black Sash Honour
(Awarded by: Graham Slater - traditional martial arts Australia)
Karl was awarded the "Most Professional Child Recovery Agent 2019".
(Awarded by: CV Magazine 2019 Global Security & Investigations Awards)
The Guardian Cross of Merit - First Class
(Awarded by: The International Bodyguard Association)
Karl was recently awarded the "Most Professional Child Recovery Agent 2022".
(Awarded by: CV Magazine 2022 Global Business Awards)

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