Finlay Beaton

Krav Maga Instructor at Monarchy MMA

Good news! Krav Maga classes are now also available at City Centre and Bangsar branches! We have Finlay Beaton joining us as our Krav Maga instructor. Both he and Darren Mac will be coaching our Krav Maga classes. We aim to provide our members with comprehensive self defense training by making it available across all 3 of our branches. 

Finlay Beaton joins our team of extraordinary instructors here at Monarchy MMA. Finlay's Krav Maga journey began Beijing in 2011 and was one of the first group of people to study Krav Maga in China. While in China he spent some time studying some of the traditional Chinese martial art styles, He originally stayed in Henan province which is the home of the Shaolin temple. He most definitely spent a holiday studying at one of the Shaolin schools. However, he mainly studied the systems that come under the 'internal' heading that is Taiji, Xingyi, and Baguazhang. The one that he ended up studying the longest was Baguazhang. The study of that art is what had him move to Beijing where Bagua was developed. The practice involved a lot of standing meditation and forms practice all practised outside even in the winter.

After 2 years of Krav Maga study, his instructor recommended that he become an instructor. It involved 2 two-week intensive courses where training begins at 9:00am - 6:00pm every day. The course is designed to teach specific teaching methods of Krav Maga Global as well as covering over all the parts of the syllabus that one is required to know. The second part of the course ends with an exam which contains both a teaching section, where one has to teach a technique chosen by the examiner to fellow trainees; a technical section, where one has to demonstrate all the techniques one has learnt over the course; and a drills section, this is where self-defence and fighting skills are put to the test in different pressures tests and sparring drills. Finalay’s exam took about 12 hours.

In 2013, Finlay completed instructor course in Australia, was one of only 2 KMG instructors in China. 

In 2015, he moved to Indonesia taught small group classes. He has trained in China, Singapore, Australia, and Israel under top instructors in KMG. He is currently a Graduate 2 level instructor in Krav Maga under Krav Maga Global.

While in Beijing, Finlay spent some time studying with a Balintawak Eskrima teacher, he was Finlay’s neighbour from the Philippines. Balintawak in a system that is traditionally taught one-to-one. The instructor teaches the student by attacking them in increasing more complex and varied ways. The student is taught to react and respond. During the exam they have to demonstrate that they can lead a student though random attack and defence sequences in a safe and effective manner. It ends with stick and knife sparring.

Bring in it all together.

“One of the nice things about Krav Maga is that it is a style that contains a lot of varied disciplines. So no matter what your background is you can find it useful in Krav Maga. What Krav Maga also does is take martial skills and apply them for modern self-defence situation. Through my study of Krav Maga I have been able to apply a lot of the different skill I learnt from different systems,” Finlay Beaton

Thoughts on self defence.

“A large part of self defence is about mindset. When we are dealing with self defence it is different from a ring fight in the way that  our objective doesn’t have to be to defeat the other person. In a personal defence situation, our aim is to escape. This involves awareness, verbal de-escalation, physical defence, controlled aggression, and disengaging. It is important o train all of these things,” Finlay Beaton. 



Black belt in Taekwondo (ITF style)

Experience in Chinese styles while living in China

Graduate 2 level instructor in Krav Maga

Instructor of Balintawak Eskrima