Director Al Collins, founder of COMBATIVS, was trained by his father, who was a WWII combat-decorated British Commando, trained by the father of modern combatives, Colonel William E. Fairbairn, considered the most lethal hand-to-hand fighter of all time, at Scotland’s Achnacarry Commando Training Center. Colonel Fairbairn taught British, American and Canadian Commandos and the OSS (early CIA) at Camp X. He’s also considered the father of SWAT, who taught combatives into his ’70’s.
Over the years, Director Collins trained with several other Close Quarter Combat instructors and was certified as a CQC Instructor at the Close Quarter Combat Skills Institute in the USA. For over 30 years, the Institute trained many international military and government special operatives, such as the CIA, US Secret Service, US Military SOG, DEA, SWAT, and Counter-terrorism and Covert Special Mission Units. This Institute ceased operations in 2018.
Director Collins is also a Black Belt in a combat martial art who has trained with Grandmasters, Masters and Instructors in such systems as Brazilian Jujitsu, Chuck Norris UFAF, Judo, Kickboxing, Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu, Shotokan Karate, Combat Tai Chi and Tang Soo Do.
He is a lifelong hunter and a combat marksman with handgun, shotgun and rifle.