Deon started Special Combat Services (SCS) in 1997. SCS trained its own group of specialist operators to act as deterrent against farm attacks. SCS operators were trained to work in small 2- or 4 man teams and operate covertly on farms for up to 4 weeks at a time without resupply. SCS gave farm crime a good knock in the Eastern Free State. SCS operators were trained to a high standard of field craft, survival, camouflage, native language, first aid, tactical shooting, firearms, unarmed combat, intelligence gathering and more. To become an SCS operator a candidate had to pass a strict month-long selection test – involving various fitness and psychological exams.During 2009, the complete SCS model was adjusted and incorporated in Fortis Pro-Active Defence Solutions. Fortis trains individuals, farmwatches, military and police in tactical defence & resistance, tactical firearms, self defence and more. Fortis offers various courses for individuals and groups, both military and civilian.
Deon is also SA President of Combat Martial Arts Association (started in 1997). He holds a 5th dan black belt in Taekwondo, 1st dan black belt in Judo, 1st dan black belt in Hapkido. As president and head instructor for CMAA – he has trained over 5000 students from beginner to 3rd dan black belt levels. During 1991-1992 Deon has been assistant to Master YT Chung – 7th dan blackbelt – in training SADF in unarmed combat.
He also holds University Certificates in Entrepreneurial Training, Advanced Business Management and Management Consultancy.
Deon is still actively involved in Fortis training and operations on a daily basis and manages his own Taekwondo clubs.