Riaan Coetzee joined the SADF in 1984. After basic military training he proudly served in the SAAF for 13 years.Because he has grown up with, and always loved and respected firearms, it was almost a foregone conclusion that some kind of shooting sport would form a central part of his everyday life. After years of very hard work and countless thousands of rounds and hours on firing ranges all over South Africa, he was awarded provincial (NTvl) as well as SAAF colours in pistol shooting and represented NTvl and the SAAF and SANDF on various shooting events over a period of several years.Riaan has been actively involved with Fortis since 2003, and is teaching our basic firearms course and serves as an instructor on our range of TDR (tactical defence & resistance) courses.
Some of Riaan’s biggest loves in life are: making a difference against crime, marketing, and working with people. As such he often serves as the primary contact with Fortis, whilst helping to ensure that more and more people know about what we do and how we do it.
His fun loving personality and specialized knowledge on the subject of crime forms an integral part of our training courses because we teach matters of such a deeply serious nature and we strive to ensure that students have lots of laughs while taking in the serious and realistic facts about how they can enhance their odds of surviving a criminal attack. Many a student has commented on the fact that Riaan has a certain way about him that just makes the ingestion of such serious facts something not be feared, but something they can embrace and make their own.
We strive very hard to present courses – being of such a deeply serious nature – in a mostly non-serious, light hearted manner – to ensure students do not leave feeling depressed, but rather positive and filled with new energy, knowing that the knowledge gained from our courses can be used to their utmost advantage in enhancing their survival chances against criminals.
He also has a 7th Dan in Aliquam Egestas Ligula – an ancient Roman oral art, loosely translated as “Talking Lots of Nonsense”.