Nelis started his career in the SA Defence Force in 1986.  He qualified himself as a physical training instructor and was intensively involved in the training of new recruits in various disciplines’ such as Combat Firearm Training, Drill, Class Presentation in various subjects and Physical Training.

In 1988 he was employed as a clerk at Armscor but decided not make it a career since it was not in his line of interest.  In 1989 he went to Technicon Pretoria and became a full time student, studying a three year National Diploma:  Personnel Management until 1991.

In 1992 he started his professional career at Centurion Town Council as a Human Resource Development Officer and trained Council Employees in various fields of Life Skills as well as the upliftment and empowerment of the Community in several Projects.

He has always been interested in Tactical / Operational Training with the emphasis on Firearms & Basic Self-Defence.  He qualified himself as a Firearm Instructor during the 90’s in Handgun & Shotgun at Unisa and was affiliated at the International Training Academy.  Thereafter he qualified himself as an Assessor, Moderator & Verifier at the SASSETA (South African Safety & Security SETA) as well as the Local Government SETA.

After he obtained abovementioned qualifications he went for several Combat Shooting courses and was also in the privileged position to be trained by members of the previous SA Special Forces in courses such as:  CQB-close Quarter Battle Encounters, Advanced Close Quarter Battle Encounters and a  supplementary two years of Intensive Knife Training.

He is presently involved in the training of the Community in Basic Knife Fighting Skills on an ad hoc basis.

His passion is people, and he enjoys to empower the conventional, law abiding citizens of SA to the best of his ability.