Instructor Team

Haitham Himoud

profile-HaithamHaitham is the founder of Carpe Diem Krav Maga, the leading Krav Maga school in London and South East of England. With a decade of Krav Maga experience, he holds one of the highest ranks in the country and specialises in teaching civilians, women-only and junior self defence programs. He was trained and tested by some of the top Krav Maga masters in the world including Haim Sasson, Avi Moyal, Amnon Darsa and Tamir Gilad.

Martial Arts and Combat Sports have always been a passion for Haitham which included Boxing, Muay Thai and Tae Kwon where holds a black belt under the International Tae Kwon Do Federation.

In more recent years Haitham switched his focus strictly to the topic self defence with a more holistic approach encompassing techniques, principles, phycology and combat. He became a Ghost Fighting instructor under the stewardship of Phil Norman and a FAST (Fear Adrenaline Stress Training) instructor under the founder Bill Kipp. Currently progressing through the instructor levels for Filipino Street Boxing.

Haitham is also a strength and conditioning coach operating 2 successful personal training studios in London and Hampshire. He delivers tailored programs based on StrongFirst Kettlebells, Barbells, & Bodyweight as well as Training for Warriors, TacFit, Ginastica Natural, Ground Force Method and Amazing 12 Body Transformations. He is a certified Functional Movement Screening Expert (CK-FMS & StrongFirst Foundational Strength).

A serial marketing entrepreneur, Haitham also runs a thriving Marketing Business Development and Coaching practice leveraging his decades of experience as a marketing executive in the hi-tech industry. When not training or teaching, Haitham spends most of his time with his wife and three daughters. Haitham is CRB checked and a qualified First Aid Responder.

Kevin Forsyth

profile-KevinKevin trained for five years and achieved the rank of P5 before deciding to embark on his journey to becoming an instructor, qualifying from the same instructor course as Haitham. His interest in martial arts began at the age of ten when he joined a Karate class. He stayed long enough to attain his first belt but youth and peer pressure prevented further advancement. Years later Tae Kwon Do was dabbled with and after two years Kevin attained his first belt as well as an individual silver medal in the lower grade heavy-weight category and a trophy in the team competition. However, despite enjoying Tae Kwon Do , something didn’t feel right about the sport and so the journey continued. A few years later a true Mixed Martial Arts class was joined. Here there was a real emphasis on self defence and Kevin attended for three years, during which time his interest changed from traditional martial arts to a more practical, self defence based system. Sadly, changing job and moving South ended his association with the class. Before he knew it, five years had passed. Years spent sitting behind a desk and failing to get regular exercise! So after a short search with the aid of a friend, Krav Maga was found and cemented self defence as the guiding reason for Kevin training and, ultimately, teaching. Kevin is a qualified First Aid Responder.

Andy Jamieson

Andy always harboured a passion for martial arts with early experiences in Judo and Ninjitsu. For him Krav Maga filled the gaps traditional martial didn’t cover in real world situations. A former Carpe Diem student, Andy quickly progressed through the practitioner ranks en-route to becoming a civilian instructor and now teaches at the club. He was certified by Tamir Gilad, Israel Tamir and Isarel Cohen. First Aid Responder.

Jonathan Thompson

 Jonathan started his journey in self defence at a young age with Judo and Tae Kwon Do. After starting a career with the police Jonathan was introduced to Krav Maga by a colleague in 2006. He later joined Carpe Diem training weekly before undertaking the IKMF Civilian Instructor Course where he was trained and tested by the leading Krav Maga experts Israel Cohen, Israel Tamir & Tamir Gilad. First Aid Responder.