Paul Cale is the CEO of Kinetic Fighting Pty Ltd (KEF)
Paul Cale currently oversees the delivery of Individual Skills Enhancement Training (ISET) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Regardless of who his client is, Paul is driven by the company mantra ‘excellence over everything’, resulting in uncompromising standards of training and quality of content.
Paul has been involved with the Australian Army for 30 years, either as a soldier or a preferred contractor, as he is today. For most of that time he was a member of the Special Forces (SF), and deployed five times as a Commando to Afghanistan and Iraq. Paul’s personal hand-to-hand combat experiences in these theatres of war, and those of his 2nd Commando Regiment (2 CDO), have guided his development of the Kinetic Fighting system. This evolution began when, as a sergeant with 2 CDO, Paul rewrote the Close Quarter Fighting (CQF) course for Special Forces, and co-founded the 2 CDO Integrated Combat Centre (ICC). Paul later created the Infantry Integrated Combat (IIC) course being used by the entire Australian Infantry Corps, and is now the Army’s subject matter expert in delivering the Army Combatives Program (ACP). ACP level 1 is a prerequisite for all Australian soldiers.
Outside the ADF, Kinetic Fighting delivers a variety of skill-enhancement training to other government agencies and private companies. Its specialist instructors are drawn from Australia’s two pinnacle SF regiments: 2nd Commando, of which Paul was a founding member, and the Special Air Service (SAS).
In 2017, Paul was appointed Head Coach of the Australian Defence Force Martial Arts Association (ADFMAA) and continues his work enabling soldiers to develop their unarmed combat skills. Paul is also a Specialist Consultant to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and co-founder of the AIS Combat Centre. He maintains a position on the leadership team, working to enhance the training of Aussie combat sports athletes.
Paul has been involved in combat sports and martial arts since the early 1980s and holds black- belt ranks in eight different systems. These include Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), Kudo Daido Juku, Kyokushin karate and three aikido styles (Yoshinkan, Tomiki and Gyokushin Ryu), as well as the Olympic combat sports of judo and taekwondo. Paul was the first Australian to earn a Kudo black belt and heads the International Kudo Federation Australia (IKFA) as Branch Chief.
Paul draws on his experience and that of his specialist staff to ensure Kinetic Fighting maintains its position as a world leader in close combat and self-defence training.