Simon has been an operational police officer since 1994.
He has a passion for unlocking the potential in his self-defense students. Wether it be police, military, security or private citizen’s.
He has worked assignments such as patrol, motorcycle officer, in-service instructor ( self-defense/tactics/shooting ), pro active SWAT, narcotics detective, close protection officer, bicyle officer and currently assistant Director of training in the Brussels South Police Department.
In his youth he was selected 3 x on the national rowing team for Belgium in 2-, 4+ and 8+.
He tries to stay active despite the injuries of life.
He has trained in English boxing, Thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Tsun, Aïkido, Shooto, Kali/Escrima and various self defense systems.
He has thaught worldwide as a trainer for ASP ( baton, pepperspray, lights and handcuffs), Safariland Def Tech (Less lethal options), Safariland Protech (ballistic shield), CTS less lethal options), Simunition ( Force-on-force ), Red Man (force-on-force), Wallbanger dynamic entry).
He speaks Flemish, French, English, Danish and some German.
He is married to Maaike and the proud father of two sons: Thor and Erik.
He is the President of Sheepdog.
Alex has been a police officer for 20 years, he’s been a police officer since 2000.
He started quite naturally with the police first responser service (101 in Belgium) and then in 2004 he joined the SWAT team callled BAC (Anti-Crime Brigade).
At the BAC, he was in charge, with his colleagues, of searching proactively for crime in progress, finding escaped prisoners as well as people wanted by the justice system (warrant), transferring dangerous prisoners and helping the spotter cell which has to collect information during so-called risky football matches, as well as assisting the colleagues of the first responder service in case of riskier interventions. They also assisted the detectives for High risk warrants.
In 2014, he became a shooting instructor for the police, which is logical given that this was his passion even before he joined the police department.
Since 2017, he has been a full time Shooting Instructor/Trainer at the training unit of his police department where he passionately passes on all his knowledge/experience to other police officers.
He is one of the three founders of Sheepdog Belgium.
Koen has a past as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.
He still gives swimming lessons in a side job.
In 2012 he became a member of the Federal Police.
He started working at the National Police School in Brussels to take care of the administration and logistics for the department of violence control and sports.
That’s where the passion for the shooting sports started and got the first initiations into the world of gun making. In 2017, he moved to the Local Police Zone Brussels South.
Here, he is responsible for the organization and planning of police training, searching for new trainers, managing the logistics, repairing, distributing and maintaining weapons.
He has the insight to quickly detect errors in novice shooters in order to bring them to a high level at a fast pace.
This both in the field of precision shooting and course shooting. Gun upgrades, helping you with material choices and more than anything else he has mastered gun legislation thanks to his administrative functions and can help with all the paperwork from buying a gun to sports marksman’s license.
Koen has also been taking part in national and international track shooting competitions (IPSC) for several years now.
This is a dynamic shooting discipline that needs speed and precision. This sport can be extensively trained through private lessons or group lessons at the club.
Koen himself shoots in the IPSC discipline – production optics, meaning with a standard pistol but with an optical sight type reddot. In his case the GLOCK 17 gen 5 MOS with the reddot SHIELD RMSw (4 moa).
Besides pistol he also shoots discipline IPSC – PCC (pistol carabine caliber) in other words a rifle with pistol ammunition. For this he uses the JP-Enterprises GMR-15 and as an optical sight an aimpoint T2 (2 moa).
He currently gives courses such as : Gun shooting, rifle shooting, pump action shooting and of course swimming lessons for both young and old.
He speaks Flemish, French and English.
He is a board member of Sheepdog.