Above: Dan Hunt, Marshall Officer, and Nathan Barnes, Anvil Training and Development Founding Members, 2019
What is Anvil Training and Development?
Anvil Training & Development is an Australian Veteran Owned and Operated company. We believe in a growth mindset supported by continuous learning, smart physical training, and mental health support, in pursuit of lifelong personal development.
Who Are We?
The Anvil Team is made up of three young Australian Veterans who all served together in the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, in Townsville, between 2011 and 2017. The team now works to provide three key services, delivered through a predominately online platform. These services are Education, in the form of high quality information presented in Articles on our website and posts on our Social Media accounts, Training, in the form of individual and group holistic physical and mental training for rehabilitation, prehabilitation, competitive sports, and general health, and Business, in the form of training equipment and apparel sales.
Nathan left the Army with 7 years of experience: four years in Infantry, one year as an Administration and Finance Clerk and two years as a Command Support Clerk. During that time, he deployed with Force Protection Element-2 to Afghanistan in 2014-2015, and held various team management positions later in his career. He has had experience in small businesses for 5 years, taking on every role of business including online website design, social media management, marketing and advertising, research and development, design and manufacturing, administration, customer service, business development, warehousing, fulfillment and international business relations.
Nathan is primarily responsible for everything Business and Technology. He has a passion for innovation, combined with a desire to help as many people as possible. If there is a tech solution to making our work easier, other people's lives better, and keeps us providing education for free, Nathan makes it happen.
Dan left the Army in 2017 with 5 years experience. He was promoted to Corporal with over a year’s experience leading and training soldiers in complex operating procedures, techniques and tactics, and deployed with Force Protection Element-2 to Afghanistan in 2014-2015. He has also spent over a year in an immigration role working in a welfare and security context. He has conducted 1 year of tertiary education, studying Engineering. He is also a qualified Personal Trainer, holding his Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness.
Dan has a passion for education. He loves to learn about a huge range of topics and has a unique talent for turning extremely complex information into easily digestible content, with a sense of humour to make it all the more enjoyable to read what he writes. As such, he is primarily responsible for the Education side of Anvil.
Marshall left the Army in 2017 with 6 years experience, where he was promoted to Corporal and deployed with Force Protection Element-2 to Afghanistan in 2014-2015. This included 1 year as an Instructor at the School Of Infantry. During his time in the Army, he authored 2 papers which were published and implemented at Battalion level. He has completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at Macquarie University, Sydney. Since his time in the military, he has held top performing sales and leadership roles within the Hospitality and Recruitment industries, as well as led the training and development of roles within these industries.
Marshall is particularly passionate about physical training. He has always been obsessed with strength and conditioning, as well as how physical training and mental health go hand in hand. He is primarily responsible for the Training side of Anvil, and holds multiple fitness qualifications. These include his Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness, 200 Hour Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training Certificate, and Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach Certificate.
The Extended Family
Charlotte acts as our editor for the publications released through Anvil. As Marshall’s sister, and close friend to the Anvil team, she brings a unique perspective to the articles and assists the team with research and editorial work. With degrees in psychology, clinical medical science and currently completing her Doctor of Medicine - Charlotte is passionate about the integration of mental and physical health, and positive change in mental healthcare. Charlotte is a published author, and has a growing professional experience in healthcare - including working for a number of years as a telephone crisis counsellor at Lifeline, working as a neurofeedback technician and case manager for a neuropsychological practice, completing preliminary certification in cognitive behaviour therapy, and diverse work as a research assistant across mental health and suicide prevention projects.
Dr Kevin Kraushaar
Dr. Kevin Kraushaar is a trauma specialist who works with veterans with service histories ranging from the Second World War to modern day conflicts. He is passionate about mental health, and using his education and years of experience to improve the quality of life for those affected by their traumatic experiences.
The diversity of Dr. Kraushaar’s clients means he has witnessed first-hand the vast array of components that may negatively impact mental health. Using his experience, he’s able to provide insights into issues of which many people may not be aware, due to the ‘hush-hush’ stigma surrounding open discussion of mental health concerns and proactive awareness. At Anvil T&D, we value that information, and we’re excited to bring Dr Kraushaar’s knowledge through articles and other services as often as possible.
Our Current Affiliates
Balance to You
The Anvil Training team work closely with Trent and Chris at Balance to You, a Boutique Training Facility in Stafford, Queensland. Trent and Chris have been kind enough to provide an excellent space for the Anvil team to run Veteran Group Therapy 3 times a week, and we expect to be working more and more closely with them as time goes on!
Team Invictus Australia Powerlifting
Team Invictus Australia is a Powerlifting team coached by Dr Matt Stewart, an experienced powerlifting coach, competitor, and Physiotherapist with a background helping law enforcement and military recover from load carriage injuries, and Mauro Soto, an experienced coach and powerlifting competitor holding multiple records. The Anvil Training Team are working closely with these two excellent coaches to take our own strength, conditioning, coaching, and education to the next level. Check them out on Instagram: @fortislevare and @the_strengthphysio
Shaun Kober - Performance Functional Training
Shaun is a former Australian Army soldier and was awarded a “Commendation for Gallantry” for actions under fire in Afghanistan. Shaun is currently the head strength and conditioning coach at the world-renowned MMA and Muay Thai camp, Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, and works with high-level athletes and general population clients alike. Petr Yan, Antonina Shevchenko, Yana Kunitskaya, Danyelle Wolf, Damir Ismagulov, Movsar Evloev, and Aussie boxer Tim Tszyu, are a crop of recent athletes that Shaun has worked closely with, preparing these high-level fighters for bouts in the UFC, Bellator, ONE Championship, and other world-class combat-based organisations. Our work with Shaun includes collaboration on physical and mental health training and educational content, as well as working together face-to-face whenever the opportunity arises!
YouTube: Performance Functional Training
We have begun to work quite closely with the Swiss 8 team, and will continue to do so in the future. They're another group of Australian Veterans, using innovation and technology to help Young Veterans anywhere and everywhere.
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