About Us

 

Libby Banfield

Libby is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Soar With Us, a company that promotes healthy living through Personal Safety and Self-Defence, fitness and adventure.  Libby is British and has lived in the Netherlands for the past 8 years with her husband and 2 daughters.

Libby’s career journey has taken her from management consultancy to Personal Training -with the common theme of motivating and inspiring people.    She qualified as a Personal Safety and Self-Defence instructor in early 2019 through Combat Academy in the UK.  Libby is always looking for new ways to live a healthy lifestyle and share this with others.

Through her training with Combat Academy, she and her partners have developed new ideas to make fitness fun and motivational, as well as sharing their Personal Safety and Self-Defence skills with their local community, including some international schools.  The response from high school students has been extremely positive.

 

 

 

Shelly Dhaliwal

Shelly is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Soar With Us, a company that promotes healthy living through Personal Safety and Self-Defence, fitness, eating well and adventure. Shelly is American and has been living in the Netherlands with her husband and 2 daughters for the past 7 years.

Throughout her career in Management, Shelly has always had a passion and talent for coming alongside people and is inspired by seeing them reach their potential. 

Shelly qualified as a Personal Safety and Self-Defence instructor in early 2019 with Combat Academy in the UK.  Shelly loves the outdoors and is keen to explore new ways to make outdoor activities fun and engaging. Through her Personal Safety and Self-defence training, Shelly has discovered her skills as a motivator.  Shelly feels strongly about helping those less fortunate and is working the part of the business that helps the whole community thrive.

 

 

 

Silpa Jethwa

Silpa is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Soar With Us, a company that promotes healthy living through Personal Safety and Self-Defence, fitness and adventure.  Silpa is British and lives in the Netherlands with her husband and 2 daughters.  Her husband’s work has taken the family to many different countries, Oman, India, Australia and more recently the Netherlands. 

Silpa qualified as a self-defence instructor through Combat Academy in the UK in early 2019 with her business partners, Shelly Dhaliwal and Libby Banfield.  Silpa gained a great deal of insight into herself and also gained some new skills not only within self-defence but also on a personal level and felt that it should be something that everyone should experience.

Previously, Silpa worked for ACCESS (a non-profit organisation) that helps Internationals settle into the Netherlands.  Having lived in many different counties, Silpa recognises the excitement and isolation that can come with a transient lifestyle and the need to feel a sense of belonging in order to be comfortable, safe and valued.

 

The 3 partners have been eager to share their knowledge and experience with as many people as possible.  The personal safety and self-defence training that they give has been well received among their local community, especially as it is reality based and looks at typical scenarios based on their participants.