Thorsten “Toto” Steubesand spent his formative years in the care of his parents in Germany. After completing high school, he joined his family’s industrial laundry business. After gaining so much experience and insight, he chose to further his education and receive a Bachelor’s degree in textile cleaning. Subsequently, he continued to work beside his father until the closing of his family’s business in the early 1900s. Toto Steubesand, who had already established himself as a hard worker, joined the German Armed forces and went on to become a member of the Navy in 1995. After earning his stripes and serving his country for eight to nine years, he decided to make a career out of his time spent aboard ships and boats.
After gaining experience in a number of fields, he decided to focus on ACINT (acoustic intelligence), which eventually led him to HUMINT (human intelligence). He worked relentlessly to improve his skills in his field, first becoming a field HUMINT leader in the international Special Forces community, and then rising to the position of tactical HUMINT leader. As a result of his continuing dedication and hard work, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Officer in the Anti-Terrorism/Anti-Piracy Class in Pensacola, Florida in 2012. (NITC Netsafa intern. Training center). Over the course of his military service, he was sent more than 15 times to far-flung areas on land and water. Later that year, after dedicating much of his life to serving his country, he left the Navy because he, like many of his fellow soldiers, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his final stationing.
Toto Steubesand was not only physically a warrior but mentally as well. He overcame obstacles and, in 2013, was named managing director and chief executive officer of ZST Security Service Consulting and Technology GmbH in Bordesholm, a northern German city near Kiel. After seven years, he was promoted to executive partner at the business. About one hundred pupils a month were trained in weapons and rifles by him and his associates at the International Academy for Security (IAS), which they had formed in conjunction with ZST in order to prepare for high-risk close protection duties. Because of his businesses’ emphasis on piracy prevention for commercial vessels, they qualify as private military security firms (PMSCs). Upon being approached, Toto agreed to serve as the BDSW’s chairman for the German Task Force for Marine Security.
He founded AbwehrKraft, a martial arts academy, in Kiel, Germany, in 2016. Today, he travels the globe teaching close combat and weaponry to everyone from regular citizens to law enforcement and military officials. Toto appeared on the AMAZON PRIME GERMANY show “Celebrity Hunted Germany,” which debuted in 2021. Since the coronavirus outbreak, production has been put on hold, although it is expected to resume in 2023. As a result, he is currently in high demand and has a significant impact in the fields of public speaking, military security, training, and coaching.