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MEET OUR COACHES

SCOTT IRELAND

DISCIPLINES:
Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, BJJ & Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Started in Karate at the age of 6 receiving my black belt by 12. I had my first full contact MMA fight at the age of 16.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
Scott started coaching kids in kickboxing to kids at 17. At 26 he moved to Australia to coach full time.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Achieving my black belt in BJJ and also creating Training Grounds. Being able to help people in so many ways through martial arts is a pleasure.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE?
Martial arts is a way of life. So much can be learned through learning a martial art. Physically you become in tune with your body. Mentally you become strong, confident and controlled.

HEROES:
Everyday people who get along with their lives through struggle, good and bad times, and still manage to smile.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Technique, practicality & enjoyment. Techniques should be practical in either competition or real-life situations. It should also put a smile on your face, you have to put in the training but also enjoy it to really progress.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN INSTRUCTOR:
Being able to make an impact: giving children life lessons through martial arts practice and adults time away from work and personal life, as well as skills to protect themselves.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
A Martial Artist

CAIO BELTRAO

DISCIPLINES:
BJJ, Muay Thai.

DATE YOU STARTED & ACHIEVEMENTS:
Started in 2002.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
8 years Muay Thai and 4 years BJJ.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
BJJ black belt and achieving my Physical Education Diploma.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
I love martial arts because it changes and improves people’s life, health and spirit.

HEROES:
Bruce Lee and Rickson Gracie and my master Claudio Arrais. 

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
The more you know and learn the less you have to use it.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
I love to help and change people’s lives for the better in so many ways forever 🙂

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Love my job.

AYO ODEYALE

DISCIPLINES:
Boxing.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Began boxing in 2007, 2013 NSW Novice – 91kg Champion.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
9 years.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
As a Coach: 2014 69kg Womens’ Australian Championship Silver Medalist; 2017 NSW Mens -91kg Champion, ‘King of the Ring’ -91kg Champion; 2018 NSW Womens’ – 64kg Novice Champion ; 2019 NSW 91kg Men’s Champion. 

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
Boxing is historically known as the poor man’s sport, because it’s accessible to all and is viewed as a way out of poverty. I am passionate about pugilism because any man, woman or child can start boxing relatively easily. All you need to begin is desire and commitment.

You can skip, shadow-box, hit the bag, pound the pavement and do your ground-work in solitude. Yet you cannot progress as a boxer without a coach and training/sparring partners.

HEROES:
Joe Louis, Ray Robinson, Joe Walcott, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Vasyl Lomanchenko.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Quality is not an act. It is a habit.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN INSTRUCTOR:
Boxing has given me more than I can ever give it back, my passion is my livelihood and every day I try and be the best coach and boxer I can be. Each class, whether I am a teacher or a student, is an opportunity to improve. It is my goal to help every boxer under my tutelage, fulfil their potential. It’s what gets me up in the early hours every day.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Passionate. Loud. Joker.

WAYNE MILLER

DISCIPLINES:
Kids BJJ Coach.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Officially with Roots Paulo Guimaraes/Fabio Glazier BJJ in 2007.

Blue belt from Jorge Pereira Coral Belt under Rixon Gracie and became a Roots instructor under Paulo Guimaraes at that time. 

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
7 years.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
As I started late at the age of 47 my focus is on teaching so for me it’s the success of the kids I teach.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
The bonds that come from the contact on the mats is unique. The game itself is technical and ever evolving which is great for the mind and body.

HEROES:
My Daughter, my Mum and Dad first and foremost. From a BJJ Perspective it’s a hard one. I think Jorge Pereira for his dedication to Jiu Jitsu, his journey in the early days and his ongoing friendship.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Be patient and open minded. Everyone is on their own journey so be a listener and kind. Teach every class as it’s the most important class you will ever teach. 

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN INSTRUCTOR:
Passing on the knowledge, watching the growth in others in many areas. Celebrating the success of others is the most rewarding.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Kind, caring and patient.

JAMIE RAE

DISCIPLINES:
Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA & BJJ

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
I started training Kickboxing under coach Mick Kealy at North Sydney PCYC IN 1999 (while I was in high school). After school I travelled to Thailand multiple times to train, mainly at Legacy Gym in Issan province owned my K1 Max fighter Ole Laursen. In 2008 I switched to Boxing under coach Arnel Barotillo & achieved a record of 10W 2L.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
I first started teaching the Saturday Boxing class at Pumphouse Fitness in 2009 while I was also competing in amateur boxing. I have been covering Boxing & Muay Thai classes sporadically at TG since 2014 & in 2020 decided to take it more seriously as a career option.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Winning my pro MMA debut in 2011, which aired on Fox Sports.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
I take great pleasure in seeing a fighter use skill & style to out smart an aggressive opponent. I like to see the changes in confidence it brings into people’s lives as they improve.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Train Hard, Train Smart & ENJOY the journey.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
The opportunity to develop & empower people through martial arts & to see them grow as I know how much it helped me as a young man.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Supportive, Light hearted, Loud!

TIM BROGAN

DISCIPLINES:
BJJ.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Started in 2010 and was a ferocious white belt. I’ve won several golds at local tournaments.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
1 year.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Won an amateur MMA tournament with two wins by arm bar.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE?
I love the concept of leverage in the techniques, understanding the mechanism that makes small overcome big.

HEROES:
Marcelo.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Test and learn.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
Getting to learn twice!

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Curious, grounded and social.

ERIC HOLMSTROM

DISCIPLINES:
BJJ.

DATE YOU STARTED & ACHIEVEMENTS:
I started end of 2009, I’ve won serveral Gold, Silver and Bronze medals; most recently the 2018 NSW BJJ State Championships Male Brown Master1 79kg (82.3 kg) Gi – Gold and 2018 NSW Sub Only Championship – Adult Male Brown & Black Belt 77kg – Gold.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
2 Years.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
I’ve won several gold medals but would have to say my wife saying yes to marry me!

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
Everyone is equal when stepping on the mats. Your results are determined by your commitment and effort. No amount of money, talk or ego will save you when the time comes to roll.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
<excuse here>, cool lets train.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
Celebrating when a student’s hard work pays off.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
I love cake.

CHRIS GALETTI

DISCIPLINES:
Muay Thai.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
2009 – Golden Mongkhon finalist. 

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR
 3 years as a Muay Thai Instructor (5 years as a Gymnastics coach).

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
2 weeks in a Singapore hospital after 2 months in Thailand (ask me about it sometime).

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:                                                                                              I love Muay Thai – I love it as a contact sport but also as an amazing martial art and that incorporates discipline, culture, history and creativity. I love it because it is an art form that offers you the chance to get out of your head and express yourself with your entire body. Muay Thai training is the greatest form of physical and mental training I’ve experienced of all sports and martial arts. Best of all, it’s super fun! and everyone looks, feels and smells great after a training session. 

HEROES:
My Dad and grandfather, Luigi.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Hard. While remembering to breath and smile 🙂

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN INSTRUCTOR: 
Being inspired by a student’s passion and willingness to train and learn. The positive energy that ALL students bring to training. Watching a beginner grow and thrive and develop new skills and techniques. Mutual Respect and the friendly social atmosphere & interaction between strangers in a gym. I ALWAYS leave the gym feeling great. So thank you for making my day (even if you didn’t realise you did 🙂 )

SARAH HOLMSTROM

DISCIPLINES:
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
I started in September 2014. NSW State championship second place 2017 , NSW State championship Third place 2018, (always a bridesmaid, never a bride).

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
I started in 2019.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Being a mum.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
I love that it challenges me physically and mentally each time. When I train, I’m not thinking of anything else, it’s just me . . . .trying not to be squished.

HEROES:
I don’t really have any specific BJJ heros. I really like watching the aussie competitors put Australia on the map for BJJ.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
All you need is good training partners and time on the mats. Simple.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
Seeing someones face light up when a technique “clicks” for them.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Needs a nap.

JASON KELLY

DISCIPLINES:
Boxing.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Began boxing in 1991. Awarded Tamworth PCYC Gentleman Boxer of the Year 1992.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
1 year as a boxing  instructor at Training Grounds. 14 years as a personal trainer teaching boxing to clients.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Headlining a couple of local boxing promotions by Mark Pitts at North Sydney Leagues Club

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:

Boxing gave me confidence and took me out of my comfort zone and made me grow as a person. I love to pass on what I have learnt from my coaches and see people improve and develop.

HEROES:
Ray Robinson, Joe Walcott, Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, James Toney, just  to name a few

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
There is always something to learn and to improve.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN INSTRUCTOR:
The thing I love most about boxing is the people I have met. All the coaches I’ve had over the years, the people I’ve trained with and the people I’ve trained have made me a better person and given me support when I needed it.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Easy-going, positive, philomath

STJOHN BLACK

DISCIPLINES:
Boxing, Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
I started the day I turned 18 – 08/02/2013. BJJ Purple Belt (35+ matches), 2014-2015 ISKA Combat Grappling Champion, Boxing record of 2-1, Muay Thai record of 1-0 & MMA Record of 1-1.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
Started instructing casually in 2016 and started full time at TG in July of 2020.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Winning my second amateur MMA contest, it was a big personal victory for me in many ways and a validation that even after a loss you can work your way back and win by using the loss as a lesson and staying consistent. 

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
I love all martial arts, they are a fantastic gateway for people to learn discipline, hard work and gain confidence. The benefits they have for practitioners is immense – community, confidence, fitness and self belief being some of the few. 

HEROES:
Not necessarily martial arts practitioners but my parents. They have always led by example and been true to themselves and their family and if I am able to make them proud then I know I’ve done well.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Focus on your own improvement and do not worry about your peers. Your improvement is your own and the only person you can compare yourself to is who you were yesterday. Keep striving to get a little bit better.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
Seeing how happy people get when they feel they have improved or learnt something.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Happy, Grateful and Short.

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