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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.

VERA-RICARDA WINTERMAYR

DISCIPLINES:
Boxing.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
2007, several fights in Germany.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
2.5 years.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
2nd in South-Germany Championship; Coaching several fighters.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
It’s the best sport in the world! It challenges you on so many levels and the sport also changed my life.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Go hard or go home! :-).

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
Being responsible for the feeling of complete exhaustion but happiness in people (best case scenario). Also, being an advocate for this amazing sport so that others can experience boxing and fall in love with it.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Passionate, hungry, complex.

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 🙂 )

DAVID BARLOW

DISCIPLINES:
Muay Thai.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
Started training in 1996 with Sitnarong International Muay Thai Association (SIMTA) under John Steele and GRAND MASTER SKEN. Then I moved to Nongkee Pahuyuth under the instruction of Vinny Shoreman. I also spent long periods training in Thailand.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
3 years.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Fighting on “now is the time night of combat” which was aired on UK television.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
Muay Thai is a complete (striking) fighting system. It incorporates the entire body known as 8 limbs. It is great for self-defence whilst also being an awesome workout.

HEROES:
GRAND MASTER SKEN & Vinny Shoreman. I learned so much from them.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Train hard, fight easy.

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
Passing on knowledge and Seeing people achieve results.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Short and sweet.

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

DANI CURRAN

DISCIPLINES:
Boxing, Muay Thai.

DATE YOU STARTED & EARLY ACHIEVEMENTS:
In 2015 I left behind a life-long passion for dance to pursue something outside of my comfort zone and I haven’t looked back! My earliest achievement was simply being told by my coaches only months in, that I had real potential. The confidence in my skills is what made kept me going.

TIME AS AN INSTRUCTOR:
I am new to coaching striking, starting in 2019. I have also coached dancers and cheerleaders for 5+ years.

YOUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT:
Just taking a risk and leaving the 9-5 life to pursue coaching and training full time!

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINE:
Striking challenges you in ways you dont expect. It is ever-changing and no 2 styles will ever be the same. There is ALWAYS something new to learn.

HEROES:
I look up to the people around me in day-to-day life, the people that are constantly striving to achieve more and do better. The people that take risks.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:
Learn. Practice. Perfect. Learn some more. Additionally, training has to be practical but also fun! Like everything in life, if you aren’t able to enjoy what you are doing, why do it at all?

WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AM INSTRUCTOR:
There’s 2 moments I love the most.
1st- at the end of a session when everyone is sweaty and exhausted but they still have a smile on their face and tell you they can’t wait for the next session.
2nd- a lot of people come in just as a way to keep fit. I love when you can see the lightbulb turn on and a way to keep fit suddenly becomes a passion.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
Anything but normal.

STJOHN BLACK

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