ABOUT ME

I am a fully qualified personal trainer with more than 15 years’ experience in coaching Canberrans to reach their full physical potential. During this time, I have honed my skills in martial arts, human movement, and strength and conditioning - my main passions in life!

 

Back in 2000, I established the first Capoeira classes in Canberra, a Brazilian martial art in which I am a Contra Mestre, or brown belt. I have travelled nationally and internationally to teach and train Capoeira, and am recognised as a pioneer of the art form in Australia. I also hold a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art in which I've competed locally and nationally.

 

As well as training seasoned athletes to achieve their competition goals, I love working with people who are recovering from illness or injury, and people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

 

My approach to coaching is to tailor programming to suit the needs and aspirations of each client, be it weight loss, building strength, improving cardiovascular endurance, enhancing mobility, or sports-specific training. 

 

MY INFLUENCES

My coaching style has been influenced and inspired by many people over the years. I draw on aspects of martial arts, gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, Crossfit, human movement and sports conditioning, to design and tailor programming for my clients.

 

In recent years I've been fortunate to study and learn from talented individuals such as Ido Portal, Joe De Franco, Andre Galvao, and Mestre Moraes. From their teachings I've learnt a great deal about taking a cross-disciplinary approach to training, about how to get the most out of the human body, how to maintain a high level of athleticism over time, and of course, what hard work and dedication can do!

 

I've also learnt a lot from my clients and students since becoming a coach more than a decade ago. The people I train and train with every day always teach me something new, and challenge and inspire me to improve.

QUALIFICATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Personal Training Certificates 3 & 4 

  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)

  • Level 1 CPPS Cert (Joe deFranco & Jim Smith)

  • Steve Maxwell Fundamentals of Human Movement Certification

  • Certified CrossFit Coach - Level 1

  • Iron Edge Kettlebell Certificate - Level 1 & Level 2

  • Capoeira Teacher (Contra Mestre)

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Black Belt)

  • Gymnastics Australia, Gymnastics Coaching Certificate - beginners & kids​

  • ​Ido Portal Movement X Workshop

  • Ido Portal Corset Workshop

  • Ido Portal Movement Meeting 2016

  • Level 1 Gymnastic Bodies Seminar

  • Level 1 Real Movement Project Seminar