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Coaching is one of the most rewarding things that I could imagine doing. I have had the privilege of helping people from all walks of life, from hobbyists to professional fighters make dramatic changes in both their bodies and their minds. It is a long, sometimes frustrating, journey and not easy at times however if you can deal with all the challenges that this true martial art will throw at you, it will change your life for the better. It has with mine and I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to help others along the way.
John Donehue
Head Coach John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA

JOHN DONEHUE

OWNER, HEAD COACH & JIU JITSU COACH

Owner and Head Coach John Donehue has been training in martial arts for over 35 years and is still travelling the world searching for new and innovative ways to enhance our curriculum to provide the best programs available to our students and clients. We also work closely with professional sporting organisations in both the AFL and NRL including the Melbourne Storm (NRL) and North Melbourne Football Club (AFL).

Head Coach John Donehue hails originally from a boxing and kickboxing background, but that all changed when, on a training trip in the United States, World Champion kick boxer Bill “Super foot” Wallace introduced John to Gene LeBell’s World of Judo and Grappling. That’s where the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu story began for John, who competed on the Machado U.S.A. Competition Team winning the Nationals twice and also receiving a Gold and Silver medal in the 1997 Joe Moriera Internationals.

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FRANCO VALENZUELA

BOXING COACH

Franco specialises in boxing related strength and conditioning, functional training and H.I.I.T. He trains groups as well and one-on-one from beginners to advanced, focusing on boxing and sparring technique.

Coach Franco has been trained and guided by renowned trainer Peter Hatton and has adopted some of the best training techniques in the sport of boxing. He has built up his reputation as a boxing trainer over the years and with his fighting experience can pass on that knowledge to his students regardless of their goals. Coach Franco specialises in boxing related strength and conditioning, functional training and H.I.I.T. He trains groups as well and one-on-one from beginners to advanced, focusing on boxing and sparring technique.

Qualifications & Experience
  • Current professional boxer with 10 years of boxing experience
  • 10 amateur bouts 2 x VABL state title holder
  • 6 professional bouts (3 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw)
  • 1 x state title contender with a total of 36 rounds fought
  • 2014 Australian Boxing Federation fight of the year award
A lot of people looking from the outside in, misunderstand the sport. Not knowing how combat-type training isn’t just for competition. Its self-defence, its helping build characteristics like discipline, commitment, focus and many others. And through expanding my knowledge in the industry, I will continue to share it forward with teaching the art of Muay Thai and also work as the Strength and Power Development Coach of Combat Athletes.
Romeo Apines Jnr.
Muay Thai Coach

ROMEO APINES JR

MUAY THAI COACH, KIDS MUAY THAI COACH

Since starting Muay Thai,Romeo Apines Jnr has been given the opportunity to be mentored by some of the best coaches and fighters in the industry, 2x Australian Champion Erik Miskle, ‘The Timorese Assassin’ Albert Xavier and long time veteran coach Laos Toohey. He has taken what they’ve taught him, and applied it into the ring as well as sharing that knowledge forward to others regardless if they are a beginner or a professional.

Romeo is a passionate coach who focuses on fundamental and advanced techniques in one-on-one or group classes. He gives positive and constructive advice based on your level of experience.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Professional Muay Thai Fighter
  • Amateur Boxing

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Certification III, IV and
  • Diploma of Fitness
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sport Practice)
  • Woodford Sports Science Consulting Internship
  • Virus Human Performance Internship
  • RISE High Performance Internship (currently)
  • Australian Strength Coach Level 1 and 2
  • WSSC Speed, Strength, Power Development Workshop
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Jade Kerr

KIDS BJJ COACH, MMA Coach & Personal Trainer

Jade has been involved in different sports and activities since she could walk. She played netball and AFL up until she suffered multiple knee injuries in her early 20’s. After having a knee reconstruction, she was hesitant to return to these sports and found herself boxing at a local gym for rehabilitation. She was instantly hooked and began to plan each day around being able to attend a boxing class. Curiosity got the better of her and before she knew it she was training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and loving it.

Adversity served as a blessing in disguise – training has made her stronger both physically and mentally, increased her confidence, given her aspirations she once viewed as impossible and the people that she has met along the way have made her into a better person. Jade’s only regret is that she didn’t start sooner!

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
    Amateur boxer, winning first fight by TKO
  • Multiple gold medals in BJJ tournaments at both white and blue belt

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Working with Children Check
    Bachelor of Science (Psychology major)
  • Cert III in Fitness, currently completing Cert IV
  • First Aid, CPR and Management of Anaphylaxis
  • Travels to different countries around the world every year chasing knowledge and experiences in BJJ and striking
I have so much passion for martial arts that it is hard for me to put into words. I love nothing more than passing on the knowledge and confidence I have gained to the next generation of martial artists, so much so I am training and coaching at the gym 6 days a week. This style of training has helped shape the best version of me, and I know that with the right team and enough commitment, it will do the same for anyone.
Jade Kerr
Kids BJJ Coach, MMA Coach

ZAC PHILIPS

KIDS BJJ COACH

Zac is a teacher, personal trainer and martial artist. With over ten years experience in martial arts, with a specific focus on Muay Thai, Karate, Krav Maga and BJJ, he is ready to help your child take the next step in self-confidence.

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Amateur Kickboxer, winning first fight by KO
  • Gold medal winner at Renegade NoGi white belt competition
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
  • Working with Children Check
  • Grad Dip Education, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Psychology and Business, Monash University
  • Cert 3 and 4 Fitness (Fitness Industry Australia)
  • First Aid, CPR and Management of Anaphylaxis
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt (Under John Donehue)
  • Krav Maga Instructor – Combat KM (Under Lior Offenbach)
  • Muay Thai Black Singlet – BJC (Under Billie Manne)
  • Zen Do Kai Brown Belt – BJC (Under Billie Manne)
  • 7 years teaching in primary and secondary schools
  • 5 years teaching self-defence electives and after school programs in high schools
  • 2 years coaching Krav Maga at IDF Training Melbourne
  • 2 years coaching Beginners Boxing and Kickboxing at Energym
  • Conducted multiple Self-Defence, Motivational, Mental Health Awareness and Anti Bullying Seminars
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SAM GRAVAND

WRESTLING COACH

Sam is a FILA certified Wrestling Coach with more than 10 years experience wrestling in Australia and Iran. Sam’s classes focus on traditional Freestyle Wrestling and are not only a perfect complement to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling and MMA training but also an intense full body workout.