GERRY YOUNG - BJJ & MMA HEAD COACH
Qualifications: BJJ black belt, Hapkido black belt, Cert 4 in Fitness
Gerry began his martial arts training in Hapkido and started to incorporate BJJ in his training in 2002 with Adam Newton. Gerry has instructed at several gyms including Tigers Eye Muay Thai and BJJ Hobart. Gerry also studied and instructed at Hybrid Training Centre, a Mixed Martial Arts gym. Gerry was awarded his black belt in BJJ by Adam Newton and Thiago Stefanutti in October 2016, making Gerry one of the first in the state to reach this rank.
In addition to martial arts, Gerry has a passion for functional strength and fitness training. As such he has a long history of kettle bell and barbell training as well as developing goal specific fitness programs.
Gerry has extensive experience coaching all aspects of BJJ, submission wrestling and MMA and has coached dozens of successful BJJ competitors and MMA fighers. Gerry is also an experienced MMA ref and judge.
ADAM NEWTON - BJJ COACH
Qualifications: BJJ 2nd degree black belt, Judo brown belt, accomplished Muay Thai fighter
Adam is the head coach of Sorell Martial Arts Academy and a regular guest instructor at Hobart Martial Arts Academy. Adam has had a lifetime of experience training in martial arts, starting at a young age with Judo. Adam then went on to train Muay Thai and competed in several professional fights. Adam took up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996 and has dedicated himself to this art since then. Adam was the first Tasmanian to reach the ranks of blue, purple, brown and black belt and most Tasmanian BJJ practitioners can trace their BJJ lineage to Adam.
Adam is an experienced coach in BJJ, Judo and Muay Thai as well as in Mixed Martial Arts. He is renowned for his detailed instruction and his ability to relate to his students. Adam is also sought after for private instruction in BJJ and MMA.
DAVID LEIGHTON - MUAY THAI HEAD COACH
Qualifications: 15 years of Muay Thai experiences, 8 years coaching experience.
David has been around all facets of the Muay Thai game and has extensive experience as a coach. He has cornered fighters in Australia and New Zealand, for Australian, Oceania and even World titles. There is no question that David is one of the most respected Muay Thai coaches around and the mental preparation he helps his fighters with is a big part of the reason why.
David's specialties include fighter preparation, conditioning and kick boxing techniques.
BRETT BOATWRIGHT - MUAY THAI COACH
Qualifications: 6 years of Muay Thai coaching and competing.
Brett started training and found his passion in Muay Thai in 2010. Brett began his training at hybrid training centre under then coaches, Mat Stennings and Dave Leighton. In 2014, Brett followed his coaches to HMAA.
Brett has had several professional Muay Thai fights and is known for his tenacity. Brett's technical knowledge and easy going manner earned him a spot as coach for Muay Thai classes at HMAA.
MATHEW STENNINGS - MUAY THAI COACH
Qualifications: 12 years of experience in Muay Thai
Mathew is an experienced coach with a great ability to build power into his students technique. Mat has coached many successful Muay Thai and MMA competitors and brings good skills and strategy to training. Mathew is also renowned for his ability to build up his students conditioning. Mat works well with beginners to experienced fighters and is also integral in preparing MMA fighters. His knowledge of striking and clinch ranges are a great companion to the wrestling and BJJ that HMAA students learn in other classes. His specialties include elbows, clinching, knee techniques and conditioning strategies.
RYAN MAZENGARB – BJJ/GRAPPLING FUNDAMNETALS COACH
Qualifications; BJJ purple belt, Judo yellow belt, Luta livre yellow belt.
Ryan started training judo in high school at Clarence PCYC reaching yellow belt. He discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while serving with the Royal Australian Air Force in Adelaide. In 2012 he left his career to go travelling through South America. During his nine month journey Ryan trained in brazil, Peru, Colombia and the USA. While in Peru, Ryan trained in Luta Livre, the original rival to Gracie Jiu Jitsu which focuses heavily on wrestling takedowns and is only trained no gi. Ryan competed in a Luta Livre tournament and was graded to yellow belt. Ryan is an active competitor who has competition experience in South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Peru. Ryan was promoted to bjj purple belt in 2016 due to his technical understanding, competitive skills and teaching aptitude.
BRAD HUTCHISON - KIDS BJJ COACH
Qualifications: BJJ purple belt, Judo yellow belt
Brad started his BJJ training in April 2010 at HTC under Adam Newton, Gerry Young and Pete Rogers before joining Adam at HMAA Brad has found great personal rewards in his career coaching after school sports for kids, something that he shows passion for. This made him the obvious choice for coaching the mat devils program at HMAA.
As an avid competitor in BJJ, particularly in the local scene, Brad used his good understanding of technique to remain unbeaten for nearly 2 years in his weight division. Brad was awarded his purple belt on the 3rd of Nov 2016 by Gerry Young. Brad brings diverse experience and a friendly welcoming attitude to the classes he teaches.
CALUM YOUNG - STRIKING FUNDAMENTALS COACH
Qualifications: BJJ purple belt, Experienced MMA fighter
Calum started his martial arts training in Hapkido and Jiu Jitsu with Gerry Young in 2005 and got serious about training in 2013 at Hobart Martial Arts Academy. He has been the most consistent face in the gym for most of this time. Calum has embraced Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai training making him a favourite in both classes. Calum has competed many times in Jiu Jitsu and submission wrestling and has had 3 MMA bouts, in 2018 he was promoted to the rank of BJJ Purple Belt by HMAA head coach Gerry Young. His focus on technique and his easy going nature make him a perfect fit as a coach at Hobart Martial Arts Academy.
SARAH JACOB – PILATES INSTRUCTOR, PERSONAL TRAINER
Qualifications: Cert 4 in Polestar Pilates Matwork Instruction Method and Reformer, Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness, Rehab Trainer certified
Sarah is an accomplished Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, with expertise in developing mobility, strength, correct muscle recruitment, body awareness, conditioning and injury management in martial arts athletes.
Her training interests include bodyweight training and rock climbing, as well as regularly training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu here at Hobart Martial Arts Academy.
Sarah teaches both Reformer and Matwork Pilates classes at our sister school, Hobart Pilates Studio, located directly adjacent to Hobart Martial Arts Academy’s training space.
To book in for a class or private session, please visit her dedicated website: Hobart Pilates Studio.