Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, practiced for self-defence, general fitness and/or as a contact sport. kickboxing is one of the best workouts for your body. It combines cardio and strength training, toning muscles while burning fat. Kickboxers are reputed to be among the best conditioned athletes. The kickboxing classes allow individuals to learn proper techniques and fight strategy while increasing endurance and strength. The classes focus on building personal goals, using individual strengths and abilities, while increasing self-esteem and capacities.
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Meet the coach
Gail was born in Northumberland, England, where she started her martial arts journey. She didn’t take up Taekwondo until she was 21 but fell in love with the discipline immediately. She trained in England & competed for 11 years in the sport, reaching 3rd Dan Black Belt during that time.
After moving to Canada in 2008, Gail made the switch to kickboxing. Initially, the draw to kickboxing was purely for fitness, but after much deliberation, she decided to start competing in the sport. After her first fight she was hooked. She started attaining success through her passion! Over the years, Gail fought on a provincial, national & international level where she won many awards including Gold at the Arnold Classic. At the height of her fighting career, Gail represented Canada at the World Championship in Italy where she won.
Now happily retired from fighting, Gail’s focus has moved solely to coaching. From helping clients who want to get fit, to fighters aiming for competitive success of their own, her vast amount of experience always brings the best results regardless of the overall goal. To ensure every person receives the best training Gail is always improving her skill set and is currently studying for a diploma in sports & fitness nutrition. Gail is looking forward to passing on her passion for the sport as a coach along with building an amazing team at Valhalla MMA.
Ethan was born in Huntsville, Ontario. He always was fascinated with martial arts from the time he could walk, and officially started his martial arts journey when he was five years old at the Dokan Karate dojo. He trained karate until he was twelve years old, reaching the level of blue belt.
The passion was reignited years later during his years at the University of Guelph, while majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. In his second year, Ethan discovered a local gym and began training kickboxing, boxing, muay thai, jiu jitsu, and krav maga. After about a year, Ethan began to specialize in the art of kickboxing, and began competing in K1. Through the following years, Ethan competed at the local, provincial, national, and international level in K1, earning himself many gold medals, including a provincial gold and a national gold. Ethan also brought home a silver medal from the WAKO Dutch Open in Amsterdam, Holland.
Ethan is now excited to being his journey as a coach at Valhalla MMA, and pass along his knowledge to his students with the desire that they are able to obtain all of the many benefits that martial arts has, and continues to, provide to Ethan throughout the years.