Our experienced coaches bring years of experience in martial arts to our students. With diverse martial art backgrounds and excellent teaching abilities, our coaches teach you the best skillset.
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.
Chris Hope (AKA: Cutman Hope, Coach Hope)
Boxing Coach - Licensed Professional Cut & Cornerman, Certified Amateur Boxing Coach and Cornerman
Having had a lifelong passion for boxing and as a former amateur boxer, the transition from competing to coaching and cornering was natural. My enthusiasm and intensity for mentoring and coaching both in the gym and in the ring is as constant as when I was training to compete. Boxing is a lifestyle; a way of life and I am in constant training and study of the “sweet science” . Whether I’m cornering a pro or a first time amateur, my enthusiasm, preparation and dedication is the same for every warrior.
Prepare with focus, discipline and purpose, or bleed tired in defeat.
Jiu Jitsu Coach
Brandon Lyons started his martial arts journey later in life. As a hot-tempered younger man, Brandon was constantly in fights at school with bullies. He tried a multitude of sports but thrived much more in one on one formats. Moving into high school, Brandon was exposed to Japanese Jiu Jitsu, which he studied for a year. Following that college and life derailed his passion for martial arts.
Brandon was later inspired by a persistent friend to get back into Jiu Jitsu. At this time, he joined Guelph MMA under Tony Weir. Brandon fell in love with martial arts once again. He travelled to Thailand for 2 months as a Muay Thai novice and went through the toughest training of his life. Following his return to Canada, he doubled down on Jiu Jitsu.
He moved to Toronto to train at Toronto BJJ under coaches such as Thomas Beach, David Mosleh, Jorge Britto, Vincent Payne. During his time there he began competing and eventually earned his purple belt.
Brandon eventually moved back to the Tri Cities area and started training back at Guelph MMA. Over time, a teaching opportunity became available. Brandon enthusiastically accepted and has been teaching there ever since. As a new chapter opens, Brandon has accepted a new teaching position at Valhalla MMA.
Brandon will continue to be an active competitor and coach, bringing vast grappling knowledge to the Guelph and Tri City areas.
Bradley ‘B Smooth’ Hamil
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see” -Muhammad Ali
Bradley AKA ‘B Smooth’ grew up admiring the great Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Lennox Lewis igniting his interest in the sport of boxing. As a teenager Bradley was drawn to many sports such as basketball, football, and track and field. One evening surrounded by a group of friends watching a high-profile boxing match, a young ‘B Smooth’ announced he was going to be Professional Boxer. The next day he joined the local boxing gym and within a few weeks won his first amateur fight. Through hard work and dedication, he went on to have an impressive amateur career which led to becoming a Professional Heavyweight Boxer. Bradley is hoping to pass on his knowledge and experience in the sport of boxing that he has received from his elite coaches throughout the years. Coaching has a way of drawing from our strengths and our ability to acknowledge our flaws. Bradley has always been passionate about helping people of all ages and fitness levels to achieve their health and fitness goals. ‘B Smooth’ hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams.
Born and raised in Guelph, Olivia Martin started her martial art career in taekwondo at the age of 12. She received her purple belt but shortly after the gym shutdown for good. After that she found kickboxing and started her first class in December of 2017. She competed in her first competition in October of 2018 since then she’s had 14 fights, with 11 wins to date, 1 of them being a national title. She loves the sport because it gives her the confidence and a way to express her feelings into what she loves most. With more wins to come Olivia hopes to compete on an international level someday soon, but until then she will continue to train hard and love the sport.