The Martial Spirit Team

Meet the world class instructors that make up the Martial Spirit Family

The Martial Spirit Team

Meet the world class instructors that make up the Martial Spirit Family

Aikido

ELLY

ELLY

Aikido Assistant Coach

I had always wanted to learn a martial art. I finally started training in aikido 13 years ago under Peter Sensei. Aikido quickly became a strong element of my life, and I love exploring aiki principles in and outside class! Four years ago, I began to learn BJJ, which has provided me with different challenges.

My martial arts journey now includes teaching aikido. It’s very rewarding to help others discover aikido and I hope I can pass on some of the insights that I have gained in my training, both from my teachers and my own practice. 

Peter

Peter

Founder/Head Aikido Coach/Head Junior Martial Arts Coach/Muay Thai Coach/Junior Muay Thai Coach

A life long student and teacher of martial arts, I co-founded Martial Spirit to provide people an environment dedicated to the path of self development through martial arts. For our team, training and practice is a lifestyle choice – we live and breath it everyday. I encourage you to visit our family and experience our culture. Take the first step – you wont regret it.

Felicia

Felicia

Aikido Assistant Coach/Junior Martial Arts Coach

I have been a full time student of Peter Sensei since 2021. Within such short period, I have reveived my 1st Kyu (1 level under black belt) under Peter Sensei and become an assistant instructor in both kids and adults classes at Martial Spirit. I have also done extensive training in Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai to enrich my martial arts journey. My love for the Japanese culture and martial arts with my enthusiasm together have made me an unique assistant and participant at Martial Spirit. Come join us and share martial arts with us!

Strength & Conditioning

Anthony

Anthony

Strength & Conditioning Head Coach

Strength training has been a passion of mine for many years and I particularly love its physical and mental challenges. I’m a certified Weight Lifting Coach and enjoy the technical aspect and how the explosive power translates to all sports especially Martial Arts. I believe there is an athlete in everyone.

BRAZILIAN Jiu JITSU

Locky

Locky

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

 

My martial arts journey began in my late 20s while backpacking in Japan, whilse wandering Kyoto University campus,I came across a group of dedicated Judokas practicing their craft. Witnessing the artistry of one person gracefully controlling and executing throws on another left an indelible mark on me. The sheer precision and athleticism displayed were truly awe-inspiring. I had to learn the ‘Gentle way’.

Upon returning to Australia a year later, my dedication to martial arts remained steadfast. In 2017, I achieved the prestigious Shodan rank in Judo, a testament to my unwavering commitment. The following year, I expanded my skills with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), falling in love with its fluidity and freedom.

My newfound love for BJJ ignited a desire for more. I delved into the world of competitive BJJ and continued rigorous training to improve my skills. Today, I am a versatile martial artist proficient in both Judo and BJJ. My journey not only encompasses personal growth but also extends to teaching others as I now hold the role of an instructor in both Judo and BJJ, inspiring fellow martial arts enthusiasts to embark on their own incredible journeys is now my life’s mission.

Major Competition Achievements

JUDO

Gold – Melbourne International Judo Open 2016
Gold – Pan Pacific Masters Games 2018
Silver – Australian Judo Titles 2016
Silver – Victorian State Titles 2018
Bronze – Victorian State Titles 2016

BJJ

Gold – Pan Pacific Championship Gi 2018
Gold – Victorian Championship Gi 2019
Gold – Pan Pacific Championship Gi 2019
Silver – Australian National Championship Gi 2019
Silver – Victorian Championship Gi 2021

Judo

Christophe

Christophe

Judo Head Coach/Junior Martial Arts Coach

I started my Martial Art journey 35 years ago in France before training and teaching in Germany, Brazil and then moving to Australia in 2006. I am currently a 4th Dan black belt in Judo and the new elected President of Judo Victoria Inc – https://judovictoria.com.au/about-us/our-people/ .
I am also holding an International Referee Licence IJF B and I am a keen competitor too. I have won many competitions over my career and secured few National Titles under my belt. I am currently the National Champion 2022 in the Veteran division -73kg. Judo is my passion and way of life I love sharing with my students. Judo is the safest contact sport for kids and adults. Start judo now for fitness, learning new skills and techniques, and having plenty of fun while making new friends!

Muay Thai

Sergi

Sergi

Muay Thai Coach

I live and breathe Muay Thai. I have trained and sparred with professional fighters in Barcelona, London and Melbourne for over 10 years. Muay Thai has given me immense resilience, focus, discipline, self knowledge, respect for the sport and tons of fun. I have developed a deep passion to guide others to achieve a professional level of Muay Thai, regardless of their aspirations. I strive for every student to achieve their full potential in a safe and friendly environment. I am also a 2nd Dan Taekwondo Black Belt, achieved in my early 20s and have trained in both KickBoxing and Sanda prior to Muay Thai. I have competed in Barcelona and Melbourne, with a winning record. I encourage you to join our Martial Spirit team and start (or resume) your Muay Thai journey of punches, kicks, elbows, knees and clinch with us!
Tao

Tao

Muay Thai Coach

Tao is a pioneer of Muay Thai in Australia, both as a professional fighter and coach. Tao has more than 20 years experience in the sport, having trained and produced more than 150 fighters and 14 champions.

Coach Tao is a fully qualified Muay Thai trainer, the former WMC president of Victoria and a registered Muay Thai/MMA judge and referee.

In addition to his many Muay Thai achievements, Coach Tao is a buddhist, meditation teacher and Men’s mental health coach. He is a fantastic communicator and renown for producing high level fighters with authentic Muay Thai style and technique.

 

Boxing

Oliver

Oliver

Boxing Coach

As an Accredited level 1 Boxing Victoria Coach, I’m here to guide your training, whatever your goals and experience. Whether you want to learn to fight, lose yourself in the technical nuances of the sweet science or just want a fun way to work out, I believe boxing is for everyone.

I found boxing 7 years ago when I was a chef, overworked and overweight. As a natural antidepressant, there was no better way to hide exercise than punching things. Boxing provides a lifelong practice that sees you always improving but never finished. Its benefits extend far beyond the ring or the belly, helping with ego management, stress relief, self-acceptance, how to fail gracefully, and, most of all, rolling with the punches of life.

Mike

Mike

Boxing Coach

G’day my name’s Mike,

I’ve been a boxer for 5 years, and love what the sport has brought into my life. For me martial arts is a spiritual practice, and has helped me grow as a human. Regardless of what your goals are, as a coach I will always be in your corner.

You’re welcome to jump into a group class, or build your boxing skills with one on one PTs.

I am passionate about martial arts specific strength and conditioning, and also weightlifting. So if you have certain body and fitness goals I am here for it too.

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