TRAINERS

VIN MAHONI

Vini trained and fought in New Zealand and Australia. He has an extensive 20 year competitive combat background with specialties in Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai.
 
Along with his Kickboxing and Boxing successes he feels his biggest accomplishment in health and fitness to date is his weight loss. Vini started martial arts at 19 years old at 138kgs, he went on to loose a whopping 56kg. This gave him the confidence to set goals in life and go get them!  “The stage I am at now is I want to give back, and help others achieve their goals in life: building confidence, weight loss, meet new people, compete in martial arts or just fun fitness.”  
 
“Always remember you present situation is not your final destination, the best is yet to come.”
 
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RENATO SILVA

Renato is a first degree black belt and was born and raised in Brazil. He started training BJJ in 2004 when he was 17 years old under the Alliance team. In 2014, he moved to Australia as a brown belt to teach at Southside BJJ under Head Coach Vicente Cavalcanti. He was awarded his black belt in 2016 and realised he had to give back to the community what this beautiful art had given him

Renato is passionate about BJJ and its lifestyle. He has over 14 years of experience training and competing, and over 5 years of coaching kids and adults of all levels. His goal is to deliver high-level Jiu-Jitsu classes  in a friendly and safe environment as well as to have a positive impact on people’s lives, on and off the mat.

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MACKENZIE (MACCA) JEAN

Macca grew up in Opotiki, where her Dad enrolled her in Taekwondo and she quickly got the bug. At age 13, she had her first fight – all legs and limited punches. After 5 years of Taekwando kicking, she wanted to give Kickboxing a go and quickly identified that punching was her weakness. She wanted to sharpen her hands and learn better technique, so signed up for a boxing fight in February 2019 with The Combat Centre. She has since won more fights and loves being in the ring. 
 
Macca plans to represent New Zealand in the 2020 or 2024 Olympics for Taekwando. “I’m fighting for my people and more importantly for me. I believe you can’t beat someone that won’t give up.”
 
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JORDAN TUIGAMALA

Jordan has over ten years experience in boxing including several years as an unbeaten professional light heavyweight. He is the former Auckland Champs Middleweight Champion and the former North Island Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion.

Along with his boxing experience, Jordan brings nutrition and exercise science knowledge and skills to TCC. He has completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation through AUT and has a Level 3 Personal Training Certificate.

“A fighter with extraordinary basics will become an extraordinary fighter”
 

BRIERLY AUIMATAGI

Brierley is a mother of two beautiful children and is very passionate about helping people be the best they can be. 
 
She has been boxing for five years and has been fighting for three. She has just recently turned amateur and her goal is to win the NZ Golden Gloves and the NZ Nationals. Brierley is ex-military, so you bet she knows all about hard training and she will definitely make sure you go home from her workouts knowing you gave it your all.
 
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
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KAREN TE RUKI-PASENE

Karen was born and raised in Otara, South Auckland. She joined the Navy straight after high school to travel the world. After 11 years of service, she has now found her passion in boxing.

She first started her boxing journey by attending casual box-fit classes to help get fit after having her two boys. Five years later, in 2018, she turned professional and is continuing to chase dreams. 
 
“When fatigue kicks in, training begins.”
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