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 lose 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 your 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.

Book a personal training session with Renato.

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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 Taekwondo 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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LEON MIHAERE

Leon is a Muay Thai fighter and trainer with over 10 years experience in martial arts. He’s trained in some of the world’s most renown gyms from Australia to Thailand, which has fuelled his passion for the art of 8 limbs.
 
Throughout the years he’s developed a deep passion for training and instructing, and is a firm believer in train hard, fight easy. He’s looking forward to seeing you all and helping you smash your goals. See you on the mat!
 
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JADE RUA

Born and raised in West Auckland with four brothers, Jade had to learn to stand her ground. Her Mum put her into a Muay Thai gym when she was 15 and she was hooked. Being shy, self defence was a major confidence booster.

Jade loves training and loves introducing people to the art of Muay Thai as it’s bought so much value in to her life – and she knows it will to others too.

Jade won her one and only kickboxing fight in 2016 but her main focus is to train and teach others self defence, whether it be boxing, kick boxing or Muay Thai.
 
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MATT KNOTT

Matt found a passion for helping others improve their own health and wellness after his journey of self-improvement began in 2012. After losing over 15 kilograms, Matt found confidence and respect for himself that he wanted to help others find.

Naturally drawn to performance sports, Matt fell in love with boxing (with two fights under his belt and many more to come) and the world of combat sport. Working as a trainer in Auckland for four years, he has finally found his place in the world at The Combat Centre.

With a deep understanding of the human body and its natural movement patterns, Matt’s form-focused approached to health and wellness can help you achieve your goals.

Book a personal training session with Matt.

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