OUR COACHES

Martyn Cahill

Head Coach

Martyn has been training in martial arts for 20 years. He achieved his black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in 2007 at the same time as training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He started training with CFS in 2010
and was awarded his black belt in BJJ in July 2013 by Master Ricardo De La Riva and Professor David Onuma.
Martyn is an active competitor and has medalled at several national and international BJJ competitions.
As well as being highly skilled in BJJ, he has also trained and studied MMA and boxing for over 15 years and has coached and cornered our competition
teams to some great successes.
His approach to coaching is cerebral and methodical; he treats it like a science.

Kate Whapples

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kate is our Head S&C coach at Fighting Fit Manchester. With a BSc in Strength and Conditioning Science and a MRes degree in sport science she is qualified to help with any of your strength and conditioning needs. Kate leads the S&C provision for the competitive fighters at the gym, whilst also having experience coaching within Premier League Football Academies and other elite athletes.
 

Joe Lyons

Powerlifting Coach

Joe is a personal trainer and competitive powerlifter, having competed in British Powerlifting and The British Powerlifting Union.He has an in-depth knowledge of thecompetition rules and technicalities of all federations that cover the UK.Whether you are the budding hobbyist who would like to finally take a plunge into competing or a practising powerlifter who wants to improve their performance, Joe isthe man to help you across all levels. With personal programming catered to your individual weaknesses and strengths, and one-to-one sessions to get the best from your technique and performance, you’ll behitting your PBs in no time.

Stef Murray

Calisthenics Coach

Stef “Sexy | Sassy | Splendid” Murray. Stefan has over 8 years experience as a Personal Trainer and his coaching methods are inspired by Calisthenics; Gymnastics and Functional Movement specific to combat sports. Stefan believes it is key to understand each client’s goals on a personal level in order to thrive and attain the best results. Attention to detail is paramount. Stefan also plays a senior role in our Fight Team; competing regularly in MMA and BJJ. He believes it is vital to lead by example and challenge yourself in order to progress - both in and out of the gym.

Josh Cook

HEAD Boxing Coach

Josh Lakner-Cook has been boxing for 12 years and competing for 8, with an ABA record of 18-8 and unlicensed 4-2. After completing the Hatton ABC Coaching qualifications, Josh began his coaching career, specialising in advanced boxing technique. His coaching ethos is about continuously building perfect & solid fundamentals whilst growing and cultivating your own personal style into your boxing game. Josh enjoys strength training, boxing specific strength & mobility training.

Denis Potter

S&C Coach

Denis completed his undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University. As a coach at Fighting Fit, Denis delivers fitness classes, sport specific training programs, 1-2-1 coaching sessions and is part of the coaching staff for the fight team.

Denis takes huge pride in helping people achieve their goals. Taking a personalised approach with clients is something Denis strives to do as the best way to get the most out of them. Denis coaches a wide variety of training practices and sports; his main focus areas are strength training, calisthenics, Olympic Weightlifting and athletic development.