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Martyn Cahill

Head Coach

Martyn has been training in martial arts for over 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. He is now a 3 stripe Black Belt.
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.

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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.

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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. He now holds his professional licence. 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.


Stef Murray

KIckboxing Coach

Stef has over 10 years experience as a personal trainer specialising in callisthenics, strength and conditioning and functional movement specific to combat sports. 

He believes that it is vital to lead by example and plays a senior role in our fight team holding an established record against nationally ranked opponents alongside being a BJJ purple belt. 

Stef feels it is vital to understand each client's goals on a personal level in order to attain the best results. You can expect to be challenged physically whilst enjoying a good laugh. Attention to detail is key. 

Stef continues to learn and develop his craft everyday, reiterating the importance of challenging yourself in order to embrace self development, both in and out of the gym. 

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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.

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