Instructors

 

Bournemouth

Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy is the founder of Phoenix MMA, and a highly decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Instructor, under Professor Fernando Terere. He holds a number of prestigious titles, including Naga World Champion, Gi and No-Gi Golds as well as many other European and international gold and silvers.

His dedication to the art of BJJ has seen him take on the roll as Head Coach for the British Royal Marines and Royal Navy, where he also assists with the REORG Foundation that helps serving personnel and veterans to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as part of their recovery.

Hard work, commitment, and a dedicated team has given Jimmy the opportunity to expand the Phoenix empire into new towns, helping more students learn self-defence and increase awareness of the Mixed Martial Art sports.

Micah Atkinson – BJJ Instructor

Micah began his journey into teaching in 1997 when he started learning the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He later received his black belt from Rickson Gracie Black Belt, Luiz Claudio, and his 1st degree from Fernando Terere in 2013 and has since received his second degree in 2016.

Micah is an accomplished MMA fighter with a pro record of 8 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. He teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Gi & No Gi) and MMA techniques to his thriving classes of mixed ability groups.

Marc Plunkett – Boxing, UWCB Coach

A fantastic role model for all that learn under him, Marc Plunkett is our qualified professional boxing coach, accredited by the British Boxing Board, and has a wealth of experience in the ring, racking up over 40 fights.

He’s wildly passionate about teaching the adult and child members of Phoenix MMA, and takes on the role as head UWCB coach with enthusiasm and dedication that resonates with all his students.

An experienced ABA Coach and almost 20 years experience coaching, he’s keen to make newcomers to the gym feel comfortable and will take timeout to breakdown drills and simplify techniques so they feel at ease.

Trevor Chamberlain – BJJ, Ultra MMA Coach

Trevor has been involved in martial arts for over 20 years, with a competitive background in boxing and kickboxing. He was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 17 years ago and has trained ever since, achieving his black belt in 2015. Now with a focus on teaching, he has since helped numerous students achieve their full potential in BJJ and MMA.

He has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and sports-therapist, specialising in working with combat athletes, maximising their strength and conditioning, and helping treat their injuries with sports massage techniques.

Trevor’s clients include hobbyists, full time fighters, actors and even Olympic athletes.

Denise Castle – Muay Thai Coach

Our team is made up of qualified instructors, and there’s no one more qualified to teach our Muay Thai class than Denise Castle. Her list of accomplishments speak for themselves and she has a plethora of ‘firsts’ to go with them:

WBC World Muay Thai Champion, S1 World Champion, Arabian Boxing World Champion, Multiple National Champion (unbeaten by any UK Fighter). WBC Inspirational Athlete of the year – ONLY time ever a non boxer awarded at their awards. Kings Cup Thailand – Best Technique of the night – only time Ever a female won at the Thai Palace. WBC World Boxing Title Contender – only fighter to EVER have fought for both WBC World Boxing and Muay Thai titles.

Nathan Johnstone – MMA/BJJ Coach

Starting in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a youngster, Nathan is perfectly placed to teach the Phoenix Kids and help mould them into confident, disciplined young students. He also assists in the teaching of the British Royal Marines and Royal Navy.

No stranger to competition, Nathan has compiled an impressive number of accolades, including, 6 x BJJ British Open Champion, 6 x Naga Elite Class Champion, Naga European Champion and more than 50 regional competition gold medals since 2008.

Since his step-up into MMA at the age of 16, he holds an unbeaten record and is now the Cage Warriors Amateur Flyweight Champion!

Lorne Castle – Muay Thai Coach

Lorne uses his extensive knowledge and patience to educate and grow our Junior Muay Thai class. He’s popular with his students and has a thriving class who enjoy the process of learning through safe drilling techniques and fun activities.

His past accomplishments include, UKMTA Muay Thai Champion, WKA Muay Thai Champion, King’s Birthday Thailand Foreign trainer and promoter of the year. Lorne currently sits as the WBC Muay Thai UK Chairman and S1 Chairman for the UK.

Lorne has trained National and International Champions, so you can be assured your children are in safe hands, and will be propelled to their ultimate potential.

Greg Winter

Greg is a kickboxer with over 20 years experience and was ranked 3rd in Britain at Super Cruiserweight. He’s been coaching Kickboxing, Boxing and Muay Thai for over 15 years.

During the last 10 years, and with the growth and popularity of MMA, Greg has become a sought-after MMA Striking coach, specialising in striking to takedown, and techniques that can be used in the clinch – something that can really round off a fighters game and help them edge closer to a win.

Greg’s friendly and approachable character makes his classes appeal to anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals.

Alex Thorne

Alex Thorne

K1 Kickboxing Coach

 

Carl Sweetman

Carl Sweetman

BJJ Instructor

 

Phil Norman

Phil Norman

MMA Instructor

 

Siroos Tavassoli

Siroos Tavassoli

BJJ Instructor

 

Clare Busst

Clare Busst

Bootcamp Instructor

 

Southampton

David Mckenzie-Phillips

David, an accomplished Martial artist and coach, teaches the BJJ white belt beginners class at our Southampton gym. He has a wealth of knowledge having trained for many years in Karate, Judo, iado, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA and now BJJ.

After focusing on BJJ since 2009, David has competed and medalled nationally at white and blue belt, and competed at the British No-Gi championships, achieving Bronze in the Brown belt category, with other competitions planned for the future.

With a passion for teaching, David has passed on his knowledge and helped many club members advance to their blue belts and beyond. Always happy to jump in and teach a class, his presence on the mats, sense of humour and team spirit is always a sight to behold!

Jon Wellstead

Jon Wellstead

BJJ Instructor

 

Matthew Simpson

Matthew Simpson

BJJ Instructor

 

Portsmouth

Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy Johnstone

Phoenix Head Coach

Nathan Johnstone

Nathan Johnstone

Phoenix Head Coach

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