FOUNDER - HEAD COACH
Born with a hole in his heart. He spent his first weeks in an incubator and had heart surgery at the age of two. By the age of ten, he was proclaimed healthy. His heart condition did not slow him down. On the contrary, it helped him understand his body's healing capabilities and master the power of the heart.
He believes that we are all capable of achieving our goals. The world around us offers both opportunities and the prospect of possibilities; as opportunities to discover what we are capable of achieving and the possibilities to express our aspirations in the ways that reflect who we are. Self-development is, in his view, the noble goal that helps us grow our potential through both physical and mental means. The actualization of that potential, capable of boundless development, is the base of his CrossFit philosophy and coaching.
He began studying movement at the age of 4. After practicing Judo and meditation with his father and studying Taekwondo, Taekkyon and Jeet Kune Do for 14 years, he felt the need to search for deeper meaning in the martial arts and pursued studies of the internal martial arts of Xingyiquan and Baguazhang, as well as Qigong and Zazen. While traveling extensively through Japan and Korea, he was seeking to understand the practicality of martial arts in our times. His physical practice began to move away from its martial application and focused on functional movements and strength. He eventually discovered CrossFit and its life changing benefits of functional fitness and development of power and skill useful in everyday life. CrossFit brought back the intensity that he hadn't felt since studying Taekwondo. He loved the concept of being able to scale down the workout according to one's abilities and thus creating the environment where everyone could work out together and toward a common goal while pursuing personal goals.
Music occupies the other side of his heart. He began studying piano at an early age and pursued degrees in piano performance and composition. The marriage between fine physical actions involved in piano playing and the emotional and spiritual aspects of expression through music has led him to the realization of a deeper connection between one's physical capabilities and their heart. Today he composes music, performs, and records.
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer
CrossFit Strongman Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Anatomy, Scaling and Judges
Virginie joined CrossFit in 2017 as a complimentary workout to improve her Capoeira skills. In 2018, after her first CrossFit Open competition, she decided to focus more on her CrossFit training and it became an integral part of her life.
CrossFit not only changed her physically but also mentally. She became more motivated, from training twice a week to 6 times a week. She was also very determined, no matter how many times she failed or faced setbacks, she didn't give up until achieving her goals.
In August 2019, she decided to take the big jump and obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Certificate to become a coach.
Her passion for Crossfit shines through when she is helping others achieve and succeed in their Crossfit goals. She does it with patience and encouraging words.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
LEVEL 1 COACH
Marco is a masters athlete who still tries to "keep up with the kids". He grew up in Toronto using sports throughout his life as an anchor to keep him rooted in maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit.
In 2010, Marco decided to go back to school full-time as a mature student. He took up running as a means for commuting to school and staying fit. Over the first 3 years of what ended up being a 6 year scholarly journey, Marco ran 3 marathons, multiple half marathons and wrote many essays (lol). It was only after injuring his achilles tendon that Marco decided to try CrossFit as a method to recover from his injury and get back to running. He quickly fell in love with CrossFit, and in 2019 he received his Level 1 coaching certification.
Coaching CrossFit marries Marco’s passions - teaching, physical fitness and creating community. In 2014, he received his Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies and in 2016 his Masters of Teaching degree, where he wrote his thesis on ‘How Teachers Consistently Implement Daily Physical Activity (DPA) in the Classroom’. He presently juggles being a full-time elementary teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, being a father of 4 children (ages 8-18) and husband to his beautiful wife Anna.
Still with that educator's mindset, he understands the big picture but has an eye for detail. Marco is always trying to expand his knowledge and enjoys coaching and sharing what he knows with clients of all ages and stages of development.
MIDTOWN JUDO KIYOMIZUKAN FOUNDER + SENSEI
Koglin Sensei is a 4th degree black belt, Judo Canada and the Kodokan Institute, Tokyo, Japan. He has taught for the University of Toronto, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the North York YMCA, Crescent School, the Yamanaka Budo Life Centre, Associated Hebrew Day School, Native Child and Family Services Toronto, Yawara Dojo and Budokai JC .
MIDTOWN BOXING TORONTO
FOUNDER + HEAD COACH
Head coach of Midtown Boxing Toronto, Thomas Holmes is a lifelong sports enthusiast and it was boxing that captivated him and kept him motivated by the challenge of staying disciplined and learning the art and skill of boxing. He strives to provide a welcoming, fun and friendly environment where people of all ages and backgrounds feel at home.
He is a certified NCCP Level 1 Boxing coach whose mission is to leave clients feeling happy, motivated and encouraged while realizing their fitness and boxing goals. His teaching technique is tailored to clients on an individual basis based on their goals and skill level.
He has been teaching boxing for 5 years and has trained clients and boxers from children to seniors, beginners to advanced and recreational to competition level.
LITTLE SAMURAIS BJJ AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Andre Kikunaga is a certified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor and long time martial arts practitioner with background in various disciplines such as Judo, Aikido, Jeet Kune Do and Shaolin Kung Fu. Andre has lived and trained in Japan, Brazil and Canada. Andre's main passion is to teach children and watch them improve their confidence and develop their characters day after day.
Professor Gregg King is a BJJ Black Belt under Master Sylvio Behring and Professor Jesse Richardson.
He also is a Sport JiuJitsu competitor and mainly focuses on the Self-Defense aspect of JiuJitsu.
With 11 years of teaching experience, he will make sure you learn quality Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense techniques in a Friendly and Ego-Free Environment!
Sensei Ryan Penn started training in Martial Arts at the age of 13 in Chito Ryu Karate. He has trained at Twin Dragons Kung Fu and at University in Hap Ki Do. In 2004 he began dedicated training with Sensei Randy Horton and Shihan Ric Cameron of Cabbagetown Budokan in Toronto, Ontario. In 2010 Ryan began training with Sensei Mike Mason and the late Sensei Murray Melville. He currently holds a 5th degree black belt (Go Dan) in Goshin Aikijujitsu and instructs at Willowtree Martial Arts. He is also an instructor and trains with Dr. Mike Mandel and Adam Sutherland at The School of British Jiu Jitsu.
WILLOW TREE MARTIAL ARTS
FOUNDER + SENSEI
FOUNDER + SENSEI