Matt Garcia - Founder & CEO
A lifetime in sports and business, Matt learnt his boxing craft at the iconic Islington Boxing Club before becoming a fully qualified England Boxing Coach.
Already a successful entrepreneur, in 2011 Matt pursued his lifelong dream of bringing the thrill of real boxing training to everyone and established Total Boxer - the UK's first Get Fit Not Hit™ boutique boxing club.
That same year Matt conceived and developed BoxingYoga™ - a yoga-based training system to improve strength and flexibility, prevent injury, maximise power and maintain fitness.
In 2017 Matt launched HIIB® - High Intensity Interval Boxing - a 30-minute class that tests mental and physical strength, whatever your boxing experience or level of fitness.
Deniz Ates - Head Coach
A passionate recreational boxer, Deniz graduated from Roehampton University with a B.A. in English Literature, where he gained experience as an assistant coach at the University Boxing Club.
Mentored by Matt Garcia, Deniz began his coaching career at Total Boxer as an Apprentice Coach in 2013 and quickly established himself as a popular educator for both beginners and experienced fighters, alike.
On the official launch of BoxingYoga™ in 2013 Deniz committed to a BoxingYoga™ 30 Day Challenge, mentored by Kajza Ekberg, and began his journey as a yogi right here at the club. You can read about his experience on the Total Boxer blog.
Affectionately called “DeeMo” and occasionally “Dr. Death”, in 2015 Deniz became Head Coach and Club Manager, mentoring new club coaches and sharing his knowledge and experience throughout the week with Personal Training, Get FIT Not HIT™ and BoxingYoga™ classes.
STEVE HURRY - BOXING COACH
A huge boxing fan, 'SteveO' comes from a fighting family; his dad was a successful amateur, competing all over Europe, and his twin brother, a Mixed Martial Arts specialist.
SteveO has been boxing since he was a youngster and joined Total Boxer in 2013, quickly proving himself passionate and skilled. His enthusiasm for both the sport and helping others at the club saw him progress from a popular member, to a fully-fledged addition to the coaching staff, under the guidance of Matt and Deniz.
In the Summer of 2015 SteveO qualified as an Advanced Instructor through the Ricky Hatton Academy. Specialising in layering Padwork combinations and innovative bag circuits, SteveO is a popular coach here at the club and thrives on seeing the progress made by the members each week at his regular Get FIT Not HIT™ classes and Personal Training sessions.
KATARINA HROMNIKOVA - BOXINGYOGA™ COACH
Katarina has always been a sports, dance and fitness fanatic. After achieving her Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise and ETM qualifications she became a Pole Fitness Instructor and in 2014 was voted the 3rd best Pole Dance Instructor in the UK.
Even though Katarina is also qualified as a Circuit & Indoor Cycling Instructor, she still felt something missing. Since being recommended to try BoxingYoga™, the rest is history.
“I fell in love with BoxingYoga straight away. I loved every single move and posture. The whole class was just perfect for me...it was what I had been looking for! Having successfully completed the BoxingYoga Teacher Training course in 2015 I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to teach at Total Boxer and feel so proud to be part of such an amazing club.”
Bobby Harrison - Boxing Coach & MEDIA Manager
Bobby's love of boxing started with the golden age of British boxing, mesmerised by fighters such as Lennox Lewis, Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton. A lifelong passion for fitness, nutrition and a keen footballer, it wasn't until Bobby started training at Total Boxer in 2014 that his boxing skills emerged and he found his calling.
"I've watched boxing all my life and it was at Total Boxer where I fell in love with the training itself. I became obsessed; working out 3-4 times a week, getting seriously fit and learning the true craft of boxing. When Matt invited me to become an apprentice coach I jumped at the chance."
During his two-year apprenticeship Bobby's natural coaching style and passion for boxing became evident. He even spent a few months at the world famous Mendez boxing club in New York to get experience working with professional fighters. By 2016 Bobby successfully completed his Total Boxer coaching apprenticeship and, as a marketing man by profession, can now be found "living the dream" coaching on the Total Boxer gym floor or managing club media in the office.
YVETTE BEE - BOXING COACH
Yvette was one of the first people through the doors when Total Boxer opened in 2012. With a fierce love of combat sport, she has practiced and taught kickboxing to adults and children for 8 years, and managed a Martial Arts club, as well as training in boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Filipino Martial Arts.
Yvette has recently completed a PhD in Archaeology and joins the Total Boxer team offering Personal Training sessions in light contact boxing sparring for women, kickboxing, and general fitness and conditioning.
Yvette's particular passion is teaching women how to spar as a means of building confidence, self-defence, and self-expression.
Anil Waughray - BOXING COACH
An experienced boxing coach and martial artist, Anil brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to Total Boxer.
A 1st Degree Black belt in Jeet Kune Do and Kali, Anil was a regular instructor at the prestigious academies of Bob Breen and London Wing Chun. He is also a student of the Legacy Gym Boracay in the Philippines and is accomplished in boxing coaching, cornering and competition.
It's because of Anil's knowledge and passion for boxing that at Total Boxer he regularly leads our popular FightReady™ classes and is available for Personal Training sessions throughout the week and weekends.
AMANDA EATWELL - BOXINGYOGA™ COACH
A freelance photographer for over fifteen years, Amanda is naturally active and likes to challenge herself in all areas. A keen runner, in 2015 she completed her first marathon, just for fun!
Amanda first came to Total Boxer via a chance meeting with club founder, Matt, in the summer of 2013, "he was banging-on about this thing called, BoxingYoga™, so I decided to give it a bash".
Quickly captivated by it, she became a regular to classes and after a couple of years, despite ever contemplating becoming a BoxingYoga™ Coach, she was encouraged to think about it.
In June 2016 Amanda took the plunge and successfully completed the BoxingYoga™ Teacher Training course with flying colours to become a fully qualified BoxingYoga™ Coach.
Amanda was immediately welcomed to the Total Boxer coaching staff and is excited by the opportunity of sharing her learning with others.
Angelo Bevilacqua - Boxing Coach
Here is a guy that eats, sleeps and lives boxing. He first laced-up his gloves at 13 years old in his native Italy and fell in love with the sport immediately. At 17 he began his amateur career with legendary coach Salvo Cannato guiding him through a total of 34 bouts, some against Italian golden glove champions and national belt contenders.
With his Personal Training and boxing coach badges, Angelo arrived in London to join the Total Boxer coaching staff, determined to become the 'best boxing coach in the business, at the best club.'
"I came to London, to Total Boxer, to put my name in boxing history. Boxing is my passion, my love, my dream and my obsession - I give all these emotions to my students. It's not easy training with me, because if you want results you must work hard. But I promise all my students, you'll love boxing with me. There is nothing better than to do and teach something you love!".
Liz Barker - Strongman TRAINING Coach
Liz is an ex-amateur boxer who boxed for London and joined Total Boxer in 2017 where she met Matt who helped her get back to fighting fitness after an injury.
Passionate about boxing and fitness in general, Liz has 17 years of extensive industry experience delivering more than 10,000 hours as a personal trainer and strength coach in a number of world class gyms.
A former co-owner of London’s City Strongman and The Foundry, Liz is the ideal force behind our new strength class, Modified Strongman Training, introduced to Total Boxer in 2018. Whether your goals are to improve your sporting performance, at any level, or get the physique you have always wanted, according to Liz, “modified strongman training at Total Boxer will hands down deliver the results with plenty of fun thrown in for good measure”.
Rebecca Powell - BOXING COACH
Rebecca lives and breathes fitness. A Level 3 Personal Trainer, Rebecca feels strongly about helping others achieve their goals to live stronger, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Always learning and challenging herself, Rebecca has competed in UKBFF Bikini Fitness and regularly trains in bodybuilding, powerlifting, aerial silks, aerial hoop, pole and yoga.
Rebecca originally fell in love with boxing when she was introduced to Total Boxer in 2014. Today, she has successfully completed her Total Boxer coaching apprenticeship, is a qualified pad work instructor and is currently training to become a BoxingYoga™ coach. Told you she lives and breathes it!
DENISE GRUNDMANN - BOXINGYOGA™ COACH
Denise was born in Schwerin, a little town in North Germany. “Since i was a little kid, sport has been a huge part of my life. My father was a wrestling coach and has always inspired me to challenge myself and to work hard.”
Denise moved to London in 2012 to proceed her career as a Make-Up Artist. “The plan was to stay only six months.. but now I'm stuck. I love my life in London! It is so colourful and I've got everything I want; work, friends, fashion, culture, music, art and, of course, boxing and BoxingYoga at Total Boxer!”
In 2014, Denise successfully completed the BoxingYoga™ Teacher Training Course and was welcomed to the Total Boxer coaching team, quickly proving herself an extremely popular coach at her regular BoxingYoga™ classes.
JEMMA HORSFALL - OFFICE MANAGER
Jemma is the voice on the phone, the words on email and the love of our lives; providing the back-office support required to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.
A Crouch End local and keen yogi, Jemma took her degree in American Studies, specialising in Motown and Civil Rights.
Creative in the kitchen and with an interest in interior design, Jemma can most often be found tempting the office with culinary delights or rearranging the furniture.
JUNIOR GARCIA - DISTRACTOR
Junior is one of those coaches you love to have in your team. Friendly, enthusiastic, intelligent and relaxed, Junior is a popular member of the crew and can often be found curled-up on his He-Man bedding or chewing his favourite toy outside.
Ever the considerate hound, Junior is no trouble if you have any issues with dogs. He rarely barks, never jumps, doesn't get in the way and has a remarkably calming effect, whatever your doggy sensibilities.