Matt Garcia - Founder & CEO
A talented athlete in his youth, Matt competed nationally in athletics for Queen Elizabeth's Boys, one of the UK's leading grammar schools, and in rugby for Saracens Colts. In his early 20's he trained extensively in Krav Maga and proved a skillful recreational boxer at Islington Boxing Club.
Mentored by ex-British Super Middleweight Enzo Giordano and taught by GB Olympic Boxing Coach Dave Pocknall, Matt became a popular coach for his hardcore, motivating style.
Professionally, Matt is a successful entrepreneur, having developed a number of innovative companies, including one of the UK's first web technology agencies in 1996.
In 2011, Matt established Total Boxer - the UK's first Get Fit Not Hit™ boutique boxing club; so anyone can enjoy the thrill and benefits of real boxing training in a safe and welcoming environment.
That same year Matt conceived BoxingYoga™ as a means of helping his boxers improve their strength and flexibility; to prevent injury, maximise power and maintain their health.
Summer 2017 saw the launch of Matt's latest boxing fitness concept, HIIB® - High Intensity Interval Boxing - a serious test of mental and physical strength, whatever your boxing experience or level of fitness.
Deniz Ates - Head Coach & Club Manager
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.
Kajza Ekberg - BOXINGYOGA™ CO-FOunder & MAster CoACH
Although Swedish born, Kajza spent her childhood in India, where her mother was an Ashtanga Yoga teacher, helping her learn the alphabet with asanas and doing headstands before bed.
An all round physical mover, as a gymnast Kajza competed on a national elite level in Sweden, followed by years of boxing and martial arts training, before embarking on her classical dance studies.
A highly-respected international contemporary dancer and teacher, Kajza performed with leading dance companies and taught extensively throughout Europe and North & Central America.
Kajza brought her lifelong knowledge and experience to the BoxingYoga™ development table and was pivotal in developing the training system as we know it today.
With all her travels around the world on BoxingYoga™ business, it's a rare occasion Kajza is available for Personal Training, so if her button is available make use of it!
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 & Marketing 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.
Rowan Katzew - Boxing, Muay Thai and Conditioning Coach
In 2017 we were thrilled to have another high quality addition to the Total Boxer coaching team with the arrival of Rowan Katzew from South Africa.
Formerly the owner and head coach of the premier Muay Thai, boxing and MMA training facility Top Primate Gym in Cape Town, Rowan is one of the most respected coaches in South Africa, with several fighters competing in promotions such as EFC Worldwide, Fightstar, PFC and Cape Fight League.
Rowan has practiced martial arts all his life and has competed at a high level for almost two decades, bringing a wealth of experience to our mid-week morning boxing and strength & conditioning classes, as well as personal training.
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.
Adam Gallacher - Boxing Coach
Until Adam crossed the Total Boxer threshold for the very first time back in 2014, boxing was a sport he’d only enjoyed as a spectator. He soon became addicted. “Ever since my first session at Total Boxer I have become a piece of the furniture, attending sessions morning, noon and night - if my flailing muscles allow - and when I'm not doing my best to run a theatre company.”
“I’ve always been into sports, but for me, boxing isn’t just about the strength and fitness. You’re learning an entirely new skill which, at first seems so unnatural, but with each session you progress, learn and can’t help but push yourself even further everytime.”
A passionate and popular club member, Adam joined the Total Boxer Coaches Apprenticeship Scheme in 2016 and has since qualified to deliver excellent training sessions which, in his own words, “include some of my favourite and most challenging routines to put anyone through their paces."
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.