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Anthony Varela

(Boxing Coach)

Jason Heit


Jason Heit was born with a boxing bloodline. Family members Tony LaBarbara and Tony Ventura were successful professional fighters based out of his hometown Buffalo, New York. Jason moved to Victoria in 1988. His first competition was in the 1990 Island Tough Man contest which he won at 17 years old by knocking out 3 men in one night. After winning the contest he began competing in amateur boxing.

Jason quickly tore through the Canadian  amateur ranks winning Bronze Gloves, Silver Gloves, Golden Gloves, The Diamond Belt, BC Provincial light-heavyweight title and the Canadian light-heavyweight title by knocking out all his opponents in the 1995 Provincial and Canadian Nationals. He then went on to represent Canada in the 1995 Pan-American Games and the 1996 AIBA Multi-Nation International Olympic qualification tournament earning an Olympic Birth for Canada.

in 1999 he moved back to Los Angeles to start his pro boxing career training at Freddie Roaches famed Wild Card Boxing gym.

In 2007 Jason moved back to Victoria to achieve his goal of opening his gym and pass on his knowledge of Martial Arts.

"Martial Arts have brought incredible experiences, people and lessons into my life. It is my passion and I hope to open this door to others to share my knowledge of this wonderful art. I have now retired from competition and have moved into my role as a trainer."-Jason Heit

Jason has a combined Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA ring record of 42 wins, 5 losses and 34 knockouts.

Derek Medler 

(MMA Coach) 

Derek’s athletic career began over 15 years ago but not as a martial artist. He began his athletic career on the football fields of southern Ontario, winning many awards including Rookie of the Year, League MVP and breaking numerous rushing records at Wilfred Laurier University. The football field is where Derek honed such skills as balance, speed, power, work ethic and most importantly the “will to win”…all of which would cross over perfectly to his future obsession, Mixed Martial Arts. Derek’s football career culminated in a tryout for the Toronto Argonauts in 2003, after suffering a torn hamstring he was released by the Argos. A year later Derek moved to Victoria and met Jason Heit who had recently opened a MMA school, Derek would become one of Jason’s first students.

Derek immediately took a liking to MMA and found the transition very easy. With the guidance of Jason Heit Derek quickly picked up the necessary skills to compete and win at the amature level. In 2009 Derek decided it was time to take the next step and test his skills at the Pro level. Derek signed with Armageddon Fighting Championship in Victoria and since doing so has remained undefeated in his Professional career.

With over 6 years of MMA training Derek has accumulated many awards.

– 2007 Canadian Tough Guy champion
– 2008 Submission Series (advanced) gold medalist
– 2009 Tiger Balm Pankration gold medalist
– Professional MMA record 7-0
– Current AFC Fighter

Anthony started Boxing at the age of 14 and has since been one of his biggest passions. He admires the discipline, mental strength, hard work and dedication it takes to be a successful competitor in the sport.

He had his first two fights in 2009 where he lost both to two very experienced fighters who later became world amature champions. He then decided to take a break from fighting and focus on school at UVic where he received his double major degree in Psychology and sociology.

After graduating in 2015 Anthony got back into the ring after a long 6 years off and won his fight by unanimous decision and his last two fights were won by way of knockout leaving him now with a record of 5 wins-2  losses.

He has an absolute passion for the sport as well as teaching others. He has always felt a very rewarding feeling helping people become better boxers and athletes- competitors or not, he loves it! His dream is to one day become a cornerman  and help fighters who are in the heat of battle when they need it most,

Boxing has always steered Anthony in a positive direction. It has taught him to be disciplined, respectful and humble. Boxing has given him determination and confidence as well made him a smarter, stronger and healthier individual. He truly believes that anyone can benefit from this sport!

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Alexandra started boxing at the age of 18 and has been boxing competitively since ( she took 2 years off to take care of her now 5 year old daughter),  she is 25 yrs of age and has 25 fights under her belt.  Alexandra is a 2x Provincial Champion,  2x Western Canadian Champion,  Silver Medalist at the Canadian National Championships, attended the Olympic Trials in Montreal and most recently was awarded "Best Elite Female Boxer". 

As a trainer, Alexandra strives to achieve your fitness goals,  while maintaining a fun energetic environment,  keeping you motivated,  uplifted and empowered while learning the sweet science of boxing!