Barry has over 20 years of coaching and athlete management experience. Accumulating local, national and international titles, he has coached at an international level, serving the Australian team competing at the 2019 IFMA World Muay Thai Championships.
Barry first began taking a keen interest in Muay Thai under the guidance of David Hussey, and later under Anthony Dutton. He has a varied martial arts background and has competed under full Muay Thai rules.
He has achieved a Level 6, 3rd degree red singlet (white logo) rank in BJMA Muay Thai, and qualified as a Muay Thai trainer with the World Kickboxing Association.
Barry is a Boxing SA registered Boxing Coach, is registered as a professional Muay Thai Coach with the Government of South Australia, and holds a Senior First Aid Certificate.
His teaching interests include the provision of simple but effective self defence strategies to primary and high school students.
Barry is currently studying the final year towards a Bachelor of Laws, and holds a number of graduate and post graduate business qualifications. Having a background in management and leadership, Barry enjoys mentoring and helping people from all walks of life.
Kar began his Muay Thai training with Sensei David Hussey in the year 1990. Having trained in Thailand, Coach Kar quickly developed into a well conditioned fighter, and had his first fight at 17 years of age.
Among his other achievements, Kar represented South Australia and the South Australia Institute of Sport in the sport of badminton at 16 years of age, for 7 consecutive years.
Currently, Coach Kar is competing in Triathlon 70.3 and Ironman distance. Having a daily personal insight in the rigors of high level training and conditioning, he has a commitment to fitness, focus, skill and success.
Kar is a Boxing SA registered Boxing Coach, is registered as a professional Muay Thai Coach with the Government of South Australia, and holds a Level 1 Coaching certification with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
Kar holds a Certificate 3 (gym instructor), Certificate 4 (personal trainer), Master Trainer Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate and has achieved a Level 6, 3rd degree red singlet (white logo) rank in BJMA Muay Thai, and qualified as a Muay Thai trainer with the World Kickboxing Association.
I was born in Romania and have been in Australia for 9 years, joining SSMT in 2015. Muay Thai was something that I always wanted to try, so when I moved in to the neighbourhood and saw southside I couldn't wait to sign up.
The coaches Kar and Baz were very welcoming and supportive and my passion for the sport was quickly ignited.
Over the years I have improved on my strength and technique and was excited to participate in development days and grading.
I am now a level 6 first degree black instructor.
I'm looking forward to my future with gym and hope to play more of a role in coaching and passing on my knowledge and experience to others.
I first started training Muay Thai in 2001 to learn self defense when I was 17 years old. I trained for a few years then stopped as health and fitness became less important to me.
In 2009 I was unfit, a smoker and weighed 112kgs. I discovered Southside and started training again. I quit smoking, started running and trained several times a week. The more I trained, the more I wanted to train and the weight started to fall off. I quickly developed a passion for the sport and soon I found myself watching hours of footage on YouTube and Facebook.
I fought in numerous club sparring competitions and then joined the fight team in 2016. I had dropped 26kgs and had my first fight at 86kgs.
In 2015 I joined the coaching team and realised that I have a passion for coaching. In 2017 I achieved my level 6, First Degree Black (white logo) singlet rank in BJMA and qualified as a Muay Thai trainer with the World Kickboxing Association.
Everyone has a different story and motivation. Whether it be fitness, confidence, self defense, or any other motivation, I truly enjoy helping people achieve their goals.
I started martial arts with Tae Kwon Do while in primary school. Not really sure how I got to black belt being the chubby little kid I was back then. Then I moved onto table tennis and again, I was wondering how this chubby kid ended up playing state table tennis in my youth days. By the time I finished uni and started work, I was a pretty heavy dude, around 113kg. I got engaged in 2010 which was when I was introduced to Muay Thai at SSMT. From the first few sessions, I was hooked onto hitting pads and the high energy exertion involved. I lost a good 20kg to get down to 93kg just before my wedding in 2011.
I stayed with SSMT since then and I’ve lost a little bit more and down to 87kg. It has never been more freeing to lose so much weight. To feel more confident in my body image and to have more energy because I don’t have to carry as much weight around. And with 2 young boys of my own, being active and fit has never been more important to be able to do more activities with them and to also role model to them the importance of discipline and staying healthy.
Thanks to the head coaches Baz and Kar, they have helped me develop the Muay Thai skills I have now (and still learning) and I think it’s natural to teach others the right techniques so that they can build on from the basics. Having a good foundation will make it easier to fine tune all the different techniques in Muay Thai.
I have achieved a Level 6, 1st Degree Black (white logo) Singlet Instructor Rank and I enjoy seeing people achieve their goals physically and mentally because I know the feeling.
I have always had a strong passion for staying active and playing sports, ever since I was young. I started working in the fitness industry about 4 years ago, when I started teaching young children to swim.
I tried out many different sports when I was young, netball, basketball, tennis, swimming... but my passion came when I attended my first class at SSMT, and I haven’t looked back.
I am currently training in the fight team in preparation to compete in my first fight.
I think one of the main reasons that this sport resided with me, is because of the amazing community and family- like environment here at SSMT. When I first started here I wasn’t very confident in myself, but I soon became very comfortable training here, and have made lifelong friends.
I am lucky enough to be very involved in the community here at SSMT. I currently work in sales, and also take the junior tigers classes. I am looking forward to furthering my coaching journey here at SSMT, and pass on everything that I have learnt!
I have been involved in sport and physical fitness since a young child, bouncing from major involvement in Soccer, Tennis and Football.
I started at Southside Muay Thai around 2016 in an effort to boost my self-confidence and push myself further than had been possible in a team sport like Footy.
And what a journey it has been! Southside has always cultivated a team, family-like environment and been there through the ups and downs of life as a constant. I have met and continue to be very close with so many amazing people and even took a trip to Bangkok, to the famous Chuwattana gym to train along-side teammates and Coach Kar.
In terms of experience I have have 6 fights in the ring with intention to continue going forward, setting example for both those coming up and current teammates. I won the National Muay Thai Championship Gold Medal after winning 3 fights in the weekend.
Coaching is proving to be extremely rewarding and seeing people improve at their pace and the joy it brings is something very special. I am always here to help in the gym, on socials and for 1 on 1 sessions. Whether it be for self-defence purposes, self-confidence, or even just a good sweat and a workout, Muay Thai has what you need.