Barry first began taking a keen interest in Muay Thai under the guidance of David Hussey, and later under Anthony Dutton.
Barry has fought in the ring under full Muay Thai rules, and seasonally trains in Thailand to keep learning and gain further knowledge of the sport.
He has trained and managed 50+ fighters to fight competitively in Australia Thailand, accumulating state, east coast and national titles.
Barry has over 20 years of coaching and fighter management experience. Having a varied martial arts background, Barry’s teaching interests include the provision of simple but effective self defence training to primary and high school students, including those who may have special needs.
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 registered as a professional Muay Thai Coach with the Government of South Australia, Office for Recreation and Sport and holds a Senior First Aid Certificate.
Additionally, Barry is currently studying the final year towards a Bachelor of Laws, and holds a number of graduate and post graduate business qualifications, including a Diploma of Management, an Advanced Diploma in Accounting, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting.
Kar also began his Muay Thai training with Sensei David Hussey in the year 1990.
Having trained in Thailand as well, Coach Kar quickly developed into a well conditioned fighter, and had his first fight at the young age of 17 years. Among his other achievements, at 16 years of age he represented South Australia and the South Australia Institute of Sport, for 7 consecutive years in the sport of badminton.
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 registered as a professional Muay Thai Coach with the Government of South Australia, Office for Recreation and Sport and is registered as Level 1 Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
In addition, 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 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.
As a teenager I was reasonably fit, training in judo, aikido, weights, running etc.
Then university, work, getting married and having a family took precedence and I did little or no exercise for about 15 years.
Two weeks before my 40th birthday (in 2010) and weighing in at a little over 92 kg I decided I needed to do something and at the time lived a street away from SSMT (when they were located at the old gym). I joined, loved it from the start and trained three days a week plus started running and weight training again.
At my lightest I’ve been down to 70kg though tend to hover around 75kg these days.
In 2017 I began helping out with the fight team training and also achieved my level 6, First Degree Black (white logo) singlet rank in BJMA.
In early 2018 I took over the Thursday night class and have found teaching to be very rewarding; it’s amazing to see people develop over time from not knowing how to stand or move to confidently taking part in sparring. I have found that coaching has also helped my technique as you have to really think about ‘movement’ and the ‘why’ behind the various techniques.
At Southside you genuinely get out what you put in. From those that just want to do something a bit different to help with their fitness to those who want to fight at the highest level, you will receive the support and guidance you need every step of the way.
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.