Head Trainer: Justin Ayer
Justin started in Martial Arts from age 9, first studying Kenpo Karate and becoming a Junior Black Belt. His first instructor was Mick Nichols who Justin believes is one of the best Combat martial artist in Australia. Justin still regularly trains with Mick and attends seminars in his own developed styles Defend tech which Justin has become an instructor in. Mick will always be a strong roll model to Justin and a mentor in the sport.
As soon as Justin was old enough he was overseas training and teaching in California, New Zealand, London and Thailand where he fought.
Although Justin’s passions had turned to styles like Muay Thai and Panantuken (Filipino Martial Arts) Justin continued his training with the study of Australian Combat Karate to become a Black Belt Instructor and is currently an instructor in Unified Martial Arts with a 4th Dan Black Belt ranking and is an advanced Instructor in Muay Thai Kickboxing which he has graded for in America and Australia.
Justin has spent the later years developing jiu-jitsu ground fighting and knife & weapon skills from Panantuken to be incorporated into the M2 Mixed Martial arts and M2 Blade and Street Defence. Justin is always on a search for better training and teaching methods, keeping up to date and watching every fighting event from Boxing to MMA to Thai. Fighting is Justin’s whole life and loves most taking the average Joe and turning them into something special in the ring.
Head Trainer Mt Martha: Tina Ayer
Since 2003 Tina has been dedicated 7 days a week to training and teaching all the styles offered at Martial Mix From Thai, Karate, Street Self defense and weapons. She started at the gym to get fit and lose a few kgs and fell in love with the sport quickly and spent every day dedicated to training and grading in the Muay Thai which she is now an elite instructor.
Tina Started in Combat Karate to develop a different range of skills and because she was so driven to learn everything about martial Arts. The Combat Karate focuses heavily on weapons were she became expert level in knife, Staff, Kali and specialised in samurai and is currently a 1st Dan black belt. She is also an Instructor in Mick Nicholls Defend-Tech Urban defense which is a street style of fighting and self defense.
Training with Justin gave Tina a vast appreciation for all types of practical street defensive martial arts, especially styles like Panantukan taught by Dan Inosanto who they have trained with in Melbourne and other great Martial artist in the sport Ron Baliki and Mick Nichols.
In 2007 Tina started her fight debut 4 months after having her first child Evander and alongside her fight training she manages the business, is a full time mum of two and also opened the second chapter to Martial Mix in Mt Martha. Tina is incredibly strong for her weight and a skilled smart fighter with natural fight brain for training fighters. She has an endless passion for the sport and thrives in the challenge after fighting herself to now train her own fighters from the home gym. Her dream is to be as good as her biggest role model and mentor in the sport, her husband and head trainer Justin.
Assistant Fight Trainer: Mark Yodgee
Mark Joined the gym in 2006 and quickly developed a strong style and understanding of Muay Thai and Justin’s style of teaching which made Justin and Mark a great team when working with the fighters and also Justins right hand man at the gym.
Yodgee is an Elite Level in Muay Thai and has studied several martial arts in his career including the Phillipino Martial Arts Panantukin. Mark is an excellent trainer with beginners, bringing out the best of people in a very short period of time and such great fun to train with. We are very lucky to have such a talented instructor with us at Martial Mix and Yodgee’s skills continue to grow as a trainer and Martial artist. Yodgee is available for personal training throughout the week.
Assistant Fight Trainer: Daniel ‘The Vice’ Smyrk
Daniel is known to have one of the biggest hearts the ring has seen always taking on supremely experienced fighters and stepping in with anyone to give it a go for the sake of fighting not just winning. Daniel is as tough as they come, when after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) he had assumed that he just hurt it during sparring and continued to train for the Title fight he had booked in Perth. He continued doing hard weight sessions and exhausting plyometric training when the doctor discovered he had actually torn through his ACL and broken his knee cap, and needless to say the fight doctor had even wondered how he could walk with the injury let alone train for a fight.
When Dan returned to the sport he has since collected 5 prestegious titles the Fairtex Pattaya Stadium Title, WBC Australian Title, World Kun Khumer intercontinental Title, ISKA Middle weight Australian Titile, and the WKA Middle weight State Title. Other than Dan being the top Professional Muay Thai fighter in Victoria he is also currently ranked 5th middle weight in the country alongside fighting legends John Wayne Parr, Bruce Mcfie, Eli Madigan and Franki Giorgi.
Daniel is a grappling specialist known for his strength and knowledge of how to use his body to dominate the grapple and has been an invaluable mentor to the fighters and members.
Assistant MMA/Jujitsu Trainer: Nick Likane
Nick is everything hard about Martial Arts as a fighter and an athlete absorbing as much knowledge as he can to become the strongest he can be as a martial artist and as an athlete. Russian is currently a black shirt instructor in Muay Thai fighting within the first year he started in the sport and proving himself quickly in the ring. He tirelessly alongside training for fights worked hard to become a black belt surviving a gruelling grading and is now a 1st Dan in Freestyle Karate.
Nick pursued his training career further learning weapons like knife, staff and kali and training with Mick Nicholls in his Panantukan, Urban street defence and street boxing syllabus.
Russian trains weekly in jujitsu with Peter de Been winning his first tournaments with impressive skill and strength, using his skills to start a fighting career in Mixed Martial Arts.
Russian is an amazing athlete competing in the 100km marathon and placing 3rd without breaking a sweat and works excessively at the sport and has demonstrated huge capability and heart and Martial Mix wouldn’t be the same without him. Russian is currently running the MMA classes and available for private training throughout the week.
Assistant Trainer: Greta Pullan
Greta is one of the first members at martial mix and has been training since she was 11 years old! Greta has been involved in all aspects of the gym has developed an amazing skill for teaching and being one of the few to receive the Jim Ayer Club Member of the year award in 2006.
Greta is an Elite level instructor in Muay Thai and has always been a formidable martial artist since she would beat up all the boys in her early teens and always give the fighters a run for their money in sparring. Greta holds a huge amount of respect at the gym and has more than proved herself as a teacher and is available for private training though the week and is well known for her strength and fitness training sessions.
Ross has been with Martial Mix since 2009 and he is one of those Martial Artists that come along every blue moon that has exceptional skills in teaching in all forms. Ross is known by his circuit’s and Muay Thai training and is exceptional in his own training. We are lucky to have him in the crew and grateful our members can benefit from his style of expertise.