Dylan is the head Muay Thai coach and Co-Owner of VT1 Martial Arts Academy where he Co-Founded the KOPD Boxing Program along with Adrian. He has been coaching for 15 years and with Adrian; created the KOPD Level 1 Trainers Course to help spread the KOPD message.
He holds NSW, Australian and World Champion Titles in various martial arts but no longer competes. He has fought in Thailand, Cyprus and Jamaica.
After retiring from fighting, Dylan became a Kru (teacher) in the ancient art of Muay Thai and has been focusing on the KOPD Boxing Program and producing UFC Competitors, State and Australian Champions.
He is the co-owner of VT1 Academy and takes a small group to Thailand every year to learn, travel and experience the birthplace of Muay Thai.
His motto is: “There are no obstacles that can’t be overcome with hard work, intelligence and heart.”
Nate is an Accredited Sport Scientist and Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and has 5 years of experience in Muay Thai and Boxing training under national and world champion coaches.
Having worked in both private practice and hospital settings, he found that incorporating boxing into clinical populations improved functional outcomes (strength, balance, and mobility) in addition to boosting confidence and engagement.
He partnered with KOPD in late 2018 and has been working to empower people with Parkinson's Disease. Recently, he has been instrumental in establishing the Strength and Conditioning, and Balance, Mobility, and Gait classes within KOPD. Nate hopes to continually grow the program to impact and bring hope to as many people with PD and their carers as possible.
As a retired pharmacist, and having cared for his father who had Parkinson’s disease, Adrian was familiar with the pharmaceutical road-map of Pd when he himself was diagnosed at age 58. Year after year, Adrian became increasingly astonished that his symptoms were so minimal.
He had started boxing for fitness eight years before his diagnosis, and has since found mounting research of the benefits of boxing for neuro-degenerative diseases. Adrian established the KOPD Boxing Program in 2014, helping fellow Pd sufferers stablise their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Adrian established the KOPD Boxing Program in 2014, helping fellow Pd sufferers stabilize their symptoms and improve their quality of life. He is now working with a team to implement the Train the Trainers program, so that KOPD Boxing Program can be run in other communities.
Adrian’s mantra is; “People with Parkinson’s disease can’t YET win the war against the disease but we can win the battles and that brings us hope.”