Coaches & Instructors

At CORE MMA we are lucky to have a diverse and experienced coaching team, surrounded by senior students who fully support the team and act as additional trainers.

We promote growth in all areas, and often host seminars with local & international specialists in order to bring fresh techniques & ideas to the training table.



Carlo Meister

Carlo started his study of the martial arts whilst a student at Hamilton Boys High School. He has an equal appreciation of both grappling and striking. Learn more

Chris Heke

Chris is known as one of the academies two 'mad professors', a very technical grappler - but never one to ignore the importance of solid fundamentals. Learn more

Toby FitzPatrick

Toby is an excellent wrestler with international rankings, and has extensive skills in freestyle and submission wrestling as well as MMA. Learn more

Nepia Mahuika

Dr Nepia Mahuika is our other resident Purplebelt 'mad professor' of BJJ - as well as being a lecturer in History at the University of Waikato. Learn more

Carl Houben

Carl absolutely loves teaching Beginners and Kids classes and has a real passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Learn more

Mike Gault

Former coach at Elite Thai Kickboxing before opening his own branch, Mike joined CORE MMA as Muay Thai & Kickboxing Coach. Learn more

Joesef Hamblin

Joesef reached the coveted rank of BJJ Brownbelt in remarkably short time, and has won No-Gi Gold at the Gracie Worlds in Los Angeles. Learn more

Marc Lelievre

NZ representative for the IMMAF Amateur World Championships 2016 in Las Vegas, Shuriken & XFC Australia Champion. Learn more

Jojo Walsh

Jojo began training in powerlifting and weightlifting in 2013 and began BJJ whilst living in the United States in 2016. Learn more

Frank Jarrett

In early 2015, Frank won the "Road to Vegas" Lightweight tournament to find an NZ rep for the IMMAF Amateur World Championships in Las Vegas. Learn more

Marcelo Rapucci

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt and life-long martial artist. Marcelo was born in Brazil and joined the CORE MMA team in 2016. Learn more

Daniel Van Den Berg

Dan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt and one of the BJJ Coaches at CORE MMA. He's an active competitor on all the major national tournament circuits. Learn more

Daniel Conchie

Dan is a Tae Kwon Do Blackbelt, and veteran of the Sport Jujitsu competition circuit. Learn more

Clarke Jarrett

Clarke began training in Boxing with brother Frank, before joining CORE MMA in 2012 to focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and launch his MMA career. Learn more

Alexander Kalnins

Alexander is a BJJ & Judo practitioner, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purplebelt and a frequent Masters division competitor on the NZ BJJ scene. Learn more

Luke Jumeau

Luke is without a doubt Hamilton's highest-acheiving MMA competitor to date, who has quickly risen to the top of the NZ MMA scene. Learn more