OUR COACHES

DEAN “BLACK DIAMOND” JAMES

HEAD MUAY THAI COACH

Experience and Qualifications

About Me

As a Fighter, they don’t come much more inspirational than Dean. A role model in every sense, Dean has overcome adversity in all its forms to rise to the top of professional combat sport,

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he went on to become the best British Bantamweight and Featherweight in the art of Muay Thai, winning four world championships at three different weight divisions.

Dean is a fighter who is not afraid to take risks which is shown by his achievements of winning world titles in 3 different weight classes. He likes to challenge himself and this was shown when he stepped into the Power of Scotland tournament at 63.5kg when his competitive fighting weight was 57kg.

Dean is regarded as one of the most technically able fighters in the sport, Dean secured the UK no.1 Featherweight spot in 2010 with a win over Andy Howson and has remained top of his division since. To date, Dean has recorded notable wins over highly decorated international fighters including Rungravee Sasiprapa (Thailand), Dimity Varats (Belarus), Joseph Lasire, Sittichai, Hakim Hamech, Antonio Rodriguez and French Muay Thai star Amine Kacem and continues to fight the world’s elite in Muay Thai.

With a School teaching background in Art, P.E and also working with Special educational needs individuals, Dean decided to use his teaching abilities to the art of Muay Thai and mentor the next generation of upcoming fighters.

Dean also coaches individuals who want to learn the Art of Muay Thai and use this as a way to build and maintain their fitness. Dean is currently the Head Coach of Muay Thai at OMAA and since his arrival; he has used his coaching skills to take Josias Gomes who is also an OMAA Muay Thai coach to the number 1 spot in the UK at his weight division. Dean’s aim is to be recognized as one of the best fighters to come out of the UK and to coach his students to compete and win championships at the highest level of Muay Thai.

Denis Hysenbelli

HEAD BOXING COACH

Experience and Qualifications

About Me

I always enjoyed playing a variety of sports, however, it was only when I turned thirteen years of age – that boxing became a major part of my life. 

The sport provided the foundations in shaping the person I am now, as it taught me three very simple yet important things; these being: respect for others, manners and patience.

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I feel that I was lucky to have the boxing coach that I did as a youngster, as he was a fantastic role model. He left me with a strong ambition to guide other young people, in the same way that he did for me. As a coach today, I focus primarily on technique. My aim is to produce well grounded – dignified champions. I always aim to be an excellent “role model” to young people too… guiding them to the correct path.

Proudest Moments / Boxing Achievements:
My proudest moment came from becoming Three times Albanian champion, where I was rewarded with travelling around Europe – representing my country in two European championships. Here, I gained a Bronze medal, and also a Gold medal in the Balkan’s Olympics.

Max campos

HEAD BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU COACH

Experience and Qualifications

About Me

Maxmiliano Campos is a Brazilian Black Belt champion, Max has a great teaching style and with his advanced knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and no-gi grappling skills he is ideally suited to teaching both beginners and experienced students,

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he is gifted in traditional techniques, as well as “new game” jiu jitsu and he also trains many MMA athletes in BJJ and groundwork/submission in his capacity as head coach at Oxford Shootfighters (associate gym to London Shootfighters).

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Gold Medal)
  • Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Cup (Gold Medal)
  • World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Cup (Silver medal) (Twice)
  • South American Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Silver medal) (Twice)
  • United Kingdom Trials For Abu-Dhabi Championship (Silver Medal)
  • European No-gi Champion (gold)
  • 3X London and British Open Champion (Gold Medal)

Josias gomes

MUAY THAI COACH

Experience and Qualifications

About Me

I have had a huge interest in sports since a young age. I was mainly playing sports such as Football when growing up however I always got the feeling as if there was something missing.

Growing up, I was bullied at school due to being a different colour to everyone else around me.

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My mother asked for the assistance of school teachers to help resolve the bullying issue but nothing really changed and it was at that point that my mother took me to the gym and there I was introduced to Martial Arts so I could protect myself. I started off with American Kickboxing. As time went on, I decided to try Muay Thai as I would watch videos on YouTube but I was too afraid to try it.

After my first Muay Thai class, I fell in love with the sport and have never looked back since. Learning Muay Thai has given me the opportunity to travel the world and compete in places such as China, Japan, Thailand, Portugal and many more. I am now a full time professional fighter and I work as a coach at Oxford Martial Arts Academy passing my knowledge on to others.

Combat Experience in:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • UK
  • Portugal
  • Scotland
  • Japan
  • Ireland

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