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Meet our world class coaching team.

Kru Cliff Bura


Cliff founded Diesel Gym in 2008 and has overseen its development in to the internationally recognised institution it is today. He has been involved in martial arts for 40 years, and first started coaching over 30 years ago. He has studied a wide selection of disciplines from around the world. His study of Muay Thai has taken him to many camps in many countries, however his key influence is the world-renowned Master Sken Kaewpundang. It is with Master Sken’s blessing and guidance that the London Sitnarong Camp (later to become the Diesel Muay Thai Team) was first opened in 2003. Cliff is always happy to teach Muay Thai to anyone who shows respect for the art and the camp. He trains students at all levels, from people who are interested in general fitness to those to wish to train at a competitive level. He is responsible for all aspects of Diesel Gym and takes an active role in ensuring that the quality of its coaching is maintained to the highest standards. Contact Cliff: 07765 243012 or email: cliff@dieselgym.co.uk

Jamie Scott

Gym Manager & Head 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu coach

Jamie Scott was born and raised in East London. He is a lifelong martial artist, having dabbled in boxing and karate as a kid. During his preparation for a professional MMA bout, Jamie experimented with the rubber guard, which led him to the 10th Planet system. After winning the contest, Jamie sought out Eddie Bravo, the creator, and head of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, based in Los Angeles. In February 2014, Jamie was granted his Blue Belt by Eddie Bravo and was given permission to open up 10th Planet London, the first and only 10th Planet school in the capital. Since then, Jamie has been tirelessly building the UK's premiere no-gi team, in addition to hosting the only free open mat in London, which takes place every Saturday morning. Jamie was promoted to the rank of Brown Belt in May 2016 by Geo and Richie Martinez, on behalf of Eddie Bravo. He is also active as a competitor, having featured on the Newaza Challenge and Polaris. In addition to his heavy pressure passing and catch wrestling-esque style of grappling, Jamie strongly endorses the submission-only movement and is also one of the most experienced and technically proficient leg-lock experts in the UK.

Daniel Sam

Head Muay Thai Coach

Daniel Sam, our head Thai coach, is currently the UK’s No 1 ranked Heavyweight in Muay Thai and holds an impressive 50+ fight record. He has fought across the globe for promotions such as ENFUSION, SUPERKOMBAT and GLORY and holds notable wins that include a 2017 3rd round TKO win over Steven “The Panda” Banks, the WBC World Muay Thai Champion, in a full thai rules match as well as ending Patrice Quarteron’s 12 fight (and 6 year) win streak in 2016 by a solid decision in Paris. Daniel’s accolades/accomplishments include: • 2017 Capital Fights French Federation Heavyweight title • 2017 Enfusion Live 48 Heavyweight Tournament Champion • 2013 Enfusion 4: Search for the SuperPro Tournament Champion • 2012 SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix II Tournament Runner-up • 2007 Ringmasters Heavyweight Tournament Champion • 2009 English Muaythai Super Heavyweight Champion • 2007 IFMA Muaythai European Cup +95 kg Learn more at: https://www.danielsam.co.uk

Tom Wincott

Head MMA Coach

Hailing from Hackney, East London, Tom Wincott made the transition from amateur boxing to MMA under Diesel Gym and Jamie Scott. Now a well-rounded fighter, Tom holds a 6-1 professional MMA record. Renowned for his heavy hands and potent guillotine choke, which has given him most of his victories, Tom is a skilled fighter and coach. He greets each person with a friendly attitude and sense of humour, making learning from him easy and enjoyable. In addition to teaching MMA, Tom also handles Diesel’s famous ‘Iron Beast Circuit’ where fighter and hobbyist alike can really test and build their athleticism by being pushed to their absolute limit. With a good understanding of both fighting and strength and conditioning, Tom is one of the best people to learn under. Tom Wincott’s Accolades and Achievements: • UCMMA Welterweight Champion • WFC Welterweight Champion • Purple Belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

Amanda Kelly

Muay Thai Coach

Amanda is former 2 x World Champion and holds a 40+ fight record of 38 wins 1 loss 1 draw across a number of weight classes. She has also competed as a professional MMA fighter. Amanda has fought all over the world for promotions such as ENFUSION, MUAY THAI IN AMERICA and CAGE WARRIORS and holds notable wins that include UFC superstar and ex-world champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk and beating the world no.1 Julie Kitchen. Amanda’s accomplishments include: • ISKA WORLD Champion 59kg • WMC (MAD) WORLD Champion 59kg • IFMA Bronze Medal Winner 59kg • IFMA Silver Medal Winner 59kg Amanda can be booked for private lessons at: https://www.amandakellypt.com

Leon Markham-Lee

Muay Thai Coach

Leon has been part of the Diesel Gym family since 2009. As a competitor on the Muay Thai circuit he competed in both amateur and professional bouts 14 times. Leon has been teaching the Diesel Gym children and youth Muay Thai team since 2011. He also keeps himself busy for Diesel behind the scenes helping with gym events and matching the fighters. Since 1993 at aged 13 his previous martial arts experience includes: • Competitor at Staunch Gym and TKO Gym • 1st Degree Black belt Dragon Martial Arts School in Essex. Other qualifications include : • Level 2 Gym Health and Fitness • Level 3 Personal Trainer Health and Fitness • Kettlebells Qualification • Circuits Qualification In addition to being well and truly part of the furniture, Leon is available for 1 to sessions for anyone aged 6 and above for all your fitness needs and requirements. Leon is able to give good technical knowledge to Diesel's youngest team members in a way that is fun, but still practical and applicable to real Muay Thai and self defence.

Jenny Claff

Muay Thai Coach

Jennie began an interest in fitness at a young age leading her to become a qualified fitness instructor. At that time she discovered martial arts, in particular Muay Thai. Over the course of her 15 years training, she has been fortunate enough to train with Grand Master Woody and Master A (the first pioneers to bring Muay Thai to Europe). She has also had the opportunity to train at several gyms in Bangkok. As one of the original members of Diesel Gym, Jennie continues to train regularly, having spent the last few years competing in both amateur and professional fights. Her passion for Thai Boxing has led her to specialise in martial arts based fitness. Having received a degree in Teaching, Jennie spent time in America teaching martial arts based fitness to young adults from disadvantaged and dysfunctional backgrounds. Jennie now teaches the Ladies Muay Thai class which focuses on resistance training, cardio work and Muay Thai technique.

Salih Kulucan

MMA Coach

Jack Tyley

10th Planet Coach

Sean Harper

10th Planet Coach

Sean Harper has been with Diesel for 4 years, and in that time he has one numerous gold, silver and bronze medals for the 10th planet team. In addition to being a force to be reckoned with on the local scene, Sean currently boasts a 2-0 record at the TUFF Invitational (the UK and Europe's premier submission-only platform). Sean Harper's Accolades and Accomplishments: Multiple time Gold Medalist Undefeated TUFF grappler Level 3 Personal Trainer

Christian Meramo

Muay Thai Coach

Re-joining the Diesel Muay Thai coaching team is Christian Meramo who brings with him 15 years Muay Thai experience and successful fight career, as well as being a REPS Level 3 Fitness instructor specialising in strength & conditioning, mobility and weight loss.

Mel Bennardo

Yoga Instructor

Mel first stepped on to a mat 10 years ago while travelling through India and since then it has been something he has always turned to when in need of movement and exploration of his body. In the last three years he has dedicated himself to his practice building a wealth of knowledge around the body, how it works and ways to tease it into more flexibility and more strength. He loves a slow and strong class where people have time to experience what is going on. Although his classes often start quite slow paced and relatively relaxed you quite quickly notice how much you are pushing your strength and flexibility as well as general mobility around joints. Mel himself practices a number of movement practices; he swims regularly, yoga regularly, jiu jitsu, calisthenics, martial arts and he is still exploring. In Mel’s classes you can expect to get a deep stretch while learning a lot about how your body can move. You’ll also play with different breathing techniques that will help to stabilise and strengthen your movement practice and you’ll get to explore strength in ways you never thought could be defined as ‘strong’. You’ll also laugh a lot because Mel doesn’t often know how to stay too serious.