Our Instructors are experienced veterans of the industry with real world ring time and wins under their belts.
ALEXANDRA STRICKLAND - Owner/Coach
Alexandra competed in boxing at a high level from the age of 18 to 24. She took 2 years off during that time to take care of her now 7 year old daughter. She has 25 fights under her belt. Alexandra was a 2x Provincial Champion, 2x Western Canadian Champion, Silver Medalist at the Canadian National Championships and attended the Olympic Trials in Montreal. She was also was awarded "Best Elite Female Boxer".
Alexandra believes boxing can benefit anyone no matter their fitness level, their age or gender. Boxing has helped shape and mould her life and for that she will always be dedicated and passionate for the sport of boxing.
As a trainer, Alexandra strives to achieve your fitness goals, while maintaining a fun energetic environment, keeping you motivated, uplifted and empowered while learning the sweet science of boxing!
Anthony Varela -Boxing Coach
Anthony started Boxing at the age of 14 and it has since been one of his biggest passions. He admires the discipline, mental strength, hard work and dedication it takes to be a successful competitor in the sport.
He had his first two fights in 2009 where he lost both to two very experienced fighters who later became world amateur champions. He then decided to take a break from fighting and focus on school at UVic where he received his double major degree in psychology and sociology.
After graduating in 2015, Anthony got back into the ring after a long 6 years off and won his fight by unanimous decision. His last two fights were won by way of knockout leaving him now with a record of 6 wins 2 losses.
He has an absolute passion for the sport as well as teaching others. He has always felt a very rewarding feeling helping people become better boxers and athletes. Competitors or not, he loves it! His dream is to one day become a cornerman and help fighters who are in the heat of battle when they need it most.
Boxing has always steered Anthony in a positive direction. It has taught him to be disciplined, respectful and humble. Boxing has given him determination and confidence as well made him a smarter, stronger and healthier individual. He truly believes that anyone can benefit from this sport!
Jason Heit - Owner/coach
Jason Heit was born with a boxing bloodline. Family members Tony LaBarbara and Tony Ventura were successful professional fighters based out of his hometown Buffalo, New York. Jason moved to Victoria in 1988. His first competition was in the 1990 Island Tough Man contest which he won at 17 years old by knocking out 3 men in one night. After winning the contest he began competing in amateur boxing.
Jason quickly tore through the Canadian amateur ranks winning Bronze Gloves, Silver Gloves, Golden Gloves, The Diamond Belt, BC Provincial light-heavyweight title and the Canadian light-heavyweight title by knocking out all his opponents in the 1995 Provincial and Canadian Nationals. He then went on to represent Canada in the 1995 Pan-American Games and the 1996 AIBA Multi-Nation International Olympic qualification tournament earning an Olympic Birth for Canada.
In 1999 he moved back to Los Angeles to start his pro boxing career training at Freddie Roaches famed Wild Card Boxing gym.
In 2007 Jason moved back to Victoria to achieve his goal of opening his gym and pass on his knowledge of Martial Arts.
"Martial Arts have brought incredible experiences, people and lessons into my life. It is my passion and I hope to open this door to others to share my knowledge of this wonderful art. I have now retired from competition and have moved into my role as a trainer." - Jason Heit
Jason has a combined Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA ring record of 42 wins, 5 losses and 34 knockouts.