Our Instructors

Meighen Hodgen

Owner, Registered Kinesiologist, Transformation Specialist, Instructor

Born and raised in Napanee, Meighen graduated in April 2014 from the University of Waterloo with a BSc. majoring in Kinesiology. She has been a member of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario since October 2014. She opened DFMMA December 2015. Meighen has been active and into fitness her entire life. She was a competitive figure skater and skated for the varsity team at UW. Meighen competes in fitness competitions where she placed top 10 at the provincial level. Meighen holds the Miss Greater Napanee title and placed top team and top 10 athlete at Miss World Canada 2018. Meighen specializes in rehabilitation of various injuries and improvement of overall health. She has experience working with clients of all levels of fitness from high-level athletes to persons with disabilities. Meighen also offers dynamic taping to assist in the healing process of injuries. Meighen is the transformation specialist and teaches the fitness classes at Diamond!


Mark Loft

Professor and Head MMA Coach

Mark Loft is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under – Team BTT. He started training at the age of 18 at the Belleville Boxing Club under the tutelage of Mal Trenholm. Years later he was inspired to seek out a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and trained at Bob Carver’s Muay Thai Academy in 1997 and started his BJJ Journey under Adam Zugec (now of ZUMA fame). Since then, Mark has continued his BJJ Training under Brazilian Top Team Black belt, and Judo Black Belt, Ben Meireles (BJJ Connection). In his many years as a competitor, He has competed in Boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA, totaling over 100 combined Amateur and Professional matches. In addition, he has earned a CASK level 1 coaching certificate, a Vale Tudo (Brazilian MMA) certificate and the level of “Coach” in BJJ. He has used this knowledge with great success, as many of his students have won gold medals, 1st place trophies, and championship belts in many different kinds of competitions all over Canada and the US.


Olivia Hodgen

Manager, Kids Program Director, Instructor

Coach Olivia has over ten years of experience with teaching children. She has been an Aquatics Instructor since 2012 under Red Cross and has her Aquatics Supervisor qualification. Olivia also is a Lifeguard and First Aid Instructor under the National Lifesaving Society. Not only does Olivia love the water but she also loves Martial Arts. Olivia has been training Muay Thai since 2014 and also trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Olivia is International Sports Science Association certified in personal training. Olivia enjoys in competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and placed 2nd at the Guard Players Championship in her division.


Justin Ferguson

Brazilian Jiu-Jits Instructor

Coach Justin has been training Jiu-Jitsu for three and a half years and holds a BTT (Brazilian Top Team Canada) blue belt under Professor Mark Loft. Justin also has a blue belt in submission wrestling and has trained shoot wrestling with legend Yuki Ishikawa (battlarts). His hobbies include music, darts, tattoos, and graphic design. Justin teaches the beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Diamond and is a student in the advanced class. Justin is continuing is training in pursuit of a black belt. He is the 2019 bronze medal holder for his division in Guard Players Open Jiu-Jitsu tournament.


Maddison Hudgins

Registered Kinesiologist

Maddy graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BSc. degree specializing in Human Kinetics in April 2018. She has since been registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario since October 2018. During her academic career she also received her Trainers Certification and worked with the Ottawa Junior Senators U18 AAA Hockey Team for two seasons and with the Nepean Knights Jr. B Lacrosse Team for one season. She has also had the opportunity to study through the Coaching Association of Canada to gain knowledge and accreditation in the areas of Basic Mental Skills, Nutrition, Designing a Sports Program, and more. Maddy has experience working with all sorts of client populations including high level athletes, regular population, MVA victims and more. Maddy is the deep stretch and mobility instructor for the transformation program, strength and conditioning coach for local teams, and specialty classes.


Nelson

Boxing Instructor

Born and raised in Belleville Ontario, Nelson started his pursuit in boxing at the age of 13 and trained consistently for 7 years competing in amateur bouts. Over the years Nelson has slowly transitioned into the instructor role obtaining his degree in Outdoor Adventure and Adventure Business in which he works extensively with young adults and youth mentoring and shaping them as the next generation. With his knowledge in boxing and experience instructing Nelson  plans to bring the two together and provide professional coaching in the sport of boxing. Nelson is currently teaching the preteen and boxing basic program.


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