Originally from the UK, Jon has lived and breathed strength and conditioning, personal training, as well as mixed martial arts for the past 25 years working with athletes, professional fighters and general population clientele. Jon has directed and mentored hundreds of trainers in the UK, Asia and Australia, developing their skills and knowledge-base to reflect international standards of training and improved client service. Over the past five years, Jon has launched four gyms on two continents, and achieved his brown belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu.
Having spent over 20 years in Administrative and Operational roles in the corporate world, Maria has since made the jump into the fitness industry, utilising her skillset to guide the business assuring excellent customer relationships focusing on our values and high performance lifestyle.
Maria brings with her a history of amateur sports competitions including Bikini Fitness, White Collar Boxing and most recently Powerlifting, where she actively competes representing the Masters Women, 40 years plus. Maria is a mother of 3 and has seen first hand the benefits Martial Arts and Fitness has had on her own family and is a strong advocate of health and wellness in the wider Hong Kong community.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS DIRECTOR
Originally from Brazil, Alberto “Soldier of God” Miná comes with over 30 years of martial arts experience and is a current UFC Welterweight Prospect. He is a black belt in both Judo, Brazilian JiuJitsu and his professional MMA record is 14-1 (UFC 3-1).
-Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt 3rd degree.
-Judo Black belt 3rd dan.
-Multiple State BJJ and Judo champion.
-Multiple Northeast Brazilian BJJ and Judo champion.
-European Grappling Champion, 2006 (Weight and Absolute division).
-4th place at Pan-American Games trials
– Wrestling- Rio 2007.
-2nd place at IBJJF European No Gi championship, London 2012.
-3x IBJJF Asian Open Champion at Black belt division.
-Cage Rage former Champion, London UK.
-Ultimate Challenge Undisputed Champion.
-Top 2 ranked Brazilian welterweight in UFC (2016)
-Sport Science degree & Physiology of Exercise pos-graduation.
GROUP FITNESS DIRECTOR
Gabriel is in his third year in Hong Kong having left England after completing his Sport & Exercise Science degree at Loughborough University. Having competed at the Junior World Cup for Scotland U20, Gabriel was exposed to his first experience of Strength & Conditioning having been inspired by some of his national level coaches. With a move out to Hong Kong to play rugby semi-professionally, Gabriel dedicated himself to the study of high performance sport, working with Hong Kong Golf, Hong Kong Football and other various national teams for two years. A passion for working with teams and small groups has brought him to Hybrid where he hopes to implement a training system that enables any gym goer the tools to train as an elite level athlete with high level prescription and management.
MARTIAL ARTS COACH
Sasha Palatnikov is 30 years old, was born and raised in Hong Kong. He started martial arts at age six and has been competing for over 20 years. He went to primary and secondary school in Hong Kong. He represented Hong Kong in rugby from junior to senior levels and played professionally in Australia and Russia. His university studies were in the U.S. where he competed in MMA as an amateur, going undefeated 6-0. He also won the western New York kickboxing championship and won the heavyweight boxing amateur championships in Hong Kong. He is a purple belt in BJJ and won gold in both gi & no-gi at the Pan Asian games. He proudly claims and fights out of Hong Kong and currently holds a 3-1 professional MMA record. Sasha also holds the title of current AFC Middleweight Champion.
Josh is a long-term athlete, becoming a member of the Hong Kong Rugby Academy and then representing Hong Kong at youth and senior level in rugby- 15s and Sevens, becoming one of the original Hong Kong Sports Institute rugby 7s professional athletes. A captain of his rugby club and national team at youth level and recipient of awards in rugby for school, club and university.
Josh has since become a personal trainer, working for renowned gyms in Hong Kong and the UK, specialising in sport-specific training and transformation-based training, Josh holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Sport Management from the University of Northumbria, and Poliquin personal training certification, as well as qualifications in CrossFit level 1 and CrossFit kids training, as well as having experience in kids coaching for soccer and rugby teams, aimed at fast-tracking young athletes to advanced performance.
Karen is a local from Hong Kong. With Cantonese being her native tongue, she also speaks English and Mandarin fluently. Having been in the fitness industry for over 2 years, Karen has successfully created numerous transformations on clients. She is also an active bikini competitor and has competed in two of the most prestigious shows in Asia – Mr Olympia Asia Amateur 2017 and the Macau Global Classic 2018. Karen holds particular interest in helping woman strive for better health and fitness achievements, from beginners to high level physique competitors.
Martina is currently 2 x Hong Kong Powerlifting Champion (2018) in two different federations while being also a competitive CrossFit athlete which is a testament to the work ethic she knew growing up in a household where fitness and high level competitiveness was a norm.
She attained her Personal Trainer accreditation soon after moving to Hong Kong and followed it up with a CrossFit Mobility certificate, CrossFit Level 2 coaching certificate, CrossFit Gymnastics certificate and Pregnancy & Postpartum Strength coaching certificate. She recently strengthened her arsenal with achieving her Corrective Exercise Specialist certificate.
Her philosophy is, “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.
Lucky is a Hong Kong-born Filipino, aspiring to be a professional MMA fighter. Lucky has had a number of amateur fights and continues to learn through training both others and himself, having worked and trained in fitness for almost a decade, focusing in body composition goals with strength and conditioning as his means to getting transformations. His knowledge in nutrition and training has led to many transformations of clients in the past and is a reputable trainer in Hong Kong.