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Anthony Manning – Head Coach and Owner – FULL

Anthony Manning – Head Coach and Owner, founder of Phoenix. 

Anthony is the head coach and owner of Phoenix.  Opened  in 1996, Phoenix was the first full-time martial art facility in the ACT. It set the standards for facilities, coaches, programs and the quality of training and continues to do so. Anthony is dedicated to coaching the most effective, practical, ethical, and modern elements of Martial Training available. Developing from a childhood love of Karate, Boxing and wrestling training, Anthony dedicated his life to it. Anthony started fighting at Karate, then kickboxing then Muaythai, over 35 years a go. He has a vast amount of coaching and competition experience at Muaythai, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. Anthony is now coaching adults and Juniors to international championship level whilst always training to improve himself, learn and inspire others.  Anthony has been a national endurance ’24hr’ Mountain Bike Champion in his 40’s and as a demonstration of his fitness, mental toughness and stubbornness. He has represented Australia as an athlete, a coach, and an Army Officer. His training and coaching began with formal training as an Army Officer and military instructor. He has enhanced his experience with formal qualifications in fitness training, coaching and training development.

A short doco on Anthony

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Anthony is a disciplined and demanding coach who focuses on achievement through effort, commitment, team work and determination. Anthony is a specialist Muay Thai and Kickboxing trainer and has over 20 years’ experience at martial arts and fitness coaching. Anthony gives puts his soul into Phoenix and delivers his wealth of fighting, coaching and life knowledge to every student, with a passion that has only grown with time and dedication.

As a coach, he likes to see ordinary people develop into something extraordinary. Anthony believes your training should make you a better member of the community and a mentally tougher person who is competent and capable enough to achieve your goals and have a successful life. Regardless of your reasons for training, Anthony will ensure you get the attention of a world champion. He has trained numerous national and international champions and has been a part of the Muaythai Australia national coaching team, for both juniors and seniors. At Muaythai World Championships, with his own students, being the first and only, from the ACT to win gold medals at world championships.

Anthony has a vast knowledge of Muaythai and fighting and is an expert trainer at predictive behaviours, self defence and how to deal with violence and conflict. Anthony spent 10 years in the Army in specialist roles involving a high level of combat readiness, fitness and special skills. Anthony tested and developed his skills in operational roles overseas in hostile environments including working in the middle east as a security professional.  He then worked for Attorney Generals Department and Foreign Affairs as a security advisor, hostile environment trainer and security coordinator. Anthony was a military and  foreign affairs hostile environment trainer and experienced field operator and brings this professionalism and understanding to his coaching.

Anthony has cornered over 500 fights for TEAM PHOENIX including Kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA and Boxing. Anthony’s true passion is for hard disciplined training that is always challenging, physically tough and innovative, but above all, effective. He is a no – nonsense coach that leads by example and strives to get the best out of every student whilst exposing them to limits they didn’t think possible. Anthony is an active ‘hands on’ coach and is always involved with every member’s development. Anthony follows a ‘shut up and train’ principle and ensures people earn every achievement through hard work, team work and development. Anthony believes everyone benefits from routine discipline and the best of life is the struggle and achievements through hard work.

Anthony leads the Phoenix team of dedicated Coaches by running a structured and organised developmental program that gets the best out of everyone and provides a organised coaching system second to none. The Phoenix system has more coaches than any other club in the ACT. They all work in the same system and deliver the same professional results.

Anthony was coached by Mick Spinks and Larry Papadopolous and still actively trains and develops his skills and knowledge in order to ensure his students get the best training available. Anthony is incredibly innovative and always practicing the latest ways to get the best out of students. Anthony is not tolerant of people who bring excuses, cant be responsible for themselves, snow flakes, posers, egos, talkers, and wingers, so if you want to succeed at Phoenix, do the work to earn it, be in the team, loyal to the team and you will get as far as your obsession desires. Anthony is 100% in favour of a healthy, balanced and peaceful life and doesn’t tolerate any form of illegal drug use, short cuts, or puffy muscles, bullies or weak people that hang out in gangs. Anthony did a traditional Karate as a teenager to the level of 2nd Dan, before he realised how false and misleading the method of training was in the real world. It was very impractical, rewarded mediocrity, was run like a cult, but delivered nothing it promised to its students, if tested outside the confines of a small school hall with like minded deluded people. When Anthony meet Mick Spinks and took up kickboxing and BJJ, his eyes were opened to the effectiveness of true martial training, competition and the great people in the sport.

Anthony competed extensively at traditional martial arts before competing at Muay Thai and Kickboxing as an amateur and then professional. Anthony has competition experience at Kickboxing, K-1, Muaythai, Boxing, BJJ, Wrestling, Karate, MMA and even (as a child who didnt know better) breaking innocent tiles and doing forms/kata in the air.

And because you read this far you deserve the CV – Anthony is a 42nd  Dan Master, of the non contact, long range, chi death touch in silent bullshitzu. He holds a 14 Dan’s in 33 secret lethal fighting arts and 11 Dan’s in non lethal street wise traditional (invented since 2015) but sharp looking Gi martial arts. He is a 4th degree 8th level sifu Khru in psychological warfare, pickafightjitsu and a white belt gold sash at de-escalation verbal smack talk. Anthony has minor super hero powers including being able to detect bullshit at 250m and pick the ending to most movies within 10 minutes of the start plus he can deliver an articulate speech at the drop of a hat, on any topic for at least 25 minutes. Anthony holds master sifu 17th Dan Black Belt levels at:

  • Detecting bullshit.
  • Author of the longest non punctuated sentence of all time – What Phoenix is NOT.
  • Pad holding
  • Full contact knife fighting
  • One punch death touch invincible secret unseen thumb jab
  • Pre-choreographed spectacular movie scene rehearsal slow downed speed up fight scene fighting
  • Static innocent tile/wood smashing ego development. ‘that brick dont hit back!)
  • Gi washing and belt decorating in over 12 colours
  • Air ninja creep up death touch and Vulcan strike jedi force shape shifting
  • Fighting really hard but not hitting anyone and avoiding the head for safety unrealistic bullshitzu
  • Touch football. (Because it is as useful as non contact martial arts)
  • Single shot 300m problem solving
  • Is very wordy and writes too much
  • More to come…..