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-Jitsu 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.

Nolan Brant

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Muay Thai Instructor

Nolan started training Jiu-jitsu in 2009. Once he received his blue belt he then pursued the striking aspect of martial arts and fell in love with Muay Thai. Nolan first started competing in 2010 and has created quite the impressive record. 2X Ontario Open Champ BJJ, Abu Dhabi Pro Go Gold Medalist, 13 MMA Fights, 2-1 Boxing Record, 3-1 Muay Thai Record, 3X MMA Champion Nolan’s Love for martial arts is portrayed through his classes and teaching as he continues to train and compete. Nolan is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Joshua Coghlan

Boxing Instructor

Joshua Coghlan trained from the ages of 15-18 at the Belleville Boxing Club under the tutelage of Mel Trenholm. In 2016, Joshua was inspired by his daughter to continue training and instructing boxing. This time as a family. Joshua joined the Diamond Team in 2016 along with his wife and daughter. Late in 2018 Joshua moved on to further pursue amateur boxing and training at the Bulldog Boxing Academy in Belleville, ON. He continues to compete as an Amateur Boxer today. He became a licenced corner man in Ontario, at a professional boxing level, in 2019. Joshua has experience working with clients of all levels from beginner to professional athletes.

Daud Zeb

Boxing & Muay Thai Coach

Daud is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. It was during his undergrad that he started training in martial arts and fell in love with the field. After he completed his schooling Daud began working as a yoga teacher, personal trainer, and kickboxing instructor. He teaches a variety of styles ranging from gentle to power yoga and is the lead instructor for the Total Life Care Speciality program for individuals with chronic conditions at the Kingston YMCA.

Alex Chandu-Lall

Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Coach

Alex joined the Diamond Fitness team in 2021. He grew up in Napanee and graduated from Queen's University in April 2022. Alex started working as the front desk manager and progressed to teaching groups and one-on-one sessions with a variety of age groups. Since starting at Diamond Fitness, he started taking boxing classes as a student and is looking forward to continuing to progress within the sport.

Andrea Weese

Women's Only Group Strength Training Instructor

She has been a group fit instructor for over 11 years. Andrea is also a primary teacher and currently teaches Kindergarten at JJ O'Neill Catholic School. Over the years teaching she has found a passion in adult group fitness classes teaching step aerobics, cardio, sculpt and interval classes, with a sprinkle of spin and Tabata. Andrea's passion is to motivate, inspire and help others find a love for fitness because "exercise is key to health." Her Strength Interval class will be a full body workout using various equipment. By building and repairing muscles through upper/lower body strength training, you can expect to see muscle growth, recovery, and weight loss.

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