Our Trainers2018-06-15T16:11:10+00:00

Our Trainers

Dave Schuck

The Boss

About Dave

Dave started boxing competitively in 1986 and has been coaching teams of amateur and professional boxers for over ten years. He established a boxing gym in Washington, as well as volunteered his expertise and time at the Action Boxing Club, the North Burnaby Boxing Club and the Astoria Fraser Arms Boxing Club. In 2004, he began working with sports teams and personal clients to improve their conditioning and fitness levels. Since leading the Astoria Boxing Club, Dave has successfully taken the Club to its best record in over fifteen years. His certificates include: Level 3 USA Boxing Certificate, Level 2 Canadian Amateur Boxing Association Certificate and his Professional Boxing Coach Certificate.

Brian Grant


About Brian

Brian Grant began boxing at age 18 at Main Street gym in Vancouver. He quickly fell in love with the sport after watching the greats compete – Oscar de La Hoya, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins. Five years ago, he met Dave Schuck with Eastside Boxing and began to mentor under him as a trainer and coach. Soon after, Aprons for Gloves was founded and Brian fought in the first event. He has been involved as a trainer/coach ever since. Boxing has been a positive influence in Brian’s life and he sees great benefits for all the contenders that participate in AFG and Restaurant Rumble. “I think that a place where people have the opportunity to learn about themselves and face their fears is good for the fabric of our society – If we help one person the way Boxing has helped me in my life, I think we have changed someone’s world in a positive way.

Jaime Ward


About Jaime

Jaime began her boxing training in 2005 under coach Dave Schuck at the Astoria Boxing Club.  In her amateur competitive career she was a repeating BC Champion, North West Champion, Golden Gloves Champion, 2 time National Bronze Medalist and on the National Team. In 2012 she turned pro winning her debut. By early 2014 she was ranked at #2 in Canada when she decided to retire to start a family (In 2017 she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl).  Jaime came back to Eastside Boxing Club as a coach in late 2015 and has been heavily involved in AFG and ESB as a coach, judge and referee as well as starting a female team.

Nathan Kulczycki


About Nathan

Nate retired his boxing career in 2010 fighting for Team Canada at the Francophone Games in Beirut. Since retiring from boxing in 2010 Nate has been living the corporate grind and is now teaching now at Eastside Boxing and All City Athletics. Nate has a passion for working with people wanting to learn and practice the technical boxing fundamentals of the sweet science while hanging out at 238 Keefer with the growing boxing community. As a fighter, Nate went undefeated in BC, as the reining BC Champion from 2000-2010. During those 10 years Nate turned over about 100 fights in the Canadian Armature boxing scene and winning a Canadian Senior National title in 2008, 4 National Silver and 4 National Bronze medals and also competing in 3 Olympic trial events.

Mikhail Basharymov


About Mikhail

Mikhail has been involved in boxing for over 25 years.  He is a 17 time Khabarovsk and Russian champion and has won multiple awards in Russia, China, the Czech Republic, Australia and South Korea.  In 2001 he became a referee and in 2010 he began coaching the junior team in Khabarovsk. As a training he is very determined and devoted to his fighters.  He teaches with a positive attitude and believes that the result of training depends not only on talent, but also hard work.

Mikhail is currently teaching our Fighter Training classes and is avalible for one-on-one training.

Abdul Fadel


About Abdul

Abdul has been involved in martial arts and fighting since the age of 7. He spent many years competing at a high level in Judo. Sports have always been a passion of Abdul. He grew up playing football and excelled in track & field during high school. Kinesiology is his field of work and he loves the feeling of helping others. The Eastside boxing club has been his home now for almost 8 years! He’s represented Eastside at many competitions. He brings his knowledge and experience of the fight game to help others learn this sport and enjoy it.

Julia (Noodles) Pelin

Yoga Instructor + Coach

About Julie

A Yoga Instructor at Eastside since 2016, Noodles enjoys bringing humour to her classes. As an athlete who only began to gain control of her limbs late in her life Noodles has the ability to explain movement tips and tricks to the not-so-natural-athlete in an approachable fashion.
When she isn’t boxing, you may find her stretching and when she isn’t stretching, you will likely find her boxing.

Meego Yassin

Jiu Jitsu + Coach

About Meego

Starting in 1985, Meego trained TaeKwonDo under Grand Master Chin Chow Ho, and in 1994, he received his 3rd Degree Black Belt from the World TKD Federation, Seoul-Korea. By that time Meego has won over 30 gold medals 13 Silver and 12 Bronze National and international. Meego also studied the art of Shaolin Kung Fu and he carries a black belt in Hapkido and a black belt in Kyokushinkai Karate under Master Royama Hatsuo, Tokyo-Japan. His constant seek of knowledge in Martial Arts never stopped, Meego now is learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Black Belt Ritchie Yip – Pacific Top Team – Vancouver, holding a brown belt. On an academic level Meego Graduated with a bachelor degree in Fine art -Graphic Design, a master degree in Visual Communications, and another master’s degree in Marketing. Meego also offers personal sessions in boxing, kickboxing, jiu jitsu and strength & conditioning.

Kareem Amadou

Strength & Conditioning Coach

About Kareem

Kareem graduated from UBC’s Kinesiology program, and during his time he played both Varsity Football and Rugby.  He is now a Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA), and a Certified Kettlebell instructor (StrongFirst).  His guiding principles: Slow is Smooth, Smooth eventually becomes Fast. Strength is the master quality, it is the foundation upon which all other human characteristics are laid.  Practice not until you get it right, but instead practice until you cannot get it wrong.  Perfection is not when there’s nothing else to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
“My belief is that movement is at the foundation of everything we do. Whether it be at work, at home with the family, or while we’re getting our work in at the gym. I like to use kettlebells because of their simplicity, they are a wonderful tool for teaching and reinforcing safe and effective movement patterns. The burden of choice can be a hinderance while training, with a kettlebell the burden of choice is no longer an issue.”

Yacine Sylla


About Yacine

Bio Coming Soon.

Leigh Carter

Gym Manager

About Leigh

Leigh Carter comes to Eastside Boxing Club as a fairly new member of the East Vancouver’s boxing community. Leigh’s interest are heavily weighted in partnership building, collaborations, community strengths building, sense of community, asset building, and individual/community resilience. This is why she was immediately drawn to ESB – because of its ability to create a strong community presence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her educational experience in Community Development and Non-Profit Management combined with 5 years’ experience working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has helped her to apply her knowledge in her role as ESB’s Community Director.

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