Our Trainers 2017-07-10T22:44:12+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

Head Coach

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.

Jordan Bowers

Coach + Personal Trainer

About Jordan

Before Jordan ever set foot in a gym, he was already captivated by boxing but it wasn’t until Jordan’s early 20’s that he finally got the chance to join a gym. “I remember feeling totally out of place, being in horrible shape and feeling like I was invisible”. As an athlete and competitor, Jordan credits the coaches he’s had, not only for his success but for his love of boxing and dedication to fitness. He is an ACE certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and has been an assistant coach with Eastside Boxing since its inception. He has volunteered through the Elizabeth Fry Society as a recreation volunteer with youth at the Burnaby Youth Custody Center. “The hardest part of anyone’s training is showing up. Once you’ve made it to the gym you’ve overcome the biggest obstacle.” Providing an environment where people of all ages and walks of life can realize their potential is Jordan’s primary goal at Eastside Boxing. Jordan also currently co-owns a branded fitness business called All-City Athletics with fellow coach Anna Banana.

Anna Farrant

Coach + Personal Trainer

About Anna

Anna “Banana” has been boxing for 7 years. Her love of boxing began in part as a way to relieve stress from her work at Insight, a drop in center on the DTES of Vancouver. Her work within the community is constant with her background in Community Economic Development. Anna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Eastside Boxing. She has been a key player in brokering community relations, facilitating our mission to the public and incorporating sustainable values into the club. As an ACE certified trainer and active boxer, she advocates the need for exercise and physical activity but also understands the many barriers people face trying to incorporate it into their lives. Anna believes exercise is a fundamental part of being healthy, both mentally and physically. Anna also currently co-owns a branded fitness business called All-City Athletics with fellow coach Jordan Bowers.

Nathan Kulczycki

Coach, Competitive Team

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.

Jaime Ward Yassin

Coach

About Jaime

Jaime began her boxing training in 2005 at North Burnaby under coach Dave Schuck until she took over the Astoria Boxing Club (now Eastside Boxing Club) as gym manager and Dave as head coach.  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 #3 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 judge and referee as well as supporting them in their online and graphic marketing.

Julia Pelin

Coach, Yoga Instructor

About Julie

Bio coming soon.

Meego Yassin

Jui Jitsu, Conditioning + Personal Trainer

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 JiuJitsu under Black Belt Ritchie Yip – Pacific Top Team – Vancouver, holding a 4 stripes purple 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. 

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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