Meet the Team

Meet the team

The Pinnacle in Galway MMA & BJJ. We are a Beginner friendly MMA, BJJ & Fitness Gym based in Galway City & Gort town. We teach complete beginners to professional fighters, Whether your new to martial arts or a black belt in a certain style, we can help you develope into a more complete martial artist. What will you learn here?... You will learn all the essential aspects of unarmed combat. Striking-Clinching-Wrestling & Submission Locks. ( MMA ) If Striking is'nt for you? "Try our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes." BJJ is a traditional grappling art that teaches you how to control & Submit a person without striking a single blow. Childrens MMA & BJJ Classes:We call our kids classes "KUNG FU KIDS". The children at our classes learn bags of practical martial arts skills whilst having loads of fun in the process. They will gain fitness, balance, coordination, self-belief & self-restraint.

Head Coach: 
BEN "son of life" DAVIS
Ben has been coaching Mixed Martial Arts for seven years; in 2013, he created Shaolin MMA Galway. Since its creation Shaolin MMA Galway has trained students to winning Multiple Irish MMA championships and four International European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions. Ben himself won the advanced blue belt division, making it five medals for Shaolin MMA thus far.
Ben has a background in Amateur Boxing. He is a former Irish Sanshou Champion, International European No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Champion & CFC Pro Irish MMA Champion, a BJJ Purple Belt under Hugo Borim ESJJ Ireland. He is one of Europes best pro bantamweight fighters & has fought some of the best MMA fighters in the world & is still gunning for a World title today.

BJJ Coach
Michel Ferreira Da Silva

Michel joined our club in 2017 since then we have evolved from one of the best MMA clubs in Ireland to a highly Competitive BJJ team as well Being a brown belt under Eduardo "Portuguese" Santoro he pursues the highest work ethic straight from the heartland of Jiu jitsu. He has won Brazilian National BJJ titles, recently won Bronze at a NAGA International Event and numerous other accolades in the sport of Jiu Jitsu.

Womens MMA Coach

INDRA DAVIS

Indra Davis is our Woman’s MMA Coach. She is wife to Coach Ben Davis.
She has won virtually every domestic medal at both white belt & blue belt in Jiu Jitsu. She won the Cork MMA Open & in her last mma outing defeating a talented fighter in Emma Mcglyne via 2nd Rnd TKO. Her classes are always fun & she is all about empowering & uniting women.
Indra is a Youth Worker also for Foróige, whom we at Shaolin do a lot of work with the Disadvantaged youth from Galway. She has helped forge a great group of female warriors we call the Shaolin Sisterhood.

Administrator and MMA Coach

Padraig Hannon 

Padraig Hannon is a vital part of our Team. He coaches Children, Adult & Teenage Classes. He has a vast amount of MMA Experience, fighting both locally & internationally. He has a lot of experience in Jiu Jitsu also. He recently won Silver at ADCC Ireland & Bronze in the Absolute division. Padraig is a unique & knowledgeably coach who has also come up through the Shaolin MMA Galway curriculum under Coach Ben Davis.

 

Martin Hynes

Muay Thai and K1 Coach

Martin Hynes (KnightsTemplarK1) runs his K1 & Muay Thai classes at Shaolin MMA. He has a vast fighting background in Muay Thai, K1, Kickboxing & Boxing. Fighting & training in Thailand & Ireland. Martin is a very Knowledgeable Striking Coach.

More to come Shortly.....