David is a lifelong martial artist who has competed with great success across a number of combat sports.  David competed at a national level in taekwondo as a boy and young man.  He then went on as a kickboxer/Thai boxer to be one of the most feared middle weights in the country, with a reputation as fierce competitor with tough no non-sense style and knock out power. At the end of David’s stand up fighting career, he then transitioned into the emerging mma scene in Australia where he again fought at the highest level, enjoying success on Australia’s premier MMA promotions.  At the end of his competitive career David has kept his love of martial alive and transitioned into the next phase of his journey now as a coach and the manager of Spartan MMA.


David has a belief in martial arts for everyone and his coaching reflects this, with a warm friendly and personable style.  David has a life time of experience and walking the talk.  He has trained around the world with many top-level coaches and he is right here in Warrnambool.

Dr. Tra-ill Dowie


Traill Dowie is a life long martial artist who started training at the tender age of 8. Tra-ill has expertise in over 8 different martial arts, and has competed overseas professionally. Tra-ill competed in both K1 and shooto organisations .  After retiring early in order to pursue academic excellence,

Traill is now more concerned about passing on his knowledge to his students and athletes.  His depth of knowledge has assisted him in coaching a number of athletes to successfully compete in high level kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA. Traill likes to teach the values of being a martial artist to all of his students, which includes the pursuit for character, humbleness and respect.

Alish smith

Alish is a coach and active competitor at Spartan MMA. Alish Smith has competed in Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA. She has trained in Thailand, and in 2017 represented Australia in the IMMAF Asian open Singapore and world Championships Bahrain. Alish is a technical coach and advocate for women in combat sports. She teaches group classes as is also available for 1 on 1 personal training.

Lachlan Dart

Lachlan Dart is a key member of the Spartan team.  He coaches and is an active competitor Lachlan Dart MMA. Lachlan boasts an impressive 17 fight Muay Thai and Kickboxing record, is an IKBF state champion, and has an undefeated professional MMA record. Lachlan has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of training and martial arts in general. Lachlan is also available for 1 on 1 coaching.

Melanie Mason

Mel Started training at Spartan MMA in 2016 and has proven to be one of our most dedicated and inspiring students. Training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai  Mel has reached the level of blue in Muay Thai, and has Competed in the Will/Michardo Australasian championships taking gold in her division two years running. Mel also runs a family business from home, a hair dresser, mother of two kids and  is now part of our coaching team in the Spartan Minis and Junior Squad program. Mel is a true example that training at Spartan is for all people.

Chris Russel

Chris is a Coach and active class participant at Spartan MMA, chris’s dedication and commitment to Martial Arts is nothing short of inspiring, Chris at the age of ‘48’ has been coaching in other sports for over 20 years and is now applying his coaching experience and passion for Martial arts here at SpartanMMA. Chris is always on the mat training, rolling, sparring against people half his age. Chris has a  purple rank in Muay Thai.

Liam Russel

Liam started training at 14 and has come through the SpartanMMA junior ranks to now be a part of our coaching team in the Spartan Minis and Junior squad program. Liam has a purple rank in Muay Thai and also trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His patience and ability to bulid repour with our youngest members is why Liam is a major part of our Spartan Minis and Junior squad programs.

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