As a certified HKickboxing instructor under Henri Hooft, Kerry teaches the curriculum to students, from beginners to advanced students. Kerry’s martial arts career began late in life at the age of 24 when he began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under BJJ, (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Black Belt Jorge Britto, earning his blue belt, and Muay Thai under Kru Chris Sit, one of Siam No. 1’s originals here in Toronto.
Kerry then began training with Jorge Blanco and Henri Hooft. Kerry’s primary mentor has been Henri Hooft, head striking coach to many pro fighters at his facility HardKnocks365 in Fort Lauderdale. Kerry will fly down to Florida to work with and train with Henri and his team of fighters. Kerry unique style of teaching is for everyone.
Hillary Doukas began training kickboxing at the age of 13 at Twin Dragon under the tutelage of the McNamara brothers, Mick and Martin. She continued training periodically until college where she took 4 years off to focus on her studies. She then began training Muay Thai with Kru Chris Sit, one of Siam No. 1s originals. During this time she competed locally while finishing her business and marketing studies at Ryerson University.
Hillary began training with Jorge Blanco and Henri Hooft while teaching. Under the tutelage of Henri Hooft, Hillary attained the level of instructor in the HKickboxing system. Hillary runs the women’s only classes at Marine Kickboxing, encouraging women to embrace a healthy lifestyle with kickboxing while learning a martial art. Gaining confidence inside and outside of the gym is a focal point to all of Hillary’s classes
Having worked with both Kerry and Hillary for the last four years, Henris HKickboxing curriculum is what is taught at Marine Kickboxing. Henris unique style and strategy towards kickboxing is often on display at UFC events.
Henri Hooft was born and raised in The Hague, Netherlands. He was an athletic kid who enjoyed competing in soccer. At the age of 15, he gave up the ball and developed a new passion for combat sports. He had trained with his brother in full contact Karate but found his biggest passion for kickboxing.
Passion combined with natural ability allowed him to begin competing after just 3 months of training. It wasn’t long before he was winning competitions at every level. In the course of his training Henri caught the attention of fellow Dutchman, Rob Kaman, who at the time was widely considered to be the greatest kickboxer in the world. When Henri turned 18, he was invited by Rob to move to Thailand to train and perfect his craft. It was here that he discovered Thai Boxing.
Currently, Henri is teaching his HKickboxing system at HardKnocks365 in Fort Lauderdale, and at Combat Club in Boynton Beach, both in Florida. Henri’s unique style of kickboxing and strategy continue to keep him in high demand for professional athletes whose careers depend on being the best. On any weekend Henri can be seen coaching from the corner at UFC and kickboxing events from Las Vegas to Rio de Janeiro to Macao. Henri visits Toronto a few times a year to host workshops and seminars at Marine Kickboxing and at other gyms around the GTA.
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