Meet Our Team
Our coaches are not only physically capable but bring to their sessions a highly intelligent approach.
Adrian Unger – facilitator
As a retired pharmacist, and having cared for his father who had Parkinson’s disease, Adrian was familiar with the pharmaceutical road-map of Pd when he himself was diagnosed at age 58. Year after year, Adrian became increasingly astonished that his symptoms were so minimal.
He had started boxing for fitness eight years before his diagnosis, and has since found mounting research of the benefits of boxing for neuro-degenerative diseases. Adrian established the Punchin’ Parko’s Exercise Program in 2014, helping fellow Pd sufferers stablise their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Adrian established the Punchin’ Parko’s Exercise Program (PPEP) in 2014, helping fellow Pd sufferers stabilise their symptoms and improve their quality of life. He is now working with a team to implement the Train the Trainers program, so that PPEP can be run in other communities.Adrian’s mantra is “People with Parkinson’s disease can’t yet win the war against the disease but we can win some battles and that brings us hope.”
Dylan (Rhino) Resnekov holds NSW, Australian and World Champion Titles in various martial arts but no longer competes. He has fought in Thailand, Cyprus and Jamaica. He started his martial arts training at the age of 3 under the guidance of his Black Belt parents. By the age of 15 he had trained in judo, karate, wrestling and boxing and was assisting even younger people in his parents’ karate studio.
After retiring from fighting, Dylan became a krhu (teacher) in the ancient art of Muay Thai and has produced local and state champions. In addition he is the striking coach for VT1’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) team which has produced three UFC fighters.
He is co-owner of VT1 Academy and takes a small group to Thailand every year to learn, travel and experience the birthplace of Muay Thai. His motto is: “There are no obstacles that can’t be overcome with hard work, intelligence and heart.”
Jordan is an American who has been doing Muay Thai since he was 17 nd has fought over 40 fights in a number of countries including Thailand where he lived in Bangkok for a year. His fight name is Jolly Jordan and this gives an idea of his personality.
Jordan takes most of the Muay Thai adults and teen classes, and helps out with some BJJ classes for the ankle-biters. He loves this work at VT1 and has helped a young boy with posterior fossa syndrome to re-learn to walk and speak. He has coached another person with autistism in martial arts and is currently doing so with a young man who has Down's syndrome.
Although martial arts has been an integral part of his life he also values higher education, having completed two degrees plus a Master’s degree in research methodologies and another in speech pathology. He attempts to include what he has learned in his Speech Pathology courses into his PPEP classes whenever applicable. He is a great believer in communication and believes that PPEP offers people both physical and psycho-social benefits. You won't have any problem hearing Jordan giving instructions even when the music is very loud!
Jordan is currently studying for his PhD on how people perceive time.
Chris Drummond is a 23 year old Tasmanian professional Mixed Martial Artist / Muay Thai fighter as well as a Coach / Personal trainer.
He has had a total of 17 professional fights and has been coaching for about 5 years. Chris started fighting as a 16 year old and started working as an electrical apprentice but decided to take on full time fighting and coaching. He has been at VT1 gym for a year where he has been coaching Muay Thai, MMA, boxing and Punchin’ Parko’s and loving every moment of it. He finds coaching classes very rewarding, has met many great people in Sydney as he continues to learn.
Facilities at VT1 Academy
The gym comprise 4 levels. The PPEP is conducted on the lowest level adjacent to the large carpark. This offers easy access (without any stairs) for the Punchin' Parko's. There is a toilet for the disabled as well as a regular toilet, a boxing ring and a large floor space with plenty of varied equipment necessary for the program.