Australian strength coach Meer Awny shares his experiences training combat athletes, collaborating with other coaches, putting a team together, traveling to learn from other coaches and effective ways to prepare fighters for competition. Meer works with a wide variety of fighters including youth, pro MMA fighters, boxers, judo athletes and more.
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Meer is the Director and head coach at Ethos Performance. His initial experience in the industry began during his study at the University of Sydney where he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sports Science). Progressing from formal education completion, Meer received his Australian Strength & Conditioning Association accreditation and went onto volunteering at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. During this time, he saw a need for developing a home for the combat athlete in Sydney, and so he sought out experience internationally. This guided Meer to spend 6 weeks under the tutelage of Loren Landow in Denver, Colorado at the worldly recognised facility, Landow Performance.
Upon returning to Sydney, Meer has created an environment that has facilitated the development of Australia’s best combat athlete’s, ranging from UFC, Bellator, ONE, and top #5 ranked boxers across the world. The development of the systems at Ethos Performance cater to a wide range of athlete’s and levels. These include amateur & youth level boxers, wrestler’s, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Mixed Martial Artist’s (MMA) through to semi-professional and professional athletes across a variety of sports.
Meer’s philosophy is centred on maximising individual performance through the cultivation of a system designed to bring the best from all fields to his athlete’s. Careful attention is placed on the integration of various factors that shape the overall long-term development of the athlete. Success through these methods has seen him work top 3 ranked boxers in the world such as George Kambosos JNR, UFC fighters Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro, Bellator athlete’s Arlene Blencowe and Janay Harding, as well as various domestic and international medallists across other combat sports.
A National presenter for leading organisations, Meer has been engaged in speaking on subjects related to his field for the ASCA, PLAE, ACU UNIVERSITY, and is continuously providing educational and mentoring opportunities through these relationships.
When he isn’t coaching you’ll find Meer enjoying coffee, reading, being outdoors, spending time as an uncle, and training his dog.
We asked Meer what his favourite thing about coaching is: “Achieving success in the athletic realm is amazing, however, the development of relationships that last well beyond the sporting journey has to be the most rewarding feeling as a coach”.