Back when kickboxing was in it’s hay day Linda won the Eastern American
(Canadian/U.S.) title. In the early 90‘s when the USAB allowed women to compete
in boxing she boxed. She grew a deep appreciation for how these sports mirror
life, and teach skills like no other. The care, the camaraderie, and the respect
between different personalities in a boxing gym were different then more military
based martial arts. Linda’s vision for Bare Knuckle Murphy’s is to offer
excellence in teaching in an environment that gives the care in coaching and the
inspiration to dig deep---to give the feeling that an underdog can come back and
win with a knockout punch just when you think the fight is over.
Linda has over 35 years of teaching and coaching
experience. She has been coaching and management
staff for 11 world rated kick-boxers, 2 world titles, a
winning silver mittens boxing team for New England,
golden gloves finalists, and striking coach for MMA
She has been featured in numerous martial arts
publications including Fighter Magazine, Karate
Illustrated, Black Belt Magazine, and International
She is a USAB level III boxing coach and judge, a
kickboxing judge and official, and an MMA judge. She
developed a reality self defense course for Dartmouth College and has conducted
100’s of workshops focused on self defense and bullying.
She has several certifications including yoga, nutrition for athletes, and strength
and conditioning. She went to the University of Maine at Orono under the department of
Kinesiology and Health & Physical Education. She will always
continue her passion for “the Sweet Science” of boxing and combat sports.
From that foundation her vision of Bare Knuckle Murphy’s continues to grow.
What remains constant is the spirit of the warrior, from the first punch thrown, to
a sense of empowerment, and fighter spirit for all who come to the gym.
If Mello Mel can’t get you in shape, then you just aren’t trying.
He has trained four main event ten round boxers. One of these boxers went on to
become involved in three world title championship bouts. He has appeared with
his boxers on ESPN a number of times along with title bouts on HBO and
Mel has had numerous New England and Regional champions and one national
title holder, and has been coaching boxing for over 35 years on an amateur and
professional level. He worked with Gilberto Brown the year prior to when Gil
made the olympic boxing team.
Mel has worked in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts teaching boxing for
years, helping young people attain discipline and hope.
Eugenio Traballano leads the Savate (boxe Francais)
program at Bare Knuckle Murphy’s. Eugenio’s class
offers an excellent cardio workout with an authentic
traditional teaching syllabus, true to the art of Savate.
He is passionate about Savate in his teaching
and in his promotion of
bringing international competitors from as far as
Belgium and France to a bi annual competition in
Manchester, NH. His technical
training methods provides
a low impact, educational, and
heart pumping workout that will
keep you coming back for more.
Eugenio started training in his birth country of Italy at 14
years of age. He
trained in Savate, Thai Boxing, and Shoot
Boxing. He competed professionally
and in 1993 was ranked number three by the WKA
rankings. In 1996 he became Italy’s
vice champion in Savate combat.
In 2008 Eugenio achieved
the rank of Guant D’Argent II.
Eugenio is currently the National Technical advisor for the USSF, a member of the
FIKB, and one of the founders of Ecole de Combat (with Marco Gilotti).
coaching career he has trained several savateurs at a national and
and ranked many more. He recently wrote an introductory book
in the art of Savate
Eugenio now resides in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and two
He has his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, from the University of
Rome and a
Master Degree from SNHU.
Moussa Vieux Ba brings his 14 years of kickboxing ring
experience to New England, with a record of 32-8, 19.
He fought for the Middle Weight world title in 1992 in
Phoenix, Arizona and for the Super Middle Weight title in
Moscow, Russia in the fall of 1992. He taught Muay Thai
kickboxing from 2002 to 2007 at the famous Beverly
Hills Jiu Jitsu Club for owner Marcus Vinincius. While
he was there he studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Marcus
Vinicius. In addition to his impressive kickboxing
experience he has a B.A. in Economics from UNC
Charlotte and an MA pending in African Studies from the
University of Dalarna, Sweden.
Moussa moved to beautiful New England with his family
in 2012. We are happy to have him as part of our team.
Joe St. Hilaire’s role at Bare Knuckle
Murphy’s is to teach and motivate the
boxer through a fun and challenging
workout that exposes him/her to clean
fundamentals and gets them on the road to
being boxer fit. Joe St. Hilaire has boxed
under the tutelage of Linda Murphy since he
was 15 years old. Joe is one of the best technicians in New England, with
several ESPN-televised professionals coming to Manchester to spar him in
preparation for their matches. If you have been to any of Joe St. Hilaire’s boxing
matches you will surely remember an exciting match with Joe evading KO
punches with matrix like movement and responding back with fast hard hitting
angular strikes. Along with boxing he is a student majoring in criminal justice
along with time spent in Afghanistan as a marine.
Joe was a member of the
Salem High School track team and has received several leadership and fitness
awards through the military.
Joel brings a full knowledge of
each component of the martial
arts that make up mixed martial
arts to the people of Bare
Knuckle Murphy’s. Joel Demers
is one of the most talented hard
working athletes ever to come
out of Murphy’s gym. He is an
avid competitor on the team in
boxing, kickboxing, jiu jitsu, and
Joel instructs jiu jitsu gi and no
gi classes with a wonderful
ability to make the class relaxed
and comfortable for students to
absorb the jiu jitsu
concepts. He is a great
communicator with endless enthusiasm to teach and learn about the arts in
which he competes. He is a motivating presence to
all training in the gym.
Joel has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He was also a track and cross
country team runner. He loves to spend time with his two dogs, psycho cat,
friends and family. Come cheer Joel on in competition. You’re sure to see a
great technical match with the heart of a great competitor.
Jonathan’s love for Martial Arts and his passion for
teaching are evident the moment you step onto the
matt in his classroom. Jonathan was among one of
the first mixed martial arts competitors in the region
to step foot in the cage at New England shows. He
had a successful MMA career with Team Burgess
and a steady learning curve as he expanded his
wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and striking skills.
Jonathan spent many hours officiating Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu gi and no-gi matches at NAGA (North American
Grappling Association) tournaments. This
officiating experience is helpful in teaching students
how to score in tournament BJJ.
Jonathan is currently training under the Drysdale
system of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Curt Cummings.
As a talented athlete he continues on the
competition circuit, training for the Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu world competition in 2014.
Jonathan’s teaches a fast pace class with a focus on the Drysdale style of BJJ.
He stresses strong fundamentals and a team atmosphere where everyone is
challenged yet newer and less athletic people are allowed to go at their own pace.
Curt Cummings began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in February of 2000, in Maui,
Hawaii. Curt had known of BJJ for years prior, having an uncle who trained under
Renzo Gracie in NY and would visit Curt and teach him techniques from time to
time. It wasn’t until a friend introduced Curt to Travis Pennington, a brown belt at
the time under Renato Verissimo (BJ Penn’s main instructor) that Curt began
training BJJ at Impact Zone, a Nova Uniao academy in Maui – a BJ Penn affiliate
school. While in Maui, Curt did very well competing with his team in many large
Curt trained in Maui for a total of 7 years before moving back to NH in 2007,
starting his own school, and becoming an affiliate of Robert Drysdale – a Las
Vegas, NV based world champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Curt now owns
and operates Impact Zone Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, located in Bow, NH. Continually
working with Robert Drysdale, Curt shares his vast knowledge of BJJ with his
students and those lucky enough to have the opportunity to train with him.
Brian Caldwell brings the
grapplers perspective to
Mixed Martial Arts at Bare
Brian grew up with a
strong work ethic working
on the family cattle farm at
a young age. He wrestled
through his school years,
and onto Division 1
wrestling at Ohio State. His
style of teaching is truly
that of a caring coach.
has an ability to communicate grappling skills and how they apply to Mixed
Martial Arts. He makes it clear which positions are advantageous to strike and
control and the positions to avoid that make you vulnerable to getting hit. Brian
has his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Brazilian Top Team. Father of two
teenagers, he is still active in Jiu Jitsu competition.
He currently grapples and
helps ready for competition notable mixed martial arts competitors such as UFC
John Howard. Along with teaching at Bare Knuckle Murphy’s Brian coaches Jiu
Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts at Wai Kru of Boston and Team Intenze in Laurence.
Brian teaches to all levels: in shape, out of shape, no experience, to very
Heather heads the Go Ninja Aerial Circus Arts program at Bare Knuckle
Murphy’s. She is a ball of energy, with a smile and a style that will get you out of
the chair and into the air.
Heather is a motivating, positive force
with an understanding of movement
and an ability to communicate
movement and placement to her students. She has studied martial arts since the
age of 2. Her first formal training outside of martial arts started at the age of five
with professional clown and author Brandon Barnette. She studied the
breakdance, capoiera, acrobatics and clown arts. She studied classical dance
disciplines under the instruction of the late Michelle Leslie of Dance Theatre of
Harlem, and under Jose Mateo Dance Theatre of Cambridge. She currently
studies aerial circus at New England Center for Circus Arts, with a focus on aerial
fabric, rope, and trapeze. She continues to study dance and Brazilian Jui Jitsu.
Shaunna Murphy has been around high
performance athletic sports that involve weight
lose since she was a little girl. She specializes
in health and nutrition for athletes, weight loss, and health
improvement. She combines her nutrition and wellness with strength and
conditioning and aerial circus arts. She has trained in Martial Arts since the age
Her athletic training expanded under the instruction of Michelle Leslie and Marie
Frederique for ballet, tap, jazz, point, and modern dance. She continues her
study today of Martial Arts Aerial circus arts, and modern dance. She values the
discipline and joy that exercise can bring to ones life.
Theo presents an artistic alternative cross
training program to members of Bare Knuckle
Murphy’s to enhance body rhythm and
coordination. In Ghana boxing, drumming and
dance are important childhood activities. Theo
Martey, the instructor of African Drum and
Dance at Bare Knuckle Murphy’s, grew up in
Ghana playing soccer and drumming and
dancing with world ranked boxer Joshua
Clottey. In Ghana the recreational facility hosts
dance, drumming and boxing. When Theo
moved to the United States it was natural to
come to a boxing gym to inquire about space to run a program teaching drum
and dance. In 2002 the program started at Bare Knuckle Murphy’s bringing a
wonderful addition to our offerings. Students learn about the beautiful culture of
Africa’s dance, music, and art.
Theophilus Nii Martey started performing at the age of 6 in the African Personality
Youth Ensemble. At 17 he performed with the National Theatre of Ghana and later
with the Brekete Drum and Dance Ensemble in London. He moved to the United States to
start his own company called Awaaba Ensemble. Theo is regularly an artist in
residence under the New Hampshire State Art Council. He performs regularly at
schools and colleges throughout New England, New York, and Canada. For more
information on Theo or Akwaaba go to www.akwaabaensamble.com
We found Tom Olsen in the alley outside the gym practicing kung fu. It was
noticed that this large 250 lb. man could move in and out of deep stances with
remarkable grace and fluidity. Linda was impressed. One day Linda and Tom
struck up a conversation about how nice it would be to offer a kung fu program at
Bare Knuckle Murphy’s. From that time on there has been a kung fu class every
Tom has been practicing kung fu at Chiu Mo Kwoon Hung Gar Kung Fu in
Chinatown, Boston for over 10 years. He has a wonderful style of instructing
with an ability to pass on the intricate movements of kung fu at a pace each
student can enjoy. Tom has a substantial knowledge of the various forms and
weapons of Hung Gar Kung Fu along with some northern kung fu, and even a wee
bit of drunken style kung fu. (this does not mean he practices kung fu after
In addition to Hung Gar, Tom also instructs Iaido. Iaido is Zen meditation
combined with authentic Japanese sword technique. He holds a 3rd dan in Iaido.
Tom has his B.S. in computer science from the University of New Hampshire
and a black belt in Hung Gar kung fu.
Melissa’s passion is modern dance.
(Modern dance uses the entire body in
movements expressive of abstract ideas
not bound by the classical rules of ballet;
meaning you may see contractions,
curves, rolling and sometimes acrobatic
After many years of teaching
and choreographing in traditional dance
studios, such as Southern New
Hampshire Dance Theatre and Dimensions in Dance, Melissa is fulfilling her goal
of teaching modern in an athletic environment.
Her role at Go Ninja is to help
aerial circus athletes transfer movement from Modern Dance up onto the
apparatus. Melissa has a bachelor of arts in modern dance from Butler University.
Donna Park McIntosh is a sister ninja to Linda. Both Donna and Linda grew up
doing Martial Arts, and music. Donna’s passion is music but she has some ninja
in her too. Donna has taught music in the Manchester school system for over 25
years. She has a special knack for getting children to love music. Each year she
directs musicals at Northwest Elementary that fill children with confidence and fill
the school with love and community. Her role at Go Ninja is to bring a creative
approach to the music arts encouraging active children to develop musical skills.
Donna also teaches the art of music education to future teachers at Southern
New Hampshire University.