Staff Writers

Shawn Mozen

Shawn is founder of Agatsu and the foremost authority on Kettlebell training in Canada. Considered the father of Canadian Kettlebell training, Shawn was the first instructor to release instructional DVDS, a workbook and to offer instructor certification seminars in this country. Recognized world wide as an authority on Kettlebells, martial arts and functional fitness Shawn has appeared on US and Canadian tv shows such as VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club, Miami Ink, and Off the Record. Shawn worked as a colour commentator for TKO MMA calling fights from Canadian MMA legends like George St. Pierre and Mark Hominick.

Along with Kim Gonzales (Agatsu Senior Instructor) Shawn was one of the first Canadian’s to be certified in Kettlebell Sport in Russia. Shawn is the President of the Canadian Kettlebell Sport Federation and travels the world giving seminars to fitness professionals and the general public.

Shawn Mozen began studying the martial arts at the age of seven with the art of Judo. At twelve he was encouraged by a friend to try karate, an art he subsequently spent fifteen years studying. A lifetime of martial arts study has infused his approach to fitness training seeking to constantly balance mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance. To improve as an instructor he participated in coaching development programs and has been recognized as a coach by the Federation Quebecoise de Boxe Olympique and under the National Coaching Certification Program. Shawn is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Shito Ryu Itosukai Karate, a certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher under Mark Darby, a Supples Fit Bulgarian Bag Coach, a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a Certified Commando Krav Maga Instructor. In addition Shawn has trained with some of the top martial artists and fitness trainers in the world. Shawn has authored four best selling Kettlebell instructional DVDs and wrote the first Canadian workbook on the subject. He shares this approach through instructional products and at instructor seminars around the world.

 

Tyson LaRone

Tyson's fitness journey began at a very young age as a competitive swimmer. Training under some of Canada's foremost coaches, he competed all over North America and at one point ranked 2nd in Canada for his age group in the 200m butterfly. At fifteen, he quit swimming and started in Ketto Ryu Ju-Jutsu and Kyokushin Karate. 

 

 

Three years later, he started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mike Yackulic, learned about Agatsu and met Shawn Mozen in Calgary to get his Level 1 certification. He attended the Somatics Institute of Massage Therapy for the next two years to obtain his diploma and worked as an RMT full time for the next two years while building his F.A.S.T. Fitness program, and travelled to Toronto to get his Level 2 certification. He saw in Shawn the same passion for technical mastery and innovation that had driven him to learn about kettlebells in the beginning and was thrilled to be chosen as a Senior AKC and be a part of Canada's gold standard for fitness education. Aside from kettlebell training and BJJ, Tyson is a recreational powerlifter and specializes in periodization and programming using sport science methodology from the former Soviet Union. Currently he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Arashi-Do Martial Arts in Edmonton and can be reached through his informational blog, Agatsu West at www.agatsuwest.blogspot.com . 

Credentials:

Senior Agatsu Kettlebell Instructor (SAKC)
IYCA Speed and Agility Specialist
Registered Massage Therapist
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Mike Yackulic and Sylvio Behring

 

Eugene Shewchuk

Started training in Karate and Kung-Fu , then moved on to train in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling and Muay Thai. While training in Muay Thai, he travelled to Bangkok, Thailand to train at a pro Muay Thai gym.
After graduating McGill University, left for Taipei, Taiwan, working at the Taipei American School as a gymnastics coach. There his training continued, learning Sanda, Chin Na, and Qi Gong.
Living in Taipei for 1-2 yrs, he left for Japan, where he found his true training. There he trained in sport and Combat Sambo, Shootboxing , Submission Wrestling and Judo. 
He finally returned to Montreal, after spending 5-6 yrs in Japan.


In 2000, he opened Club Kozak, Quebec's first Combat Sambo gym and in 2008, affiliated with Pancrase; becoming Canada's only gym affiliated with Pancrase.
He was the former Canadian delegate to FIAS from 2001-2005, and participant in the 2000-5 FIAS World Sambo Championships and 2005 FIAS Combat Sambo World Championships.

Presently he is director of The Canadian Institute of Combat Sambo and promoted the first Combat Sambo event in North America and continues to promote events in Canada.
He returns yearly to Japan to continue with training at the Yokohama Pancrase gym (PsLab).

 

CREDENTIALS:
-Director of The Canadian Institute of Combat Sambo. 
-Recognized by the Japan Sambo Federation.
-Member coach of the Taipei Sanda Association. 
-Certified under Quebec Olympic Boxing Federation
-Pancrase Affiliate Trainer.


Finalist in several tournaments, including:
1994 All-Taiwan Leitai Championships
1997 All Japan Submission Arts Wrestling Tournament
1999 Canadian Challenge 
2000 Taikai Submission Challenge(NAGA) 
2002 Toronto Showdown
2003 Montreal Open Brazilian Jujitsu Championship
2004 Battle at the Beach (NAGA)
2005 Cape Cod; Batlle at the Beach (NAGA)
2006 New England Grappling Championships (NAGA); Canadian Combat Sambo Challenge
2008 Amateur Pancrase Tournament

www.clubkozak.com

Sara-Clare Lajeunesse

Sara-Clare is the technical director for the Agatsu Joint Mobility & Movement program. She has been a personal trainer since 2003. Her passion for physical fitness began at a young age through dance and continued on throughout her university years as a teacher’s assistant in movement for theatre arts. There she studied Alexander Technique and contact improv. 

Her background and training includes:

-circus arts (hand balancing and hand to hand partner balancing)

-gymnastics

-olympic weightlifting

-ashtanga yoga

-BJJ

 

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