Founder & Director of Performance Optimization
NASM: CPT, PES, & CES
Exos: XPS (EXOS Performance Specialist), TTS, & Adv Str & Pow
OCD: Police Foundations
+5 Years Experience Developing Tactical Athletes For Their Dream Jobs and For Special Mission Tasking/SOF Selection
Chad Kirkham is a Human Performance Specialist who focuses on all aspects of tactical athlete development & optimization. His passion for science and human performance have made Chad a powerhouse in the world of developing elite performance. Chad has been able to apply his extensive knowledge on Psychology of Elite Athletes, Mental Resilience, Skill Development, Strength, Conditioning, Nutrition, and Performance Optimization Techniques on a wide range of athletes. Including SOF Candidates, SWAT Officers, Clearance Divers, Infantry Soldiers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Services Applicants, Competitive Shooters, Semi-Professional Martial Artists, Civilian Sheepdogs, and even Special Forces Operators.
Previously Chad was Head of Strength & Conditioning at MAS Thai Boxing, an Employee at a SOF prep program, and helped refine the “Criminal Code & Federal Statutes” course at Mohawk College. Currently Chad is working full time as the Owner and Operator of Onyx Tactical Performance where he is a Content Creator, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Performance Optimization Coach. Chad also works as Cadre for The Special Forces Experience, the Head Coach for Deep Water Tribe, and is pursuing his BSc in Strength and Conditioning.
If you can’t already tell Chad is relentless in his pursuit of actionable knowledge and loves developing alongside high performing people. Chad’s dream is to help elevate the performance capabilities of the worlds military and emergency service members, so that they may serve their community more effectively. So if you dream of elite performance, but need help reaching it. Chad is the coach for you, his dedication, insight, experience, and joyful personality makes working with him a fantastic experience while also helping his clients get the results of their dreams.
Strength & Conditioning Coach, SOF Selection Specialist
BA- Human Kinetics
MSc- Strength and Conditioning
Mylan brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience working both in high performance sport and online training. He holds a BA in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters Degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh. Mylan has completed internships with the Ottawa Redblacks, Scottish Rugby, Rugby Canada and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS).
Following the completion of his masters degree, began working with tactical athletes online. Having trained police, military and firefighters to increase on the job performance as well as pass selections including: Green Beret, JTF2, CBRN (Canada’s Nuclear/Biohazard Spec Ops Unit), SWAT, MARSOC (Marine Corps Special Operations), and others – all online! Following his internship with Rugby Canada, Mylan was hired on to lead the strength and conditioning for Canada’s Senior Women’s XV team. He has since moved to the men’s program where he assists the Senior Men’s National Teams (7s, 15s, National Academy) and leads S&C for the Men’s Under 20s program.
Mylan’s philosophy focuses around developing overall athleticism, not just bolstering your numbers in the gym. If your improved strength, power, and fitness does not translate to on the job performance, then it isn’t worth pursuing. If you want to be the best, pass selection, and get home safe all while be able to overcome the hardships of the tactical athlete lifestyle. The Mylan is your man.
Nasya Van Abbema
S&C and Nutrition Coach
OCD: Health and Wellness
Movement Optimization L1
Trigger Point L1
Nasya is a reserve infantry soldier and a current student at Humber College where she is indulging her passion for nutrition, functional fitness, and prehab by studying to gain a Degree in Kinesiology. But Nasya doesn’t just focus on the analytical science of health and performance, she also focuses on the functional application of the principals. She does this through her own extensive lifting career which has now culminated with her being one of the top performers on her college weightlifting team, where in her first powerlifting meet she won best bench.
Now Nasya is many things, shes a soldier, shes an athlete, and she is a pursuer of knowledge, but one thing above all else rings true about her personality. She has a relentless spirit for helping others achieve their goals. No matter what it takes she will be there to get you to your dreams and then exceed it.
Certified Yoga Teacher
Isabelle is a yoga teacher with a 200 requisite hour certification and 6 years of practical yoga knowledge as an instructor or as a practitioner, making her a certified badass in all things yoga! But her expertise goes beyond just a piece of paper certification but also into the practical application of the yoga for performance. She has done this through years of honing yoga for her Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and MMA career where she had won gold in Muay Thai for International (Thailand), Inter-Continental (Mexico), North American (Iowa), and National (Burlington) events. Is undefeated in BJJ, winning gold the Next Gen Toronto Tournament, Nationals at AJO Tour (Toronto) and has a 2-1 record in MMA with a championship belt at 105 Lbs (Napanee).
She translated this love of martial arts and yoga into coordinating programs for women and children for MAS Academy of Martial Arts (who have been successful at developing some of canada’s top martial artists, with many competing at professional levels) and pioneered their yoga program specifically for their athletes. With her yoga she focused not only on providing the physical improvements that come with practicing yoga but also on the regenerative abilities to heal aches, pains, and potentially bodily imbalances that come with intense training sessions. Isabelle now works in the Early Childhood Education field but her love of yoga has pushed her to continue practicing and instructing, where she has translated that love into instructing the military and emergency services community on regenerative yoga through our coaching services.
“Yoga is a journey of the self, to the self, for the self” -The Bhagavad Gita
S&C and Cognitive Performance Coach
REPS- PT L2
As a Royal Marines Reservist, Jamie has put his fitness, nutrition and mindset skills through significant challenges, before passing the final Commando Tests and earning his Green Beret. Selection was tough but it allowed him to develop a holistic view of how the human body performs, is fueled, and recovers. Jamie now coaches the tools he used to pass his selection event, allowing clients to develop themselves and find success no matter the situation.
With qualifications in Personal Training, Nutrition and Neuroscience, Jamie understands how to develop the body and mind in a way to allow them to work together, creating the ultimate platform for his clients’ success.