If you want to build strength, improve conditioning, lose fat and or gain muscle, Training For Warriors will deliver results.

After over a decade of proving TFW can increase the performance and self-esteem of the world’s top athletes, people realised that you do not have to be a fighter to use the TFW system, but you do have to want to Bring out the Warrior Within.

At TFW, we define a WARRIOR as anyone that is prepared to work hard and develop oneself in an effort to battle against his or her particular challenges in life. The daily workouts of the TFW system are designed to develop the muscular strength and mental fortitude for you to take on those challenges.


About Brett McBain

Director / Head Coach

As a father of four, Brett understands the difficulties of balancing work life and family life while also maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. He believes that when you commit to your health and fitness, you will benefit not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Brett helps his clients understand the importance of bettering themselves through health and fitness to be able to achieve their goals and face their daily struggles.

To learn more about Brett and the reasons for his passion for Training For Warriors read his story here.



Training for Warriors was created as more than just a fitness program. At Brisbane Bayside, we believe in providing a holistic approach to fitness. It’s not only about coming into train -we provide our clients with a full experience by offering nutritional advice, developing their mental mindset, and our structured program is the vehicle in helping our clients achieve their goals. TFW at Brisbane Bayside is about building an encouraging community that fosters a space for cooperation rather than competition.


After over a decade of proving TFW can increase the performance and self-esteem of the world’s top athletes, people realised that you do not have to be a fighter to use the TFW system, but you do have to want to Bring out the Warrior Within.


Martin returns home to New Jersey, works as a physical therapist and starts training with Renzo Gracie at his new academy in New York City. Martin is asked by Renzo to train his fighters for physical performance and the TFW system is officially born. Martin becomes the first sports performance specialist to prepare fighters for the largest MMA events in the world like Pride and UFC. His client list includes Renzo, Ryan, and Rodrigo Gracie.


Martin is brought to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates and commissioned to demonstrate the TFW system for founder of the ADCC World Championships. The name “Training For Warriors” is officially coined and initial logo created. Many fighters, most notably ADCC and UFC veterans Ricardo Almeida and Sean Alvarez begin training in TFW to prepare for major competitions around the world.


Martin becomes official fitness writer for Gracie Magazine and named to editorial counsel.  The TFW system is featured in monthly articles in the magazine ever since.  Ricardo Almeida gets submission of the night at UFC 33.  Martin corners him at the event and begins cornering numerous fighters at major events around the world.  The TFW system begins to be popular among the other top fighters on the circuit and proves physical training has found its place in MMA.


Martin travels to Japan multiple times to physically prepare and corner fighters at numerous Pride FC events. The Gracie family defeats the best of the Japanese fighters in events such as Pride and Pancrase with Martin handling the physical training. As interest in MMA begins to grow, Martin performs a series of lectures on the physical preparation for MMA fighters across the United States. Non-fighters also begin to become interested in the positive aspects of the TFW system.


Martin returns to Japan numerous times and helps prepare and corner the Gracie Family at Pride Bushido 1
The first official Training for Warriors seminars are offered across the United States.  These are attended by not only fighters, but also fitness instructors looking for a new style of conditioning. Martin’s first book, Train To Win: 11 Principles of Athletic Success is released and becomes an amazon.com bestseller.


The self-published book “Training for Warriors: The Team Renzo Workout” is released.  This was an overview of the TFW system at that time. This book, to date, has sold over 20,000 copies. Martin helps prepare and corner the Gracie Family at Pride Bushido 2 in Japan. Celita Schutz trains in the TFW system for the 2004 Olympics in Athens and she makes the Olympic team. To deepen his knowledge of other martial arts, Martin starts training in Muay Thai and with the Judo Club at the prestigious New York Athletic Club.


Ricardo Almeida becomes the first Brazilian fighter ever to win the King of Pancrase title over Nathan Marquart with Martin in his corner. Roger Gracie trains in TFW leading up to the event and becomes first man to submit all 8 opponents on way to winning his weight and the absolute division at the ADCC. Martin performs the first Training for Warriors seminar outside of the US in Rio de Janiero, Brazil at world-famous Gracie Barra. Kyra Gracie prepares for and sweeps the ADCC and World Jiu Jitsu championships.


Martin is named the martial arts consultant for the NY Giants. He uses aspects of soccer 020the TFW system to apply aspects of martial arts to football. Martin begins to train other athletes of sports outside of fighting in TFW like triathlon, swimming, baseball and soccer. TFW client and then 60+ year old athlete Dr. Arthur Canario wins the Masters World Judo Championships Pride FC Champion Kazuo Misaki travels from Japan to experience and train in the TFW System.


The TFW website is launched to include an online warrior community.   The community grows to over 15,000 members. Many of the members are fitness enthusiasts looking for additional inspiration for his or her training. Martin is named martial arts consultant to the NY Jets and works with the entire team using aspects of the TFW system. Martin is also named the conditioning coach for the IFL team the NY Pitbulls. The Team wins the 2007 World Team Title.  (Team members including Fabio Leopoldo, Marcio Feitosa, Delson Heleno, Jamal Patterson, Daniel Gracie all train in TFW system).


Martin is again named the martial arts consultant to NY Jets. Harper Collins publishes “Training For Warriors: the Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Workout.”  This book goes on to sell over 50,000 copies in its first 3 years of print. TFW is featured in two back to back issues of Men’s Fitness and the TFW System is featured on the cover page. TFW is also promoted on Spike TV’s UFC Countdown, Sirius Satellite Radio, Bodybuilding.com, Fighter’s Only, and ESPN.com. The second International TFW seminar is given in Helsinki, Finland for over 200 athletes, coaches and fitness enthusiasts.


TFW workout is featured in March Issue of Men’s Health. Over 1.5 million subscribers. Martin becomes a regular contributor to Men’s Health and gets his own blog on menshealth.com as a result. Martin travels and trains at the Fairtex Muay Thai training camp in Bang Phli, Thailand. Also travels to Russia, Holland, Brazil, Japan, England, to train and deliver the TFW system and research training and nutrition from other systems around the world.


The third book in the TFW system, Ultimate Warrior Workouts: Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts is released.  It goes on to sell over 15,000 copies in its first year. Martin is named MMA Consultant for the NY Jets for the 4th consecutive year. TFW is featured in FIGHT Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and Martin appears on Spike TV to host the Playbook Movie. The TFW system is presented in Copenhagen, Denmark, Padova, Italy, Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, Finland.


TFW begins to sell Affiliate licenses to fitness and martial arts facilities interested in offering the TFW program. 11 Official Training for Warriors Affiliate Locations are sold in 7 different US states and Canada.
New version of the TFW website is launched. 11 TFW Certifications are given throughout the world including: US, Italy, Scotland, and Finland. Over 250 Instructors are certified in TFW Level 1. The TFW Certification is given at Ft. Benning for the physical instructors of US Army Rangers and TFW is implemented by the soldiers.


Training for Warriors network grows to over 35 affiliate locations in 10 ifferent states and 7 countries. Total number of TFW Certified Instructors grows to 700 worldwide. TFW Courses are given in the Dominican Republic, China, Finland, Germany, England, Iceland, and Scotland. Martin is honored as an advisory board member for Livestrong.com. Warrior Cardio, the fourth book in the Training for Warriors series, sells 20,000 copies in the first six months of release.
The first-ever Level-2 Certification is held and 25 certified instructors attend.


The TFW Affiliate Network grows to over 100 locations in 29 different US States and 18 countries on 5 continents world-wide. TFW Level 1 Certifications are performed across the United States in Washington, California, Nevada, Missouri, Ohio, Vermont, Georgia, and New Jersey. The first-ever TFW Certifications are held in Iceland, Germany, Ireland, Newfoundland, and Denmark for over 250 participants. The online version of the TFW Level 1 Certification is created to allow trainers in distant countries to experience the system.  350 people from over 30 countries take part in the course.


The TFW Affiliate Network grows to over 200 locations in 35 different US States and 30 countries world-wide.
The first-ever online version of the TFW Level 2 Certification is created to allow Level 1 trainers from around the world to further their knowledge of the TFW System.  250 people from over 35 countries take part in the course.
The first-ever TFW Certifications are held in Australia, Belgium, Puerto Rico, and North Carolina. Certifications are also held in Nevada, California, Scotland, Canada, Finland and Germany. Representatives attend from 24 different countries and 37 different US States.


The TFW Affiliate Network grows to over 250 locations.  Thousands of people take part in TFW workouts around the world and charity events combine to raise hundreds of thousands for good causes. TFW launches Warrior Tracker, a custom software program only available to TFW Affiliates to track member progress. Affiliate Summit 2015. Every TFW Certification sells out for the second year in a row. TFW is presented in California, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Washington, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Hampshire. The Level 1 is also presented in Denmark, Finland, Australia, Scotland, and the first-ever TFW Certification is held in Slovenia. TFW is a featured sponsor of the Martial Arts Business Summit.  TFW is  also a featured sponsor of the largest fitness expo in Kuwait. TFW is featured at 8 different Perform Better events across the United States and in Germany.  TFW is presented at the IDEA East Coast Fitness Convention in Alexandria, Virginia and IDEA West Coast in Seattle, Washington.


January 2016 TFW Brisbane Bayside opens its doors bringing the TFW training system to Capalaba and the Brisbane Bayside area.