Ahileas Bolovan

Ahileas is the co-founder and Wrestling head coach of Neon Martial Arts and Fitness Centre Southampton. He started training freestyle wrestling at a very young age in the post-communist Romania. He trained, competed and dedicated the last 20 years of his life to various forms of martial arts, but his interest remained in wrestling and he became a student of the sport. Ahileas comes from a mixed heritage of Romanian and Greek descendants. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Nursing Diploma and speaks three languages.

In 2011 Ahileas and his wife Anca came to England for a holiday. They felt in love with the place and decided to make it their home. Since 2013 Ahileas has been training and teaching alongside Trevor Birmingham. Together they travelled the world, attending multiple competitions. Trevor helped him win his first European title in 2019 -the most important title of his competitive carrier-

Because of his passion for wrestling and the lack of dedicated wrestling programs in the south of England, Ahileas and Trevor decided to create Neon Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, where they hope to create the next generation of National, European and World Champions. ‘’Life is like a wrestling match. Nothing is handed to you but once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy’’