Matt Dever

I started training in the Martial Arts in 1994 at the Upper Darby Boxing Gym and have never taken more than a week off from that gym, my other home.  My training was led by Andy Carr, an Olympic-level boxer, who taught me how to overcome any obstacle and lead men into the ring through constant disciplined preparation.  I started teaching in 1996 and credit much of my personal development and success to my focus on: my own training, teaching others, and preparing for competition.  I’ve fought countless fights and trained hundreds of students and fighters.  My proudest moments are: going toe-to-toe with Andy during our last sparring session many years ago, completing 3 grueling 40-straight-hour Black Belt tests, and coaching Mike McGettigan and Barry Quinn to championships on the same night.  The story of Mike McGettigan is documented in this award-winning speech I gave in Toastmasters competitions in 2012.  Much of what I love about the martial arts is present in that speech: humility, self-awareness, and perseverance.  Plus, martial artists develop tremendous confidence from sharpening their self-defense skills.  I’m excited to share my passion for what I love about the Martial Arts with you.
Since college, I’ve become much more focused on overall fitness and nutrition and have gained insight into regulation of the body’s metabolism as a Type-1 diabetic.  I have an insulin pump and a continuous glucose sensor that shows real-time raw data on why eating a low-starch diet is a great way to achieve consistent energy levels.  CrossFit and the community at Inspire enable me to continue challenging myself to learn more and more about how my body works.  The constant variety keeps me engaged and like the martial arts, I’m looking forward to a lifetime of learning.

Training Experience
3rd Degree Black Belt in Kickboxing and Tang Soo Do Karate
Trained in Boxing, Thai, Kenpo, Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Sambo, Savate, Weapons, Tai Chi