Drew Vela

Year Began Martial Arts: 2003

Drew Vela is a the Head Instructor of Boonah Black Dragon Kai. Drew was a founding member of the club when it was opened Kysohi Doug Lavers-McBain in 2003. He is very proud to become the Head Instructor and pass on the lessons he learned and is still learning to future generations in his home town of Boonah.

Drew has trained hard over the years and has earned multiple black belts and is also a fully Qualified Personal Trainer. He is highly motivated and excited about helping his students become the best they can be.

Martial Arts Ranks

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt - Modern Martial Arts - Sensei
  • 1st Khan - Muay Thai
  • Black Belt - Arnis / Eskrima / Kali
  • Purple Belt - MMA
  • 3rd Degree White Belt - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu



  • Cert IV in Fitness
  • Cert III in Fitness
  • Cert II in Sports Coaching (Majoring in Martial Arts Instruction)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Working with Children - Blue Card



  • Black Dragon Kai Supporter of the Year 2020
  • Demicat Muay Thai Student of the Year 2005
  • Beaudesert Black Dragon Kai Muay Thai Student of the Year 2008
  • Beaudesert Spirit of Black Dragon Kai Award 2020
  • Silver Kai


Instructor at

BOONAH (est 2003)