​​​​​​Valentin Ivanov is regarded as one of the most respected gymnastics coaches in the world. He was a top coach in Bulgaria during the 80’s and 90's when Bulgaria was a gymnastics powerhouse. He has in the World Championships, the European Championships and other top international competitions where his gymnasts have won gold, silver, and bronze medals. He had gymnasts compete in both the 1997 Sydney and 2000 Atlanta Olympic Games! Valentin was a top international competitor himself as a member of both the Youth and Men's Bulgarian National Team.  In 2001, Valentin moved to the United States on an Exceptional Skills Visa to become the Head Optional Coach at Starlight Gymnastics in Florida where he produced a number of National Champions and his gymnasts received Division I college scholarships. Valentin and his wife Tanya became U.S. citizens, and in 2012 realized their "American Dream" when with the support of family and friends, they founded and opened Champions Gymnastics Club in Jacksonville, Florida.  Together with their daughter Magdalena Butler, they have quickly built one of the top gymnastics training programs in the state of Florida. In 3 short years they have achieved 17 state championships, and their Level 3 & 4 gymnasts are the top USAG ranked teams in all of Northeast Florida!
Renowned International Gymnast!
  • 1974 Member of the Youth Bulgarian National Team

  • 1977 Member of the Men's Bulgarian National Team

  • 1973-1976 Annual Youth National Championships: 24 total medals (13 gold)

  • 1977 Balkan Championship (Thessalonica, Greece): 3rd place Floor & 2nd place Team

  • 1977-1978 Int'l Championships (Lebanon, Tunisia, Russia,Romania):10 medals

  • 1979 Bulgarian Championship: 1st place on Floor & 3rd place on Horizontal Bar
    (representing Central Military Sports Club - Sofia, Bulgaria) 

  • 1979 "Seven Capitals" Tournament (Warsaw, Poland)

  • 1980 Bulgarian National Championship: Ranked 4th in Individual Positioning

  • 1979-1982 Higher Institute of Physical Culture (Sophia, Bulgaria): Champion

Experienced Coach!


  • 1986 Awarded degree from Bulgarian Higher Institute of Physical Culture (Sophia)
  • 1988 Began coaching 

  • 1988-1991 Team ranked 1st place in Bulgaria (awarded 26 total medals)

  • Coached gymnast in the 1988 European Championship (Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Two gymnasts in the 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta, Georgia)

  • Two gymnasts in the 2000 Olympic Games (Sydney, Australia)

  • 2000-2001 National Competitions: 23 total medals

  • Coached gymnasts in 4 World Championships and 3 European Championships


  • 2003 had gymnast ranked 4th on U.S. National Team

  • 2003-09 Gymnastics Scholarships (Univ of Florida, Penn State, Auburn & SE Missouri)

  • 2005 Level 10 Regional Champion

  • 2006 National Bars Champion

  • 2008 Level 8 Regional All-Around Champion & Bars Champions

  • 2010 Level 7 State All-Around, Bars, Vault & Floor Champions

  • 2011 Level 7 State All-Around Champion

  • ​Level 2 State Floor Champion
  • Level 3 State Vault Champion
  • Level 7 State All-Around Champion​
  • Level 8 State Bars Champion
  • Level 2 State All-Around Champion & Beam Champion

  • Level 3 State Bars Champion

  • Level 4 State Beam Champion

  • Level 8 Puerto Rico National All-Around Champion & State Bars Champion

  • Level 9 State All-Around Champion & State Beam Champion

  • Level 7/8 Regional Qualifiers

  • Level 9/10 Regional Qualifiers

  • Level 3 State All-Around Champion & State Beam Champion

  • Level 4 State All-Around Champion, plus a Beam, 2 Vault & 2 State Floor Champions

  • ​Level 9 Regional Qualifiers

  • Level 10 Regional Qualifier

Over 10,000 square feet of air-conditioned training facilities with state of the art competitive gymnastics equipment, foam pit and a rock climbing wall. ​

​​​​The spacious lobby provides a full view of all gymnastics activities, comfortable seating and WIFI connection. Vending Machines drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Looking for gymnastics apparel? No problem! Visit our Pro Shop and choose from a wide variety of leotards, T-shirts and more... ​!

Valentin Ivanov or

Mr. V

Elite Head Coach / Owner

the champions family

Ms. Kristyn 

Assistant Head Coach / Team Acct Manager

Ms. Mady




Mrs. Kristi

Gymnastics Instructor 

Ashley Nelson

Assistant Gymnastics Instructor 

9410 Historic Kings Road South

Jacksonville, Florida 32257

Ms. Kacey

Xcel Team Head Coach 


Customer Service 

Mrs. Dora 

Gymnastics Instructor 

Tanya Ivanova

Compulsory Team Head Coach / Owner

Ms. Kim

Recreational Gymnastics Coach 

Ms. Kelly 

Gymnastics &

Camp Director 

Magdalena Butler

Office Manager / Owner