Have you ever wanted to learn real Competitive Boxing but are sick of all the "cardio boxing" masquerading around the Denver/Highlands Ranch area as "actual boxing"? How about true to competition K-1 Kickboxing or Muay Thai techniques? Actual mitt work and Thai pad sessions used by us Professional Combat Athletes? This isn't "fitness Boxing" or "cardio kickboxing" (although you ARE going to get into great shape)! I'd love to meet you and get started!
I enjoy everything about what I do. I truly do. I am honored and privileged to be a part of each individuals journey in reaching their goals and dreams they thought were just that, goals and dreams that would never come true. Until they do! That part is specifically what I enjoy most about the work I am able to do! It's being a part of something so powerful and motivating you can't put it into words you just have to be on the mats to experience it for yourself.
Mateo's your man for reaching your goals. plain and simple. tell him what you want and he will get you there. you drive the car and he will navigate for you. whether its general fitness or you just want to know how to fight you're in the right place. his knowledge is second to none, and he's just a badass person to know.
I've trained with Mateo for the better part of almost 5 years. As a medical professional I really appreciate the fact that he puts technique as a main focus. Proper technique is a vital part to not injuring yourself seriously. I first started as someone who didnt know anything about fighting. I was living alone in a big city and thought to myself I needed to know how to defend myself for any reason. So that is when I got to meet Mateo. He never made me feel like I couldnt do something because I was a female. In fact, he embraced it. And that was extremely different for me to experience, especially in a male dominated field. I cant say enough about Mateo and his training. If you want to actually have some legitimate and functional skills....go here. He is worth every penny and so are YOU.
He’s a true “Sensei” more than a coach. He has not only the combat skills but knows how to transmit it and make everyone love MMA and improve internally as a better person.
The best Mixed Martial Artist I’ve ever met and the one deserving the title “Sensei” more than anybody else. He’s capable of training children, teenagers and Adults and make ALL of them love Martial Arts. He has the true gift of teaching and mentoring.
I will typically meet with a student/client briefly prior to our first session right on the mats, then we'll jump right into training. I use the brief meeting specifically to get to know what it is that the you as a student/client would like to get out of your training moving forward, what kind of plan you may already be on, we'll discuss diet, even passions or hobbies, in addition to what kind of coaching style or approach will suit you and help to keep you inspired during all of our training sessions.
30 plus years of training and competition in martial arts. Over 18 years as a fitness professional and lead trainer. 1-on-1 fighter training, conering and coaching for over 15 years. My amateur experience spans Boxing, Kickboxing, & MMA, in addition to a Professional career as a Mixed Martial Artist, No-Gi Submission Grappling, and Muay Thai Kickboxing. 12 years of Senior instructor and head coach experience for several chain brick and mortar gyms such as Title Boxing, etc.. All of this in addition to a proud husband and father of 5.
It started with the love of the martial arts but definitely became clear after my first opportunity to instruct presented itself. I found I had the ability to make the movements make sense and things just "click" for anyone and everyone especially individuals who had otherwise written off martial arts training because it seemed too hard or they had tried but the instruction was the issue (to aggressive or not feeling like they were learning anything).
My students and clientele have been children, teens, adults, juveniles inside detention centers, ex cons looking to make a change for the better, clergy, choir members, atheists, straight A students, not so straight A students, civilians preparing for boot camp, military personnel looking to add to their already long list of extensive training, fibro myalgia patients, autistic and adaptive athletes, aspiring competitors, pro athletes, soccer mom's and dad's, teachers, nurses, and almost everything in between.
All through life you will try things. Some you will like, some love, some dislike. I encourage you to find a style and training method that feels as natural as can be, makes you feel good (yes tired, sweaty, or out of breath is considered good like it or not), promotes confidence and self esteem, and no matter what- you WANT to be there! Don't just go through the motions feeling like "ok I'm here why isn't this working". Once you find this perfect storm YOU have to put in the effort point blank, but a good trainer will help you to stay inspired on your journey!
"What do I want, what is reality vs fiction in my goals, and how often do I need to train/eat healthy each week for each step of the way to that goal - including quitting previous bad habits (smoking, drinking in excess, drugs, etc.)." Remember, it's not about money or time, forget those nagging questions. Because if you really wanted it or desired it you would make the time for it and move heaven or earth to be there putting in the work for yourself. Just like relationships, friendships, family, or your very own passions you are there and show up each time for. Put that same effort into loving yourself and being passionate about YOU, then make your game plan with your trainer based on honesty to yourself and what you really truly want to accomplish.