Everyone has probably heard the saying "if you love what you do, then you never work a day in your life". As a Martial Artist with over 30 years of training in each of my respected styles (listed) as well as a fitness and combat sports professional of 19 years and counting, I believe I am the definition of that saying. My journey has been a labor of love, passion, and a dedication to a dream sometimes only I can see. Competing in Combat Sports (MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling and K-1 Kickboxing) throughout my life has taught me perserverence, work ethic, integrity, discipline, and the ability to suprise myself in ways I otherwise may have never found out I was capable of without it. I cherish my time training and competing through the years because it has taught me a lot of what works and what doesn't both on the physical, nutritional, and mental side. I never would have discovered without the bumps, bruises, sacrifice, and joy of victory or bitterness of defeat the unexpected gift that instructing and coaching would bring to my life. Sharing my background with anyone and everyone wanting to learn. From children to adults, stay at home moms or dads, White Collar to Blue Collar, law enforcement personnel to ex cons, autism to fibromyalgia, beginners to world champions. I have had the honor to train them all but have had them teach me so much in return. With experience running large group classes in upwards of 40 plus people and boot camps I get excited at the energy and comraderie the group atmosphere brings. With that being said I genuinely love and enjoy all of the 1 on 1 or smaller group (2 to 4 people) settings spent with my clients and students over the years. I have honestly found that an individual wanting to get the most out of their Martial Arts training, more out of their workout, more from themselves, more out of their life, more from their own goals will benefit from smaller more focused training sessions. Do you want to learn what we as professional athletes know about diet and exercise? Maybe learn better self defense or martial arts technique? How about building confidence and becoming "bully proof"? Maybe you just want to look better and feel better while empowering yourself and others through your accomplishments? All of this along with a trainer that will get down and sweat with you but all the while having fun and feeling amazing while on your journey! If this sounds perfect I would love to meet you and start on that path- all it takes is you making the first step!
I enjoy everything about what I do. I truly do. I am honored and privileged however to be a part of each individuals journey towards their goals and dreams they thought were only just that, goals and dreams that would never come true. Until they do! That is what I enjoy most about what 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 there to experience it for yourself.
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.
Mateo is one of the best teachers I've had. Not only in my physical health but mental health as well. I live in St Louis which is getting to be a pretty rough place to be. But after studying over a year with Mateo I feel a lot safer living here by myself. Mateo never made me feel different or weak just because I was a female. He never made a differentiation when training one on one with me or if it was in a co-ed group. I cannot push enough how great of a coach/teacher Mateo is. It doesn't matter if you are 16 years old or 61 years old. He will change and adapt to fit your needs and get you to whatever your goals are.
My experience with one of the greatest coaches I've ever had is beyond words. He is the definition of a 'warrior'. He lives, breathes and will die by this sport. Mateo trained me with a firm hand, understanding and pushed me beyond my own limits. I never lost a fight to this day with him by my side. If you don't believe me look at my record. He is an amazing teacher who will give you results and let his actions speak for himself. I love this man and pray I can train with him. He changed my life and I carry him and his teachings where ever I go. So take the first step into this world with him by your side.
My times while training with Mateo were by far the best training sessions I've had, he steers you in the right direction while also letting you keep a style "you" are comfortable with as if he is molding your style into perfection, he is very inspirational, motivating, and just very cool to be around nothing but positive energy but serious when needed that extra push, he'll tell you all the right things to keep you going, he is the reason I kept fighting sometimes through times I wasn't sure just because he's so motivating it's crazy you can't really just explain it you have to see for yourself! The best trainer I've had!, a real lfe figure.
I typically will meet with a client 30 to 45 minutes prior to first workout to get to know you better, what kind of plan you may already be on, diet, even passions or hobbies, what kind of coaching style or approach will suit you and keep you motivated during our current and future sessions. Once initial meeting is over we jump right into training and get started!
30 plus years of training in martial arts and competition, over 18 years as a fitness professional, certified as a personal trainer for over 13 years, received my black belt in Karate at age 35 from Shihan Rob Zbilski, pro Mixed Martial Artist and K-1 Kickboxer, head coach, husband and father.
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 motivated and 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.