Silverback Martial Arts & Fitness

Silverback Martial Arts & Fitness

4 hires on
1 employee
27 years in business

About this pro

A commitment to the individual needs of the student and constantly looking for ways to improve and provide a better, well rounded service have been my trademarks for over 20 years as an instructor/trainer.

My 39 years in the martial arts have given a solid foundation upon which I've built a program that has successfully served students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. 

A jujutsu black belt, over 20 years as a personal trainer/group fitness instructor, certified by the American Council on Exercise as well as boxing and kickboxing allows me to develop programs tailored specifically to the individual with due respect to their personal safety.

I the progress in those I train whether it's an improvement in their physical appearance and/or an improvement in their skill development. It gets me HYPE and on my toes to ensure the progress positively continues. 

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New York, NY 10001
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Beginning with a free evaluation, I learn the student's natural abilties as well as any health and/or medical condition(s) that may affect their training. I immediately begin to formulate their projected program. Challenging, safety, and fun are the key elements in every program I design. Once the student executes a fluid competency in the assigned material, I slowly advance them to the next level.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

-39 years experience in the martial arts; 8th degree black belt in jujutsu

-22 years personal trainer/group fitness instructor

-boxing/kickboxing both training and instructing over 15 years

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

-first session is free

-intro package: 3 one hour sessions for $150. This gives the student a better idea of my teaching style and I get a better idea of how I can help them

-sessions start at $85/hr with discounted packages available

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching martial arts for my intructor at his school in Brooklyn when I was 12 years old. With his blessing, and insistence, I began teaching on my own at age 21. 

As a fitness trainer, at age 20, I realized that i truly enjoy helping others achieve and improve their fitness levels.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all age ranges from preschool to senior citizens. I've trained the awkward to the professional athlete and everything in between. Regardless of level, every student is my priority.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

There are so many but I'll say a student of mine who I trained for about a year decided she wants to also become a trainer after seeing my passion and love for what I do.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The teacher you hire should make you feel comfortable and should pay attention to YOUR goals and not just have you train according to the latest fad.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

- How long have you been teaching?

-How do you deal with a student having a hard time grasping some of the material?