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Each one of my clients and groups receive unique training and coach designed around their specific needs. As a longtime martial arts professor and master fitness coach, I have had the continuous pleasure of designing safe and effective programs for students and families of all ages, as well as a regional director in charge of educating and training aspiring coaches on the fundamentals of communication and science of motion.

I enjoy the freedom to exercise creativity and challenge with all of my students. Also, the wonderful relationships between Coach and pupil allows me and you the reward of personal development both physically and mentally.

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Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
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  • Debbie B.

    Hello, My name is Debbie Barenfeld and I have been an active independent fitness instructor for 26 years. Back in the day when I first became an instructor what was offered in the gyms was very limited, floor aerobics & step aerobics. About 1 year into teaching I took a master class in Boxing/Cardio Kickboxing and I was hooked and knew from that point on that was what I wanted to teach. I met Master Smyer at a gym that he and I were teaching at. He was teaching Martial Arts and I was teaching group fitness which included Cardio Kickboxing. I always had a fascination for Martial Arts, as a child I took Judo classes & as a young adult in college I enrolled in a coed Karate class. I would watch & listen to Master Smyer teach & instruct his classes & I thought I need to try and fit this into my schedule. It was the most AMAZING decision I have ever made. First beside being a coworker with Master Smyer, he then became my teacher. His knowledge is limitless and I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could from him. Second training with Master Smyer elevated my Cardio Kickboxing classes to a whole other level as well as my stamina & fitness. Third I have a true understanding for Martial Arts. It definitely grounds you as well as it teaches you respect, focus, breathing techniques & discipline. It is meant to be learned in a safe and healthy environment. It helps in building self confidence, self esteem & self awareness. Whether you have a young child or you are an active adult Martial Arts does not discriminate against age. It is the perfect outlet for teens trying to find their way. Master Smyer is amongst the BEST OF THE BEST!

  • Donna D.

    Master Smyer, Here is my testimonial for your's kinda long!! My motive to begin training was really about being in the right place at the right time. When I was in my early 20's a new gym named CanDo opened in my hometown. They offered a Tae Kwon Do program and my cousin asked me to join with him. I was very interested because when I was 10 years old I studied Karate for 1 year but stopped for some reason and now was my chance to get back into it. Little did I know that I would train and earn my first degree Black Belt there with the best teacher I've ever known! The benefits that I received were many. Master Smyer's instruction style created an atmosphere that enabled me to build up my endurance, get stronger both physically and mentally, to persevere, and most of all, to be patient. Master Smyer was a role model not just a teacher. His display of patience with students of any age was truly inspiring. My overall experience was that this was a time in my life that I will never forget. I trained at CanDo for 6 years, which turns out to be most of my 20's, but then I moved to another state so I had to end my time in this program. I was in the best shape of my life, I wasn't afraid to challenge myself, and I learned that anything was possible. I will always have a love for Master Smyer and how me helped me become the person I am today. He will always be a prominent figure in my life! Donna D'Acunto, 42, Stay at home mom (Previously an educator for 10 years for Middle and High School Math. Then Supervisor of Math and Science K-12. Finally, Director of Secondary Education.) Love always, Donna

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

 The initial process explore a new student motivation and most importantly what they are looking to achieve out of training. We will also check and observe current fitness levels.

From there, we will start with fitness level appropriate fitness, and skill drills to help him/her achieve their goals safely and consistently.

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

Professional instructors /trainer and coach for nearly 30 years.

6th Dan black belt, Master level trainer certified NASM, NAPMA, Kettle bell, TRX, AOS, and Cooper Institute.

Instructor level in Judo, Kickboxing, BJJ, Karate, and Hapkido. I also specialize in weapon training and disarmament, as well as woman’s self defense, child development and motivational coaching.

I have served also served as the regional director for training and certifying UFC coaches.

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

Pricing will be considered on an individual basis. Rates will reflect training objectives, student discounts, group discounts and package discounts.

What types of students have you worked with?

Children, women only, adults, and seniors.

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

What they are looking to achieve and WHY? Honest about where you are now, as well as current challenges, will help you to move forward from the RIGHT place.