Julio Anta (Master Instructor)
Julio Anta is the owner of Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense in Doral-Miami, Florida since 1998. Anta is an award winning martial arts, fitness Instructor. He is a Best Selling author. Anta is the published author of “Anta’s Ageless Warrior Fitness” book and co-author of the best selling book United Men of Honor, Overcoming Adversity Through Faith . He is also the video author of “Anta’s Art of Fighting Without Fighting Anti-Bullying,” and “Anta’s Shaolin Physical Conditioning.”
Anta was a competitive bodybuilder in the eighties who was a runner up in the Jr. Mr. Florida and Mr. Miami. He won the 2017 South Florida Bodybuilding Championships (Mr. South Florida) 60 and over light weight and overall title. In 2019 he competed in the NPC North American Bodybuilding Championships Over 60 and was the 1st Runner-up Lightweight and 2019 NPC Florida State Bodybuilding Championships Over 60, 1st Runner-up. He believes in leading by example and is in excellent shape and trains daily.
Anta’s tactical background includes being a retired State of Florida Corrections Officer and an honorably discharged United States Marine Corps Reserves Sergeant. Krav Maga instructor, Israeli Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor, Israeli Active Shooter Response instructor, Counter Terrorism, Israeli Combat Shooting Instructor and NRA Pistol and Rifle instructor. Anta has a Florida Security D license, G License, DI License.
Anta was born in Cuba in 1957. He arrived in the USA with his parents in 1962. At the tender age of 6 or 7 years old he told his father who had Street Boxed in Cuba that he was going to be a martial artist and a bodybuilder when he grew up. As a sick, small and weak child he loved watching Tarzan, Hercules and Swashbuckler movies. His father supported the idea 100%, even though no one else could ever believe that this sick, shy and weak boy could ever accomplish this. As a boy walking to a relative’s house he picked up from the street some photos of bodybuilders and told his father that he wanted to look like that when he grew up. One day watching the Tom and Jerry cartoons he saw a mouse wearing a white pajama looking outfit flip the cat. He asked his dad if that was possible. His father replied yes if you learn Judo. As a boy he loved to see Steve Reeves Hercules Movies and later Bruce Lee in the Green Hornet inspired him. Yet, in the 70’s after seeing the Kung Fu TV series and the Bruce Lee movies he knew that he had to do Kung Fu. Anta has been a practitioner of the martial arts since 1972 and began serious bodybuilding in 1976. Julio’s first martial art training began with Judo at the Florida Judo Kai in Hialeah under the tutelage of Cuban Judo great Reinaldo Montpellier.
He has studied Karate under different instructors. In 1974 he witnessed his first Kung Fu class and began training in Hung Gar. His teacher returned to NY and Anta trained in numerous styles of Karate: Japanese, American, Okinawa and Korean (Tae Kwon Do). Yet, his true love was the reality based style of Southern Shaolin, Hung Gar Kung Fu. In the early nineties Anta found his instructor again and began training in Kung Fu until he earned his Black Sash and began teaching. Today he holds the rank of Hung Gar Kung Fu Master under the late Grand Master William J. Chung of New York, and the National Hip Sing Association. He was Grand Master Chung’s personal representative in the South East United States. Grand Master Chung was a Personal Disciple of Southern Shaolin Abbot Chang Ding Fujian Province Quanzhou Southern Shaolin Temple.
After studying numerous martial arts and incorporating them in his kung fu he believed that his natural progression was to finally study Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do (JKD). Today Anta is a member of Jeet Kune Do Athletics and is a certified Jeet Kune Do Coach One Instructor. He is also a certified instructor to teach Muay Thai, Judokickbox and Krav Maga. Anta is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt and a yoga student and considers himself a student for life.
Anta after many years of studying and teaching anti-bullying developed a complete Anti-Bullying program “Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying.” Anta was awarded proclamations for “Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying” Day on August 25, 2012 by the City of Doral and Miami Dade County.
Anta owns one of South Florida’s most successful martial arts and fitness centers fulfilling his childhood dreams. Anta believes that he is a student for life training in numerous martial arts and in fitness.
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He has also cross trained in Boxing and Kickboxing. He trained under Boxing and Kickboxing World Champion James Warring and under Boxing and Kickboxing coach Eufracio Gonzalez who is currently the trainer of numerous professional World Boxing champions.
Julio has been a guest on over 150 TV shows. Univision’s Control, Despierta America, Noticias 23, Al Amanecer, Primer Impacto, mun2 Fuzion, Telefutura’s Veredicto Final, CBS 4 News, WPLG TV 10 News on ABC. Channel 7 Fox News, CV Network, Telefutura, Galavision, Today in South Florida, Telemundo’s News, Buenos Dias, Al Rojo Vivo, TVC’s Una Hora Contigo, Ch 41 America TeVe News, Quiereme Descalsi, Miami Contigo, Show de Fernando, Pax’s Aleph TeVe, TBN Joy in our Town, UMTV News, Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo, Levantate, Un Nuevo Dia, Titulares Y Mas, Deco Drive, Fuzion DN and numerous other TV shows.
Anta has many instructional videos on Krav Maga, fitness, workouts, anti-bullying, child safety, motivation on www.youtube.com/antafit
Anta hosted the Fitness Tip of the Week for Metro Life Worship Center in Doral in 2005. In May of 2018 Anta was featured in the Life Extension magazine. Mr. Anta wrote a column for the Doral Tribune for 13 years. He also use to write for Ciudad Doral Newspaper, Doral Planet Magazine, and Live Doral Magazine. His articles have been published in Tae Kwon Do Times, Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Martial Arts Professional, Dragon Boat World, Fytness Fanatiks, NAPMA Now, Doral Lifestyle, Trumpeter Magazines and at his blog www.martialartsandfitness.typepad.com.
Pedro Luis Martinez
Pedro is a Muay Thai Kickboxing Black Belt Instructor. He is an Israeli Combat Pistol Instructor and Israeli Tactical Rifle Instructor under the Krav Maga Association. He is an NRA Pistol instructor, an NRA Rifle instructor NRA Shoot Gun Instructor. NRA Personal Protection in the home. He is a Krav Maga student. Martinez has trained in the Krav Maga Associations Active Shooter Response. His wife and son are also students at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense.
is a level 2 Krav Maga Instructor under the Krav Maga Association. His wife and son also train at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense. He is an NRA Pistol instructor and an NRA Rifle instructor. Marcos is a black belt instructor under Anta’s Krav Maga. He has also trained in the Krav Maga Associations Active Shooter and Israeli Combat Shooting programs.
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