I was born September 16, 1977 and grew up in Mastic, N.Y. I graduated from William Floyd High School in 1995. In 1996, I joined the United States Army and conducted my Basic Training in South Carolina. Upon completion, I went to Arizona to complete my job training as a Military Intelligence Analyst. My first duty station was in Wurzburg, Germany attached to the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. I spent 3 ½ years there, and during that time was deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo. I obtained the rank of Sergeant and earned multiple awards as an analyst.
My second duty station was in Denver, Colorado. I was stationed at Buckley Airforce base, 743d Military Intelligence Battalion. I served as a Squad leader and Platoon Sergeant, earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and became my company’s Training Non Commissioned Officer (NCO). I maintained the company’s training schedules and records, and conducted it’s Physical Fitness Exams (PT tests), height/weight measurements and calculated body fat percentages. As a Platoon Sergeant, I mentored and counseled soldiers on their duties and combat, as well as physical training. My personal PT score was over 280, which made me exempt from company training (points go up to 300). I served 4 years when I came down on orders for Korea.
I was stationed in a small town an hour from Seoul, Korea. I was a Platoon Sergeant for a small Intelligence unit and worked alongside the 1st ROK Army providing Intelligence briefings to Korean Colonels. While stationed in Korea, I obtained my goal of scoring over 300 on my PT Test and made the list to be promoted to Sergeant First Class. I completed my enlistment in 2005 and went home to N.Y.
I started training at Vitale’s Karate Academy in December 2005. In 2008, I became an Instructor teaching children 3-12 yrs. and adult classes in Karate and Kickboxing. After training almost 6 years, I obtained my 2nd degree black belt. I’m the Program Director and Head Instructor overseeing the entire student body. I’ve received awards for Program Director and for being an Instructor. I’m the primary instructor for the kickboxing program and average 27-30 students a night. I’ve conducted women’s self-defense seminars for children and adults at schools, libraries, day camps, boys and girl scouts and day care centers. I’m active in various school districts in the area talking to young children on bully awareness and strangers.
Self-defense is important, especially for women, young and adult. More women are store managers and are constantly left alone to close. Young girls are bullied at school and walking home alone. A lot of students are by themselves, training for their specific sport, i.e. running the streets for track. We are afraid of being attacked by someone that is bigger than we are and frozen in fright when someone grabs or hits us. Self-defense gives you confidence and makes you more aware of your surroundings, so you can avoid uncomfortable situations and react faster. Being involved in the Martial Arts, I can fight other men, and know how it feels to be punched and kicked by someone bigger and stronger than myself. I’m not afraid to take a punch. If someone grabs me, I know how to react to get myself out of that situation.
My training consists of my Kickboxing classes 6 days a week- 2 hours on Monday and Wednesday, 1 hour Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tuesdays and Thursdays after the Kickboxing, I’m training in the Karate class staying proficient in my katas, weapons and sparring.
KICKBOXING TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR STUDENTS
|Monday||Class times: 7:15 pm, 8:30 pm||Tuesday||Class times: 10:00 am, 7:30 pm
|Wednesday||Class times: 7:15 pm, 8:30 pm||Thursday||Class times: 10:00 am, 7:30 pm
|Friday||Class times: 10:00 am, 7:30 pm||Saturday||Class time: 9:00 am
Each session is an hour. Each class is high Cardio where you will burn 800-1000 calories. There are exercises incorporated to strengthen, tone and tighten your body from head to toe. The majority of the class is punching and kicking combinations on bags, using the bags as resistance.
It is fast paced, intense and high energy. Everyone works at their pace. Each class is different; some classes focus more on Cardio, some on legs, making each class more challenging than the others.
I eat 3 main meals a day. For breakfast, it’s usually a whole wheat english muffin and a hard-boiled egg or oatmeal with honey and blue berries. For lunch, it will be hard-boiled eggs, avocado and quinoa, or a wrap. Due to my work schedule, I start teaching around 4 pm, so I will eat something in between classes, either almonds, rice cakes or MET-Rx® minis. For dinner I will have salmon, tilapia or chicken breast with some type of vegetable. It varies from squash, broccoli, asparagus and zucchini.