Julio Anta is the owner of Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense in Doral-Miami, Florida since 1998. He is the published author of “Anta’s Ageless Warrior Fitness” book. He is also the video author of “Anta’s Art of Fighting Without Fighting Anti-Bullying,” and “Anta’s Shaolin Physical Conditioning.”
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 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.
Anta was a competitive bodybuilder in the eighties who was a runner up in the Jr. Mr. Florida and Mr. Miami. He believes in leading by example and is in excellent shape and trains daily.
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, Okinawan 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 and 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 tm." 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.
Martial Arts and Fitness Certifications:
Hung Gar Kung Fu Master
Judokickbox 2nd Dan Red and Black Belt (Equivalent to 2nd Degree Black Belt)
Krav Maga Association Full Instructor
Krav Maga Association Israeli Counter Terrorism
Krav Maga Association Defensive Tactics for Law enforcement
C.O.R.E Krav Maga Instructor
KMMA Krav Maga Martial Arts Instructor NRA Pistol Instructor NRA Rifle Instructor
Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association (JKDAA) Coach One Instructor
Paul Vunak's Progressive Fighting System Jeet Kune Do Phase One Instructor
Progressive Fighting System Edge Weapon Instructor
Progressive Fighting System Law Enforcement Instructor
Haganah F.I.G.H.T. (Fierce Israeli Guerrilla Hand to hand Tactics) Instructor
United States Ju-Jitsu Federation Brown Belt Ikkyu 1st class
Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Valenti Brothers Blue Belt
SABER Edge Weapons Combative's Instructor
Burn with Kearns MMA Fighter Fit Level 3 Instructor
Action Strength Instructor
Battling Ropes Instructor
Fitness Kickboxing Instructor
Kardio Karate Instructor
ISSA Fitness Instructor (Personal Trainer)
HKC Kettlebell Certification
Mike Mahler Level 1 Kettlebell Workshop
ECF (Elite Combat Fitness) Instructor
Elite Kettlebell Instructor
Kettlebell Concepts Kettlebell Instructor
IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association) Youth Fitness Specialist
National Security Agency certified Child Safety Agent
Surviving an Active Shooter certified by Vistelar
Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle Martial Arts for Peace Bully Buster instructor
ACMA (American Council of Martial Arts) certified by the Copper Institute
Dr Ben Lerner’s Maximized Living Mentor
Authorized Steal Proof Master (Anti Child Abduction and Safety) Presenter
ICS Fitness and Nutrition Instructor
ISKA MMA Referee
Pilates Physical Minds Institute
All American Pilates
Serrada Escrima Apprentice Instructor
He has also cross trained in Boxing and Kickboxing. He trained under Boxing and Kickboxing World Champion James Warring and under Boxing and Kickboxing instructor Eufracio Gonzalez who is currently the trainer of numerous professional World Boxing champions.
-2016 USJKBF United States Judokickbox Federation President -2016 Judokickbox Doral Representative
-2015 NPC South Florida Bodybuilding Championships Award of Recognition
-2014 Best of Doral and South Florida -2014 Best of Doral Martial Arts -2013 Best of Doral Martial Arts -2013 PMA (Professional Martial Arts Association) Best School in Doral -2012 City of Doral Proclamation Anta's Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying Day -2012 Miami-Dade County Proclamation Anta's Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying Day -2012 Best of City Search -2012 PMA (Professional Martial Arts Association) Best School in Doral -2011 Century Martial Arts Mark of Excellence Gold Award -2011 PMA (Professional Martial Arts Association) Best School in Doral -2010 Century Martial Arts Mark of Excellence Gold Award -2010 Doral 5K 3rd Place Winner -2009 Best of Doral Martial Arts Award -2009 Century Martial Arts Mark of Excellence Award -2008 ICSDA Florida State Representative -2007 ICSDA (International Combat Self Defense Association) Advisory Board -2006 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Kung Fu Master -2006 World Martial Arts Union Hall of Fame Life Achievements -2006 Miami Dade County Certificate of Appreciation -2006 Captain of the runners up in the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival 250 Meter Kung Fu Cup -2005 EFC Black Belt Schools “Outstanding Martial Arts School” -2005 EFC Black Belt Schools “Hero Award” -2005 Proclamation “Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense Day” City of Doral -2004 Miami Dade County “Martial Arts Excellence Award” -2003 Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame “Instructor of the Year” -2003-2004 Co-holders of the World Simultaneous Kicking Record -1998 Florida PBA Certificate of Appreciation -1983 2nd runner up Jr. Florida Bodybuilding Championships -1983 2nd runner up Miami Bodybuilding Championship
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 hosted the Fitness Tip of the Week for Metro Life Worship Center in Doral in 2005. Mr. Anta wrote a column for the Doral Tribune for 13 years. Today he writes a column Ciudad Doral Newspaper 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 Planet, Doral Lifestyle, Trumpeter Magazines and at his blog http://www.martialartsandfitness.typepad.com.
Julio Anta New York 1964
With Mike Mentzer Mr. Universe and creator of the Heavy Duty System 1980
Julio Anta 1983 2nd Runner Up Junior Florida Bodybuilding Championships
Training with Billy Blanks in 1999
Training with Matt Furey in 2002 at the NAPMA World Conference
2003 Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year
With Adam and Michelle Khai-Cronin at Kettlebell concepts certification training 2004
with Mike Lee Kanereck Haganah F.I.G.H.T. certification 2004
With Mike Mahler at Kettlebell Workshop 12-10-05
Training with Ricardo Nieves RKC Team Leader 2010
ECF and Elite Kettlebell certification with Commando Krav Maga's Moni Aizik 2009
Muay Thai Certification with Master Tran 2009
HKC Certification with Master Instructor David Whitley 2-7-2010
Burn with Kearns MMA Strength and Conditioning Fitness certification 5-12 with Coach Kearns
Training with Robby Robinson Mr. America, Mr Universe and Masters Mr. Olympia
With C.T. Fletcher
Elena is a fitness pioneer in South Florida. She is the co-owner of Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense established in 1998.
Mrs. Anta is a PILOXING, PILOXING KNOCKOUT, Fitness Kickboxing, Pilates, MMA Fighter Fit and Self Defense Instructor. She is also a certified Aerobics Instructor, a former school teacher and certified state of Florida after care director. She holds certifications from the Copper Institute in Fitness Kickboxing and NAPMA Cardio Karate level 2 instructor. She was the first Piloxing instructor outside of California getting certified on March 28, 2010. Elena is a fully certified Pilates mat and equipment instructor from All American Pilates. She is also certified in Burn with Kearns MMA Fighter Fit Level 2 Instructor. She is the head Pilates and Pilates Instructor and teaches group and private Pilates and Piloxing classes at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense.
Elena started the first Pilates class in Doral and West Miami Dade County. She was the first instructor in Florida certified in Piloxing. She has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines. Elena has appeared on Univision’s Despierta America, Primer Impacto, Telemundo’s News, Levantate, al Rojo Vivo, TVC's Una Hora Contigo, The Today Show, WPLG TV 10 News and on Channel 7 Fox News. In 2006 she was awarded EFC Black Belt School's Programs director of the Year. She is also featured in “Anta’s Ageless Warrior Fitness” book.
Arcia is a Black Sash Kung Fu instructor under Master Anta. He also holds a 2nd degree Black Belt in WTF Tae Kwon Do. He was a multiple Florida State Tae Kwon Do Champion in Sparring and Forms. He is certified in Krav Maga by the International Association of Krav Maga. Hector is certified in Burn with Kearns MMA Fighter Fit Level 2 instructor. He started teaching martial arts in 1991.
Karla is an Anta's Functional Fitness Bootcamp and Women's Fitness Bootcamp instructor. She is trained directly by Julio and Elena Anta. Karla is also a Muay Thai student and a programs director at Anta's Fitness and Self Defense.