The family that kicks togethers sticks together. The Catala family kicks together at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense. They have become a truly fit and fearless martial arts family. Today Mike Catala the father at 46 year old is part of Anta’s Warrior Training. Warrior Training is a special program that includes classes in Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do and functional fitness classes. Warriors Training is for the highly motivated student who want to earn black belts in all the martial arts I’m certified to teach. His wife Jenny takes Piloxing classes. His son Gabriel is a Muay Thai student and his brother Matt is a kung fu student at Anta’s.
I believe that a virtuous man provides, leads and is an example to his family. Your children will not listen to what you tell them. They will do what they see you doing and follow your lead. I am super proud of Mike for leading his family into a martial arts fitness lifestyle. Mike started taking Muay Thai to get in shape and lose weight. Through his positive example he lead wife Jenny and sons Gabriel and Matt to follow his lead. Mike is a truly the head of his family, leading his family through example in the martial arts way. Below Mike explains his transformation and journey.
NEVER TOO LATE….AT THE AGE OF 45 I DECIDED TO ONE DAY WALK INTO ANTA'S FITNESS AND SELF DEFENSE, NOT KNOWING THIS WOULD EVENTUALLY CREATE A PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION OF MY MIND/BODY AND SPIRIT BUT ALSO A JOURNEY FULL OF FULFILLMENT AND CHALLENGE.
MY NAME IS MIKE CATALA, AND I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST OFFER YOU A GLIMPSE OF SOME OF THE ISSUES I HAD BEFORE JOINING ANTA’S MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL WHICH ULTIMATELY MADE ME DECIDE TO ACT QUICKLY:
I WAS OVERWEIGHT PEAKING AT 249 LBS (5'11). MY PHYSICIAN DIAGNOSED ME WITH SLEEP APNEA, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AS WELL AS HIGH CHOLESTEROL. I WAS LETHARGIC AND HAD NO ENERGY DO PLAY WITH MY KIDS OR FOR THAT MATTER DESIRE TO EXERCISE.
MR. ANTA AND I SAT DOWN AND DECIDED TO GIVE MUAY THAI KICKBOXING A TRY, KNOWING FROM A CARDIOVASCULAR PERSPECTIVE IT WAS EXTREMELY CHALLENGING. I CAN TELL YOU THE FIRST 2-4 WEEKS WAS DIFFICULT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME EACH OF MY CLASS MATES WOULD CHEER ME ON AND INSPIRE ME (THIS IS THE CULTURE MR. ANTA HAS FOSTERED AT THIS SCHOOL). WITH EVERY CLASS I ATTENDED MY BODY STARTED TO ASK ME FOR MORE AND THUS I BEGAN MY TRANSFORMATION. I NOW WEIGH 207 LBS, 42 LBS LESS.
I DECIDED AFTER BEING IN SCHOOL 9 MONTHS IT WAS TIME TO SEE HOW FAST I CAN RUN A 5K, I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THAT I HAD SHAVED OFF 5 MIN AND 20 SEC FROM MY PREVIOUS TIMES. THE BIG DIFFERENCE IS THAT NOW I WAS RUNNING IT INSTEAD OF JOGGING. THE POINT IS THAT MUAY THAI HAS ALLOWED ME TRULY "LIVE FIT / LIVE FEARLESS".
ON ANOTHER PERSONAL NOTE, I BELIEVE IN THIS SO MUCH THAT I NOW HAVE MY 10 YEAR OLD GABRIEL, MATHEW AND WIFE JENNY ALSO IN ANTA'S MARTIAL ARTS/FITNESS CENTER, WHICH AGAIN GIVES US MORE FAMILY TIME TOGETHER IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.
MARTIAL ARTS TO ME IS MORE ABOUT A COMMITMENT TO TRANSFORM NOT ONLY YOUR BODY, BUT YOUR MIND AND YOUR SPIRIT AS WELL. IT STARTS WITH THE FIRST STEP. SO I WILL END EXACTLY HOW I STARTED "IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION"
SINCERELY, MIKE CATALA.
Mike is proof that age is just a number and it is never to late to change your life and your families life. Eventhough he already lost 42 pounds Mike is competing in our Doral 90 Day Fitness Challenge. I am looking forward to the day that I promote Mike to the covet black belt.
For more information on our life changing martial arts and fitness programs you can contact us at 305 599-3649 or via the Internet at AntaMartialArts.com.