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Sensei Joe Morejon

Many people confuse violence with self defense and vice versa. As Christian martial artists we must strive to find a balance between the two. I personally teach a style that is effective yet provides different levels of response to different levels of threat. Lethal force does not always need to be met with lethal force. Martial arts can be merciful to the attacker yet effective for true self defense. That is also another way of "turning the other cheek".

As far as the spiritual side of self defense training:

1 Timothy 5:8
"If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."

As Christian men we are called to be the providers, protectors, and priests of our homes. Provision also includes the responsibility of providing safety and security for our families.

Psalms 89:14
"Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. "

As Christians we are called to live the teaching and emulate the character of Christ. Since Christ is God incarnate, we know him to possess the same virtues of God. While it is true that God is loving and merciful, God is first of all a God of JUSTICE.

Psalms 82:3
"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy."
The responsibility for defense extends beyond your own family as God has commanded us to defend widows and orphans as well.

Proverbs 21:3
"To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice".

As Christians it's not only proper to learn self defense, its our responsibilty!

Frank DiMeo, NSCA-CPT, KBC-1 Instr.

Julio, as a young child I was targeted by bullies pretty often. I was not a Christian then, although I am now.
Back then I tried to avoid the fights because I was constantly getting beat up. It didn't work very well. Usually they attacked anyway.
I was short and fat as a kid, who was probably considered
an easy & amusing target.
Now as a Christian man and veteran of the martial arts, it is more clear to me than ever that there is a time and place when you must fight to protect yourself or those with you.
Nehemiah 4:14 says, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses."
Amen

Julio Anta

Sensei Morejon thanks you for the verses that give more credibility to our beliefs as Christian Martial Arts Instructors. As Christians it is our responsibility to learn to protect ourselves, our family and others in need. What what have happened if David would have not slain Goliath? David defied the odds and defeated a great warrior with his un-orthodoxed shepherd fighting skills.

Julio Anta

Frank, bullying is a lot worse today them ever. When we learn to defend ourselves we are more confident and have a better chance of defeating the bully verbally and as a last resort physically. Thank you for Nehemiah 4:14. As Christians we must protect our home and family. Wouldn't it be great if all missionaries learned to defend themselves and family before they went on the mission field.

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Julio Anta Bio

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    Julio Anta owns Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense one of South Florida’s most successful and recognized martial arts/fitness centers. Anta is a martial arts and fitness instructor.
    He is an international competitive bodybuilder. Julio is the 2017 South Florida Bodybuilding Champion 60 + overall winner and lightweight winner. He was the runner up in the 2019 North American Bodybuilding Championships 60 + Lightweight Division and the runner up in the Florida State Bodybuilding Championships 60+. He started competing in 1983 placing 3rd in the Mr. Jr. Florida and Mr. Miami.
    He was born in 1957 and began studying martial arts at 14 years old. He began bodybuilding shortly after in his late teens. Anta was also a Corrections Officer for 10 years and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He is the author of "Anta's Ageless Warrior Fitness" Book. Anta created "Anta's Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying" program and DVD. He also created "Awakened the Warrior Within" Life Skills Program. Below are some of his credentials, certifications and awards:

    Certifications

    -Kung Fu Master
    -Judokickbox Red/Black Belt 2nd Dan (2nd degree black belt)
    -Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Instructor
    -Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Law Enforcement and Edge Weapon Instructor
    -Tran's Muay Thai Association certified instructor Level 3 Kru
    -Krav Maga Association certified full instructor
    -Krav Maga Association Israeli Counter Terrorism
    -Krav Maga Association Active Shooter Response Instructor
    -Krav Maga Association Israeli Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor
    -Krav Maga Association Israeli Combat Shooting Instructor
    -NRA Pistol Instructor
    -Haganah F.I.G.H.T. Instructor
    -CORE Krav Maga Instructor
    -Krav Maga Martial Arts instructor
    -Gracie Jiu Jitsu blue belt at Valenti Brothers Jiu Jitsu
    -Burn with Kearns MMA Fighter Fit Level 3 Instructor
    -Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association Action Strength Instructor
    -HKC HardStyle Kettlebell Certification
    -CICS Certified Indian Club Specialist
    -Elite Combat Fitness Instructor
    -Elite Kettlebell Instructor
    -Kettlebell Concepts Instructor
    -IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist
    -Battling Ropes Instructor
    -ICSDA SABER Edge Weapon Combatives Instructor
    -Fitness Kickboxing Instructor
    -Kardio Karate Instructor
    -Pilates Instructor
    -ISSA Fitness Instructor
    -Martial Arts for Peace Bully Busters
    -National Security Agency Child Safety
    -American Council of Martial Arts Cooper Institute

    Awards/Organizations
    -2019 North American Bodybuilding Championships runner-up 60+ Lightweight
    -2019 Florida State Bodybuilding Championships runner-up 60+
    -2017 South Florida Bodybuilding Championships 60+ Overall Winner & Lightweight Winner
    -ICSDA (International Combat Self Defense Association) Advisory Board
    -2011 PMA Best Martial arts School in Doral
    -2010 Century Gold Award
    -2010 Dr Rolando Espinosa K-8 School Award
    -2009 Best of Doral Martial Arts Award
    -2009 Century Mark of Excellence Award
    -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 Appriciation
    -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

    For his full biography log on to Anta Kung Fu and Miami Kettlebell