Alex has been teaching martial arts since 2012. “When I was a child, I could not focus or remember lessons in school. I would stare into space and be very forgetful. Things got better during elementary school. It was then that my parents engaged me in physical and artistic activities. I have always been passionate about helping youth and knew early on that leading children to success was something very natural and fulfilling. When children have fun and are engaged, results do come. It’s a thrill to see a child’s smile, a parent’s sigh of relief or even tears of happiness—it reminds me of why I created Bel Air.“
Antonio has been a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner for over 12 years with dozens of competitions under his belt. He also has over 8 years of experience teaching both adults and kids in both self-defense and competition Jiu-jitsu. Antonio’s love of teaching primarily stems from having the opportunity to share his passion with many people from all walks of life. Witnessing others benefit, grow and enjoy training as much as he has since he began his own journey is always a reminder of the positive impact of Jiu-jitsu.
Amanda, who also goes by Panda, is currently a purple belt at Top Level MMA academy in Niles. Amanda began her Martial Arts journey in 2015 with Krav Maga earning her Level 1 certification before training Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai.
Amanda is a DePaul Graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology of Human Development and currently works as an Associate Account Manager for an Insurance Brokerage company. In her spare time, she loves to journal/write, watch horror films, go on nature walks with her Bichon/Yorkie named Lincoln, and spend time with her significant other.
John is a personal trainer and current Master of Social Work student. In 2012, he received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Loyola University New Orleans and received the department’s top honor for research. Shortly after, he moved to Chicago where he transitioned from working in a lab to personal and group fitness. Through his work as a boxing coach, he was able to help start a non-profit that created health and fitness programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. His time as a trainer has cultivated a deep appreciation for listening and supporting people past their setbacks and into their strongest selves.