When I came back to Los Angeles, I had a dream of Creating a Fitness Program and Self Defense Art that would incorporate the discipline I learned in the US Military, mental strength gained from competing in military fitness challenges, healthy eating habits, and well-being. I learned all this while in the US military from 1989 to 1999, many of us in the military called it a “lifestyle of fitness”. In 2001 I started training in Korean Hapikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, ran cross country at El Camino and began researching fitness training.
I wanted to choose the name Ranger Fit to Honor of the soldiers and Rangers who died on October 3, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia. As a US Marine, I watched my first war on TV in Okinawa as my Marine Unit liberated Kuwait in 1991. I was stuck in Japan but the Gulf War American Troops were heroes. 2 years later as I finished my Marine enlistment, I watched as American Soldiers were being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. It was painful for me to watch after American Troops had been shown on TV as Heroes from Desert Storm in 1991, now we were victims on CNN as for the world to see. I thought that could have been me or one of my close friends and I knew their families were watching on TV.
So the first thing I did was I joined the Army as an Infantry Scout in the famous 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment US Army Reserves Hawaii. I got to know some of the Rangers in the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks Hawaii. I signed up for the 25 Infantry Divisions Long Range Scout/Ranger Unit but was sent by the Regular Army to the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to the Artillery, no more Infantry. I was injured in an Artillery training accident and have had to fight to be fit since 1996. This unfortunate experience nevertheless later helped me to develop injury recovery programs in my fitness profession. After 4 years in the US Marines raised by some of the best in the US Military, I was really impressed with friends who were Rangers since US Marines call soldiers “Army Dogs”. I want to share with the American Public the good skills and qualities like discipline, physical culture, integrity, never quit attitude, honor, and honesty. Most of us Veterans who are now trainers discuss some of the problems with the Military Fitness Programs we practiced and the injuries they can cause the troops. I have followed both the Marine and Army’s Current Fitness Training. Some changes I think are good and some I am not comfortable with. I am against high risk fitness training and hard core Martial Arts sparring which will lead to unnesseccary injuries. I hope to be of help anyone who wants to improve their Fitness Level, build Self-confidence, health, and inner peace.
After the military, I began to study martial arts and I like to incorporate many of the aspects of martial arts into Ranger Fit. I studied with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have learned from many other Instructors. I took courses on Yoga, Kettlebells, Clubbbells, Post-Physical Therapy, Core Training and Joint Mobility Courses. My focus is always on finding out what my class our clients need and then accomplishing their mission for me. Success will not happen without learning how to eat and getting your vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and omega-3s from real food. I cannot say that enough. There is no supplement for poor eating habits.
I use many different training methods such as kettlebell training, clubbell training, TRX, ropes, and sandbag training. It is not about the equipment that makes a good program but having the right Instructor. My big focus with Ranger Fit is the individualization of training.