First, My Invitation…

Would you like support in identifying and transforming your limiting beliefs?

Are you a creative person that needs help designing a plan to pursue your passion professionally?

Do you have dreams that go beyond your blue collar roots?

Do you want to get better at managing your finances?

Do you have a business idea you think is great, but don’t know where to start?

Do you want to create something more than what’s predictable for you and your life?

Okay, Here’s My Story…

I come from a pretty solid blue collar background. My mother worked as the deli manager for a major grocery store chain and my father, a Cuban immigrant, worked for the local power company. My parents were divorced when I was an infant and both remarried during my childhood. I liked to confuse people by saying I was the oldest and only child, with three younger half brothers. I was the first person in our family to graduate high school or college. I even inspired my mom to go back to school and we graduated high school in the the same year. For most of my childhood, I was a latchkey kid, which developed my sense of self-reliance and ability to figure out solutions to challenging, and sometimes unpredictable circumstances.

My early dream of being a lineman like my dad, was replaced by my love of Elvis and a desire to be a performer myself. I was repeatedly told by my music teachers that I wouldn’t pass auditions because I didn’t have a private voice coach, but I found a way, did the work and graduated college with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice. Incidentally, I was the only Jazz Voice major the university ever produced. After graduating, I was lucky enough to get a job in the music industry and worked for a prominent celtic and world music recording label as a publicity and promotions assistant.

Headshot from my singing days

I moved to NYC to pursue my singing career in 1999. It wasn’t until after I spent a few years singing in small clubs and restaurants that I realized I was not going to do what it would take to “make it” as a professional musician and I was unwilling to live the rest of my life as a starving artist. At the time, my main source of income was waiting tables and tending bar, which was also not part of the future I envisioned for myself.

Meanwhile, I earned my first degree black belt and started teaching Taekwon-Do on the side. After launching several successful children’s martial arts programs for other people, I started looking at shifting my own mindset from that of an employee to one of a small business owner.

Mind, Body & Self Defense Special Edition book cover

I expanded my personal growth and development journey beyond martial arts in 2006 and was able to transform my own limiting ideas around who I was and what was possible for me.  I spent several years training as a program leader and coach in the same programs that had helped me create success in my own life. As I continued on my personal development path, my net worth grew by more than 12 times over the next 10 years.

In 2007, I opened my first business, Gotham Martial Arts, in Manhattan. While continuing to develop my training and teaching of others, I earned my 5th degree black belt in 2011. After running the school for six years, I negotiated the sale of my share of the company and moved across the country, to San Diego. The sale of my first business gratefully bought me time to consider what I would like to do next.

The thing that lights me up the most is empowering others. So here I am, ready to use my knowledge and experience to support you in achieving your dreams, no matter what they are.

Finally, Why I Coach…

I’ve always been a teacher at heart. I enjoy sharing knowledge, resources and information to empower people. It doesn’t much matter to me what you want. I want you to go for it. I love showing people that they are braver, stronger and more capable than they realize. So what are you waiting for?