At Zen Martial Arts & Fitness not only do students learn traditional and modern self defense arts derived from Thailand, Korea, Japan, Israel and Brazil, they're exposed to the latest and most effective physical & mental conditioning techniques used among novice, amateur and professional athletes.
As a Certified Athletic Performance Specialist, Fitness and Black Belt level instructor, Duarte Monteiro, has created several innovative programs for children and adults that resourcefully blend aspects of the fighting arts with purposeful functional drills intended on enhancing overall human performance.
Further, his passion for youth athletics involving team sports has led to the development of a comprehensive five level youth sports conditioning program (Zen Sport) emphasizing fun while exposing athletes to the latest in speed and functional age appropriate strength training.
With every martial arts, self defense, fitness or youth sports conditioning session taught at Zen, each student gains the knowledge, insight and opportunity to increase ones strength, explosiveness, quickness, vertical leap, agility, balance, coordination and endurance through proven and innovative training methods.
Additionally, Instructor Monteiro places a huge emphasis on mental training by using and referencing reputable and accepted sports psychology and Eastern techniques used by many of todays olympic and elite level athletes. Similar to the above mentioned physical conditioning methodologies, Monteiro has creatively infused numerous mind gain type drills into all of his classes.
As a result, students better their ability to focus, concentrate and manage their emotions when faced with moderate to high stress, experienced in competitive sports or any difficult life related challenge.