Martial Arts & Athletic Performance:
Zen Instructor, Duarte Monteiro has been training and teaching traditional & modern day martial arts/self-defense for over 30 years. He began studying traditional Japanese karate (Goshinryu) at the early age of 9 years old and would then eventually explore other Japanese (Kyokushin), Korean (Taekwondo) and Thailand (Muay Thai Kickboxing) based striking disciplines, as he got older.
In his teenage and early adult years, he went on to compete successfully as a tournament fighter at the state, regional and national level, while learning invaluable lessons on what it truly takes to become an Olympic level competitor.
He is presently a certified Muay Thai Kick Boxing Instructor under the world recognized Muay Thai International Association. He had the distinct privilege of earning his certification while training in Thailand with the revered Master Thoshaphol.
He is also a certified Black Belt instructor under the world renowned Grand Master Richard Chun, President of the United States Taekwondo Association, and a member of the Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Federation (Olympic Style Taekwondo).
As for reality based street self-defense, he is a Level 2 COMMANDO KRAV MAGA Instructor (advanced Israeli Self-Defense System) founded and run by former Israeli Special Forces Elite Commando, Moni Aizik. In addition, he is a certified Women's Self Defense Instructor (G.O.G system – "Girls on Guard") under the reputable Steve Kardian of Defend University – an advanced research and development team responsible for leading edge techniques, strategies and defensive tactics proven to work in real life threatening or violent situations.
In the last several years, he has recently embarked on the world of submission grappling as an active Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practionioner and working towards attaining the highest rank in this respective discipline.
He also trained with the American Top Team in West Palm Beach and Coconut Creek Florida, which has been home to numerous world champion Brazilian Jiu-Jujitsu practitioners and MMA fighters.
Despite his numerous years of martial arts training, he is a strong advocate of continuous learning and education. His philosophy and mantra related to the martial arts is simple: "The day you think you know it all, is the day you stop growing. After all, martial arts mastery is a journey, not a destination."
Athletic Performance Conditioning:
ZenSport Instructor Monteiro has always prided himself as being a fitness enthusiast and well rounded athlete. Most of this was instilled in him at a very young age by his father that played at the highest professional soccer level in the Portuguese European FIFA league.
In addition to his years in competitive martial arts, his four years of service in the United States Marine Corps solidified and strengthened his love for strength and conditioning. He quickly realized that physical fitness played an integral role in military combat training and other aspects of life.
As a result, his passion and desire to help others achieve their personal fitness and athletic performance goals led him to seek out the latest in innovative, safe and effective conditioning techniques through nationally recognized strength & conditioning associations.
From the average person looking to get into optimal shape, to the promising young athlete seeking a collegiate scholarship or professional sports career, his eagerness to see people succeed in their fitness and/or athletic endeavor is infectious and unparallel as a coach. In particular, his enthusiastic, caring, fun and client first mentality are virtues he consistently lives by.
He has successfully earned several nationally recognized certifications relating to athletic performance and conditioning. They include:
Athletic Performance Specialist - EXOS formerly Athletes' Performance
Note-This organization continues to successfully train professional athletes from the MLS, WNSL, US Female & Male Soccer National Teams, NFL, NBA and MLB.
Certified Speed & Agility Specialist - International Youth Conditioning Association
Athletic Assessment Specialist - IYCA
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist - International Sports Science Association
Certified Fitness Trainer - ISSA
Fitness Nutrition Specialist - ISSA
JrFit Youth Fitness Specialist - The American Academy of Health & Fitness
Additionally, he is an MMA Level 1 Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach under the world renowned JC Santana, M.Ed, CSCS, founder and owner of the Institute of Human Performance. The IHP has been responsible for the athletic development of numerous professional UFC & Bellator fighters.
Further, he completed a comprehensive mentorship program under the Parisi Speed School (national franchise), owned and founded by Bill Parisi. This organization has successfully developed numerous Olympic, D1 collegiate and professional level athletes.
Lastly, he is an active member of Peak Performance Sports founded and run by Dr. Patrick Cohn – one of today's leaders in sports psychology strategies.