Martial arts experts Sifu (masters) Anthony Fontana and Phil Cruz are bringing their Unlimited Martial Arts academy experience from New York to Miami on September 16th in collaboration with the world famous 5th St. Gym operated by Dino Spencer. UMA will serve the South Beach community as a training and fitness studio found within the world renowned 2300 square ft. 5th St. Gym, who is known for training great fighters including Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard as well as countless celebrities such as Victoria Secret model Adriana Lima and Grammy winner Cedric Gervais. The academy will offer a variety of different classes from Jeet Kune Do to one-on-one personal training sessions on and off the beach. For the UMA Miami launch, Fontana aims to provide his students with the tools they need to perform to their fullest, while strengthening their body and mind, helping them to achieve their fitness and self-defense goals.
Sifu Anthony Fontana is a certified personal trainer and trained in numerous martial arts with over 20 years of experience under his belt. He has trained exclusively under Sifu Phil Cruz in Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino Martial Arts, and Muay Thai. He also studied under Guro Ron Balicki and Diana Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s god daughter, and represents MARS (Martial Arts Research Systems). He is an instructor of SAMICS (Self Defense & Martial Arts Institute Combat Systems) under Peter Weckauf, a leading European instructor in combative systems and currently is training under Lionel Fabregue of Kong Performance and PFA (Panuntukan France Association) to teach these methods in the US. Most recently, Fontana was recognized by Guro Dan Inosanto, Grand Master Fred Degerberg and acknowledged by Guro Ron Balicki, and was awarded his 2nd Degree Black Belt in the Degerberg Blend.
Although the striking arts is Fontana’s main passion, he believes in the importance of being a well-rounded martial artist as situations and tactics change when a fight goes to the ground or if a weapon is involved. Inspired by Bruce Lee’s philosophy stating, “Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own,” he continues to work with renowned teachers to enhance his training and find his own unique expression of the arts.
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