Stories written by Julio Anta

What is a ‘Black Belt’?

I believe a ‘Black Belt’ is an extraordinary person. A ‘Black Belt’ should be a great teacher, motivator, super-fit at any age with the know how to defend himself or herself, successful in life and business, respectful, disciplined, athletic, a role model and a high achiever—just to name a few principles. When I think of […]

Free Doral Workshop on March 2nd will help Empower Women

Free Doral Workshop on March 2nd will help Empower Women

Rape, domestic violence, abuse, muggings and purse snatching — crimes women face every day, nearly always by male assailants. With crime on the rise, women are at high risk when it takes police nearly 22 minutes to get to the crime scene after an initial report. That’s why Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense on Saturday, […]

Carrilo Bandes Changed His Life

In my usual column space, I want to share an inspiring testimonial from my student Camilo Bandes. Once a shy high school kid, he lost 60 pounds to become a great martial arts student, succeeding in college and today displaying great confidence. Most Doral Tribune readers have set their New Year’s resolutions yet by March, […]

Walk Proud & Safetly During the Holidays

Since I started writing my column, every year starting with Halloween thru New Year’s I advise how to survive the holidays by staying safe, crime-free and healthy by not gaining weight. My first article was written in October 2000 on Halloween safety, and last year, I wrote an article entitled “Stay Safe and Healthy for […]

‘Stranger Danger’ Teaches Child Safety

How many times have you seen a childbeing dragged along by the mother or being dragged along by the mother or father, hysterically screaming they ‘don’t want to go’? How many have you as a parent given those words a second thought? Or, if that was my child, I would…. Most people have become insensitive […]

Free Workshop Set for Safe Halloween


Growing up in New York as a kid, we knew the holidays were coming at the beginning of autumn and changing of the leaves. By the end of October we started the season with Halloween, followed with Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year. While, we all love the holiday season, we must be […]

Art of Fighting without Fighting Recognized by Doral Officials


While South Florida prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac Aug. 25, the City of Doral and Miami-Dade County honored us with a proclamation for my new antibullying program: “Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying.” The proclamation was presented by Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez even though he had to attend numerous meetings in preparation for the […]

Free Anti-bullying Workshop in Doral


Is your child in fear of their first day of school or has your child been a victim of bullying at their school? If you answer ‘yes’ to either question, I’ll help you prepare your child to meet any bullying challenges that may occur in the coming school year when Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense, […]

Israel-born ‘Krav Maga’ Training Now in Doral

Steve Ledford receives certificate with Dave Clark, trainer.

On June 24, Dave Clark and I became the first two certified C.O.R.E Krav Maga instructors with certification by by Chief Instructor Steve Ledford in Asheville, North Carolina. Krav Maga is the Israeli’s military fighting system which translates to “Combat Contact” or “Close Quarter Combat.” A complete reality-based self defense and fitness system, Krav Maga […]

Free Safety Workshop Starts a Safe Summer

Julio G. Anta

It’s that time of the year again — summer vacation is right around the corner. Children will be going to the park, hanging out with friends, going on vacation and some will return to their native country to visit family. Summer vacation can be memorable time for children but predators and criminals are also preparing […]

Hazards of Kids Drinking Soda


To raise healthy and fit children, drop carbonated sodas from their eating habits. As a child, I never drank any type of soft drink. They were even prohibited in school cafeterias. Like most adults, I later became addicted, maybe because I never liked coffee and used soda as an intake for caffeine. I know it’s […]

A Gazelle & Lioness Teach You Strength

Self-defense instructor Elena Anta

Since March is National Women’s History Month, I’m dedicating this month’s column to self defense in an effort to help empower women. I’ll also give a free self defense class this month to all female readers of the Doral Tribune. More than 70% of women in America encounter a violent crime within their lifetime, with […]

Life Long Flexibility through Pilates


Living life to the fullest requires flexibility. Some tasks and activities require more flexibility in the hip and leg areas and others may need more in their shoulder and neck areas. We all can agree that flexibility is of the utmost importance in staying healthy and fit for life, whether playing tennis, soccer or football […]

Martial Arts Champs Appearing in Doral


By Julio G. Anta…. You’ve seen Team Mannatec on ESPN competing in the US Open Martial Arts Championship. Now, they’re touring North America and coming to Doral. The team competes at the 33 Annual Pan American International Martial Arts championships Nov. 11-12, the oldest and most prestigious martial arts tournament in South Florida, the Caribbean and […]