Fit and Fearless welcomes new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Ernesto Peralez into the the F&F clan! Ernesto has been training in martial arts for over 25 years and is a 4 stripe brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a purple belt in the Militech Fighting Systems as well as a black belt in Judo. Ernesto also has extensive experience in Muay Thai, Western style boxing, and submission wrestling. Ernesto has been nominated among his peers as one of the best coaches and training partners in Austin. He thanks his coaches Rodney Solis, Rudy Vasquez, Jason Webster and Charlie Adams for his success.
Originally from Beeville, Texas, he was a member of the U.S. Army’s Judo Team, and helped train soldiers in judo and general hand to hand combat. He currently trains members of the A.P.D., S.W.A.T., and military personnel stationed at Camp Mabry. Mr. Peralez will be bringing BJJ to the Hays County School District beginning in Feb., 2010 starting with Armando Chapa Middle School and then Lehman High School, where his own children are attending.
Coach Peralez is self-employed as a freelance architect and has four children. When I first spoke with him he was in the Box instructing his 13 year old daughter on throwing 3-4 punch combinations with round kicks, and a defensive front push kick to a vertical target – with a punch. Miss Peralez has fast hands! Ernesto on training children: “All kids should have an outlet in their young lives. I’ve dealt with kids who were natural athletes and ones who had emotional issues like ADD who were giving their parents and teachers a hard time in school. Everyone has something great in them. Because I teach multiple disciplines I can eventually pin point what they’re good at and try to focus on what they have problems with. Training and teaching has made me a better leader and a better father to my kids over the years.”
When training adult students he also likes to keep in mind the trainees’ individual strengths and weaknesses. He knows we all bring something different to the table, and if a person is not yet at the level of physical fitness he would like to be, Ernesto knows how to tweak a technique to make it accessible today, while still giving the student a goal to strive for. What he asks from the student is merely the courage to try. “Courage and respect are important. I want them to be willing to try anything I put them through. If they’ll come in as an open book, I’ll simply help fill in the pages. I love to try and answer questions about a technique a student may have. I don’t claim to know it all but will make it a personal project of mine to get the answer for them. I just want their respect and I’m willing to earn it.”
Part of the respect he offers his students is not putting fetters on where they will train and who they will train with. In an industry where it is common for schools and instructors to want to glue their students in place, Ernesto believes (as do all of us at Fit and Fearless) a trainee should be free to train and learn from anyone he believes will benefit him. His is an inclusive class, and he says, “I want people to feel they have nothing to be afraid of and nothing to lose but everything to gain.”
All Krav Maga students are eligible to take MMA classes.