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What an amazing jiu-jitsu seminar put on by Brazil-021 at Lionize Training Center! Big Thank You to everyone who came out to share in the event. We look forward to seeing everyone in the future at BJJ classes! Hope to see you soon!

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About Us

Lionize Training Center:

Lionize Training Center will open in Summer 2013. Here is a little information about our instructors:

Lionize Training Center Instructors:

personel bio pic Lionize Training Center's Owner and Kickboxing Instructor Mike"Nasty"Nagy:

Hello- my name is Mike Nagy and I started in the Martial Arts at the age of 14 under the instruction of Rob and Jim Zbilski(Z's Martial Arts). I loved all aspects of the Arts and at the age of 17 decided to take it further and began my amateur fighting career. My late teen years and into my early twenties I compiled an amateur record of 31-0 with 27 knockouts in kickboxing. During that time I won 2 Illinois State Titles, a Midwest Title, 2 National Titles, a Intercontinental Title and completed my amateur career with a World Title. I took up Golden Gloves Boxing at the same time and went to the open division finals. Turning professional at the age of 22 I went on to fight for a World Kickboxing Title and the World Shidokan Title. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I am happiest when I am at the gym working with and teaching others to be the best they can and helping them achieve their fitness goals.

personel bio pic Lionize Training Center's Owner Johan Haglund.

Hi my name is Johan Haglund. I am a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Andre Terencio and Hannette Staack of Brazil-021. Before that I competed and trained as an amateur kickboxer for several years. I wrestled all through highschool at Buffalo Grove, winning and placing in many tournaments such as Conference, Regionals, Sectionals and others. Over the last several years I have coached wrestling at Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove. During my time at Cooper we won 3 conference championships 3 regional championships and went undefeated in duals for 3 years straight! I am passionate about sports, health, fitness and self-defense. As part owner of Lionize Training Center my dream of sharing my knowledge and passion with others is finally becoming a reality! Hope to see you soon! DVRT level -1 Ultimate Sand Bag Certified Instructor

personel bio pic Erica Kalata Zumba Instructor:

My name is Erica Kalata, and I am a certified Zumba instructor. I love that Zumba combines dance and fitness for an amazing workout that is so fun…you don’t feel like you’re working out! Join us, and you’ll see what I mean! I am also a health & nutrition coach focused on helping people understand the reasons why nutrition is so important. My deep desire is to help individuals and families make practical changes to improve their health one day at a time. I am a mother of four young children, who keep me on my toes, and also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University. When I have time, I enjoy the beach, tennis, and hiking. Hope to meet you soon!

personel bio pic Professor Andre Terencio:

Black Belt 3rd Degree. Over 15 years of experience in teaching Jiu Jitsu and more than 20 years of training. He has graduated many champions. As a specialist in self defense, he is highly experienced in teaching members of the Army, the police, and others. He is well known as one of the best coaches in the world.

personel bio pic Professor Hannette Staack:

Black Belt 2nd Degree. Most decorated women in BJJ history, and the top ranked female with a total of eight World Titles! Hannette is also known for her teaching skills teaching women, men, and kids. She is very charismatic and passionate for her work.

personel bio pic Julie Lee ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Turbokick Instructor:

My name is Julie Lee. I am an ACE certified personal trainer and Turbokick instructor. I have been in the fitness industry for 14 years. In addition to Turbokick, I have taught a variety of classes such as total body conditioning, tabata training, boot camp, and functional training. I am passionate, energetic, and excited to motivate you to take your fitness to another level. On a personal note, I am married and the mother of three. I also like to spend time with my family and friends, workout, and do anything outdoors.

personel bio pic Kyle Czarnecki Wrestling Coach.

Just recently completing my final wrestling season at Boston University, I am eager to continue my participation in the sport through coaching. Throughout my 15 years of wrestling, I have had the great opportunity to be coached by some of the best the world has to offer: Former US Olympic team head coach and current Michigan head coach Sean Bormet, two-time National Champion Carl Adams, three-time world medalist and National Champion Lee Kemp, US Olympic team member Sean Harrington. With this diverse background of coaching I was able to accomplish a few things: 2012 National Qualifier ranked among the top 20 in the nation

-conference finalist

-2009 high school State champion out of buffalo grove high school

-Top 25 national rank for 160 lb. weight class

-3 time regional champion

- 2 time conference champion

- 2 time sectional champion

-D.V.R.T. Level 1 Certified Trainers

I look forward to working with people of all ages and skill levels. Every day is a chance to grow and learn something new.

personel bio pic Sarah Antrim Registered Yoga Teacher.

My name is Sarah Antrim and I'm a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). I have over 3 years experience teaching yoga and over 10 years practicing. Being born with scoliosis and flat feet, I lived with chronic back & knee pain for a majority of my life until I discovered that yoga gave me the power to heal myself. I studied a variety of different styles of yoga in the jungles of Costa Rica, earning certificates in teaching Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Yo-Chi (Tai Chi Yoga), Prenatal & Kids Yoga. I like to refer to my class style as "Yin-yasa" -- fusing a strengthening Vinyasa Flow class with the deep stretches of Yin Yoga. My classes focus on alignment to target the right muscles & avoid injury, and plenty of deep breathing to feel balanced & light. Come to class expecting lots of smiles & laughs because, hey, that's yoga too. I am also a certified Reiki practitioner and like to incorporate healing touch into collective practice as much as possible.

personel bio pic Gil Vega, Certified Level I and II D.V.R.T Instructor.

My name is Gil Vega, a certified Level I and II D.V.R.T Instructor at Lionize Training Center. My focus is all about proper form and results that can be seen and felt.

I am little OCD about proper form, after all it will protect you from unnecessary injuries. Yes, you have to make some mistakes to learn but not at the expense of throwing out your back. My healthy lifestyle started in 2010 when my doctor insisted on medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I was only 24 years old! Fast forwarding to four years later I am down 50lbs and no meds needed! I have hit all types of walls in my fitness journey, quite a few walls (mental and physical) while training for two Chicago Marathons, and obstacle course challenges (ouch).

Endurance Cross Training gave me the perfect combination of strength and cardio training. It has made me stronger, faster and leaner. And now part of my fitness routine for the past two years it has given me the edge in my marathon training and healthy lifestyle. I can’t wait to see the results Lionize Training Center and the Endurance Cross Training Program will bring you.


Gil Vega



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