John Rigakos

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“Many paths to get to the top of the mountain; the view is still the same!”

My path as a martial artist started with bullying in public school.  I was small and introverted as a child, often singled out.  At some point my father noticed all the ruined clothing and enrolled me in a local tae kwon do gym.

At the beginning, I found it difficult to say the least.  I almost gave up altogether, not realizing it was the instructor’s style I did not like.  Later, in high school I was introduced to a young man who was training in a hybrid system.  His instructor taught a mix of karate, kungfu and judo.  I took a class, loved it, and trained in it for the next 20 years.

“We become what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not a single act but a habit”.


In University I studied Kinesiology and earned a degree.  Sometime later I became a licensed Strength and Fat Loss Coach.  After earning multiple black belts, I intuitively realized that the physical improvement alone; was not enough.  So I began an exploration into the areas that were lacking.  I received licensing in Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Reiki, Chi Kung and Nei Kung.  I learned Tai Chi, Baguazhang, Hapkido, Systema and recently Arnis and I Chuan.  These additions filled in the the blanks to my training.

I believe in order to master the martial arts it’s important to have the correct information, the appropriate workload, and a consistent understanding that there is no end to learning.  It’s even more important than talent or natural skill, from what I have seen.

My students and clients over the years have ranged from full contact fighters, mixed martial artists, professional athletes, hip replacement recipients, car accident victims, and seniors over 90.  I apply a “can do” attitude to all, with joy.  I do this because I am aware that skill is earned, not purchased; and I love it! At 43 years of age I continue to train, teach and learn.

If you think you can do it you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re also right”.

-Jim Rohn







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