About Julio Anta

Julio Anta is the owner of Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense in Doral-Miami, Florida since 1998. Anta is an award winning martial arts, fitness Instructor. He is the published author of “Anta’s Ageless Warrior Fitness” book. He is also the video author of “Anta’s Art of Fighting Without Fighting Anti-Bullying,” and “Anta’s Shaolin Physical Conditioning.” Julio is a competitive bodybuilder having won the 2017 South Florida Bodybuilding Championships (Mr. South Florida) 60 and over light weight and overall title. 

Anta was born in Cuba in 1957. He arrived in the USA with his parents in 1962. At the tender age of 6 or 7 years old he told his father who had Boxed in Cuba that he was going to be a martial artist and a bodybuilder when he grew up. As a sick, small and weak child he loved watching Tarzan, Hercules and Swashbuckler movies. His father supported the idea 100%, even though no one else could ever believe that this sick, shy and weak boy could ever accomplish this. As a boy walking to a relative’s house he picked up from the street some photos of bodybuilders and told his father that he wanted to look like that when he grew up. One day watching the Tom and Jerry cartoons he saw a mouse wearing a white pajama looking outfit flip the cat. He asked his dad if that was possible. His father replied yes if you learn Judo. As a boy he loved to see Steve Reeves Hercules Movies and later Bruce Lee in the Green Hornet inspired him. Yet, in the 70’s after seeing the Kung Fu TV series and the Bruce Lee movies he knew that he had to do Kung Fu. Anta has been a practitioner of the martial arts since 1972 and began serious bodybuilding in 1976. Julio’s first martial art training began with Judo at the Florida Judo Kai in Hialeah under the tutelage of Cuban Judo great Reinaldo Montpellier.

Anta was a competitive bodybuilder in the eighties who was a runner up in the Jr. Mr. Florida and Mr. Miami. In 2017 he won the Mr. South Florida Over 60. He believes in leading by example and is in excellent shape and trains daily.

He has studied Karate under different instructors. In 1974 he witnessed his first Kung Fu class and began training in Hung Gar. His teacher returned to NY and Anta trained in numerous styles of Karate: Japanese, American, Okinawan and Korean (Tae Kwon Do). Yet, his true love was the reality based style of Southern Shaolin, Hung Gar Kung Fu. In the early nineties Anta found his instructor again and began training in Kung Fu until he earned his Black Sash and began teaching. Today he holds the rank of Hung Gar Kung Fu Master under the late Grand Master William J. Chung of New York, and the National Hip Sing Association. He was Grand Master Chung’s personal representative in the South East United States. Grand Master Chung was a Personal Disciple of Southern Shaolin Abbot Chang Ding Fujian Province Quanzhou Southern Shaolin Temple.

After studying numerous martial arts and incorporating them in his kung fu he believed that his natural progression was to finally study Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do (JKD). Today Anta is a member of Jeet Kune Do Athletics and is a certified Jeet Kune Do Coach One Instructor. He is also a certified instructor to teach Muay Thai, Judokickbox and Krav Maga. Anta is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu and yoga student and considers himself a student for life.
Anta after many years of studying and teaching anti-bullying developed a complete Anti-Bullying program “Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying tm.” Anta was awarded proclamations for “Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying” Day on August 25, 2012 by the City of Doral and Miami Dade County.

Anta owns one of South Florida’s most successful martial arts and fitness centers fulfilling his childhood dreams. Anta believes that he is a student for life training in numerous martial arts and in fitness.

Martial Arts and Fitness Certifications:

  • Hung Gar Kung Fu Master
  • Judokickbox 2nd Dan Red and Black Belt (Equivalent to 2nd Degree Black Belt)
  • Krav Maga Association Full Instructor
  • Krav Maga Association Israeli Counter Terrorism
  • Krav Maga Association Defensive Tactics for Law enforcement
  • C.O.R.E Krav Maga Instructor
  • KMMA Krav Maga Martial Arts Instructor
  • NRA Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Rifle Instructor
  • Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association (JKDAA) Coach One Instructor
  • Paul Vunak’s Progressive Fighting System Jeet Kune Do Phase One Instructor
  • Progressive Fighting System Edge Weapon Instructor
  • Progressive Fighting System Law Enforcement Instructor
  • JKDAA Military JKD & SPECOPS Kali certified
  • Muay Thai Instructor (Trans Muay Thai Association) Level 3 Kru Instructor
  • WKL (World Kickboxing League) Kickboxing Instructor
  • Haganah F.I.G.H.T. (Fierce Israeli Guerrilla Hand to hand Tactics) Instructor
  • United States Ju-Jitsu Federation Brown Belt Ikkyu 1st class
  • Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Valenti Brothers Blue Belt
  • SABER Edge Weapons Combative’s Instructor
  • Burn with Kearns MMA Fighter Fit Level 3 Instructor
  • Action Strength Instructor
  • Battling Ropes Instructor
  • Fitness Kickboxing Instructor
  • Kardio Karate Instructor
  • ISSA Fitness Instructor (Personal Trainer)
  • HKC Kettlebell Certification
  • Mike Mahler Level 1 Kettlebell Workshop
  • ECF (Elite Combat Fitness) Instructor
  • Elite Kettlebell Instructor
  • Kettlebell Concepts Kettlebell Instructor
  • IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association) Youth Fitness Specialist
  • National Security Agency certified Child Safety Agent
  • Surviving an Active  Shooter certified by Vistelar
  • Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle Martial Arts for Peace Bully Buster instructor
  • ACMA (American Council of Martial Arts) certified by the Copper Institute
  • Dr Ben Lerner’s Maximized Living Mentor
  • Authorized Steal Proof Master (Anti Child Abduction and Safety) Presenter
  • ICS Fitness and Nutrition Instructor
  • ISKA MMA Referee
  • Pilates Physical Minds Institute
  • All American Pilates
  • Serrada Escrima Apprentice Instructor

He has also cross trained in Boxing and Kickboxing. He trained under Boxing and Kickboxing World Champion James Warring and under Boxing and Kickboxing instructor Eufracio Gonzalez who is currently the trainer of numerous professional World Boxing champions.

-2017 NPC South Florida Bodybuilding Championships Over 60, Lightweight and Overall Champion
-2017 NPC South Florida Physique Championships Over 50, 1st Runner-up
-2017 WSCL (World Sports Combat League) Hall of Fame
-2016 USJKBF United States Judokickbox Federation President
-2016 Judokickbox Doral Representative
-2015 NPC South Florida Bodybuilding Championships Award of Recognition
-2014 Best of Doral and South Florida
-2014 Best of Doral Martial Arts
-2013 Best of Doral Martial Arts
-2013 PMA (Professional Martial Arts Association) Best School in Doral
-2012 City of Doral Proclamation Anta’s Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying Day
-2012 Miami-Dade County Proclamation Anta’s Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying Day
-2012 Best of City Search
-2012 PMA (Professional Martial Arts Association) Best School in Doral
-2011 Century Martial Arts Mark of Excellence Gold Award
-2011 PMA (Professional Martial Arts Association) Best School in Doral
-2010 Century Martial Arts Mark of Excellence Gold Award
-2010 Doral 5K 3rd Place Winner
-2009 Best of Doral Martial Arts Award
-2009 Century Martial Arts Mark of Excellence Award
-2008 ICSDA Florida State Representative
-2007 ICSDA (International Combat Self Defense Association) Advisory Board
-2006 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Kung Fu Master
-2006 World Martial Arts Union Hall of Fame Life Achievements
-2006 Miami Dade County Certificate of Appreciation
-2006 Captain of the runners up in the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival 250 Meter Kung Fu Cup
-2005 EFC Black Belt Schools “Outstanding Martial Arts School”
-2005 EFC Black Belt Schools “Hero Award”
-2005 Proclamation “Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense Day” City of Doral
-2004 Miami Dade County “Martial Arts Excellence Award”
-2003 Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame “Instructor of the Year”
-2003-2004 Co-holders of the World Simultaneous Kicking Record
-1998 Florida PBA Certificate of Appreciation
-1983 2nd runner up Jr. Florida Bodybuilding Championships
-1983 2nd runner up Miami Bodybuilding Championship

Julio has been a guest on over 150 TV shows. Univision’s Control, Despierta America, Noticias 23, Al Amanecer, Primer Impacto, mun2 Fuzion, Telefutura’s Veredicto Final, CBS 4 News, WPLG TV 10 News on ABC. Channel 7 Fox News, CV Network, Telefutura, Galavision, Today in South Florida, Telemundo’s News, Buenos Dias, Al Rojo Vivo, TVC’s Una Hora Contigo, Ch 41 America TeVe News, Quiereme Descalsi, Miami Contigo, Show de Fernando, Pax’s Aleph TeVe, TBN Joy in our Town, UMTV News, Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo, Levantate, Un Nuevo Dia, Titulares Y Mas, Deco Drive, Fuzion DN and numerous other TV shows.

Anta hosted the Fitness Tip of the Week for Metro Life Worship Center in Doral in 2005. Mr. Anta wrote a column for the Doral Tribune for 13 years. He also use to write for Ciudad Doral Newspaper and Live Doral Magazine. His articles have been published in Tae Kwon Do Times, Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Martial Arts Professional, Dragon Boat World, Fytness Fanatiks, NAPMA Now, Doral Planet, Doral Lifestyle, Trumpeter Magazines and at his blog www.martialartsandfitness.typepad.com.


"Anta's Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying“, is the real deal. If your kids have been bullied, if you have been bullied you need to study this program.
School owners this is a must. If you work with kids, you know that bullying is an epidemic in schools. Empower your kids with the knowledge necessary to gain courage and confidence. Empower your kids to hold their heads up high, and give them the tools necessary to overcome bullies and live a peaceful life.
Mr. Anta has over 30 years of experience working with kids, let him guide and show you the way. Lets stand up to bullying by learning the "Art of Fighting without Fighting".
Sifu Harinder Singh
Founder and President
Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association

Leigh and I attended The Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying workshop at Master Julio Anta’s school Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense in Doral, Florida. This is a great program for kids of all ages on not only how to defend themselves physically but also how to use their voice and body language. All the kids participated and learned a lot. During this workshop the parents were not just sitting on the sidelines! They to were involved as Master Anta spent time with them in a group setting explaining how to work with their child in such a touchy area as bullying. When a child fights back against a bully in school parents also need to know what to do with their child and school authorities. Master Anta covered it all. Great class Sir! Best of Luck with it. I am looking forward to bringing it to Progressive Self Defense Systems in Boca Raton!
Sgt. John Riddle
Black Belt Magazine Self Defense Instructor of the Year 2012
West Palm Beach Police Sergeant

My son Diego train’s at Anta’s in The Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying. He has built his self esteem and learned techniques to defeat the bully and help others if necessary.
Aura Ordonez

About a month ago, there was a bullying situation in my daughter Brianna's class and thanks to the learning experience that she had in your Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense martial arts classes, she controlled the situation very well without parent intervening on her behalf. She didn't have to fight; and she was the only girl who stopped the bullying from happening to her. Thank you Mr. Anta for teaching her these important anti-bullying skills that will help her in life.
Humberto Calvo