21. The King Maker, Tito “Tiburon” Ocasio

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Tito Ocasio, the owner of John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club in Ocala Florida, is a former Florida State champion boxer who once doubled as an enforcer for the Latin Kings gang. like most gangsters, Tito Ocasio ended up in jail. It was during a stint in prison that Ocasio decided to change. “I came to life in prison,” Ocasio said. Tito left the Latin Kings shortly after his prison bid and decided to give back to the community by opening his own boxing gym.

Many of the boys and girls Tito trains are from low-income households. The gym, John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club, has become a sanctuary to these high risk kids. It is a place where they learn about themselves. The kids learn discipline, accountability, and hard work.

Tito’s gym not only caters to so-called delinquents, the facility also attracts serious fighters who are looking to reach or stay on top of the food chain. For instances, Tito’s roster includes champions like Antonio Vargas and Gamalier Rodriguez.

 

 

“We make champions here,” Ocasio says. At John 3:16 and 17, fighters train physically, emotionally and spiritually. He counsels them when they’re in need, and works with them to make better fighters and human beings.

In this episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Tito talks about the strategies he uses to motivate and improve the athletes that walk through his door.

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Music: Apache by The Incredible Bongo Band.

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20. Hustling Fitness With kenny Raphael

 

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Out of the many personal trainers in south Florida,  Kenny Raphael has managed to separate himself from the crowd. Whether it’s sculpting bodies or improving performance, Kenny got it covered. Mr. Raphael has helped countless individuals, from housewife to professional athletes, achieve their fitness goals by mixing traditional and unconventional training routines. 

In this episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Kenny talks about strength training, conditioning, biomechanics, recovery, nutrition and much more.

You can follow him on Instagram @hustlefitness. 

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Music: Live In Other World, by Itadi Bonney

 

 

19. World Class Wrecking Kru: Nestor Marte On The Art Of 8 Limbs And Combat Sports

 

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Kru Nestor Marte is a pioneer in bringing Muay Thai to U.S. shores and is the first and only American to be certified by three top camps in Bangkok: Saktaywan, Luk Bahn Yai, and Sor Sil Kune. Training at these three distinctively different sister camps, Kru Nestor has had the privilege to learn from some of the greatest Muay Thai Fighters in the world. Nestor has aquired the knowledge, the skill, and the language of Muay Thai and Thai culture which enables him to give his students at the Ultimate Gym the authentic teachings and fighting spirit of Muay Thai in the U.S.

Kru Nestor Marte is a considered a leading expert in the art of stand up fighting. When MMA fighters such as Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, Ryan Gracie, Anderson Silva, and Israel Gomes needed to train their stand up, they sought out Kru Nestor Marte to brush up on their technique.

No longer a competitive fighter, Kru Nestor still makes bi-yearly training trips to Bangkok to keep on top of Muay Thai’s latest techniques, regulations, training strategies and conditioning methods.

Over the past few years, Kru Nestor has been studying and developing his ground fighting skills, training with Teimoc Johnston-Ono (former Olympic great Judo Master), Sensei Edson Carvalho (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), and Israel Gomes (Vale-Tudo Champion).

Kru Nestor is also a personal student of the legendary Brazilian Vale-Tudo and Luta Livre fighter Master Eugenio Tadeu. Kru Nestor has continued his training with Alexander “Pequeno” Nogiera and is currently a Luta Livre black belt and the only US representative for Team Pequeno.

In this episode of the podcast, Nestor and I talk all things martial arts. Click the arrow to hear the audio.

Music: New York State of Mind, by Nas

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18. Five Rounds With Simon Marcus

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Simon Marcus, also known as The One, is a Canadian Muay Thai kickboxer of Jamaican descent, who competes in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Marcus took up Muay Thai at sixteen and achieved success as an amateur by medaling at international tournaments as well as capturing the North American Cruiserweight Championship. After turning pro in 2009, Simon decided to take his training to another level by going to Thailand for eight months to train with Buakaw Banchamek, the best Muay Thai fighter on the planet. That experience paid off. Shortly thereafter, Simon began collecting belts and titles all around the world.

In this episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Simon Marcus opens up and talks about fitness, strength training, working out with Buakaw, his new gym and much more.

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Music: BBS, by Curren$y

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17. Triple OG Shonie Carter

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Shonie Carter is a United States Marine Corps veteran and an American mixed martial artist who has competed in the Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. He is a former WEC Welterweight Champion, a UFC veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He has also competed in Pancrase, King of the Cage, M-1 Global, KSW and Bellator. Shonie Carter is known for his flashy outfits, and outgoing personality.

Carter was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his martial arts training in Greco-Roman wrestling which led him to judo, jujutsu, sanshou, kickboxing, and Shidōkan Karate. He is also an accomplished personal trainer who enjoys drawing and music.

In today’s podcast, Shonie Carter talks about his illustrious career, training law enforcement, street fighting, and much more. Click the arrow below and enjoy.

 

Music by: PJ Pressure

 

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16. Street Bombing With Laura Del Farra

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After six months training Muay Thai in Thailand in 2007, Laura Del Farra returned to her native Canada, sold all her belongings and boarded a plane for Bangkok. Laura Spent the next four years training in traditional Muay Thai gyms, pushing her limits, and embracing the unknown.

In today’s episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Laura Del Farra and I talk about her trip to Thailand, dealing with a concussion, overcoming two sexual assaults, self-defense for women, blogging for her website Milk Blitz Street Bomb, and much more.

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Music: I Am The Owl, by Dead Kennedys

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15. Shadowboxing With Schiller Hyppolite

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Schiller Hyppolite is a Haitian retired professional boxer who in December 2014, won the vacant WBC International Silver Light Heavyweight title by referee stoppage. Mr. Hyppolite’s career began in Montreal Canada where he fought for the Eye Of The Tiger Promotion. His aggressive style and technical abilities quickly turned him into a fan favorite. Schiller Hyppolite has fought all over the globe and has been crowned champion several times in Canada.

The retired champion is now a personal trainer in Montreal who continues to give back to his community.

On todays episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Schiller talks about the cultural changes between Haiti and Canada, winning the WBC title, and the peaks and valleys of the boxing game, and much more.

This episode is partly conducted in French.

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Music By: Pj Pressure

 

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