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Ellie McKenzie

Ellie grew up in the Dallas area and attended the Episcopal School of Dallas and graduated from University of TX, Dallas with a BA in literary studies and a teaching certificate. She taught high school English and Drama and then taught the Gifted and Talented Program in Nevada and has worked with children for the past 15 years. Ellie holds a Level 1 CrossFit Certification as well as a CrossFit Kids Certification and has been teaching fitness classes for 5 years. She competed in the 2013 and 2014 CrossFit Open Games for the Women's Masters Division (age 40-44) South Central Region and has completed 2 NorCal Tough Mudders. Ellie found a new passion and inner strength with CrossFit and martial arts and wants to help other people - especially kids - find that passion and strength within themselves.

John Mariotti

John Mariotti
#6 Fittest man worldwide in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Masters 55-59. A journey that began in 2012 with a 53rd place in the Reebok CrossFit Games Open Masters division (55-59) and continued with a tie for 31st place in the 2013 CrossFit Games Open Masters division (55-59). In 2014 he finished #5 in the Open, and #20 in the Masters Qualifier. He is CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2010), CrossFit Kids Certified (2012), CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified (2011), CrossFit Self Defense Trainer (2014), CrossFit Gymnastics Certified (2014) and has taken numerous other seminars including Olympic lifting, Gymnastics, Nutrition and Explosive movement. We offer CrossFit for Adults and children at several different times during the day.

Martial Arts:
John holds a 6th dan black belt in Universal TaeKwonDo (2012) and was a personal student of Grandmaster Lou Grasso for almost 20 years. He has been teaching martial arts to children and adults for over 20 years. John is a purple belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu with the Charles Gracie Team. He is F.A.S.T. (Fear Adrenaline Stress Training) self defense certified. John also won the 2008 masters division Grapplers quest belt. He also participated in the Ultimate Black Belt test (2007). The Ultimate Black Belt test is the brain child of Tom Callos and is a ground breaking method of testing the complete martial artist…mind body and soul.

Odyssey Martial Arts is modeled after the Ultimate Black Belt test. Acts of kindness are required for every belt level as are community service projects as well as physical and intellectual requirements (we still have to know how kick and punch…and when not to). We teach Odyssey Martial arts (TaeKwon-Do, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, HapKi-do) to children and adults. We have a “Tigers” class for ages 3 ½ to 5 ½ . We also offer Kickboxing and TaiChi-K’ung classes as well.

John is a 1978 graduate of Gonzaga University and has a B.A. in liberal arts. His Blog…Sunday Stories has been continuously published weekly for over 5 year. It can be found at www.sunday-stories.blogspot.com

Personal Vision:

I teach focus and inspire transformation. I believe each and every person has it in them to change the world by changing themselves and living a life of purpose on purpose. Your trip on this earth should be a journey to extraordinary!





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