Sifu Anthony Fontana
Anthony Fontana has been a fitness enthusiast and student of numerous martial arts for over 20 years. For the past decade, Anthony has been training exclusively under Sifu Phil Cruz in Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino Martial Arts, and Muay Thai. Throughout the years, their bond as brothers in the martial arts grew; they decided to combine their talents and make their dream of opening an academy a reality @umabrooklyn. Their mutual desire to inspire self-growth in others through the martial arts is one of their primary goals as instructors.
Although the striking arts is Anthony’s passion and strongest attribute, he realized the importance of being a well-rounded martial artist as situations and tactics change when a fight goes to the ground or if a weapon is involved. Inspired by Bruce Lee’s philosophy stating, “Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own,” Anthony sought out world renowned teachers to enhance his training and to find his own unique expression of the arts.
With his strong lineage in martial arts, Anthony upholds and offers quality teaching as his masters did for him. Anthony represents M.A.R.S.(Martial Arts Research Systems) under Guro Ron Balicki and Diana Inosanto. He is an instructor of SAMICS (Self Defense & Martial Arts Institute Combat Systems) under Peter Weckauf, a leading European instructor in combative systems. Currently in Anthony’s continued search of knowledge he is now training under Lionel Fabregue of Kong Performance and PFA (Panuntukan France Association) to teach these methods in the US.
He is also a certified personal trainer and has been the strength and conditioning coach for numerous athletes and law enforcement personnel.