Welcome to Anta's Fitness and Self Defense! We are thrilled to be the area’s leader in martial arts education and fitness. Since 1998, we have been changing individual and family lives in the city of Doral, Florida in our family-friendly martial arts and fitness center.

We have a program for your ENTIRE family. We offer age appropriate programs for kids, teens and adults. Anta's martial arts fitness and educational programs consists of more than just kicking and punching. Our instructors are also experts in developing valuable life skills in both kids and adults.

Anta's Martial Arts System is a unique blend of the world’s most effective martial arts styles, resulting in a well-rounded program of physical fitness, personal development, and self-defense. Get in the best shape of your life while learning functional self defense and gaining life skills that will help you be successful in life – no matter what age you are!

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality martial arts and fitness instruction available. And more importantly, one that is FUN and always in a safe and positive learning environment that EVERYONE can enjoy. We are proud to say that our award-winning school is certified by several renowned martial arts associations.

We are a Community Safe School. That means we are part of a proactive network of martial arts schools dedicated to the prevention of issues such as bullying, child abuse, abduction, drug abuse, obesity, fitness, nutrition, violence and crime.

We develop unique and effective educational and fitness workshops and seminars – FREE of charge to the community. We also host numerous charity events and for at-risk children.

Anta's Fitness and Self Defense is where East meets West. It is a well-balanced bridge between traditional and contemporary martial arts and fitness. As a non-traditional martial arts school, you can choose from a variety of interesting, fun and challenging classes where you’ll learn reality-based self-defense, gain a ton of CONFIDENCE and make a lot of new FRIENDS.

Check out our amazingly low 100% RISK FREE web special on this site or stop by for a tour of the facility! We’d love to meet you and even better… train with you! 

At Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense, we lead by example… for life. Julio Anta is not only the head instructor, he is also a student for life. He is certified to teach and train in Krav Maga, Haganah, Judokickbox, Jeet Kune Do, Kung Fu and Muay Thai. All of our instructors follow Mr. Anta’s lead and are also students for life. Who knows… maybe you will be too!

Meet Julio Anta
Owner at Anta's Fitness and Self Defense in Doral, FL

Head Instructor

Julio Anta is the owner of Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense in Doral-Miami, Florida since 1998. 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.”

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 competes in bodybuilding at an international level. He was the runner up in the 2019 North American Bodybuilding Championships 60 + Lightweight Division. Julio is also the 2019 South Florida Bodybuilding Champion 60+ Overall winner and Lightweight winner and was the runner up in the Florida State Bodybuilding Championships 60+. In the eighties he was a runner up in the Jr. Mr. Florida and Mr. Miami. 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.

After studying numerous martial arts and incorporating them into his kung fu, he believed that his natural progression was to 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 certified to teach Muay Thai, Judokickbox, Kickboxing and Krav Maga. Anta is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt and a yoga and tai chi  student. He considers himself a student for life.

After many years of studying and teaching anti-bullying, Anta developed a complete Anti-Bullying program called "Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying." 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 thus 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:

  • Krav Maga Association Full Instructor

  • Krav Maga Association Expert Instructor Level 1

  • Krav Maga Association Israeli Counter Terrorism

  • Krav Maga Association Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement Instructor

  • Krav Maga Association Active Shooter Response Instructor

  • Krav Maga Association Israeli Combat Shooting Instructor

  • Hung Gar Kung Fu Master

  • Judokickbox 2nd Dan Red and Black Belt (Equivalent to 2nd Degree Black Belt)

  • Haganah F.I.G.H.T. (Fierce Israeli Guerrilla Hand to hand Tactics) Instructor

  • 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

  • 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.


– 2019 NPC North American Bodybuilding Championships Over 60, 1st Runner-up Lightweight

– 2019 NPC Florida State Bodybuilding Championships Over 60, 1st Runner-up

– 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. In May of 2018 Anta was featured in the Life Extension magazine. 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.

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Come join our Doral FL, facility! We offer programs in Little Ninjas, Kids Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Birthday Parties, and Summer Camp . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (305) 599-3649 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!