Carlos M. Chavez – Personal Training, Rehabilitation, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, mental coaching, nutrition
I got into a lot of fights as a kid because I didn’t know any better. Perhaps it was my own pride and my own self-respect, but I often found myself in fights because I didn’t back down from people who tried to disrespect me. These fights followed me from an early age and haunted me throughout high school. In a defining moment at Santa Teresa High School, I was assaulted in front of my very own peers. He got on top of me and punched me and I was left defenseless. The scrapes he left on my face eventually healed – but I still felt bruised and battered.
In that moment, I made a commitment to myself: to change my life and to never allow myself to become a victim again. At the same time, I started watching UFC fights. I marveled at their technical proficiency and how they were able to defend themselves. Each move calculated, each block expected – I was blown away by only what I could describe as art. I gained a moment of clarity when I saw Royce Gracie best Frank Shamrock with jiu-jitsu. This fight alone inspired me to become a student of jiu-jitsu and to begin training my mind, body and soul.
At the age of 18, I committed myself to jiu-jitsu and have been its disciple for the past 12 years. In those 12 years, I am proud and humbled to have earned a brown belt. Through jiu-jitsu, I gained a passion for self-improvement. Being stronger wasn’t enough anymore. Training became a catalyst to another interest I had held close to heart throughout the years – what it meant to be healthy. I wanted to push myself to explore and to truly understand what it meant to be a healthy individual.
After training for several years, I learned that in order to be an elite athlete you have to eat like a champion. Being physically fit was no longer enough; you have to be knowledgeable about what you put into your body.
At the age of 22, I initiated my self-education on nutrition and health and began applying these lessons to myself. My mission was to optimize my own body, making it the best version possible. I delved deep into understanding each component that went into my body, learning how protein, carbohydrates, fats all affect my body and the portions it would take of each to make my body it’s healthiest. With my newfound appreciation of nutrition, I found myself in the best shape I had ever been in my life up to that point.
Turning 26 marked a turning point in my life: the student finally became the mentor and I began teaching jiu- jitsu. Additionally, my diet was as lean as my body- basically eating chicken, rice and salad. I maintained this diet for a long time and I noticed that my muscles were responding well to the diet but my digestive and immune system were not doing that well. Despite my efforts in fine-tuning my body, I found myself with digestive issues and becoming chronically sick.
At the age of 29, I focused on other parts of my life, putting more emphasis on my professional and academic life by becoming a full-time employee and student. The efforts paid off and I walked across the stage with a degree – but it had come at a cost. The stress of balancing a working life and a student life had taken its toll and my body had become horribly imbalanced, bringing along imbalance to my own mental health through anxiety.
By the age of 30 I wounded up with stage 3 adrenal fatigue. I was living a life that was draining and exhausted me, unwinding years of hard work I spent on myself. I knew in order to survive I needed to make major changes in my life. I spent the majority of my younger years looking at what I could do to better myself physically. And while I had made great strides in physically optimizing my body, I found that my life choices were detrimental to any progress I made. I pigeonholed myself into careers that brought home only stress and no sense of fulfillment. I found some inspiring thought leaders and decided to immerse myself in their information. I was provoked and challenged by new ideas that shook the foundation of my way of life. I wanted to incorporate these lessons in my life. I turned changing my life into an obsession.
At this point, I decided to become a servant to the knowledge of the world. I would forever be a student by continuing to bring the Earth’s teaching into my world, and becoming more aware of the life I choose to lead.
Once the knowledge was obtained, I practiced and made lifestyle changes. With practice, I gained key insights and the wisdom to what it meant to be alive and what it meant to live. What began as a journey to become a more physically capable person turned into a lifelong passion of improving my mind, body, and soul. I have since been in the business of health and fitness for over a decade, and the number one lesson that I discovered is that it is always easier to take care of yourself before you get sick by treating your body well. I now look at my body as a church, and this church needed to be treated with respect. I had to learn how to cut all the figurative and literal fat out of my life, reducing the density of my body and becoming clear of the mind. Like my earlier years where I was searching to better my physical self, I have now set myself on a path to better my mental self. Many of the everyday things I was doing in my life were sub- optimal, so I had to put myself through a boot camp to reset my world and change it around. I gained a new level of awareness and insight and incorporated them internally, through self-improvement, and externally, by making smarter life choices.
As I enter into the next chapter of my life, I want to dedicate my life to finding balance in your life. I am simply on a mission to share what I learned through my own transformation and help set you on your own.
PERSONAL TRAINING, REHABILITATION, AND BIOMECHANIC ASSESSMENTS
Carlos has been a personal training since 2009, he specializes in all aspects of training, including weight loss, muscle gain, sports conditioning, and everyday life. Currently working out of Ray’s Built Tuff Gym on 1256 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128. Assessments are incredibly detailed and each client gets a HardCore custom program design.
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU PRIVATE LESSONS
“I look at myself like an artist, I like to do things because they are beautiful, it’s intense, edge, action, love, I like to put my energy into life.” (Rickson Gracie)
When I was a kid, I always dreamt of being a martial artist but my mom thought I would not use my training wisely so she never supported nor encouraged me to train. One day when I was a senior in high school, I picked a fight with the wrong kid and he held me down, only to deliver a well deserved furry of punches to my face. I take full responsibility for that event happening in my life due to the fact that I provoked it, with my ego bruised and dented, that was the moment when I decided to start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I told my self that I would never allow anyone to hold me down like that again. I learned many humbling lessons along my martial arts journey, and over 10 years of training, I have transformed into a respectable human being, and martial artist. I trained with legendary coach Dave Camarillo, deep into my purple belt, Dave ended up moving his head quarters to another city so I transition into another gym where I currently call home. I received my brown belt from Claudio Franca, who is a legend himself in the jiu-jitsu world. I have trained with some heavy hitters in the jiu-jitsu community, which molded me into the martial artist I am today. Jiu-jitsu movements did not come easy to me for the first three years, it wasn’t until I started getting private lessons where I really learned how to drill the techniques and thus I excelled.
I can teach introduction material to beginners or high-level techniques to the experienced. I currently teach noon classes at Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, located on 14442 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124.
“I am very into the physical, I look at the body as a machine, a machine we really need to take care of, besides being a fighter, I keep my physical very smooth, and in a combination where I can be very flexible, very strong, very well coordinated, with good balance, with good breathing, so those elements I try to combine.” (Rickson Gracie)
HARDCORE MENTAL COACHING
What’s holding you back from living your wildest dreams?
Why haven’t you eliminated all those things in your life that cause you stress and anxiety?
What will it take for you to free yourself from those mental and spiritual chains?
With over 4 yrs experience in spiritual & physical healing- Hardcore focuses on activating his clients into their true, powerful, spiritual Selves. There are layers of our Selves- like those Russian nesting dolls – and at this time many of us are asking to awaken to our Larger Selves.
*Carlos only takes on select clients for his mental coaching program. Thank you.
NUTRITION AND DETOX PROTOCALS
Carlos does not write diets for clients, but shares his eating and supplement protocols for free to the world. Many youtube videos will be coming soon; for now Carlos will post his meal plan outline that he slowly transitioned into, but does not recommend that people jump into immediately. Slow transition and careful planning will help anyone willing to except Carlos’s eating and detoxification protocols.