The Story Of Coach Jorge and Maxi!

  Hello My name is Coach Jorge. I wanted to share the story of how I became involved and deeply passionate about helping kids with Special Needs. I now work alongside with kids that suffer from Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy amongst other special needs and it all started with Max. Max is a sweet and animated 16 year old affected by Down Syndrome. When we started our classes , his parents had spoken me about Maxi’s excessive weight and lack of discipline as serious areas of concern. Maxi’s parents enrolled him in group activities  however Maxi often got lost in the shuffle of the game(s) and physical capabilities couldn’t keep up with some of the other kids discouraging him. He quickly became disinterested and wasn’t enjoying the benefits his parents had hoped for. They admittedly never considered martial arts as an activity that Maxi could partake in  because of his physical limitations and short attention span but after 10 short minutes of watching him on the mat, they knew martial arts was the activity for him. It was actually perfect for a child with Down Syndrome, individual martial arts classes provided Maxi with individual attention, exercise, and a fun activity. In a short couple of months Max has done a complete turn around losing 25 lb. while improving his posture, coordination, discipline and motor skills.I felt so strongly about the work I was doing with Max that I wanted to work with more children. I now work with several different children with Special Needs.I believe martial arts is the ideal for kids with Autism, A.D.H.D., Learning Disabilities but more-so, I believe I can help improve the lives of children with Special Needs.

                                                                               Coach Jorge: In The Beginning

Coach Jorge Ayala started training Mixed Martial Arts with the Miami Freestyle Fighting Academy in 2007. After training in his first class, he instantly fell in love with the martial arts and knew that training and teaching would be his calling. Training directly under the Avellan brothers and the rest of the FFA instructors, Jorge quickly excelled as a student – learning the finer details of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and Kickboxing. In 2009, Jorge was selected by the Avellan brothers to take part in a 10 week Intensive Instructor Course… the course required logging in over 40 hours of personalized training under Master Marcos Avellan himself… with a 6 hour final exam! Coach Jorge scored the highest in his class – finishing with a perfect score. Upon securing his Instructor Certification, he earned a spot as a Beginner’s Instructor.

This is when Coach Jorge began to shine… his classes were known for being the most packed classes in the gym – which produced the highest quality students as well! In 2010, after only a year, he was promoted to CAP Instructor status, teaching Combat Athlete Classes. In 2011, Jorge was promoted to the rank of Purple Belt and awarded the position of “Program Director” at FFA Davie, where he is teaching today. He has also been recognized as the FFA “Instructor of the Year” for 2010.

Along with his extensive training at FFA, he has also taken his training abroad, traveling to the Mecca of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu… which of course is Brazil! Coach Jorge spent a month training with different instructors in Brazil, such as Roberto “Gordo”, legendary jiu-jitsu practitioner Ricardo De La Riva, and Ricardo Vieira. Jorge has also competed in grappling tournaments, allowing himself to get that unique perspective to performing under pressure, with adrenaline, which allows him to better prepare his students for competition and/or self defense situations.

Coach Jorge also travels around the country taking different instructor courses and regularly attends mastermind meetings with some of the greatest instructors in the world. He currently regularly attends Master Lloyd Irvin’s Titanium Mastermind Group – which is a very exclusive group of instructors which include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Champions such as Rafael Lovato Jr., Justin Garcia, Travis Tooke, Nakapan Phungephorn, just to name a few of the over 20 members of this very private group.



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