Get to know our instructor
Name: Torriente Toliver
Years practicing: 22
What led you to opening your own kickboxing/self-defense studio?
I wanted to create the martial arts school where I always wanted to train. I wanted to help people get all the benefits I gained through martial arts. This school would let me make the difference I believe the world needs.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
I love watching the light in my student’s eyes glow when they really understand something and grow.
What is your favorite technique?
520 degree jump spinning kick because it's as close to flying as I can get.
What do you want your students to know about you?
I still am learning and training to get better just like they are. Even though I am the instructor, I feel that each class is a collaboration for us to both grow and learn.
What is the best part of owning your own studio?
I can change things if the students’ needs change. It feels great to be able to control the learning environment and shape it for each student, each class.
What was the hardest technique you learned?
Side kick. I learned it in 15 minutes. It took 15 years for me to do it correctly.
What makes a good student?
Speaking up for yourself (asking questions), taking breaks when needed, and never giving up. These are also the 3 class rules.
What makes a good teacher?
Supporting each student individually, structured progression (so students are always challenged), purposeful action (no work that is not directly related to the goal)
Who is kickboxing for?
Those who want to get fit (improve strength, flexibility, and cardio) through fun purposeful actions like punching and kicking. Kickboxing is exercising without knowing because you are so focused on the activity. This class works well for people who: 1. Want to get in shape, but do not like the traditional exercises 2. Those who love exercising, but want to mix it up 3. Those who want to work out in a small group with lots of personal attention.
Who is self-defense for?
Those who want to be able to protect themselves and others both mentally and physically. Self-defense is the ultimate challenge because regardless of your fitness you are pushed to your physical limits. People who would like self-defense include: 1. Martial artists who want to practice their skills practically 2. Non-athletes who want to learn how to combat a bigger/stronger adversary 3. Women and men who want to feel safer in this ever changing world.
Torriente Toliver is the head instructor and owner of Mind Body Defense.