Co-owner/Behind the Scenes
Head Instructor of AmeriKick Karate Studio in Park Slope. Sensei Alex has been training from the age of 6. His current standings are: 5th degree black belt, 2 time MMA belt holder winning all 7 amateur fights and current BJJ competitor dominating the expert divisions in NAGA. He also holds multiple world titles in sparring, forms and weapons in competition affiliations such as NASKA, NBL and WSKF. Sensei holds a brown belt in BJJ. He also trains and teaches Thai Kickboxing.
ACE Certified in Fitness, Nutrition and Wellness.
Creator of RISE, Carrie Schechter is an electrifying force of nature who puts a high-spirited energy into everything she does. She began her martial art training in So Back Do Mu Do Kwan. Carrie's been studying Kickboxing for over a decade while completing her ACE certification in fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Kickboxing led her to Muay Thai and Boxing, and she quickly fell in love with both. She's been teaching fitness classes and personal training for the past 15 years. In early 2016, Carrie became a Reebok Brand Ambassador & Reebok One Trainer. She is also one of Titika Active WearWhen not training Carrie is a celebrity, fashion and advertising photographer. She's recently moved from behind the camera to the front as a fitness model, partnering with several of the freshest fitness lines. Walking her talk and living the lifestyle she teaches, Carrie is experienced and successful at getting people to slay their goals!
Certified (NSCA) Personal Trainer, dancer, fighter, Andrea Galata started practicing Judo when he was five years old. In the following years he studied various martial arts such as Kung Fu Shaolin Ssu and Karate Shotokan (1st degree black belt) among others. At the age of 15 he started practicing Kickboxing and Muay Thai with the Kickboxing World Champion Mario Russo, and two years later, when he was only 17, he won the Wacko welterweight Sicilian belt. He lately perfected his MMA and Muay Thay training at the Hung Mun MMA Studio in Rome, with F. Ciolli (Italian Head Coach), L. Borgomeo (American Top Team) and A. Di Chirico (UFC Fighter) among others.
Passionate, curious and always striving for perfection, Andrea is also an actor and dancer, an established working professional in the film, TV and Musical Theater industry since more than 20 years, and has developed a strong experience in teaching dance and fitness at any age.
His inspiration in Arts and Martial Arts is: “The more they hit you, the stronger, the harder, the sharper you become. So let them go ahead, and let them watch you shine. Because you are made of steel.”