John Gonzalez

Editing & Physical training

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John Gonzalez has been working as an educator for over twenty years.  Teaching everything from swimming to test prep, he has dedicated his professional career to nurturing young bodies and minds.

In 1996, John graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the recipient of a full-ride Presidential Scholarship.  While a student in Texas he started fencing under the tutelage of ex-Olympian Vinnie Bradford. He moved to New York for graduate school and trained with Polish fencing master Marek Wyszynski. He started coaching in 1998 and founded his own school, New Amsterdam Fencing Academy in 2002.

While training and teaching fencing John became a top-performing private tutor for an elite, New York-based test-prep company.  He tutored for SAT math and verbal sections as well as SAT II writing and biology tests, leading students to consistent score increases and helping them through the rigorous and competitive application process.

In 2009 he added Krav Maga to his repertoire, training with IKM Krav Maga instructor, Tsahi Shemesh and, later, with world renowned master Gabi Noah. As a competitor and a coach, John has developed a keen sense of body mechanics. John also thoroughly enjoys working with youth and has a deep understanding of developmental stages and differences of learning style and motivation. John’s experience helps him find the best balance between discipline and fun and between technique and theory. Despite his deep experience, he is always looking for ways to improve his teaching skills. He gratefully embraces opportunities to learn from the best teachers – his students.

In 2011, John became a Gabi Noah International Krav Maga certified instructor. He graduated the IKM Instructor’s Course Levels 1 & 2 under the instruction of Gabi Noah (Master II) and received his G1 Level certification.

John at Essay Intensive

Teaching the conditioning, game-playing and self-defense portions of Essay Intensive, John holds space for butt-kicking moves and heartfelt punches.