The Trainers

Grisha Todorov

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Grisha began his athletic training as a young boy and went on to compete professionally in karate and kickboxing. Grisha has won several European and World Championship titles in kickboxing and karate. In addition, Grisha is currently recognized by Billy Blanks as the number 1 TaeBo Instructor in the national instructors' competition (1st place 2005 & 2006). Grisha is certified by the Private Trainers Association (Tom Prince IFBB Pro) and has been a martial arts coach since 1990 and a personal trainer since 1994. Throughout his years as a coach and trainer, Grisha has helped hundreds of people achieve their fitness goals. Since becoming a certified personal trainer in the US, Grisha has worked with many Hollywood actors, celebrities, and professional athletes, including Vanessa Marano, Rebekah Chaney, Marla Maples, Chris Hayes, Rodney Barnes, and David Wagner.

Letter from NAKO (North American Kyokushin Organization)

Dear Mr. Todorov,

On behalf of the Technical Committe of the North American Kyokushin Organization, I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected to represent the United States at the upcoming World Kyokushin Karate Union Championship scheduled for January 18, 2004 in Japan.

Your performance at past tournaments and your title as the undisputed lightweight champion in North America has made you eligible to participate in this championship. The United States delegation will depart for New York on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 and return to the United States on January 20, 2004. While in Japan, the United States delegation will stay at Hotel Numazu Castle. The Karate Championship Committee will pay for all your expenses related to air travel, accommodations and meals during your stay in Japan.

Further details pertaining to the above will be forthcoming as the dates approach.

I compliment you on your selection and look forward to seeing you return to the United States victorious in this most challenging of Martial Arts Championship.

  • Sincerely,
  • Shihan Henri-Oh
  • Chairman, NAKO

Alfie Lewis

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alfie Lewis danced his way through Hollywood since the age of 5. Although born with the gift of dance, he began studying performing arts in high school attending different theater classes and being a part of many musical plays. His multi-faceted professional career in performing, choreography, film, television, and commercials started in 1990, which allowed him to tour around the world and achieve a great deal of success.

Alfie has made appearances in different films and television shows including TV Land Awards, MTV Music Awards, ASCAP Awards, Ray J and Brandy Disney Special, You Got Served, and that´s just to name a few. You can also see Alfie´s moves on classic Soul Train as a regular dancer over a period of 10 years, as well as Soul Train Music Awards, Comic View, and 106th and Park with Ginuwine. He has also shot commercialsfor Nike with Lebron James and IPod with Mary J.

Currently, he is teaching dance to all ages and has also begun his athletic training as a Zumba and Kickboxing Instructor and now has a big following.

Among his many talents, Alfie has training in massage therapy and martial arts. His belief in the benefits of bodywork for physical, emotional, and mental health of the body has led him into a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Alfie hopes to continue to inspire kids and touch people from all walks of life.

Nancy Futterman

Nancy was an aerobic instructor back in the days of leg warmers and leotards. Since then she has continued exercising and earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She presently is a hiking guide at the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu. In her spare time, she enjoys running half-marathons, and taking Grisha's exercise classes.

Nancy has been married to Glen for 27 years, and they have one son, Scott.

Hristo Ivanov (Christo)

My name is Hristo Ivanov (Christo). I've loved martial arts since I was an infant, always wrestling with my dad and my brother. My parents decided to indulge this passion of mine and signed me up for martial arts. That was the start of an exciting journey that has helped keep me healthy, fit, and ultimately very happy throughout my life.

I am a first degree in Karate (under Master Grisha) and Taekwondo, as well as having experience in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling. I've taught classes as large as 50 people and have a focus program as well. My goal is to get folks feeling good and able, as well as building a practical skill base for athleticism and self-defense. You'll come in, you'll be put through the ringer, and you'll come out feeling happy, healthy and accomplished. I guarantee it!

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