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About CounterBalance

Dynamic Fitness. Inspired Movement. 

Celebrate your strengths, overcome your challenges and find your balance in our unique space. CounterBalance houses a variety of fitness, martial art and movement modalities with a diverse and supportive community of people, and cultures. Our programming is designed to bolster your health and fitness through creative curriculum and innovative training.

Our FOUNDERS

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Jessica Carla de lima-moran

Formanda Pavão

With 20+ years teaching and training Capoeira and other fitness and movement modalities, Pavão understands and appreciates what bodies can do. Building on her early training as a dancer, she brings expertise from a variety of disciplines in shaping the curriculum and programming offered at CounterBalance. She is passionate about fitness culture, supporting youth programs, and is a dedicated student of world-renowned Capoeira master, Mestre Boneco. Pavão holds a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Pavao@counterbalancegym.com

Sean anthony moran

Formando Chegado

Physicality has been a lifetime focus for Chegado. His 20+ years of Capoeira training and teaching, as well as his certifications in a variety of fitness modalities stem from a long time passion for movement. It started with gymnastics and Muay Thai as a youth, and evolved with his classical training as an actor. Chegado understands how to connect with people, break down complex physical movements, and guide them at their individual level. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a dedicated student of Mestre Boneco.

Chegado@counterbalancegym.com

INSTRUCTORS

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Jose
Ortega

Sigung Jose Ortega is an accomplished martial artist. He has trained Kajukenbo since age nine and also practices kickboxing and Muay Thai. As the son of an amateur boxer, hard work and contact have always been part of Sigung Jose’s approach to martial arts. His passion for kajunkebo stems from the mix of influences, the ability to respond in any situation, and the concept of ohana and the power of the family bond.

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Taylor
Pearon

As a lifelong athlete, Taylor is passionate about helping people feel confident and capable in their bodies. After suffering a significant injury, she became motivated to find ways to help others use mobility & fitness to help people find the physical freedom to do and enjoy what they love. Taylor holds a wide range of certifications, including NASM CPT, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Kinstretch, Functional Range Assessment (FRA), TACFIT Field Instructor, FLOWFIT, Clubbells, VKNJA Steel Mace, Postural Restoration (PRI), and Kettlebells.

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Anthony Kouyoumdjian (Professor Quebrado)

Anthony (AKA Quebrado) got his start as a movement practitioner on the streets of Lebanon as a hip hop artist and breakdancer. It was once he arrived in the US that he began training capoeira in 2006. As one of Pavao and Chegado’s first and oldest students, he has traveled the world as a capoeirista and a passionate teacher of the artform. He discovered TACFIT in 2018 as a useful complement to capoeira. He holds a number of certifications, including Tacfit Field Instructor, Flowfit, Clubbells, VKNJA Steel Mace, SafeSport.