POW CHICAGO TRAINERS
The first priority of my staff is to teach anyone, at any age. POW!’s instructors have mastered the art of “second nature” training, organically teaching members in striking, kicking, MMA and self-defense skills. You will find that some staff is highly pedigreed and actually pioneers in creating Chicago’s combat sports /MMA market over the past 20 years.katalin
MEET OUR TRAINERS
Katalin OgrenTrainer, Boxing The first priority of my staff is to teach anyone, at any age. POW!’s instructors have mastered the art of “second nature” training.
Brennan CoxProgram Director, Parisi Speed School Brennan Cox is POW’s Program Director for the Parisi Speed School, a trainer and speed coach.
Jennifer ImigWest Loop Trainer Jennifer Imig is a certified personal trainer, certified Krav Maga Instructor under Ryan Hoover and CPR certified.
Robbie ColeMuay Thai Coach Robbie Cole is from Birmingham, England. When training in one of Robbie’s classes you are likely to enjoy his whimsical sense of humor and his workouts.
Robert DannenbergWest Loop Personal Training Robert Dannenberg spent 10 years competing in martial arts and boxing. He was the 2001 Oxford Boxing Champion and a member of the 1995 USA Tae Kwon Do team.
JoshuaAll-round POW! Gym Trainer Josh started his martial arts training at age 4 years old. He first studied Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Shaolin’s long fist.
Charlie GhiloniKids Martial Arts Trainer Charlie Ghiloni is CPR certified and a Krav Maga Certified instructor under Ryan Hoover.
I’m a native Chicagoan who grew up on Chicago and Wells in my father’s photo/art studio. My brothers and I were raised in a creative environment provided by my artistic father and brilliant mother, a Cuban exile. Today, I feel lucky that I work close to where I grew up, in Chicago’s West Loop. As the Owner of POW! Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness, a WBE company, I strive to make the martial arts accessible to everyone, while simultaneously meeting their fitness goals. Since 2001, POW! has become the home of a wide variety of fitness, combat sports and martial arts classes, as well as, Chicago Krav Maga, POW! Kids and POW! Health and Wellness. For over a decade, I have offered 45+ classes a week that offer cross-training and intense interval training with a my martial twist. My customers want to be fit to fight back.
The first priority of my staff is to teach anyone, at any age. POW!’s instructors have mastered the art of “second nature” training, organically teaching members in striking, kicking, MMA and self-defense skills. You will find that some staff is highly pedigreed and actually pioneers in creating Chicago’s combat sports /MMA market over the past 20 years. But even the newer staff sets the bar high by teaching technique and motivating their students to learn more. POW!’s staff has a great sense of humor making the science of boxing, striking and ground fighting the most fun part of your day. As the Owner, I enjoy participating in each of the instructor’s classes because they all blend an authentic and progressive athletic training experience. Everyone invests in making the martial arts your second nature.
POW! is the culmination of Katalin’s training since the age of 9. With 32 years in the martial arts and now 18 in the fitness industry, she has developed a pedigree that represents accomplishments in the martial arts and fitness industry that has not been replicated. Katalin is a certified trainer, but has also developed areas of expertise in post-rehab training, special populations and kid’s fitness. Her style of training is thorough, disciplined, focused and kind.
Some of her key career highlights include earning 4 blacks in various martial arts, authoring two books, starring in 17 dvds, completing a 100 city speaking tour across America, authoring 4 industry educational manuals, publishing over 200 articles in national magazines and playing the role of three characters in one of the largest selling video games in history (Mortal Kombat).
Katalin’s book’s Weight Training for Martial Artists (Price Publishing) which is available in the POW! pro-shop, some Barnes and Nobles or on Amazon.com . Katalin’s is also a regular presenter for Revgear University.
I started writing in 1998. At the time, I was building a reputation for combining martial arts and cross training. I knew I was one of the few preaching an athletic approach to martial arts and boxing training, so I pitched an article to Inside Kung Fu. Once my first feature was published, I was hooked on writing. My first National article lead to several features and a monthly column. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to wrote for every major martial arts magazine, but I also loved boxing. I then got a job covering boxing in Chicago and Las Vegas for a bi-lingual boxing magazine called Chicago Boxing. This was fantastic! I was present during the days of Oscar de la Hoya, Hector Camacho, Andrew Golota, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. As challenging as it was to assimilate into the ‘scene’ as a female writer, I would not change it for anything. During this time I was still writing educational material and lecturing in the fitness and martial arts industry.
After I opened POW! I then moved onto covering the sport of MMA. Ultimate Grappling Magazine offered a great opportunity for me to dive into the MMA scene. I covered the fights as a independent features writer for almost 4 years. Since the UFC only had fights about once a month, it worked well with my operational and teaching educational responsibilities at POW.
Since having a family (3 kids) I have moved on from covering fights. Despite how busy the sport of MMA has become, my focus is on POW!’s fitness and training programming. Our classes always offer relevant and progressive fitness, instruction and training options. My most recent projects include completing a business program (Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business) and writing a book (Ultimate Guide to Strength Training for Martial Arts).
Brennan Cox is POW’s Program Director for the Parisi Speed School, a trainer and speed coach. Before starting at POW! he completed a tour in Kuwait in the US Army National Guard. He was the Unit Fitness Coordinator during that time and also worked as a Blackhawk Helicopter mechanic. He completed his B.A., in Marketing and Management in May 2010 from Evangel University in Missouri. He has worked as a manager for a Natural Foods and a local vitamin shop.
Brennan is a certified national Speed Coach and personal trainer. He ran POW! Kid’s program for 2 years and now oversees the entire Chicago Parisi Speed School program.
He is an interactive coach that also pursues aspirations in Muay Thai and Boxing. He trains regularly and can be often found taking classes.
Jennifer Imig is a certified personal trainer, certified Krav Maga Instructor under Ryan Hoover and CPR certified. Jennifer began her training at POW 5 years ago. Jennifer brings extensive knowledge from working 7 years in the medical industry. This clinical experience has given her a great perspective when working specifically with our students over 40 years of age.
Jennifer brings her jocular wit along with her when leading punching drills. This humorous attitude offers those struggling with the patience required to pick up the combat sports late in life motivated and optimistic
Jennifer is a great example that anyone can learn new things later in life. She first began training with POW’s staff at age 35. As she immersed herself into POW’s classes, she began to recognize her desire to be part of the fitness and wellness industry.
She left the medical industry and began working for POW as the Operations Manager. Her long-term goal was to be mentored into being an instructor and trainer. Jennifer has reached that goal and continuously works on expanding her knowledge of Boxing and Krav Maga. Additionally, she is increasing her clinical certifications in the fitness industry.
Jennifer is anticipating receiving a certification in Sports Nutrition later this year. Jennifer teaches a dynamic and high-energy class, always focused on the participants.
Robbie Cole is from Birmingham, England. When training in one of Robbie’s classes you are likely to enjoy his whimsical sense of humor as much as his workouts. He is the quintessential English gent. The combat sports has always been a part of his life since childhood. His father was boxer in England and from the moment he laid eyes on the sport he was hooked.
He began his career as a fighter at the young age of 7 when he began training at a local Shotokan school. His first fight was at 10 against a boxer and he lost badly. That’s when he decided to switch gears and train in boxing. After 3 years of boxing, a Muay Thai school opened in a community church hall. After training for a few years in Muay Thai, he had his first amateur fight and received the 1st Place trophy for the School Boy Championship.
Robbie’s amateur career started out a little slow. He lost his first 11 fights and was aptly nicknamed “Canvas Cole” because he spent most of his time there. Soon he was winning fights consistently, but his nickname stuck since he was sending his opponents to the canvas. In the ring, Robbie was known for his ability to take a beating and keep coming back, outlasting many of his opponents.
Robbie turned pro at age 25 and went on to win the “All Area Title” and the “English Title” before retiring at the age of 29. Since retiring he has dedicated his time to coaching amateur fighters and teaching enthusiastic students in the Art of Muay Thai. He has had 20 different fighters on his Muay Thai Team. They have won 5 Championship belts in the past 3 years. He is a huge supporter of the Chicago Muay Thai community and welcomes even a beginner to learn the fundamentals of sparring in a safe and encouraging environment.
Robbie’s classes are high energy and his positive energy is contagious. After a class with our local Englishman you feel fulfilled and motivated to return. Robbie integrates fabulous kicking drills into his classes and is also one of our resident instructors for kids.
Robert Dannenberg spent 10 years competing in martial arts and boxing. He was the 2001 Oxford Boxing Champion and before that was a member of the 1995 USA National Tae Kwon Do Team.
He has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was therefore able to easily blend his boxing training to build a well-rounded set of kickboxing skills. Robert spent several years training at POW between 2008-2010 expanding his own skills. He is a NSCA certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and a IKFF Kettlebell Coach and Competitor.
Robert has built a great reputation in Chicago as a technical trainer. He has the ability to impress proper kicking form on his students, while keeping them motivated. He understands the value of offering modifications and tailoring the high-intensity conditioning elements found at POW to the adult population.
Robert is very attentive when he teaches his students and finds a way to always blend technique with high intensity conditioning.He makes kicking look easy and fun. His exercise science education allows him to modify the martial arts for anyone, no matter their limitations or needs for modifications.
Josh started his martial arts training at age 4 years old. He first studied Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. As a teen he studied Shaolin's long fist, a Chinese martial art and then began wrestling when he entered high school. Since then, Joshua has served as an assistant wrestling coach for his high school, Plainfield South and continued to train in a wide variety of martial arts including freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Western Boxing.
Although he is still a devoted student of the martial arts, Joshua combines many aspects of the his traditional martial arts training into his youth fitness classes and POW!’s birthday party curriculum. Joshua brings an athletic energy to POW! Kids. It is clearly seen when you watch him teach his favorite baseball and football drills during the POW!’s Fit Kid Camps and birthday party programs.
Besides his love of sports and martial arts, Joshua has a passion for music. He plays the cello, french horn, bass and guitar. Joshua combines teaching techniques from both the music and athletic community. Josh’s youthful and playful personality makes him a great addition to the POW! Kids staff. Although he is finishing his economics degree, you will see Josh behind POW!’s reception desk, teaching our kid’s martial arts classes, leading birthday parties and hosting many of our kid’s events.
Charlie Ghiloni is CPR certified and a Krav Maga Certified instructor under Ryan Hoover, has a 2nd Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. He is also a member of the Chicago Police Department.
Charlie is a well-rounded athlete who knows how to integrate a kidding-sensibility into his kid’s classes. This approach softens the more challenging and intimidating drills and techniques that are taught in our kids classes. His natural athletic ability seeps through in his martial arts.
He has been a devoted student of POW, participating in all the classes. The martial arts come very natural to Charlie and because of his dedication he was an obvious choice when choosing a new kids instructor. The combination of his academic focus and NASM certification makes him an excellent addition to POW’s staff.
Charlie leads the Krav Maga classes for kids. He offers his students a rigorous training experience, while remaining approachable.