Katalin is the Owner of POW!. She has been featured in SHAPE Magazine as one of the country's best trainers. She has 33+ years experience in the martial arts, 20+ years in boxing, 20+ years in the fitness industry and 16+ years as an international speaker presenting on fitness and the martial arts. She holds black belts in Japanese and Okinawan karate, kung fu and tae kwon do. With a background in various martial arts, she has extensive experience teaching children and adults. She has designed programming for schools across the country. Samples of her creative programs include a physical education program called Martial Movement (offered at Montessori Academy of Chicago), Superhero Training program for St. Berchman’s, The Bennet Day School and more. Today, POW! offers 45+ classes a week for adults and 45+ classes for kids. In addition, POW! exudes Katalin's dedication to community outreach and they support many Chicago-land non-for-profits.
Katalin is married to a 4th generation Fireman who works for the Chicago Fire Department and is a mother-of-3 children Jackson Diego, Isis, and Colt. She is on the Board for the West Loop Organization and serves on the Safety & Education Committee. She has over 15 fitness DVDs and has been a writer for a wide range of national publications in the fitness and martial arts industry. Today, she writes two blogs for Chicagonow.com and published her first two books in 2014, Weight Training for Martial Arts (available on Amazon) and Muay Thai Fitness Training (muaythaifitnesstraining.com). Katalin is constantly evolving the kid’s program so the programs build safer, more confident and fit kids.
Over her career Katalin has allied herself with several charities. She has allied herself with the Better Boys Foundation to help organize a Boxing Event sponsored by Trump Casino, raised money for St. Jude's Children's Charity, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Lifesource, Clara's House and the Lynn Sage Foundation. She has even participated in building a home on Chicago's south side for the Habitat for Humanity and leads an annual toy drive for Clara's House, a homeless shelter in Chicago. Additional non-for-profit work includes leading kid’s events at Chicago's Children's Museum, hosting blood drives for Lifesource and offering an internship for El Valor students (adults with mental disabilities).
In addition, Katalin's skills, training methods, and programs have been featured in over 30 news stories, including on: Univision, WGN, 190 North, NBC News, ABC News, CLTV, CBS News ... You may have also seen her in : ALLURE Magazine, BLACK BELT, WOMEN'S SPORTS AND FITNESS, GOLF DIGEST, COMBAT SPORTS, TODAY'S CHICAGO WOMAN, CHICAGO Magazine, HOME GYM & FITNESS, SELF Magazine and several more.
Brennan Cox is the Director of the Youth Program and Director of the Parisi Speed School of Chicago. He is a certified personal trainer and a Nationally certified speed and sports performance coach. Before joining POW!'s team, Brennan 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. Brennan also has extensive knowledge in sports nutrition and supplements having worked as a manger for a Natural Food and vitamin shop.
Brennan has always enjoyed working with kids. He was a volunteer for Big Brother, Big Sister in Springfield, MI. Brennan brings an engaging style to his youth athletic classes. As a die-hard comic-book fan Brennan is a creative and athletic instructor. Brennan is a passionate and dedicate coach. He motivates both his adult and youth athletes by giving detailed, focused and positive instruction.
Lizzie is the Assistant Youth Programs & Birthday Party Coordinator. She is a graduate of DePaul University. She started gymnastics at 3 years old and continued for almost 15 years before switching to cheerleading. Throughout High School she coached cheerleading. Her team went on to Nationals in Florida. She was also the Captain of her Jr. Varsity and Varsity squad.Lizzie is energetic and positive. She loves working with kids and has also been a nanny/babysitter for 15 years. She loves dancing and music festivals. She also loves hula hooping and proudly called herself an avid animal lover.
Robbie Cole is from Birmingham, England. Combat Sports has always been a part of his life. Growing up his Dad was a boxer in England. From the moment he laid eyes on the sport he was hooked. He began his career as a fighter the the young age of 7 when he began training in 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.
Robbie has been teaching for POW! for 7 years. He the Head of the Muay Thai program and coaches many of the youth martial art & thai boxing classes. He also coaches the tween/teen classes.
Susan is a personal trainer, yoga instructor, Parisi speed/sports performance coach, pole/movement instructor and a martial arts instructor. She recently completed her schooling in Sports Psychology.
Susan started martial arts in 2001 at POW!. She was addicted from her very first class. Training 5-6 days a week and 2-4 classes per visit to POW, Susan’s martial arts skills were cultivated by her motivation and adoration. She has studied kung fu, boxing, kickboxing, krav maga, muay thai and jiu jitsu. Her experience in the martial arts and exposure to a new lifestyle lead Susan to change careers. She spent many years working as an art director and graphic designer for FTD Flowers, but martial arts made her realize she would rather work in the sports/fitness industry .
Susan teaches in the adult and youth programs at POW. She also serves as one of our top Parisi Speed School Coaches. She blends aspects of sports psychology with the signature Parisi Speed School techniques to motivate and inspire youth athletes.
Josh started his martial arts training at age 4 years old. He first studied tae kwon do and hapkido. As a teen he studied Shoalin 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 curriculums.
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.
Maxamillian Schneider is a Chicago native and POW!'s resident judoka. Max has spent the last 17 years practicing judo, and started wrestling 7 years ago. He won the gold at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010, and most recently won the USA Senior National Championships at -66kg. He's a Division 1 wrestling veteran, and two-time state champion. He's competed on four continents, and hopes to make it to a few more. His current competitive goals include earning a seat on the U.S. Olympic Judo Team.
Max's approach to judo is dynamic . He enjoys teaching children and watching them develop strength and judo skills. He is big advocate of self-defense for children and also reinforce self-defense principles in his classes. Max integrates the best of wrestling to enhance his judo-student’s skills and understanding of competitive judo. He has experience with all age ranges, as well as students with disabilities. In addition to training, he loves to hike run trails, and try new restaurants.
Jimmy started his martial arts training at the age of 5 after his first encounter with a school bully. His father, a Judo black belt, was always interested in striking so Jimmy and his brothers started training in Tae Kwon Do in 1991. The brothers both won many city forms and sparring titles, quickly earning black belts, and became assistant instructors within 3 years. In college, Jimmy fell into bad eating and drinking habits and gained quickly gained 50 lbs. Needing a change Jimmy starting training Muay Thai and Kickboxing with Ryan Blackorby in 2007. After moving to Chicago in 2010 for culinary school, Jimmy lost a lot of weight after learning a lot about nutrition and cooking and again returning to martial arts. Needing a new challenge and competition, Jimmy met Robbie Cole through mutual friends and began competing in Muay Thai in 2012. After 3 tournaments, 9 fights, and one title fight Jimmy started working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in late 2014. He focuses on blending strength training, mobility, and flexibility in classes and having been out of shape for many years, is empathetic with clients. Jimmy is also dedicated to teaching children and is a youth instructor and works children's birthday parties.Jimmy started his martial arts training at the age of 5 after his first encounter with a school bully. His father, a Judo black belt, was always interested in striking so Jimmy and his brothers started training in Tae Kwon Do in 1991. The brothers both won many city forms and sparring titles, quickly earning black belts, and became assistant instructors within 3 years. In college, Jimmy fell into bad eating and drinking habits and gained quickly gained 50 lbs. Needing a change Jimmy starting training Muay Thai and Kickboxing with Ryan Blackorby in 2007. After moving to Chicago in 2010 for culinary school, Jimmy lost a lot of weight after learning a lot about nutrition and cooking and again returning to martial arts. Needing a new challenge and competition, Jimmy met Robbie Cole through mutual friends and began competing in Muay Thai in 2012. After 3 tournaments, 9 fights, and one title fight Jimmy started working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in late 2014. He focuses on blending strength training, mobility, and flexibility in classes and having been out of shape for many years, is empathetic with clients. Jimmy is also dedicated to teaching children and is a youth instructor.
The POW! Staff is made up of fun and happy people that love kids. They are comprised of Chicago actors and athletes. They are proponents of POW!'s culture: loud, engaging, dynamic, thoughtful effort and energy. You will see this staff leading our birthday parties, camps, events and even after school programming.