THE TRAINER

MAK TAKANO
PRIVATE PHYSICAL FITNESS & PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE TRAINER

Mak Takano is a private trainer whose experience expands over three decades of physical fitness training.  He has a B.A. in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Redlands, California.  He is highly recommended as a leader in Physical Fitness Training by Arnold Schwarzenegger who, with his body building legacy and Mr. Olympia titles, recognizes excellence and greatness in the physical fitness field.  In addition, Mak is a highly regarded Martial Artist in various forms of Martial Arts and boxing/kickboxing, also having trained/coached and advised elite fight athletes in MMA, K-1 Kick boxing and Boxing.  He has also been the Fight advisor to some of the top fight organizations such as K-1, Dream, Hero's, Elite, Rumble & Metamoris in Japan, USA and Europe.

At the University of Redlands from 1982 -1987, he was the strength coach for the NCAA championship tennis team and other athletes including NCAA football, basketball and track & field.  After completing his M.A. in 1987, Mak worked as a Private Trainer in LA., when he was recruited by fitness guru Kathy Smith to manage and direct the trainers at her newly opened gym Mezzeplex from 1988-1990.  At which time Mak was renowned as one of the top trainers in the country with his mind-over-body, Zen approach for clients with different physical fitness needs.

In 1990, Mak received offers from numerous fitness establishments in USA and Japan, as his name spread like wildfire as the private trainer to celebrities, as he trained Brad Pitt, Robert Redford and other Hollywood stars.  Also, he trained top athletes from NBA Hall of Fame Magic Johnson and All-Star Vlade Divac to Olympic athletes.

In 1997, Mak was asked to be the Physical Fitness & Conditioning coach to the then undisputed pound-for-pound boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya for three years of undefeated fights.  He also went onto work wiith other boxers including Cruiserweight IBF champion Vassily Jirov, Welterweight IBF Champion Vince Phillips, Super Welterweight WBC Champion Michael Lerma, Cruiserweight IBF champion Arthur Williams, and Super Lightweight WBC Champion Genaro Hernandez.  Also, in 2012, Mak trained Freddie Roach's boxers, Welterweight WBA Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and Cruiseweight WBO Champion Lateef Kayode for their Championship Fights.

In 2004-2007, Mak was the MMA Advisor to UFC Champion B.J. Penn, where he match made notable fight cards with significant opponents like Renzo Gracie, Rodrigo Gracie, Duane Ludwig and with former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida.

Mak is also known to have worked with JKA Karate Japan & World Champions 1979-86.  Also, he was selected by the legendary Sumo Grand Champion Akebono, to train/coach him for his MMA fight against the Jiu Jitsu and MMA legend Royce Gracie for the K-1 Dynamite 2004 in Japan.  He is also a notable MMA advisor/coach to numerous fighters that he had discovered and became Champions, such as J.Z. Cavalcante, who became the two-time Hero's Lightweight Tournament Champion in 2006 and 2007. 
On May 22, 2010, Mak match made another historic Gracie vs Sakuraba bout in DREAM 15.  The new generation Gracie, Ralek, son of Rorion and grandson of Helion Gracie, won a decision and a revenge fight over Sakuraba,'The Gracie Hunter'!  Then, on November 22, 2014, he worked with Sakuraba, whom he has known for many years and match made a historic grappling fight for him against Renzo Gracie in Metamoris, a long awaited rematch since Pride.  He has advised/coached other numerous MMA fighters for K-1, Dream, Hero's, Pride, One FC, UFC, Deep, Rumble on the Rock, Elite XC and other elite MMA organizations.  Including notable fighters, Kultar "Black Mamba" Gil, Yushin Okami, Yan Cabral and former Olympic wrestler, Kazuyuki Miyata.
Mak has also been the MMA advisor/coach to Bibiano Fernandes since 2006, former five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, who became the two weight-class Champion with Dream Featherweight Tournament Championship in 2009-2010 and Dream Bantamweight Tournament Championship in 2011-2012.  Bibiano is now the current, reigning and undisputed One FC Bantamweight Champion with his seventh straight title defense on August 5th, 2017.  As he has proven to be the best MMA Bantamweight in the world!

Mak enjoys working with people from all walks of life who want to improve their quality of life through physical fitness and nutrition.  Also, he continues to train/coach champion athletes, as well as getting Hollywood actors fit for the big screen.
 
Mak incorporates different forms of techniques from his multitude of experiences including physiology, kinesiology, psychology and martial arts philosophy of mind over body theory into his fitness conditioning, strength and functional training for better bio mechanical and holistic health, depending on each individuals needs(as every individual is different with different needs).  He is continuing to take extension classes in traditional forms of oriental pressure points(acupressure) and the study of myofascial meridian flow of the human body.


 

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