Coach Carlos Alexander
Coach Carlos Alexander is a Special Needs Fitness Coach based out of Miami, FL and is the founder of Fitness Sports Karate Inc. His interest in fitness and helping people with special needs of all ages has a long arc based on his own personal experience with special needs, learning disabilities and his self-determination to overcome them.
At an early age Coach Carlos Alexander took an interest in learning and practicing the martial arts beginning with the karate style of Tae Kwon Do at the age of 7 when he had been diagnosed with ADHD. Despite his disabilities he stuck with it and achieved the high rank of 1st degree Black belt at the age of 11. His interest in the martial arts didn’t end there though because he went on to learn the style of Kenpo Kung Fu at the age of 12 reaching the high rank of 1st degree black belt at the age of 16. Coach Carlos Alexander’s drive to pursue the martial arts went on to include MMA Karate by the age of 17 and reaching the high rank of 3rd degree black belt by the age of 30. During those formative years he also played football for Hialeah High School from 1994 to 1995 as a linebacker, kicker and offensive linemen.
Besides studying and excelling at the Asian martial arts he also took an interest in boxing at the young age of just 10 years old when his father would take him to two of the most famous old boxing gyms. Among these was the famous 5th Street Gym in South Beach of Miami Beach, FL. This is the very same gym where many boxing legends would train most notably Muhammad Ali. Coach Carlos was trained at this famous gym by one of the Greatest Light Weight Boxing Boxers of the 20th century, Beau Jack. The other well-known gym he trained at was the Karon Boxing Gym in Miami, FL and was trained by one of the greatest Cuban boxing trainers in the history of the sport, Mr. Karon.
Coach Carlos Alexander boxed well into his late twenties and loved to compete in karate competition events such as point fighting and MMA fights. He is a former one time Florida State Fighting Champion in Point Fighting along with the 2002 Bluegrass Lightweight Point Fighting World Champion and many MMA fights in the ring. At the age of 27 he officially retired from karate fighting competitions events.
Using his extensive knowledge and skills Coach Carlos Alexander began teaching karate to children of all abilities including those with special needs and children with disabilities as young as 4 years of age. This soon led him to expand his teaching into daycare centers when he was only 20 years old and well into his mid 30s. Around this time he began to incorporate sports and exercises as part of his program which he used as a PE teacher for daycare centers, private schools and with his dedication to children of all abilities, special needs, and those with disabilities as young as 4 years old.
Coach Carlos Alexander is a Certified NCSF Personal Trainer and got his Certification in 2012 at Miami Dade College, he is a PE teacher, an American Heart Association CPR Certified, and is a former Special Olympics Coach. His dedication to coaching spans over 20 years working with children of all abilities, disabilities and special needs. He has been working with adults with special needs and disabilities for the past 5 years.
Coach Carlos Alexander’s teaching method brings a unique brand of traditional and modern fitness mixing it up with a variety of sports and MMA Karate into a fun one-session class. As a result his students gain confidence and improve their overall health. His approach reflects his capacity for creative innovation so that he will always have a different session and class reflecting his own past life experiences. The goal is always to help individuals with special needs and disabilities of all ages to have a better life. He believes in using Fitness as a form of therapy to help Special Needs Disability Individuals.
Coach Carlos Alexander can relate to individuals with Special Needs and disabilities as he himself was diagnosed at the age of 7 with ADHD and learning disabilities. To this day Coach Carlos Alexander continues to deal with Adult ADHD and learning disabilities. But these disabilities did not stop him from living his life. On the contrary, he persevered through his love and dedication to physical fitness and found his calling to help others. In January of 2015 Coach Carlos founded Fitness Sports Karate, Inc to serve the Special Needs, Autism and Disability Community.
Coach Carlos Alexander is the Special Needs Fitness Guru.