Dorrius Forde helped train former WBA welterweight champion Andrew Six Hands Lewis and former IBF junior lightweight champion Gary St. Clair. He is one of the top boxers out of Guyana. Dorrius turned to training boxers and help them fulfill their dreams. He trains people to be self-confident, focused, and disciplined.
Peter “PJ” Lawson is a boxing and fitness trainer. He won many tournaments in NY such as 2006 Metro Finalist, 2006 National Quarter Finalist, 2007 Metro Golden Champ, 2008 Golden Glove Finalist, and 2008 DC Mayor Cup Champ titles. Additionally, he uses entrepreneurial wisdom acquired through many marketplace trials and successfully channels his passion for helping restless and lost individuals in urban communities. He does this through South Warzone No Bullying — a program he began in 2014. This organization was especially designed to give disadvantaged, underprivileged, and fatherless youth an opportunity to learn special defense tactics while gaining a sense of confidence.
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The Rev. Howard Major III, a United Church of Christ minister, is Assistant Pastor at the West End Collegiate Church in Manhattan. He also heads the inter-religious LifeCeremonies, a service providing rituals and commemorations for those religiously unaffiliated or non-religious. He is a late blooming boxer at Gleason’s Gym and hopes one day to be an amateur contender (once, anyway). He especially admires the members of stoPD who courageously contend with Parkinson’s disease. He lives in Brooklyn.
Mario Marin is a former professional fighter having trained martial arts all his life. His Muay Thai experience started with Sifu Neil Cauliffe at the original NY Martial arts academy in Whitestone, Queens in 1987. Since then he has trained at numerous gyms in the U.S. including the famed Degeberg Academy in Chicago Illinois, Zaragoza Boxing with Pro coach Willie Buenavides, Gleason’s gym, The Wat with Phil Nurse, and Renzo Gracie academy. A former MMA fighter and active submission grappling competitor, his course naturally took him to Thailand where he trained and fought for the world famous Tiger Muay Thai Fight Team in 2012/13. He has since taken on the role of Muay Thai coach at the world famous Gleason’s Gym and has also returned to Phuket to establish relationships with many of the gyms there, including the famous Phuket Top Team, for the purpose of bringing amazing Thai instructors to the U.S. for seminars.
Alex Montaldo is one of the co-founders of stoPD. He is a film and theater actor based in New York and Los Angeles, a Lee Strasberg Institute graduate, and has a master’s degree in clinical psychology.
Alex is a skilled athlete, a boxer, and a certified stage/film fighter. He is also a staunch supporter of animal rights and animal welfare, has participated in drama therapy programs for psychiatric patients.
Alex is an advocate for the importance of intense exercise in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and participated as an invited speaker in National Parkinson’s Foundation events in Los Angeles and Northern California, support groups and hospitals in New York and New Jersey. Alex is currently working with a team of experts at developing a theater program specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s.
Michael Stoute earned his Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and is currently working as a Community Life Skills Trainer. Michael is responsible for assisting individuals with mental disabilities achieve independence and community inclusion through skills training.
Michael is a Golden Gloves champion and is currently training rigorously to fulfill his dream of one day becoming a world champion. He has won numerous amateur titles including the 2013 National PAL Boxing Championship and the prestigious NY Golden Gloves.
Michael has a passion for helping individuals achieve confidence and physical fitness through exercise. Michael is stoPD trainer on Long Island.
Mia Christo is honored to be an instructor with stoPD’s theater program. Mia received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and her BS in Television and Film Production from St. John’s University. She is currently Adjunct Faculty teaching Acting. Her work spans from feature films, Off-Broadway productions, commercials, industrials, voice-over ads, and award-winning web series. Currently you can hear Mia as the voice of Whole Foods Market. Recent credits include: Jane in Black Sheep (originated role), Denise Savage in Savage in Limbo, and Amy, in the award winning web series Stop The Bleeding! Follow her motto: Create. Give. Live.
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