About Katalin

Katalin is the Owner of POW! Mixed Martial Arts, Chicago Krav Maga and POW! Kids in Chicago's West Loop (powkickboxing.com) POW Kickboxing.  Her school has been aorund for over 10 years, offering over 40 classes a week in mixed martial arts, including muay thai,boxing, brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, judo, krav maga and much more.  She holds 4 black belts and has written for most of the martial arts magazines over the years, including Black Belt, Inside Kung Fu, Inside Karate, Combat Sports, Chicago Boxing, Martial Arts Training and Grappling.  She has also been a member of the fitness community, traveling internationally as a speaker on various sports conditioning and martial arts related topics. She has over 15 videos/dvds available for martial artists, fitness enthusiasts and even the prenatal market .kickzamiar1.gif

Katalin is a home-grown Chicagoan.  She grew up in her father's photo/art studio on Chicago and Wells with her two brothers and a mother who was exiled from Cuba for her outspoken views on communism.  At the age of 9, her mother enrolled her in karate and allowed her to study both the martial arts and ballet; which was fairly progressive at the time.  Katalin stuck with the martial arts since her first class.  Her commitment to martial arts was actually fairly wide-spread.  She began with Japanese Karate.  After 7 years of one style she realized that cross-training in the martial arts was how you really became well-rounded and versatile.  "Without studying several martial arts, how could I claim to have the answers to so many questions people ask," explains Katalin.  Although it is not normal, Katalin jumped from style to style after achieving black belt level. Her training since her first black belt in karate includes Tae Kwon Do, Okinawan Karate, Kung Fu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, JKD and Krav Maga.  "I had no idea that I would end up needing all these styles,  I was just very focused on being able to speak many languages of martial arts (so-to-speak)," clarifies Katalin.

Mortal_Kombat_II.pngPromotional piece from when she played Kitana and Meleena in Mortal Kombat II

Although Katalin has been doing martial arts for 30 years, she considers it a priviledge of her profession to allow her to be a life-long student of the martial arts.  But it was not until she was in graduate school that she realized that teaching could be her full-time career.  Katalin reflects, "I always taught and trained to make money and have a job, but It was when I took a job with the East Bank Club in 1994 that the light sparked that there is a need for a martial arts cross training."  Until recently it was not widley accepted for a student to study more than one martial arts, "it was considered disrespectful and a serious feapux," explains Katalin. So in 1994, Katalin devoted time to the fitness industry and acquiring the certifications and study courses to acquire the 'perfect combination' for a professional martial arts/combat sports coach.  Her career has exploded since then.  Katalin has released over 15 home videos/dvds, become an international speaker for the fitness industry and martial arts community and fulfilled a 100 city speaking tour. She has been a writer for the martial arts magazines, most recently writing for Grappling Magazine covering the UFC.   "After working everywhere and with everyone, it was time to settle and open a place that was truly a culmination of all my training.  So I have POW now." POW! Mixed Martial Arts is located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood (www.powkickboxing.com). The classes are a perfect blend of intense conditioning and technique.  The choices are amazing and POW makes you realize there are playgrounds that service adults only.  t38565ehfi3.jpgKatalin's DVD focusing on Pilates Integrated Exercises

Katalin  training and commitment for the last couple decades allows her to talk about most subjects surrounding the martial arts, MMA, boxing, fitness kickboxing from the cuff.  She is teaching at her school daily, along side other amazing martial arts collegues.