Rick Metzler began his martial arts training by taking a Shotokon Karate class at the local community center when he was nine years old. He trained and sampled several different systems such as Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu San Soo and Muay Thai before finding a home with world-renowned fighter and mixed martial arts trainer Grandmaster John Hackleman. Today, Metzler is an eighth-degree black belt in The Pit Malibu’s Hawaiian Kempo as well as a third-degree black belt in Filipino stick and knife fighting and a third-degree black belt in Filipino stick submissions.
Metzler’s workouts and overall philosophy will get you closer to your goals of ultimate fitness and conditioning. Having fun and staying healthy is key to longevity in the martial arts, and if you can do that while gaining tools that will translate to real life situations, then you have a system that is worth your time and effort to learn.
For more than 25 years, Metzler has worked extensively with the children of Malibu, both as a preschool teacher and as a therapist working with teenagers and adults within the residential treatment environment. His experience also includes teaching swimming, surfing and working as a lifeguard as well as being a registered AYSO coach, referee and certified safe haven provider.