Hector is the owner and head instructor at Hardstyle (kettlebells/Jiu-Jitsu) KBJJ, the ONLY movement based kettlebell / Jiu-Jitsu studio in South Texas.
Hector discovered his passion for strength training and overall conditioning in 2001 at Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under mentor Aurelio Gallegos Jr. Advancing through his training, Hector became an assistant instructor in 2003.
While instructing students in a variety of techniques, Hector realized the importance of human movement, proper biomechanics, balance, strength, mobility, stability, and endurance.
Inspired, he pursued education in Hatha Yoga, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). In 2009, through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M), he became a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
Hector then began a search for a training technique/tool that would enable him to evolve athletically. He found his answer after a Jiu-Jitsu seminar with black belt Tyrone Glover at Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Hector asked Tyrone, “What are you doing for your strength and conditioning? You have the strength of a 200-pounder but only weigh 165 pounds!”
The answer was kettleballs . . . or rather Kettlebells. Taking up this new discipline, Hector immersed himself in Russian Kettlebell training. Looking to maximize his potential, he turned to the expertise found at the elite level of the Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) now StrongFirst.
In 2011, Hector traveled to San Diego, California, and successfully completed the Russian Kettlebell Challenge under Pavel Tsatsouline to earn his RKC certification. In 2012 completed his RKC level II training and in 2013 became a Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist (CK-FMS).
After incorporating the Russian Kettlebell into his strength training and conditioning, Hector earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt August 2011. Having personally experienced the benefits of kettlebell training, he realized that this tool could benefit everyone regardless of their current physical condition.
After years of being a personal trainer and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga, Hector decided to couple his passion for movement and strength with coaching. In 2011, he established the first and only movement based kettlebell / Jiu-Jitsu studio in South Texas. Hardstyle (Kettlebells / Jiu Jitsu) KBJJ!