Jason Molino’s martial arts career began at the age of four years old after watching Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon.” Insisting to his parents that he enroll in karate, to be a ninja of course, his parents obliged. Jason’s parents noticed his passion and determination to be a martial artist and became very supportive in his career. This passion, coupled with his parents support, allowed Jason to become a black belt in Tae Kwon Do by the age of 17 years old. His skill sets developed from over ten different martial arts and grappling styles. Jason’s influential instructor was none other than Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee Grand Master Bill Jones. Nowhere else could a 17 year old kid be training with multiple world champions and several Tae Kwon Do Olympic hopefuls.
After being accepted to San Diego State University Jason decided to put his Tae Kwon Do career. Jason transferred his determination for Tae Kwon Do to the mats in a different way, wrestling. Jason walked on to the SDSU wrestling team where he started for the Aztecs. Unfortunately Jason’s season came to a halt when injuries left him sidelined.
Jason’s life took a 180° when he felt an urge to serve a cause greater than his own. His direction and attention changed to becoming a member of the United States Army. Jason felt strongly about serving and looked forward to putting his extensive training towards serving our great nation. However, a few days before his scheduled to finalize, swear in, and ship off, his father passed away in his sleep. This stopped Jason from joining as he felt passionate about caring for his mother. The loss in his family rocked him to his core. Tragedy struck again when not more than a year after his mother was diagnosed with cancer and eventually lost the battle. Tragedy after tragedy shook Jason and left him in a lonely, confused and dark place. Training and martial arts seemed to lose its purpose, and Jason quickly got out of shape.
In 2009, after hitting rock bottom, Jason made the decision to make drastic life changes. He gutted his parent’s old house where he was living and turned the garage into a gym with wall to wall wrestling mats. He rededicated himself to Martial Arts, working out and began studying to become a personal trainer. What once was a solo mission driven by redemption turned into a small crowd of followers attracted to Jason’s spirit. Before long he had an average of 10 or more people showing up to train every day. Jason began extending his services out by volunteering with some local youth wrestling programs. In 2009 Jason was offered and accepted the assistant varsity wrestling job at the high school he once attended. His knowledge and drive landed him the head varsity coach for the upstart woman’s wrestling program. Within just three seasons Coach Jay with head boys Coach Glen helped coach the school’s first and only female and male state champions; there were several all Americans under their wing as well.
Jason’s coaching reign came to an end at the school when it suffered from several financial cut backs. He quickly landed a new head job at a new after school program for troubled youth. Along with this job Jason founded, what soon became known as “the Lost Boys Fight Club,” a donation only martial arts program that was ran out of his garage. This small club began competing in various martial arts competitions with great success. In combination the Lost Boys collected more than 30 gold medals with several silver and bronze medals as well. Word started to get out about a “secret ninja training facility,” and soon after it was started the LBFC was hosting some of the world’s best Martial Artists, MMA Fighters, and Olympic level wrestlers. Around this same time Jason was introduced through mutual friends to renowned Strength Coach Mark Wine. Immediately Jason was hooked and began working through his athletic performance-training program.
After a short time they became fast friends and Mark asked Jason to help him found a new gym that was going to revolutionize athletic training. In 2010 Functional Muscle Fitness’s doors officially opened to the public and began instantly began picking up steam. Their goal was simple, become the premiere athletic training facility and change the outdated training methodology for athletes and fitness enthusiasts as well.
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