Michael Polito is not liable for any injuries or damages that individuals might incur by attempting to perform any of the exercises or feats of strength depicted or discussed on this website. Any individual attempting to does so at their own risk. Consult with your physician before beginning an exercise regimen.
michael POLITO teacher / WELLNESS COACH / INSTRUCTOR & consultant
Michael Polito, founder of Old School Street Fitness, has developed the Progressive Movement Method in response to his own evolving fitness interests and needs, as well as the myriad of challenges facing his students. Michael has noticed that fitness on the most part has lost touch with natural body movement. We rely heavily on high tech machines to do the work for us. . Michael states that "we are very complex beings, and can do so much more compared to all the animals" He agrees that Gymnastics, Classical Martial Arts, and certain dance practices are excellent to help retain the movement capability we were naturally born with.
Michael has been a student of the martial arts since 1979, beginning with Chinese Kung Fu, then transitioning to Okinawan Karate (Okinawa Kenpo) under Master Teruyuki Higa and Japanese Karate (Kyokushinkai-World Oyama). He holds black belt degrees in both styles. He also participated in full contact fighting competitions until the age of 52. Michael also studies a traditional form of Iaido (Japanese Sword Drawing) under Sensei Noboru Kataoka of the NYC Kendo Club. In addition to martial arts practice and teaching, Michael was a dedicated weightlifter and bodybuilder and he often competed in bench press meets. Today, Michael has open his mind to many other forms of movement. He studied with progressive calisthenic masters Al and Danny Kavadlo of NYC, and has attended workshops, and pursues the teachings of the Ido Portal Culture. In addition to his physical activities and studies, Michael has been an avid student of Zen Meditation (Zazen), and breathing practices for many years, and has studied these practices at the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, NY. He also is a practitioner of cold training (cold theromogenesis) for additional health benefits, completing the Wim Hof training program. Michael strongly believes that a variety of body movement, skill training, proper nutrition and reconnecting to nature, are key in keeping the body and mind healthy and in unison.