It started first with being drawn to the cartoon shows of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe, with a specific interest in the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow characters. When Anesti was introduced to the video game, Mortal Kombat, he was completely convinced on learning the martial arts.

While his friends were learning button combinations for the game, Anesti was in the backyard on the trampoline practicing the real techniques. After showing a solid dedication to learning, his mother enrolled him in the local Tae Kwon Do academy. In high school, Anesti joined the wrestling team to learn and expand his skills. He also pursued many other styles of martial arts including Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, Capoeira and Kung Fu and was honored be able to train with top masters of some of these arts.

After joining the U.S. Army, Anesti did his best to continue his martial arts training by enrolling in their hand to hand combat training courses and eventually becoming his Company’s head trainer for close quarters combat training. After fulfilling his duty, Anesti returned to Florida and picked up his training in the martial arts where he left off. After receiving his black belt, Anesti soon started a program called Warriors Tribe that held self defense classes for at-risk youth in many locations throughout southern Hillsborough County.

As Anesti’s own career in the film industry progressed, he knew he needed to take his training to the next level. He sought out an earlier master that he trained with in high school, Mestre Rony Costa, whose Capoeira group had since grown into a world class academy. Anesti has since relocated to the San Francisco Bay area and travels the world to expand his wisdom and understanding of the martial arts. Anesti not only attributes his success to his martial arts training, but also in helping to overcome all of life’s daily struggles.

Anesti Vega is very blessed to have trained and continue to train with some of the very best martial arts masters in the world. They include Mestre Rony Costa, Grandmaster Frederico Lazo (RIP), Tuhon Ray Dionaldo, Sensei Shinjiro Sasaki, Professor Royce Gracie, Mestre Acordeon, Mestre Jelon, Mestre Espirro Mirim, and so many more.

About

Anesti Vega is a SCUBA Divemaster, Conservationist, and Environmental Justice Warrior. He is a member of the Tupinamb√° Tribe of Brazil and takes a decolonized approach to conservation efforts through Indigenous sovereignty and stewardship. He is also a Filmmaker, Digital Media Strategist, & Communications Professional. Other adventures include Martial Arts, Archery, Fencing, Mountain Climbing, Skydiving, & more. Enjoy!