GUARD STRONG is a group of strength athletes that use feats of strength along with a message of hope and a message against bullying, drugs and alcohol and other social peer pressures to help guard hearts and minds. We are also based out of Tustin Michigan and most of our team is from Northern Michigan.
Viking has been a fitness center owner for the last 10 years and is a personal trainer. He enjoys working out, video games (mostly on the Xbox), listening to music, and spending time with his family. He enjoys playing baseball or softball and even tried out for the Atlanta Braves as a center fielder! His favorite feats of strength are bending horseshoes and blowing up hot water bottles. His favorite foods are tacos and pizza. He dislikes bullying and rude behavior.
Wolverine has been training in martial arts for 20 plus years and is a 3rd degree black belt. His favorite feats of strength are bending steel bars with his throat and punching and kicking stacks of bricks. He likes extreme obstacle runs, riding his motorcycle, and family time. He dislikes when martial art skills are used to bully others.
Bulldog is a former bodyguard, semi-pro football player, and strongman champion! He is currently playing rugby for the Detroit Rugby Club, He has been involved with feats of strength ministry for over 15 years! His heartbeat is impacting and helping our Military kids all over the country! His favorite feat of strength is breaking baseball bats! He loves watching LSU and New Orleans Saints football. His favorite food is gumbo and he has to have his coffee in the morning!
Arsenal is the owner and senior instructor at Realm Martial Arts, and has over 35 years experience in the martial arts. He’s a 5th degree in Conceptu Bellicus (concept combatives). Arsenal is a close quarters defensive tactics and small arms marksmanship instructor as an Officer with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. His favorite feat is breaking bricks.
Cobra has been passionate about strength training and fitness for the past several years. Since 2010 he has lost over 200 pounds! He’s always had a love for all sports, but basketball is his favorite, and he also enjoys crossfit. Cobra never turns down pizza or ice cream, “they go hand in hand”. One of his favorite feats is breaking bricks – to him they symbolize breaking down barriers and walls.
Nirto is a construction foreman, father of 7, and was raised on a dairy farm. He likes being outside, and to play sports like volleyball, basketball, working out and arm wrestling. He likes roast beef, breakfast foods, and tiramisu. He also enjoys movies and time with his wife and games with his kids.
Joe passionately pursues advocating on behalf of the many lives affected by the epidemic of bullying. Whether the bully or the bullied, Joe is able to use his experiences and feats of strength to challenge listeners and to reach them on a personal level. He has been speaking for over 20 years! For 15 of those years, he worked with at-risk youth in both Tennessee and Virginia. He has dedicated his life to continued education for himself, youth, educators, and parents, seeking to bring light into the darkness of bullying. Being a victim himself as a youth, knowing the sinking pit of emotional and physical pain, has well suited Joe for the task set before him. Joe likes Mexican food and sushi (just not together). His favorite feats are breaking bats and plowing his arms through bricks. One of his favorite quotes is “The one thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision” by Helen Keller