My name is Hernan (エルナン) I moved to Tokyo from New York City in January 2019. Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile!
A little bit about me
I lived in New York City for almost 30 years. I spent my childhood in Ecuador so I am a bilingual native speaker of English and Spanish.
I have a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of California in Pennsylvania. I am certified English teacher from Hunter College in NYC where I obtained my TESOL certificate (teaching English to students of other languages).
I am currently teaching English at an Elementary school here in Tokyo and I am really enjoying it. I love my children in class, I want them to learn well and I hope I can make it as fun as possible for them.
I have been a professional fitness trainer for most of my working life. I had my own training company in Upper East Side of Manhattan called Clinical Exercise and Fitness. Most of my clients needed exercise not only for health and fitness but also for rehabilitation. Teaching comes naturally to me and during my work as a trainer and teacher I always enjoyed my time with people. Watching my students improve and get better is a source of great satisfaction for me. I am also studying Japanese so I have a thorough understanding of the challenges of learning a new language.
My interests and hobbies
Being healthy and physically fit is very important to me. I enjoy strength training, weight lifting, swimming, running and hiking.
I enjoy learning Japanese martial arts. I practiced Judo through high school and college. I studied Kokushi-ryu Jujutsu in NYC and was recently promoted to Shodan, black belt.
I like mediation, I am always reading and contemplating any philosophy that improves the human condition.
What are my lessons like?
What will I teach?
Thank you again for taking the time to read my introduction. I hope that you will consider taking one of my lessons; I know that it will be a most productive and enjoyable experience for you!
Looking forward to meeting you!