L.J. "Coach Jilla" TABANO
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Coach Jilla is a certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Mac’s Gym. He was drawn to Mac’s Gym because of Coach Mac’s approach to blending several striking arts including Muay Thai, Dutch kickboxing, boxing, and TaeKwonDo into a unique hybrid style. Coach Jilla also subscribes to this Bruce Lee-inspired approach. He believes Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny summarized it best by saying it was, “smuggling concepts across the frontiers of style."
This means you’ll find a variety of methods incorporated in his classes such as functional training, unconventional fitness, and even splashes of yoga. His motivation for coaching goes beyond martial arts and competition. His strength and conditioning class is focused on increasing the athleticism and physicality of our members and fighters, which is an often overlooked part of a martial artist's training.
A longtime fan of mixed martial arts/combat sports, Coach Jilla has trained in kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Coach Jilla even helped launch ChicagosMMA.com and produced a short-run TV show about the Chicagoland MMA scene for CLTV called "Combatwire."
Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
My motivation goes beyond martial arts and competition. I want to help everyone achieve their fitness goals because a strong and mobile body improves your overall quality of life.
- Coach Jilla