Michael has been training in martial arts for over 10 years. He is currently a Full Instructor with Progressive Fighting Systems of Southern Oregon, an Associate Level Instructor with the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association, and a Black Belt Instructor in EHAMA Eskrima-Kali-Arnis.
Michael holds the following ranks:
Full Instructor Progressive Fighting Systems of Southern Oregon
Associate Instructor Level 4/Black Belt Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association
Black Belt 2nd Degree (Sensei) EHAMA Eskrima-Kali-Arnis
Brown Belt (2nd Kyu) Aikikai Aikido
Brown Belt (3rd Kyu) Yoshinkai Aikido
White Belt 4th Stripe BJJ practitioner
Level 1 Certified in Battlefield Kali Stick, Knife, and Sword
Martial Arts and Self Defense training is an important part of that superhero life. Michael believes everyone should have the ability to protect oneself, the people they love, and those who cannot protect themselves. Martial Arts Training is also a great to way to increase your health, improve your movement, and enhance your brain. It's up to you to choose the superhero fighting style that best suits you and he can help you train to reach your goals. Are you ready to begin?
Uncanny Martial Arts Training
I have had the honor of training with Mike for the last seven and a half years. Mikes dedication and enthusiasm to Martial Arts is only surpassed by his dedication to his family and community. Mike possesses a strong knowledge of many Martial Arts that enhance his Jeet Kune Do and Progressive Fighting Systems abilities. He truly is a kind soul, which is evident with the compassion he has for the individuals he trains. This is what truly makes Mike a good instructor. He has the ability to meet his students where they are at any given time, which allows his students to learn in a positive environment. I look forward to may more years of training with Mike, as we assist each other in furthering our passion for learning.
Brian D. Sullivan
Progressive Fighting Systems of Southern Oregon.
“Michael Sotos offers fast and challenging workouts at Rogue Valley Fitness. He offers a flexible schedule that suits my busy lifestyle. Through Michael's expertise and encouragement, I have gained several belt levels in my JKD training over the last three years. As soon as I reach a goal, he is right there to encourage me to set higher goals! He designed special Martial Arts workouts for me, and I have seen a great deal of improvement in my strength. Michael will help you achieve your fitness goals no matter your fitness level with his Superhero training. Personally, I believe in him.”
-Dodie Noles (a.k.a Goddess Superhero in training)
"As a current student of Michael Sotos, my practice of a Eskrima for the past 3 years has been so beneficial in my life. As a teacher of dance and Pilates, I have discovered new ways to express myself and work my body gracefully and defensively.
Michael’s teaching is clear,
concise and informative.
His ability to be sensitive to individual needs in a class room environment or one on one is superior. As a black belt martial arts teacher, he continues to develop and learn new information thus passing it humbly on to his students with extreme patience.
My confidence in being a strong powerful woman has developed deeply and I strongly recommend anyone wanting to learn martial arts to study with Michael Sotos."
Michael Sotos started his Eskrima-Kali-Arnis training with me in November 2015.
Since the beginning he is a student whose friendliness & intensity sets a high standard for the class.
Other students like working with him, as he is not ego-driven in training, but focused on self-improvement, beautiful technique, & the safety of the group
He has contributed many important suggestions, & constructive feedback which advanced the development my eclectic martial arts class curriculum.
Over the years Michael became an outstanding (Eskrima, Karate, Yoga) Teacher, highly capable 2nd level black belt, & is an asset to those who train under him.
Hari-Om RadhaKrishna -5th Degree Black Belt EHAMA Eskrima
I have been training in E-K-A with Sensei Michael Sotos since 2015. He has always had an amazing memory and energy for martial arts in all forms.
He is extremely helpful in classes and wants everyone to succeed. His ability to remember and preform multiple disciplines at the same time is borderline magic.
~ Nina RadhaKrishna -2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate and EHAMA Eskrima