Ara Keshishian began his fitness career at the age of 16 when he took up competitive water polo. During his five years in wopo, he naturally became an avid swimmer while also fostering an interest in martial arts. As a young adult, Ara pursued that interest and earned his second degree black belt in Krav Maga—a self-defense and street-fighting martial arts utilized by the Israeli military. Also practiced in Judo and Aikido, Ara has reached the level in his personal martial arts growth that he embraces the words of Bruce Lee and strives to become like water. He is a certified coach from the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), a certified TRX coach, Strong First level 1 Kettlebell instructor and a DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Level II Instructor. To get a sense of what makes him tick: Ara loves Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden,Pink Floyd his mini Pincher, and Batman and is awaiting his opportunity to compete on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.