Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Jean-Claude’

A Brief History of Krav Maga

October 16, 2013

A business executive with expertise in green and alternative energy initiatives, Anthony Jean-Claude currently serves as president of Maryland Green BioFuel, where he manages the company’s efforts to increase octane in biofuel for use in diesel and aviation fuels. A physical fitness enthusiast, Anthony Jean-Claude engages in numerous athletic activities, including marathons, triathlons, Tai Chi, and Krav Maga.

Rooted in the Hebrew language, Krav Maga means “contact combat.” It consists of a combination of martial arts and self-defense tactics involving aikido, boxing, jujitsu, and judo. Traditional martial arts follows a series of katas or patterns, but Krav Maga incorporates blocks, holds, and strikes that can be learned and used quickly in one seamless, continuous motion.

Established in the 1930s by well-known boxer and wrestler Imi Lichtenfeld, Krav Maga focuses specifically on training the body to neutralize a threat and assuming an attack position rather than a defensive one. In the early 1940s, Mr. Lichtenfeld moved to Palestine and joined the Haganah, a military Jewish organization, to train the organization’s fighting forces. In 1948, these fighting forces became the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and Mr. Lichtenfeld became chief instructor of physical fitness. Today, Krav Maga continues to be the preferred combat style of the IDF and many other organizations around the world.


Anthony Jean-Claude – An Overview of Tai Chi

October 8, 2013

A longtime resident of Maryland, Anthony Jean-Claude currently directs the operations of Maryland Green BioFuel, an alternative energy company based in the state. As president of the company, Anthony Jean-Claude organizes shipments and trades oil. Aside from his professional responsibilities, he pursues fitness activities like Krav Maga and Tai Chi.

Question #1: What is Tai Chi?

Answer #1: An ancient Chinese discipline originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi provides exercise that reduces stress. Also known as Tai Chi Chuan, it involves a series of physical movements combined with stretching exercises.

Question #2: Who can benefit from Tai Chi?

Answer #2: Tai Chi involves low impact movements and exercises and is generally safe for people of all ages and physical abilities, especially older individuals and those not accustomed to exercise.

Question #3: What health benefits exist for this type of exercise?

Answer #3: Tai Chi provides myriad benefits, including increased flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. It also helps reduce stress and joint pain and improve the overall quality of health of elderly individuals.

Anthony Jean-Claude: The Historical Caribbean Town Port Royale

June 14, 2013

With a Haitian heritage, Washington D.C. entrepreneur Anthony Jean-Claude enjoys boating trips throughout the Caribbean. One of the region’s most historical ports is Port Royale, which is situated at the end of the narrow Palisadoes sand-spit peninsula that protects Kingston harbor, Jamaica. Now a fishing village, the city was fortified by the British in the mid-17th century as a way of protecting the harbor from Spanish or French invasion, and as a trading port for sugar and raw materials.

Port Royale was the most significant economic hub in the English-controlled Americas, and contained a king’s house, governor’s house, and several churches and cathedrals. The city was also known for its lawlessness, as British privateers were commissioned to raid French, Dutch, and Spanish ships. Despite the official end of the practice in the 1670s, piracy continued well into the 18th century and it is estimated that, in 1689, approximately half of the town’s population was involved in the pirate trade. As a result, a recreation of Port Royale features prominently in the Disney movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

In 1692, Port Royale’s fortunes were dramatically reversed, with a major earthquake causing two-thirds of the city to sink underwater. Recurrent fires and hurricanes caused major subsequent damage. Today the sleepy fishing town has a few remaining above-water historical sites of importance, including the Naval Hospital, while dozens of submerged buildings lie just below the water’s surface. Recognizing its cultural importance, Jamaica applied in 2009 for UNESCO inclusion of Port Royale as among the organization’s World Heritage sites.

Anthony Jean-Claude: Components of the Baltimore Ravens’ Championship Season

June 7, 2013

As president of Maryland Green BioFuel, Anthony Jean-Claude is committed to developing environmentally sustainable agricultural energy sources. He is also a longtime supporter of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. While the Wizards are struggling under their current management, the Ravens are coming off a stellar championship season.

The Ravens’ second Super Bowl championship season could be directly linked to head coach John Harbaugh’s midseason decision to name Jim Caldwell the offensive coordinator. Instead of waiting for opportunities to unfold, quarterback Joe Flacco was encouraged by Caldwell to leave the pocket when necessary to make plays.

Flacco showed he could use his speed to escape the rush and get the ball to receivers downfield. Flacco was assisted by a balanced receiving group that included veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin and up-and-coming talent Torrey Smith. Running back Ray Rice provided consistent yardage, while the explosive Bernard Pierce employed more physical power than finesse in moving the chains. The offense was complemented by a shutdown defense, and that combination ultimately propelled the Ravens to the Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Anthony Jean-Claude: The Baltimore Ravens’ Joey Flacco Becomes the Highest-Paid Player in NFL History

May 28, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude currently serves as President of Maryland Green BioFuel, a progressive energy concern located in Frederick Douglass Haynes Gardens, Maryland. An avid sports fan, Anthony Jean-Claude enjoys football and follows the play of one of his favorite teams, the 2013 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and its quarterback, Joey Flacco.

In recognition of his contribution to this year’s winning season and the NFL championship, and in hopes of future repeat championships, Ravens management recently inked a six-year contract with Flacco for a purported $120.6 million, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Flacco’s ascent to being not only the highest-paid player but also one of the league’s most respected quarterbacks is all the more remarkable considering his humble path from a small college to the NFL and his low-key demeanor. His first gesture of celebration after a press conference announcing the contract signing was to return home to Audubon, New Jersey, to partake in a Friday night family tradition: pizza night at his uncle’s house.

Anthony Jean-Claude: Relaxation Techniques Using Tai Chi

May 11, 2013
In today’s busy world, Anthony Jean-Claude regards tai chi as one of the best ways to relax. The art was first developed in China as a form of self-defense. The gentle movements associated with the practice, however, have become almost meditative for many practitioners. Tai chi helps connect the body and mind, encouraging a sense of harmony in both. One of the essential elements of the art is breathing. Practitioners must inhale deeply and concentrate on the act of breathing in and out, which focuses the mind and consequently reduces stress and anxiety.

While focusing on their breathing, tai chi practitioners can undertake several different techniques for stress reduction. In one popular motion, the individual stands flat on the floor and then gently rocks backward and forward, allowing the heels and then the toes to leave the floor. This motion triggers the release of tension at several important pressure points. Another technique involves sitting or kneeling. The practitioner then imagines water running over his or her body and washing away stress and anxiety. In another technique, the individual lies supine and then focuses mental attention on each part of the body, starting with the head and going down to the feet, releasing pains and relaxing each part of the body one by one.

Anthony Jean-Claude pursues a physically active lifestyle. To maintain his mental and physical fitness, he practices the martial art krav maga, as well as tai chi.

Aviation and Pilot Training with Cessna

April 25, 2013

By Anthony Jean-Claude

If one wants to learn how to fly a plane, taking courses from the professionals at Cessna is an excellent path. For the first flight, you go to a Cessna Pilot Center, where a trained flight instructor takes you out on a half-hour “Discovery Flight.” During this first flight, you get a chance to familiarize yourself with the Cessna aircraft, its controls, basic safety precautions, and, of course, the thrill of being in control of an aircraft.

Once back on the ground, Cessna provides trainees with a full-feature, interactive flight simulator called the Cessna Flight Training Program. When your personal flight instructor feels that you are prepared, you will eventually be allowed to take your first solo flight. Once the solo flight is complete, you will go on to spend somewhere between 40 and 70 hours in the air, sometimes with an instructor and sometimes alone. Finally, with the permission of your instructor, you will be allowed to take both an oral and a flight examination with an FAA-certified examiner. Cessna’s training program prepares you well for the exam, and once you’ve completed it, you will have your pilot’s certificate.

About the Author:

Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing sports, and competing in marathons and triathlons.

A Brief Overview of Krav Maga and Its History by Anthony Jean-Claude

April 17, 2013

Developed in the State of Israel, Krav Maga, which literally means “contact combat” in Hebrew, is a noncompetitive system of self-defense. Krav Maga draws on several different types of combat techniques, including boxing, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization and a combination of defensive and offensive maneuvers used in tandem.

Krav Maga is a set of techniques derived from street fighting techniques developed by the Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. While living in Bratislava, Slovakia, Lichtenfeld utilized street fighting skills drawn from his martial arts training in order to defend Bratislava’s Jewish quarter from anti-semitic fascist groups in the late 1930s. Lichtenfeld later immigrated to Israel in the 1940s and began providing combat training to members of what would later become the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF would go on to refine these techniques and develop them into the system that is now known as Krav Maga.

About the author: A sales and management professional, Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, Anthony Jean-Claude enjoys running marathons and triathlons, coaching football, and delivering motivational speeches.

Napa Valley Wines by Anthony Jean-Claude

March 29, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude is an Odenton, Maryland, business executive and entrepreneur who has held senior management positions with companies such as Maryland Green BioFuel, UPC/GBMH Tobacco, and Supreme Team General Contracting. In his free time, Anthony Jean-Claude is a wine enthusiast who is particularly fond of the wines produced in California’s renowned Napa Valley.

Napa Valley wines have long been regarded as some of the finest in the United States, if not the world. Accounting for approximately 4 percent of California’s total wine production, Napa County supports 45,000 acres of vineyards and 300 individual wineries. Ranging from small family business to massive operations with international reputations, the wineries of the region are as diverse as the varietals they produce. Some of these wineries have operational histories that stretch back to the 1800s. Napa Valley wines did not gain widespread recognition, however, until the 1960s. Although the region initially garnered international attention for its Cabernet Sauvignon, the Napa Valley of today makes a wide array of quality wines including Merlots, Chardonnays, Zinfandels and Pinot Noirs.

The oneworld Round-the-World Airline Ticket By Anthony Jean-Claude

March 22, 2013

A partnership among 11 of the world’s top airline carriers, the oneworld alliance flies to more than 150 countries around the globe. In addition to traditional one-way and round-trip tickets, the oneworld alliance also offers special round-the-world fares. These tickets allow travelers to book up to four flight segments on six different continents for a surprisingly affordable price. Valid for up to one year of travel, the tickets require only that customers travel in one continuous direction, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans only one time each. Travelers must choose their destinations in advance, but can alter their flight dates at any time. Prioritizing flexibility and ease of use, oneworld’s round-the-world tickets offer a starting point for the adventure of a lifetime.

About the Author: Having traveled to such locales as Haiti and Ghana, Anthony Jean-Claude has also worked in the United States and Germany. Anthony Jean-Claude has held executive positions in the alternative energy, automobile, and contracting sectors.