" Empowering The World One Community At A Time Through Wellness And Self- Defense " Elba "Cookie" Melendez is a Native New Yorker with over 45 years of Fitness / Self - Defense / Martial Arts experience. World Kick Boxing Champion Cookie Melendez also holds the rank of Grand Master 9th. Degree Black Belt. She is known as a pioneer in Women's Martial Arts, Self-Defense and Kick Boxing. She is inducted into the World of Sports Medicine and Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Latin American Hall of Fame, United International Kung-Fu Federation Hall of Fame, and Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall Of Honor. She has been featured in various Magazines, Newspapers and Television. Cookie has also step foot on all the major arenas and stages such as: Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Beacon Theater, Apollo Theater, Auderbon Ballroom, Coloseo Campi(Colombia S.A.) Trains/Coaches Fighters and Conducts Self-Defense/Kick Boxing /Boxing Workshops. She has conducted workshops for the NYC Police Academy, West Point Judo Team, Hospitals, Church Groups, Women‘s Groups, Colleges, Summer Camps, Private and Public Schools and Fundraising Organizations. Cookie has also appeared in Martial Arts films and has done her own stunt work. Two Films she has taken part in: "Shaolin Popeye", filmed in China (With Michele Yo of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), "The Empty Hands Movie" produced by Mr. Mahaliel Sha Bethea, a/k/a "Master Mo. She is N.E.S.T.A certified as a Personal Trainer, Group Class Instructor and Fitness Nutrition Coach, and A.S.F.A. Certified Kettlebell Instructor. Her Boot Camps and Personal Training Sessions are designed to welcome anyone and everyone of all ages and abilities. She is the founder of: CMFIT, CMSOSAFE, CMKICKBOX, I’M B.A.D. ( Beautiful . Armed . Dangerous). Contact Cookie @: Melendez673@aol.com ... read more.