Elba " Cookie " Melendez

New York, NY 10003

" 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

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About Me


Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

ASFA® - Kettlebell Instructor Certification
NESTA - Certified Personal Trainer CPT
NESTA - Fitness Nutrition Coach (FNC)
NESTA - Group Exercise Instructor (GEI)

CPR Certified

American Red Cross

AED Certified

American Red Cross

Elba " Cookie "'s Locations

Alana Life and Fitness

530 86th St.
3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Belleon Body NYC

Within 5.00 miles of 10003 (Mobile Training Radius)

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr, Contact Me For More Detail Info.: 917.353.5654 or Melendez673@aol.com

Payment Methods

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Master Instructor Of The Year, Female Pioneer Of The Year, Martial Artist Of The Year
  • Hall Of Famer, World Kick Boxing Champion, New York State's First Female Kick Boxing Champion, 9th. Degree Red Belt

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish



3 Reviews

4.7 out of 5 Stars

  • by s e on May 08, 2017

    Elba is a caring, deeply knowledgable, highly experienced fitness professional. I value the time that we spend together and wish for her continued success.

    Response by Elba " Cookie " Melendez on May 09, 2017

    Thanks Eva ... I'll see you soon

  • by Awilda Bello on Dec 25, 2013

    I've always worked out throughout my years on my own, but I notice I wasn't accomplishing my goals. I started taking Cookie's classes 4 years now and have seen a huge difference in my transformation. Her classes are fun and exciting, and I always leave energized and look forward to the next class. I take her classes at the Yonkers, NY and Elizabeth, NJ locations. Cookie has motivated me in so many ways through Fitness and Nutrition. Working out with Cookie has helped me reach my goals in a shorter period of time. She takes the time to introduce new and exciting workouts. I'm in better shape today then I was yesterday. I also feel better physically and mentally. Thanks to her expertise and experience, my quality of life has improved. Thanks Cookie.

    Response by Elba " Cookie " Melendez on Jan 02, 2014

    Hi Wily, Let's continue your success. See you in 2014.

  • by Jennifer Tabick on Mar 13, 2013

    I have know of Shihan Cookie Melendez through my Dojo and the Sensei's Top Knotch reports about her. I soon became a student of hers and I am so happy with the repore she and I now have. I am honored to be her trainee. She has tailored workouts just for me. Her motivation and commitment to my goals is what keeps me going. I know she will never quit and she will never let me quit either. Having her as a personal is the perfect compliment to my busy lifestyle. I still go to my Dojo but I need that extra physical training to keep me in shape for the other days I am not there. I am in better shape and have more energy and have been eating better. Shihan Cookie was the extra motivation I needed and I will continue to utilize her expertise as long as I can.

    Response by Elba " Cookie " Melendez on Aug 21, 2013

    Hi Jennifer, glad all is going well for you. Keep up the great work !!!!