Juan Mercado has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Mathematics and is completing graduate studies in science and education. Mr. Mercado is a certified Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and has maintained a continued and proactive education training in these fields since 1995.
Mr. Mercado has given lectures about his research at the University of Puerto Rico in several departments including Physics Department, (material science, quantum computation and information, computational methods in physics), the Philosophy Department, (the limits of science, cognition and knowledge), and the Pharmacy Department, (computational methods for Pharmaceutical Research). He has also given training and technical support to the Department of Education of Puerto Rico through Caribbean University in Computer and On-line methods for teaching and Student Evaluation.
In addition to this formal training, he has researched, studied and trained in methods to achieve peak performance and development in mental and physical skills for science, sports and self-defense. This includes auxiliary and complementary alternative health care methods, (physical and mental) to maintain optimal mind-body conditions.
Mr. Mercado has been a martial arts instructor since 1995, starting with Chinese Boxing, Kung Fu Styles Wing Chun and Kenpo. He has trained in several arts for years including Judo, Jiu-jitsu, Combat Sambo, boxing and fencing, while sharing and cross training with Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Arnis de Mano Practitioners, among others. He has worked in private security and investigations for over a decade and has given specialized training to Law Enforcement Officers and Local Marshals in Puerto Rico where he resides. He has given seminars and trainings in the United States, Mexico and the Dominican Republic as well.
Mr. Mercado is heavily involved in the combat sports, including Combat Sambo as a National coach, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing as a National Referee, and Mixed Martial Arts Sport, while refining coaching and training methods for Combat Athletes and Self Defense/Defensive Tactics.
Mr. Mercado now focuses on American Chuan-Fa and SubLevel Tactical Kenpo under the tutelage of Dr. Chapél at the Martial Science University.