Maura with World Boxing Champ Sugar Ray Leonard
Unbreakable Woman® is the compilation of my life’s experience as a person seeking peace and self–knowledge through movement. My movement training started at four years old when I attended a program, called Motor Performance, which taught swimming, tumbling, climbing, etc. To this day I remember my first cartwheel. It felt amazing to go upside down and be in control. That inspired me to begin formal gymnastics training.
By age 10, I was a two-time junior Olympian. Fast forward to the University of Colorado at Boulder where I won my first of two natural body-building titles. I also began personal training as a way to make money while earning my B.S. After graduating, I became a professional fire fighter. For the first time, everything I did in the gym had a direct impact on my ability to do a job where physical performance could be the difference between life and death. Unlike the first cartwheel, I was terrified I wouldn’t be strong enough and quickly learned the value of functional training.
Having enjoyed a successful career in the fire service, I re-located to Southern California and started practicing Hatha Yoga, training in Mixed Martial Arts and a new Zen art called Budokon, a fusion of martial arts and Yoga. I was very fortunate to study under the Master and creator of Budokon, which allowed me to submerse myself in the purest form of the discipline. I quickly earned the rank of sensei and the privilege to teach at the prestigious Equinox Clubs across the greater LA area.
I am a certified Self Defense Instructor and Senior Budokon Sensei. Currently, I teach
Unbreakable Woman® seminars in the greater Seattle area and present at conferences. I am also the Director of Training and Continuing Education for Tune Up Fitness
Worldwide, an accredited continuing educator for American Council on Exercise and
American College of Sports Medicine, a certified Personal Trainer and Licensed
Integrated Anatomy Yoga Tune Up® instructor.
IN THE PRESS
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Read about Maura in an article called "Maura Barclay on Sublimating Your Urge to Run" by Charity D.
Read about Maura in "A fusion workout for mind and body" by Merrill Balassone.
Read about Maura in "Star Power" by Adam Skolnick
“This class allowed me to view self-defense in a completely different way. You made a very scary topic much more approachable and manageable.” – Angelica, Westwood