The Directors

Glenn Rodriguez is the Founder/Director of Grapplin’ Gorillas.  He has been a school teacher since 1994, and began his coaching career in 1989.  Glenn holds certifications as a Youth Wrestling Coach through USA Wrestling, as a Personal Trainer (CPT), and through the ATCQA (American Tai Chi Qigong Association).  He is the former head coach of the Lower and Middle School wrestling programs (grades 5-9) at the Allen-Stevenson School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.   Both as an educator and coach, Glenn brings mindfulness into his instruction.  He first introduced Tai Chi in the academic environment when teaching in the NYC Public School System in 1995.  He believes that wrestling is the American Martial Art.  After wrestling in high school on Long Island, he began to pursue other martial arts.  He is a veteran of several Toughman Contests, holds a brown belt in Kempo Karate, and was formerly the Wushu Kung Fu and Tai Chi Assistant Instructor at the Ross School, East Hampton.

Ligia Lamprea-Rodriguez is the Co-Director of Grapplin’ Gorillas. She has been passionate about fitness and wellness her entire adult life. She became an instructor of aerobics, step aerobics and personal training in her twenties, then embarked on what is now a life-long journey of personal development and introspection. Following a career in design, business and sales, Ligia became certified as a Yoga instructor (Gentle/Yin) through Yoga Alliance. She runs Yoga and mindfulness classes, and is the resident instructor at the Grapplin’ Gorillas Summer Camp. Ligia is an avid volunteer for causes dear to her heart – children, spiritual and physical wellbeing, the environment/nature – and is the president of the Adoptive Parents Committee, Hudson Valley/CT chapter.