Founder, Director, Ma Strength 

  • Honorary Weightlifting Coaching Credential – Chengdu Sports University
  • USA Weightlifting Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Referee


Coach Manuel received his honorary coaching credential in Olympic weightlifting from Chengdu Sports University, one of China’s premiere weightlifting facilities and research center.

Manuel started as a gymnast out of high school and became interested in strength sports, especially weightlifting. He trained in the USA and with Ivan Abadjiev, but he was so intrigued by the different lifting style of Chinese weightlifters, that he started traveling to China to learn Chinese weightlifting techniques. There he visited various training bases throughout China and trained with professional weightlifters.

Coach Manuel learned to speak, read, and write in Chinese in college, so he was study and translate various Chinese research articles, manuals, and textbooks on weightlifting. During this ongoing process combining theory and practice, he has authored two books on Chinese Weightlifting: 1) A Visual Guide to Technique, and the textbook 2) Technical Mastery & Training.

Coach Manuel has taught seminars on Chinese weightlifting technique, theory, and programming in China as well as around the world. His knowledge of Chinese language and culture allows him to bridge language barriers and convey the essence behind Chinese weightlifting methods to Western audiences. Additionally, he has conducted Chinese Weightlifting seminars in Spanish, Portuguese, and is working on Italian translations.