Being born in New Orleans in 1982, Anesti Vega had already entered into a world of art, music and culture. He proceeded to travel around the world during his childhood to further his worldly perspective. After settling down in Florida, Anesti was involved in sports such as soccer and wrestling, but was still a bit socially awkward and spent most of his time reading. His main topics of interest were history, philosophy and world religions.
Having extremely strict parents, Anesti was mostly left to his books and television where he was introduced to the martial arts. Reading about feudal Japan and stories of the Samurai and Ninja clans, followed up by watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe with the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow characters left Anesti in awe of the fluidity and gracefulness of these dangerous self defense methods. By the time he was 11, Anesti was introduced to the video game, Mortal Kombat, that was on a friend's Sega Game Gear. That spawned what would go on to become a lifelong dedication to the martial arts. After doing his best to practice and mimic the techniques he saw in the backyard, his mother signed him and his brother up at the local Tae Kwon Do academy that lasted 2 years.
In high school, Anesti came across Marrese Crump, who told him about a group he was starting up called Warriors Dojo with his teacher, Master Kim-Jae. The enthusiasm of the martial arts was reignited and Anesti jumped at the chance to train again. When showing up to the address that Marrese gave him, he found the training area to be the garage of Master Kim-Jae's house and was only Marrese's second student. Anesti paid no mind to all that, for after his first training session, he was blown away at the wealth of knowledge and skill set that was being offered to him in so many styles such as Muay Thai, Jiujitsu, Capoeira and other styles Anesti had never seen before. Anesti became good friends with Marrese, helped him promote and expand the group and continued his training with him through high school graduation until Anesti left for the US Army.
In the Army, Anesti made it a point to volunteer for everything available to get the most out of his time there. This led to really amazing and not-so-amazing jobs and duties, but it paid off. He used this time to travel the world more and learn as much as he could. From Kosovo to Afghanistan, England to Colombia... Anesti traveled extensively and had the honor of attending Infantry School and the US Intelligence Academy while being awarded various medals and achievements along this journey.
After returning to Florida, Anesti met back up with Marrese Crump, who was running a successful academy with fellow friends Nick Kozlowski and Joe Harrison. It was then that they started developing the idea to use their martial arts ability in movies. With Marrese in front of the camera and Anesti behind it, they started a grass roots campaign that gained a tremendous amount of momentum, eventually catching the attention of WWE Superstar Dave Bautista, legendary action director Panna Rittikrai and The RZA of the Wu Tang Clan.
Anesti is very blessed and thankful for the success so far and continues to stay motivated and utilizes the confidence, discipline and respect learned from the martial arts and the military toward everything that he does. His dedication to quality helps him raise the bar with each and every project and builds a strong foundation for not only his family, but his legacy in the future of martial arts/action filmmaking as well.
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What is Elamintal and why is it on some of the photos and videos featured on this site? Elamintal was the name of Anesti Vega's first production company. It specialized in a variety of production services that ended up spreading too thin. With the launching of Maluco Studios specializing in action and extreme film, video and photo... Elamintal is now only a name that represents Anesti's early work.