Mike Soto's Photo

Partially Verified

  • Payment verified
  • Phone not verified
  • Government ID not verified
  • Address not verified

Not Accepting Guests

  • Last login almost 3 years ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Mike’s full profile. It’s free!


  • 4 References 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 51, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Ophthalmic Technician by day/ Martial Arts teacher by night
  • No education listed
  • From Santurce, Toa Baja y Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me


To discover new frontiers, far away lands, and cultures beyond my imagination! To continue my growth as a productive human being :)


It's all about balance. I am a passionate, spontaneous, and adventureous person that likes to live!; not just exist. I'm open minded, enjoy living the moment, and always in a continuos state of improvement. I am an avid learner and a constant beginner. It assures that I continue to grow as a person. As the old Taoist saying goes...."Running water, never goes stale" ;) I have learned that even though one can achieve great accomplishments, triumphs, and experiences on your own, they have a whole different meaning when there are others you can see it, live it, feel it and share it with. You must learn to appreciate the little things. Life is inside and outside of us, waiting to be seized so it can help us to continually create a better version of ourselves :)

I enjoy sharing great times with friends. I love to travel! I enjoy movies, fine dining, reading, and learning about and experiencing different cultures. Music is very important in my life and I have a soundtrack following me 24/7!

I have strong cultural influences from my Puertorrican and American heritage, and my lifelong exposure to Asian cultures.
I have learned to appreciate things from many different points of views. The same view you see out of a 5th floor balcony, will have a totally different perspective when looking at it from the balcony on the 20th floor.

My passions are researching, learning/teaching martial arts and health related subjects. I like helping people achieve their goals.
I am very spontaneous and will up and go anywhere that interests me, near or far.
I have traveled alot, and I want to see more of the world!!!!

I devour all information I get my hands on regarding nutrition, fitness and martial arts.
I work in the Ophthalmic/Optometric field. Martial Arts are my passion, and I coach anyone from the everyday person to MMA athletes in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Fitness, and Nutrition.


"Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own. Using no way as way, and no limitation as limitation"

"The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I try my best to stay involved in CS activities. I promote traveling and exchanging cultural information between people from all around the world.


I have been a host but I have not yet surfed or been hosted. I plan on traveling more this year and hopefully be hosted for the first time :)


Traveling, Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Boxing, Movies, Music!, Cooking, Reading, Fine Dining, Fitness, Nutrition, Comedy

  • arts
  • dining
  • cooking
  • fine dining
  • fitness
  • running
  • coach
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • boxing
  • martial arts

Music, Movies, and Books

I love going to the movies! Music is very important in my life, so I appreciate all kinds of music! If it moves me in any way be it rhythm, lyrics, beat, or voice, I will add it to my music collection.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

It was a thrill to be the first foreigner ever allowed to go to the top of the Lugansk city building, and climb the antenna to view the landscape of the whole city.

Teach, Learn, Share

I love to teach and coach martial arts, nutrition and fitness. I want to learn about other cultures and experience their way of life, their wisdom, and contributions. Sharing these experiences can have a very positive impact on others that may be inspired to begin their own experiences. It brings people closer together and promotes better understanding between cultures.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, China, Malaysia, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Puerto Rico, Thailand, United States

Old School Badges

  • Vouches 9a938eb8eddceeeb3ee4276e3d530a48c5fcca7895c8f13b8b23592736f3d037
    2 Vouches
  • Pioneer 9e5c6d07410be6ad972e78858727f5a200c4ebab1f9bb897eb4d7cbee90959a8
    Pioneer Badge

Join Couchsurfing to see Mike’s full profile. It’s free!

My Groups