Instructors

Competitive Edge instructors are what make our programs unique – and effective! Their experience, deep knowledge base of multiple sports and proven teaching methods deliver optimal results. Many of our programs combine the expertise of more than one of our skating specialists and instructors.

Competitive Edge Skating Owner Jennifer Matras

Jennifer Matras, CES Owner & On-ice/Off-ice Skating Associate

With over 25 years of skating and training experience, Jennifer Matras is a highly sought after skill development instructor and owner of Competitive Edge Skating, Inc. (C.E.S.).  C.E.S. is the result of Jennifer’s commitment and passion to developing a company where athletes are provided everything they need to reach their highest level of performance.

As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and an Exercise Physiologist, Jennifer has personally developed athletes to reach world-class levels.


Born and raised in Redford Township, Michigan, Jennifer began skating at the age of 3 at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She had a successful competitive figure skating career spanning 14 years that included regional championships, along with national competitions.

Jennifer’s mentoring career began at the age of 18 at Redford Ice Arena where she helped with the basic skills program and power skating program. She taught one-on-one and group lessons and helped develop and lead conditioning skates for hockey players.

In 1998, Jennifer became an instructor at Suburban Hockey schools in Farmington Hills, Michigan where she developed a weekly beginner and advanced power skating program for local hockey players.

Jennifer has worked as a guest instructor for the Gordan “Red” Berenson summer camps, as a guest instructor for the U-17 and U-18 USA Hockey National Development Teams in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as an instructor for Keil Power Skating Schools in Chelsea, Michigan, and has been providing individual instruction for hockey players from Mini-Mite to professional level.

After many years of providing on ice instruction to hockey players, Jennifer enrolled in the Sports Medicine program at Eastern Michigan University and graduated as an Exercise Physiologist and Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in June of 2005.

In 2005, Jennifer started Competitive Edge Skating & Strength Training and expanded the fully-equipped off-ice training facility in Kensington Valley Ice House.

Jennifer’s success comes from helping her students understand the importance and the rewards that ongoing training brings.  Jennifer aims to help each athlete move up the ranks by providing unique drills and exercises that help improve balance, speed, coordination, agility and overall body control. These key skills enable athletes – in any sport – to dominate in their game, make more difficult plays, and become more valuable to their overall success. Jennifer’s training can play an essential role in developing an athlete’s career.

Jennifer’s training methods also help develop self-confidence and positive personal development in those she trains. Athletes at C.E.S. learn how to set goals, to develop good leadership qualities, and to make better choices. Jennifer and her players are involved in local charity programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Back-to-School Backpacks for low-income families, and local ministries.

In her free time, Jennifer continues to challenge herself with continued fitness training, education, hockey, biking, and running. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends, family and her dog Romans Chapter 12 (named for her favorite Bible chapter).

In March 2016, Jennifer Matras participated in SEALFIT 20X, a 14-hour intense training program of mental and physical challenges developed by former Navy SEALs. See Video Highlights of this life-changing program.

Jennifer Matras is available as a motivational speaker. Contact her by phone at 248-752-4470 or email for more information.

Anthony Esser

Anthony Esser, On-ice skill development, Off-ice Training Associate & Nutritional Associate

Anthony Esser has a passion for nutrition, training, learning and helping others become their best.   Seeing how he personally was misguided with nutrition and training philosophies growing up, he is eager to pour into the younger generation of upcoming athletes to help them learn better nutritional habits, the importance of hydration with water, enjoying training along with reaching one’s potential through improved mindsets, connection with others and accountability.  

Anthony started skating at the age of 3, and continued his career playing for the Kensington Valley Rebels, Honeybaked, and the Novi Icecats. During his time at Novi, he joined the CES program in 2010 and remained a student of theirs through 2015. In 2012, he started attending Detroit Catholic Central where he played both hockey and baseball all 4 years and ended up winning a state championship his senior year, 2016.

Anthony is also a owner of his own landscaping business that he started back when he was in 8th grade. With just a push mower and a few flyers he handed out to gain his first few clients, he grew his business from just 2 to now over 200 clients, covering South Lyon, Brighton, Novi, and Canton.

In his free time, Anthony enjoys hanging out with friends, training, cooking, and continuing to learn about his passion… nutrition. He also participates in a volunteering program at his campus’s church, the Labre Project, where members go out to different areas of Detroit and create relationships with the homeless, feed them, and go to different institutions to spend time with them.