Dojo + Facilities
Our 9000 square foot facility is top notch. The downstairs consists of about 2000 square feet of mat space, an MMA cage, a boxing ring, a full complement of heavy bags, light bags, and pads, a weight/cardio fitness center, a pro-shop, bathrooms, and showers. The upstairs consists of a beautiful lounge area and a traditional style dojo. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building.
If you are looking for martial arts classes, and you live in the greater West Hartford Connecticut (CT) area, you can tour the facility and take a free introductory class in any style we offer.
Our mission at Plus One Defense Systems is to provide the highest quality of martial arts instruction available, with the greatest diversity of styles available, in a personal fashion that caters to the individual needs of our students.
We desire to make a positive impact on our local and global community, to be an extension of the family for which our students look to for mental, physical, and spiritual growth, and to be a “home away from home” for those who train with us.
Our vision at Plus One Defense Systems is to be the number one destination for martial arts in the region. With the highest quality instruction, and the greatest variety of disciplines available, we want to be known as a place that offers expert training in a complete complement of martial arts styles.
We desire to cater to the individual who trains, based on her/his specific needs and goals. With this in mind, our goal is to be a school that shows the highest degree of care and the greatest level of customer service available. We want to be more than a school; we want to be an extension of the community, a home away from home.
Plus One Defense Systems seeks to be a financially successful organization that supports the physical, mental, and spiritual growth of the individuals and families who are involved with us. We desire to provide an environment that offers a holistic approach to martial arts training, branching out to multiple venues, and connecting intimately with the community we serve.
We teach multiple disciplines, including traditional and modern styles. Primary systems of instruction include: Kung-Fu, Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Mixed Martial Arts, Kali/Silat, Aikido, Jujutsu, and Soft Style Arts. These styles have classes dedicated to their instruction.
As well, we uniquely teach the art of Sho Biyn Jiu (translated as First Understand Peace).
Plus One Defense Systems utilizes structured curriculum with primary and secondary competency focus areas. Each specified art has a designated structure. Within the Sho Biyn Jiu system four main areas of development are labeled as distinct aspects of the curriculum: technique, form, self defense, and sparring. There is an overall focus on mental development, connecting our physical training to the real world in a responsible manner.
Rank is earned by students and is symbolic of how far along the training path one has come. At Plus One Defense Systems, students may earn rank in many different systems. Recognition differs by the martial art studied. Within the Sho Biyn Jiu system the belts are earned in the following order: white, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, and then black. Note that your journey continues even after reaching black belt …
Reaching the rank of black belt is an incredible feat. The journey is quite arduous, and very few people that begin their training have the initiative and perseverance to make it to that level. Those students who do attain the level of black belt with Plus One Defense Systems are provided with more than just the recognition of achievement. They are provided with useful skills that will help them throughout their lives.
News, information, and announcements. We regularly spotlight students who demonstrate a high level of commitment and are making huge strides in their mental and physical development.