Sensei Reisler

Darin is head instructor and founder of Plus One Defense Systems in West Hartford, CT. He has been studying martial arts for over 30 years, and is founder of a new system called Sho Biyn Jiu (First Understand Peace). More about Darin.

Do You Ever Feel Like The Hummingbird?

Marlene was outside on the deck last week, and she caught this amazing shot.After I saw the image, I couldn’t help but think about some of the different Kung-Fu scenes from the old movies that I grew up on.  I remember quotes like, “My eagle style can defeat your snake! 

Looking For a Back-to-School Karate Program?

We get a lot of calls during this time of year from parents who are looking for karate classes for their kids.  Finding the right Karate school in the West Hartford area for your child can be a daunting task.  There are several academies out there, and the back-to-school time is often filled with a ton of other things you need to get done, too. 

Are You Gymtimidated?

Apparently, this is a thing.  I checked, and Google says it’s a thing, so it must be true.  (That’s a topic for another post.)Gymtimidation is the feeling of fear that one may have when working out in front of others, or when others are around. 

Realization = Results

Are you still waiting for the day that you’ll be fit?How many times have you told yourself that you’ll start living healthier… tomorrow? Or next week?After you’ve had just one more pizza dinner and one more lazy day on the couch…Then you’ll commit yourself to eating right and exercising regularly, right?It’s

Want Better Health?

What you eat can make or break your fitness results so if you aren’t happy with your current results then I’ll bet that your diet could use some improvement.Case and point: how many of your meals are being delivered in a paper bag to your front door? 
Weight Training for Martial Arts

Weight Training for Martial Arts

Adding weight training to your workouts will definitely enhance your martial arts ability level.  Whether you study Karate, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Silat, Krav Maga, Aikido or a combination of these self defense styles, adding weight training to your workout regimen will produce many benefits.   

Don’t Just Make A Resolution- Be Resolute.

Striving to be better and stronger is often a hard and arduous task.  We can help.  It’s far easier to reach your goals when you are working in tandem with others toward the same goal.  There is a strength that comes from that, and that strength is shared and increases at a greater pace in the right atmosphere.  

Don’t Be the Perfect Target…

It is easy to spot a person in a crowd who trains in the martial arts.  They project a certain confidence in how they carry themselves, as well as an obvious awareness of their physical surroundings.  They might be wearing tactical clothing, surveying their environment, and identifying potential threats and nearest exits.  

YOUR Safety is YOUR Responsibility.

When seconds count, help will be there in minutes. Have you ever heard that expression? It’s a true statement.There are times when people need help- in all aspects of their lives. This is normal. There’s a difference between calling somebody to “help” and calling somebody because you are “helpless.”No

Karate Classes in West Hartford, CT

What happens in a typical Karate class?Karate is a traditional martial art that focuses on several key areas.  The training involves learning techniques (punches and kicks), self defense moves (against pushes, punches, and common attacks), and forms (patterned movement that helps create muscle memory and promotes strength and mobility).  

When You’re Ready… We’re Here For You.

These last two years have been trying, to say the least.  In the pursuit of following what others have to say about healthy decisions, we’ve seen many people who are now, ironically, in worse health than they have ever been.  Weight gain, diabetes, and mental health struggles seem to be an increasing issue.  

Capoeira Classes Return- Enrollment Has Begun!

I’m very excited that, after more than two years away from on-site instruction, Suave is resuming Capoeira classes at Plus One on May 2nd.  Classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:45pm until 9:15pm.  Capoeira is a Brazilian style with African roots that utilizes a lot of ground maneuvers, aerial work, and dance type motions.

So close…

There is one primary reason why most people haven’t yet reached their goals, and it’s a simple one. It’s something that I’ve struggled with, and it just may be the one primary thing that’s holding you back from your goals.That one thing is consistency.Think

Are you ready to take back the control of your life?

document.createElement('video');’s been a brutal two years, and many people have come to us in that time expressing that they feel like they have lost control of their lives.  If you feel this way, I have a question for you.  Are you ready to take back the control of your life?
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