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.

Everyday Self-Defense Tips

Self Defense Tips As you may imagine, I get a lot of questions from folks about how they can be safer “right now.”  Especially these days, people are more-and-more aware of the fact THEY are responsible for THEIR safety… nobody else. 

Back to [Martial Arts] School !

Why Train?As we are now in the “back to school” season, it’s a natural time of year for people to get “back” to doing physical activity.  Why do you want to train or exercise? Grab onto the first answer that came into your mind.

What is the value of your health?

What is the value of your health?It has been said that one of the most valuable things we possess is our health.Let’s face it, today more than ever, health is a topic of concern. We take precautions to avoid exposure to others and to mitigate our risk of contracting disease.

If You Had To, Could You Defend Yourself?

This is a question that everybody should be able to answer with a resounding, “Yes!”  As times are changing, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that there is one person responsible for your safety.  That person… is you.  As a professional martial arts instructor, and a former police officer, I often talk with people about safety. 

We Take Health and Hygiene Very Seriously

The question has come to me a couple of times now. “Given the news about virus concerns, what are you doing differently at the dojo?” I’m going to give a long answer, and then a short answer to this question. The long answer… as our standard procedure- we have cleaning personnel on staff.
Student of the Month- Dr Dave- West Hartford BJJ and Martial Arts

Student of the Month

Our student of the month is… David Wolpaw!  “Doctor Dave” (who is local area physician) has been training in the martial arts for many years now.  (He first started in 2004, and he began training with us in 2010.)

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month for July is Andrew Poltorak. He was chosen as our Student of the Month because of his willingness to help whenever his fellow students are in need.

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month for June is Maria Bustamante! Maria has been training in Kung-Fu, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and she’s been training for over two years now.

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month for May is… Demond! He started training in the martial arts when he was in the military, and after he completed his service, he wanted to continue his training. (He was in the Army for five years.)

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month for April is… Kinte Barnes! Kinte trains in Kung-Fu, Karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He often comes to three classes a day!  Kinte (who is a very physically fit individual) told me that he got tired of the “gym” and decided to do the martial arts.

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month award for February goes to two people this round, Alex Liew and Jonathan Rosenfield.  Alex and Jon are best friends, and they have been training together at Plus One for about eight months.  They train in Muay Thai, Kung-Fu, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month is Hyouk Kwon!  Hyouk came to us with a great deal of martial arts experience and a solid foundation.  He is the first Student of the Month to ever be chosen who


We have had MANY people obtain significant benefits from training.  Here’s a quick video that contains some testimonials about how our students have lost weight, gained confidence, and much more!

Train Like a Pro Fighter!

If you would like to train like a pro fighter, here are some tips that can get you started today.  This free e-book provides some useful information, and you can get started from the comfort of your own home. 

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month for November is Stephen Marshall. Stephen has been training with us for about a year and a half, and he originally started after his nephew (Justin) began training at Plus One. 

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month for September is a three way tie between Olivia, Robbie, and Sophia Giuffria- listed in alphabetical order. 🙂   Olivia and Robbie have been training for four years; Sophia has been training for seven years.  While they are siblings, and they train in many classes together, they began their martial arts training for different reasons.  

Student of the Month

Our Student of the Month for May is… Tyler Ferreira!  Tyler has been training with us for one year, and he trains in Muay Thai, Kung-Fu, Karate, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He is a very well-rounded young man!
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