Instructors at Plus One Defense Systems, West Hartford, CT

Instructors at Plus One Defense Systems will help you meet your training goals in a healthy and positive environment. We’re very proud to have the talented team that we do. Please click an instructor’s name below to view that instructor’s picture, profile, personal statements, and some noted achievements.

Kyoshi Darin Reisler

Let me start by saying the martial arts have been a wonderful addition to my life. I have been a student for over 35 years, and I hope to continue studying and teaching for at least fifty more!

Professor Robert Austin

Professor Austin has achieved high level black belt ranking in several disciplines, and he is an avid practitioner of the Filipino martial arts systems. He is the current head of the United Martial Arts Alliance, and he has founded a number of martial arts academies in Colorado.

Mestre Marcus Aurelio

Mestre Marcus has nearly 40 years of experience with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He runs the Marcus Aurelio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Florida. As a multiple time Pan Champion, PRIDE Fighting Champion, and the person who holds the record for the fastest submission in UFC history, we are thankful to be in his lineage.

Professor Marco Delima

Born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil, Professor Marco has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for over 20 years, Marco Delima is a 3rd degree black belt under Marcus Aurelio (Carlson Gracie lineage).

Marlene Reisler

Professor Marlene has been training at Plus One for about twelve years. An experienced educator by profession, teaching is in Marlene’s blood. She enjoys being the Head Instructor of the Women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program and is one of the founding members of that group.

Joel Melendez

Joel (AKA Suave) is an accomplished Capoeirista with an energy for the art that is highly contagious. Included in his experience, Joel trained with Mestre Efraim Silva for four years, and he has trained with Mestre Pinga Fogo for eight years.

Travis Johnson

Travis has been training for close to ten years. He is an accomplished martial artist and is the captain of our Karate competition team. He is an assistant instructor with the kids and adults, and he is the head instructor of our Kali program.

Alberto Collazo

Coach Alberto originally started training with us in 2006 when he was just a boy. He grew up on the mats at Plus One! 🙂 With experience in the ring and on the mats, Coach Alberto works with advanced and beginner Muay Thai students.

Rohan Mitchell

With a kind and gentle demeanor, Coach Ro provides instruction primarily to our adult Kung-Fu students

Karen Myrick

Doctor Karen Myrick is a great martial artist with a very diverse background. There's an expression that states, "Before you learn to hurt, you should learn to heal."

Able Aldave

With a fantastic smile and a very humble attitude, Coach Able can be found working with the kids in Kung-Fu, Karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Kristina Bystrak

Coach Tina is a super solid Krav Maga enthusiast. She teaches this style, and also studies Silat at Plus One.

Tristian Sudac

A mechanical engineer by day, Coach Tristian Sudac has been enthralled with the no-nonsense approach that Krav Maga provides for many years. He enjoys the adaptability of the system and the fact that it is constantly developing and growing.

Scott Myrick

Scott Myrick is a Certified Athletic Trainer and is the preferred strength and conditioning coach for the competitive athletes who train at Plus One Defense Systems.

Trevon Stapleton

Coach Tre is one of the quickest learners we've ever had enter our doors. A lot of that has to do with the fact that he's not only talented, but one of the hardest workers we've ever had enter our doors.

Ajarn Nelson Siyavong

Ajarn Nelson started training at twelve years old in the Northeast Esan regions of Thailand under his late grandfather Sattrajarn Peuy in 1962. Ajarn Nelson turned pro at 14 years old securing his first local championship title.

Joshua Kaufman

Coach Josh is a very well-versed individual! He has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for quite some time, and his incredibly solid background in climbing adds to his BJJ repertoire.

Oluwole Oyelola

Oluwole is a very fluid Capoeira practitioner and enjoys the floreios of Capoeira. He practices Capoeira Regional and Angola under Suave and is a wonderfully talented individual.

John Vo

Coach John Vo is the Lead Instructor for our youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. He has a wonderfully technical approach to Jiu-Jitsu

Aaron Hickey

Started Muay Thai in 2006 in Minnesota at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy (now known as The Academy) under Greg Nelson Continued when moved back to Vermont, and then on to CT where I began at Plus One

Rochelly Duncan

Coach Rochelly works with the youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program and brings a high level of skill to the group. I'm glad that she is helping the next generation of martial artists learn the beauty of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Mark Balkun

Mark has been involved with sports his entire life and has been a coach for over 15 years. His knowledge gained from competition has provided him with a strong foundation.

Jonathan Rosenfield

Coach Jonathan has over ten years of training and works with kids and adults. He studies and teaches the arts of Muay Thai, Kung-Fu, Karate, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Donald Meyers

Coach Donald studies all things self-defense, and he takes his training quite seriously. He teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the mornings, and he's usually here by 4:30am. (We don't open until 6:30am. Remember what I said about him taking his training seriously?)

Jacob Figueroa

Coach Jacob studies Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has over ten years of practice. He has a love for teaching that shows through as soon as you meet him.

Coach Isaiah

Coach Isaiah Teaches Krav Maga and is one of the most generous people I know. He is always looking for a way to help others. Coach Isaiah trains in multiple disciplines, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.

Coach Rachel

Coach Rachel teaches  Krav Maga.  She is a graduate of the Legion Krav Maga program.

Coach Amir

Coach Amir is a Legion Krav Maga program graduate and enjoys teaching  Krav Maga.

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