Our Team

Our Team

Dr. Marc Bochner, DPT

Marc Bochner has studied the martial arts for over twenty years. He is the owner and main instructor of the Bochner’s Realistic Self-Defense Training and Fitness Centers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Bochner is the author of multiple self-defense books, has been published in BlackBelt Magazine, and is the producer and instructor in Bochner’s Realistic Self-Defense DVDs. Bochner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. Bochner currently works as a licensed Physical Therapist, teaches self-defense classes, instructs self-defense seminars, writes self-defense books, and most recently children books.

Bochner can be personally emailed at: Marc@RealisticSD.com.

Rank

Owner of Bochner’s Realistic Self-Defense Training and Fitness Center

Degree

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Rhode Island 2009

Years training in BRSD:

Martial arts training for 23+ Years . Started instructing martial arts at the age of 13

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

I love the atmosphere at my school and the interactions I have with my students and their families.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

I enjoy always improving and evolving as a person and a business owner.

Sensei Brian Baccaire

Rank

5th Degree Blackbelt

Degree

Bachelors of Psychology from Rhode Island College 1997

Years training in BRSD:

15+ years of martial arts training

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

I love the fact that the system adapts to the person and not the other way around.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

Horror Flick Aficionado.

Dr. Matthew Mendillo, D.C.

Sensei Matthew Mendillo has been studying martial arts since 1988. He has been fortunate to train in a variety of different styles, such as Tae Kwon Do, Ishiin-Ryu, Shotokan, Aikido, Modern Arnis, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu. Sensei Mendillo began training in KJJ upon its inception in 1999, and has been teaching students of all ages since then, receiving the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) in 2010. He utilizes his vast and versatile background to bring a unique approach to Bochner’s Realistic Self Defense Center, explaining philosophies and techniques from other styles and systems and relating them to the techniques taught at BRSD to further enhance the students’ training.

He has taught seminars across New England and has developed a curriculum for rape prevention seminars to be taught at sororities and colleges. In addition, Sensei Mendillo has served on numerous occasions as Soke-Dai Bochner’s personal uke for martial arts demonstrations for the past decade. He continues to teach when he can and attend seminars across RI and MA as often as possible to train with some of the greatest instructors alive today.

Sensei Mendillo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island (2002) and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport (2006). Dr. Mendillo currently practices in Pawtucket, RI, where he specializes in minor trauma-related injuries, headaches, sciatica, sports injuries/rehabilitation, and any other neuromusculoskeletal disorder.

Rank

4th Degree Black Belt

Degree

Doctorate of Chiropractic from University of Bridgeport 2008

Years training in BRSD:

20+ years of martial arts training

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

In his spare time, he tours New England and NYC as a stand-up comedian, performing regularly at Foxwoods Casino in CT, as well as numerous Manhattan comedy clubs. He can be seen almost every weekend making people laugh in clubs across RI and is on Twitter at @TheRealDrMatt. He is also a certified pistol and rifle instructor with the NRA and a certified EMT. He is currently writing a medical book, due out whenever he actually finishes it. He loves TV, movies, baseball, football, fantasy baseball, fantasy football, reading, boating, cooking, eating, and amazingly enough, relaxing. His blog can be read at www.thedoctorisinnow.wordpress.com and writing this bio felt like writing his dating site profile.

Bethany Lopes

Rank

2nd Degree Blackbelt

Years training in BRSD:

12+ years

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

I like that all the students bring different ideas to the table and help create different techniques.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

I like to read and play the piano.

William Macera

Rank

2nd Degree BlackBelt

Degree

Masters of Education – Rhode Island College

Years training in BRSD:

9 + years

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

The camaraderie between the students and the teachers is outstanding. It helps everyone feel comfortable, thus making it easier to learn. I also like how there is a set curriculum for each belt. This allows you to master the necessary skills to learn more advanced techniques.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

Besides my love for the martial arts, I also love baseball and working out. I also enjoy teaching martial arts. To teach someone how to defend themselves is a very rewarding experience.

Dr. Alicia Sullivan

Rank

Black Belt

Degree

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Boston University 2005

Years training in BRSD:

4+ years

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

One of the things I like most about BRSD is that it is a fun and friendly environment. I have learned so much over the past few years and I have had a great time doing it. The students and teachers have made my experience a postive one.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

I enjoy writing fiction in my free time. I had one of my books self-published several years ago. I also enjoy music and concers. I recently got involved with a cancer charity called the Love Hope Strength Foundation and I get to go to concerts as a volunteer to sign up possible bone marrow doners.

Terrance M. Gasbarro

Rank

Black Belt BRSD
1st Degree Black Belt Shotokan Karate, 2 years Shaolin Long Fist Kung-Fu (Instructor Candidate) Also studied Kenpo, Tae Kwon do, and Tai Chi.

Degree

A.S. Mechanical Engineering, CCRI 2002

Years training in BRSD:

4+ years

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

The friendly, co-operative atmosphere.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

The Beatles, comic books, guitars and collecting books on Martial Arts.

Shannon McClure

Rank

Red/Black Belt

Degree

B.S in Biology from Providence College 1996

Years training in BRSD:

4 years

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

One of the things I like most about BRSD is that it is a very positive environment filled with like-minded people: people who are friendly and willing to help one another. At BRSD, we work together to help each other achieve our highest potential.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

Has been a high school/ middle school teacher since 1998, and currently teaches 7th grade science in Cumberland. Hobbies include running, spinning, hiking, and organizing events.

Harry Rhau

Rank

Green Belt

Degree

Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science (kinesiology), University of Rhode Island 2007-2011

Years training in BRSD:

2010 – current

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

I really appreciate the camaraderie when you walk in. Everyone is there to work, improve and have a good time.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

Self-taught drummer (21 years). I love good music. I like to weight lift. San francisco 49er fan.

Joe Hanley

Rank

Green Belt
My highest rank is 3rd° black belt under Professor Dave Castoldi

Degree

Presently working on my Associates Degree at Roger Williams University.

Years training in BRSD:

I’ve been training at Bochner’s Realistic Self Defense

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

My favorite thing about Bochner’s is the diversity of the curriculum and how it’s presented. I especially enjoy how the focus of our training rolls from one area to another on a weekly basis. This format helps keep my training fresh and interesting, but it still provides me the opportunity to work on the repetitions necessary to be a well-rounded martial artist.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

This type of training is what I like to do most. Although this is not a hobby, I especially enjoy interacting and learning from the people I meet as a result of studying martial arts/ self defense.

Aleah Bagwell-Moreino

Rank

Blue Belt

Degree

Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University New England, graduated May of 2012

Years training in BRSD:

2+ Years Training

One of the things you like the most about BRSD:

What I love most about the dojo is the strong sense of camaraderie and the sense of community amongst the students as well as the instructors at the dojo. I love the noncompetitive, judgment free, fun, positive and friendly atmosphere at our dojo. It’s amazing to see how well everyone works together to help each other learn and grow. I enjoying watching everyone, including myself, strive for personal growth and conquer challenges.

Fun fact about yourself/hobbies/what you like:

I enjoy dancing, the beach, spending time with family and friends, cooking, outdoors activities, and exercise.