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Dr. Marc Bochner, DPT

Marc Brochner

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: [email protected].

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/What You Enjoy:

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

Bethany Lopes

Rank

3rd 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/What You Enjoy:

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/What You Enjoy:

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

1st degree Black Belt

Degree

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Boston University 2005 – this should be black

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/What You Enjoy:

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/What You Enjoy:

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

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/What You Enjoy:

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

Joe Hanley

Rank

Red/Black 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/What You Enjoy:

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

Aleah

Rank

Red/Black Belt

Degree

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

Years training in BRSD:

3+ 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/What You Enjoy:

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