Bochner’s Realistc Self-Defense
Student Reviews

“I am a city police officer and I started training Judo/Jiu-Jitsu over 25 years ago up in Boston, Massachusetts to better prepare myself for police work. I’ve been fortunate to meet and train with some very talented martial artists over the years. Sometime around March/April of 2014, I met Sensei Marc Bochner while I was visiting one of his students at his school. I not only noticed how talented Marc is, but I also studied how well his students were moving. Marc is without a doubt very talented, he is also very polite and professional. He truly believes in a no-nonsense approach to self-defense and he and his staff are very determined with helping others reach their self-defense and fitness goals. I joined Marc’s school shortly after our meeting and I have definitely grown as a martial artist. I couldn’t be happier with the results thus far and I look forward to the years of training ahead. I highly recommend Bochner’s Realistic Self-Defense Training and Fitness Center.”

– Joseph H. –

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Unbelievably grateful for Sensei Marc, Sensei Sam, and The Academy’s awesome team! They graciously donated their time to run a self defense class at 1am at Providence College’s Relay for Life Event. They made the Fight Back ceremony possible and one of the highlights of the evening. Their willingness to donate their time, their professionalism, and overall great attitude was amazing. You guys rock! Thank you so much! -PC’s Relay for Life Committee

– Joanna Rydzefski –

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I’ve trained in a few different styles of martial arts, and this one is definitely my favorite! Very practical and applicable techniques, a highly trained, professional staff, and a welcoming, family-like atmosphere is what makes this place awesome! Love it!!

– Shannon McKernan –

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“The dojo and the folks who run it are incredibly important to him. His self esteem and his respect for those in high school who are prone to bullying is truly amazing to see. He walks with calm and pride, confidence and self assuredness and he is the leader of his school and ensures that no one is bullied or picked on because they can’t protect themselves. He teaches others to be ‘tough” by being tolerant and not by picking on the weak. So many teachers and students look up to him because of what you helped to instill in him. If you could see what you have done to a 15 year old boy over 4 years, it is truly amazing. He is, without question, the model student for your philosophy and teachings.”

– Luke G., Thank You –

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Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu has taught me many life lessons. The first thing I learned is that your physical size does not matter in a street or school fight. What matters is how and where you hit your opponent! In a short period of time I became confident that I could defend myself against a much larger kid or adult if necessary. The Sensei’s have also taught me how to verbally diffuse a potential fight, so I can avoid the problem to begin with. This has taught me to use self control and to only use my self defense if necessary. From my first day at Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu, all of the teachers have been great to me. They treat all the students well, and will work with you until you have learned all the necessary skills. It is common for them to keep you past class (if you want) so that you can work on your skills. I have also made good friends while at this school, and it has got me in good shape. I can say joining Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu was a great decision, and has made me much more confident.

– Billy Macera – Youth Red/Black Belt –

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Marc Bochner’s self-defense class was an awesome experience. This class not only teaches effective self-defense tools but as a woman, gives you the inner convidence and strength to know that you can protect yourself.

– Andi Moretti
Moretti Salon –

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I would like to thank you for sponsoring the series of free self-defense class at Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu. I attended the first class in February, and was very impressed by the staff. They all went above and beyond to be not only knowledgable, but welcoming as well. The staff went out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable, especially to those who had never participated in anything like that before. I can’t wait until the on in May – and I hope to convince some friends to go with me!

– Dawn M. Chevalier, RN
Bayada Home Health Care –

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Let me start by saying I am 45 years old, so if you think you’re too old…you’re not! You guys are great and have a way of teaching that makes everyone comfortable and confident. Yesterday’s seminar made me realize that EVERYONE can learn how to defend themselves. In the seminar you learn realistic self-defense not how to fight and there is a big difference.

What a great seminar. I learned so much and had so much fun doing so. Marc Bochner is an incredible instructor and along with everyone else at Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu, they welcome you with open arms, help you throughout the seminar with learning the techniques, and all while having a great time. When I left, I had confidence in myself that I didn’t have when I first walked in the door and I can’t thank all of you enough. I am looking forward the next seminar in May!

– Tracey Sanasarian –

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I’ve attended the academy of Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu for nearly 6 years now, achieving my youth black belt and adult purple. When I first heard about the academy, I was only 10 years old and didn’t know anything about the benefits this curriculum had to offer. When I did join though, it prove to be the biggest pivotal point in my life. Under the instruction of Soke-Dai Marc Bachner, Sensei Brian Baccaire and other instructors, acquaintances and friends, I soon became assured that I could defend myself on the street if I ever needed to do so; but knowing how to physically defend myself in an altercation isn’t the only thing i’ve learned from my time at the dojo. I learned self discipline, the value of how things that seem so small make such a big effect, the value of teamwork, the importance of individual study, and much more. I’ve gained lifelong friends and mentors, but most importantly, I learned how to keep my friends and myself out of harms’s way. Sticking with the academy and working 110% all the time has been arguable the best decision I have ever made, and will be one I will continue to make. All in all, Kuntao has taught me to grow, and has taught me lessons and values I won’t soon forget.

– Ant – Youth Black Belt and Adult Purple Belt –

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As a former personal trainer and a physical education teacher, I am continually impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication which the KJJ shows on a daily basis. The sessions are not only inspiring physically, but they are confidence-building workouts which always leave me motivated for the next class. The structured and safe atmosphere creates the optimal learning environment for students of all ages and walks of life. Finally, the instructors are not only highly skilled and knowledgeable but also approachable and welcoming. This is the ideal location for learning martial arts and I have recommended it to my family and friends, and students.

– James Raspallo – Blue Belt –

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When I began my search for a Martial Arts School, I used my knowledge as a Physical Education Teacher to find an excellent school for my son and I. After going in and observing and talking with students, I was impressed with the following things:

1. The instructors were able to break down the skills verbally and physically for the students.
2. The instructors were able to work well with all students, regardless of their skill level, age, or sex.
3. All students were treated the same, regardless of their belt rank.
4. A written curriculum is provided for each belt level, so the students know what is expected of them.
5. All instructors are highly educated, and teach Self Defense because it is their passion, not their livelihood.

As a P.E. Teacher I knew that these five traits were crucial for student success.

In terms of Kuntao Jiu Jitsu , if you are looking for a system that teaches you how to defend yourself on the street, this is the system for you.

The skills you learn will teach you how to end an altercation quickly and with confidence, regardless of how big your adversary is. The training also stresses what to do if you are standing up or on the ground during an attack, which makes it a well rounded system. If you are looking for a good workout as well, this system will provide it, I have seen classmates lose weight as a result of it.

Because of the instructors, curriculum, and skills taught, I can honestly say that this is a complete Martial Arts System, my son and I have been extremly pleased with it, over the last two years.

– Bill Macera – Blue Belt –

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I joined Kuntao Jiu Jitsu about a month ago and I have been very happy with my decision to join. I was initially hesitant to join because I had no prior martial arts experience and at my age, 37, I thought I may be too old to get started. I have found the instructors to be very patient and they take the time to explain things thoroughly.

I have a one year old daughter at home and I believe that Kuntao Jiu Jitsu will teach me the necessary tools that I may need to avoid an altercation either alone or, if needed, to protect my family. I would recommend this system to anyone who is interested in learning the essentials in self defense and would like to get a good cardio workout in at the same time.

– Ron Malo – White Belt

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The art of Kuntao Jiu Jitsu is unique, in the sense that it incorporates the best techniques from an array of systems. This allows you to choose the best possible option in any given altercation. I did quite a bit of research before deciding to invest my time in the Kuntao academy. It was not much of a decision once I met with Soke-Dai Bochner, and attended a preview class at the dojo.

I was immediately welcomed to participate in the class. The first thing I noticed was the loose, relaxed atmosphere. At the time I was in a room full of more advanced students and was very pleased at the way they graciously offered to help me. I absolutely love it here. I have never in my lifetime been witness to a system that has a more balanced approach to the idea of self defense. I find the system to be, without question, the most practical approach to surviving a life threatening altercation.

What makes it even better, is that it does not limit you. The system is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to deal with the situation at the necessary level to ensure your own safety. I found many other systems that would teach you effective striking techniques, and I am sure they were effective, but at the end of the day all I know how to do is beat someone into submission. I was looking for something more, as not every situation requires that reaction.

With Kuntao Jiu Jitsu we are taught many techniques, such as joint manipulations, weapons defenses, grappling techniques, all in addition to a solid base of striking. That was the most important aspect of self defense to me. I only want to take the altercation as far as it has to go, now I am comfortable in knowing that I can gain control of a situation without inflicting any unnecessary damage to somebody.

I also find it important to mention to anyone interested in training for self defense of any kind. Know your system! The most important factor in choosing a style is to know what you want to get out of it. There is nothing more dangerous, in my opinion, than a false sense of confidence. Mostly due to the fact, that if you believe you are capable of handling a life threatening altercation, you may not be as likely to just run. I chose this system because I have a family now, and I wanted to know that if anything were to ever happen, I would be able to confidently and competently defend them from any danger. You will not be entering any competition with this style.

This system works! Regardless of size or strength, you can make it work for you. It is a wonderful style for children as well. There is great relationship between all members of the dojo, children and adults alike. Also they will be learning valuable strategies on how to avoid conflict altogether, and how to defend against abduction as well. All things considered, I could not be more pleased with my experience here. It is everything I was looking for and more. I can honestly say that I have never had a more fulfilling hobby, and I consider everyone here to be like a second family. I would recommend this system to anyone, but It speaks for itself. In closing, I would just like to say anyone looking into pursuing martial arts training, at any level, you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you did not at least come see what the system has to offer before making a decision.

– Sean Murphy – Yellow Belt

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By immersing myself in the art of Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu over the past year, I’ve challenged my body, mind, and spirit to be the best it can be. I have improved my ability to defend myself in potentially life threatening/dangerous altercations. Moreover, I have found that I approach other activities and responsibilities with a greater amount of awareness, excitement, and calm.

The instructors and students are young. The environment is very welcoming and relaxed, while keeping focus. Adult classes are offered at convenient times and there is no pressure to attend all classes, you have tremendous flexibility. Most importantly, there is a consistent underlying theme of trying to diffuse a situation first peacefully, and if that is not possible then acting accordingly. Essentially it is not a “Fight Club” looking to crank out a bunch of brainless warriors.

Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu, simply put, is fun. The academy provides a chance to challenge yourself, learn, socialize, and see tangible benefits all at the same time. As a member, I can say with complete confidence that I would recommend Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu to any of my friends, family and business colleagues.

– Patrick Saul – Orange Belt

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Kuntao Jiu Jitsu has been a great experience for me. I had never taken martial arts before so I was a little hesitant when I first signed up. However, the instructors and students are very welcoming. The environment at the dojo is energetic, and everyone has an enthusiasm to learn and share their knowledge. No matter what your experience level, the instructors take the time to make sure you learn the movements correctly. My short time at the dojo has been great for me, and I look forward to continuing my experience in Kuntao Jiu Jitsu.

– Pat Walsh – White Belt

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