Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu Student Testimonials
“As a husband and father of two, you always want what's best for your family. I started martial arts in my 20's while living alone in Detroit. I studied a couple different styles in those early years, never mastering one but enjoying each for its own uniqueness. I gained self-confidence, motivation, physical fitness all while learning to defend myself. We let our son try karate at an early age hoping he'd gain those same ideals but it never really stuck. We wanted to do a family activity that would keep us together, something to keep us physically fit away from the TV and video games. My wife thought Martial Arts would be a good fit. I was exited remembering how much fun it was, but skeptical that our family would commit to the physical workouts and discipline required to do martial arts. I left it to her find a school that would work for the family as a whole. She surprised me with Kuntao Jiu Jitsu.
She and the kids took their first class and loved it, the workout, the people; she was very impressed and after listening to our kids rave about the time they had. I was impressed and I hadn't even been yet. I couldn't believe that all three of them liked it so much that they would all stick with it. I went to my first class with an impression of what to expect based on my previous experience and was pleasantly surprised; there were no funny looks, no tough guy posturing, no one wanting test the new guy. Instead, I was met by a bunch of new friends who were all willing to help my family progress and work at our own pace and ability level. It's been about a year now and the things I wanted for my family from the martial arts: self-confidence, physical fitness, motivation, a sense of pride, and the ability to defend themselves are all there, but I think we received much more than that. We gained a group of great friends with a common goal to help make each other better in a real-life self-defense system designed for all ages, male or female of all levels of athletic ability.
Over the past, year I've seen my daughter go from a shy, timid little girl to a confident, assertive young lady and my son has a sense of pride and accomplishment I don't think he's ever known before. My wife has also become more confident and still raves about the instructors, students, and workouts as we all do. As for me, I've lost 20 pounds and have a renewed enthusiasm about the martial arts. If you have the slightest interest in getting physically fit and learning a real-life self-defense system in an atmosphere where you can't fail, then I strongly suggest you contact Soke-Dai Marc Bochner and The Academy of Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu. You won't be disappointed!”
- Stu Reardon - March 2013
“I joined Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu because I was sick of hearing about women being victims of all kinds of unthinkable crimes. I kept thinking if it can happen to them, it can happen to me. I needed to change this. I needed to feel more confident that I wouldn't become a victim. I contacted Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu to see if they would be a good fit for me. I was invited to try a class. Having NO experience, and being a mother of two, I had no idea what to expect. When I went to the first class, the instructors, as well as the students, were very welcoming. They walked me through everything and were very patient and encouraging. It's been about a year since then; still, every time I walk in I get the same warm welcome, same patience, and continued encouragement. I've learned so much and look forward to learning more. I can't thank all the instructors enough; they really are great!”
- Jill Reardon - Orange Belt & KJJ Parent - March 14, 2013
Kuntao Jiu Jitsu with Soke Dai Marc and Soke Petronelli has helped me regain lost flexibility, due to 18 surgeries. It is responsible for helping me lose 30 lbs in one year. And has boosted my combat and self defense skills tremendously.
- Paul Lavallee - March 10, 2013
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 - August 2012
Being out of shape and a large guy, I was concerned about how I would "fit in" at a jiu-jitsu school. I wanted to work out and learn some effective self defense skills. Soke-Dai Bochner and the other Sensei's at Kuntao Jiu- Jitsu (KJJ) were very encouraging and understanding of my situation. With their help, I have lost 60 lbs. and have gained a tremendous amount of self confidence. At KJJ, they are very understanding to the limits that people have, and will help to coordinate a plan that works for you while maintaining the integrity of the system. The instructors at KJJ will help guide you to your goals as well as provide you with the tools that are necessary for you to effectively defend yourself in any situation. Having been a student at KJJ for over 2 1/2 years, I cannot believe how much the training has affected my life. One of the best aspects of working out at KJJ is the camaraderie that the students have with each other. It is a great place to come and work out and learn some self defense techniques. I definitely suggest that you take a FREE class to find out how Soke-Dai Bochner and the other Sensei's can help you effectively protect yourself and your loved ones. You will not be disappointed!
- John D. Jones - August 6, 2012
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 - March 30, 2012
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 - March 5, 2012
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 - February 26, 2012
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 - January 9, 2012
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 - October 26, 2011
Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu has changed my life, it will change yours too! When I joined Kuntao 7 months ago I didn't know what to expect. Here is what to expect a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, great teachers and students who will help you when you need it. Also, a great art that will boost your confidence and possibly save your life. If that isn't enouh, it is a great workout, better than a gym in my opinion. Not only is it not the same routine you get easily bored with, but in 7 months at kuntao I have lost over 50lbs and 4 pants sizes. There are so many more reasons to join Kuntao but they have a free class come out and see what they can do for you.
- Jason Hawkins - Yellow Belt - August 20, 2011
When I first started looking for a place for my son to learn martial arts I had no clue what to look for. The only thing I did know is the style I wanted him to try. I did a search on the internet and came across Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu and I am glad we did. After one class my son was excited to come back and continue to train. This was a big deal because he had never been interested in any sports he had try thus far. I even signed up after watching one of his classes, the people and the environment speaks for itself. One class and you will see that this is not just a place to learn martial arts but a place that also feels like a family, who all love to train just as you do/will. There are so many good things to say about Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu and I don't think you will find a person out there that has tried a class that will disagree. Since starting my daughter has now joined and to see both children continue to grow and become more confident in there abilities is a beautiful thing to see.
- Josh McCarthy - Blue Belt - August 12, 2011
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 - July 13, 2011
“I’ve been training in the martial arts since I was Eight Years Old. In 2008, I earned Shodan rank in the Kensho Ryu system. I also have trained in other styles such as Shaolin Kung fu, Shukokai karate, and Muay Thai. I’ve been to various schools and by far Kuntao Jiu Jitsu has surpassed my expectations. When I walked in for the first time, I can remember watching the kid’s class and being impressed with how they moved. You can always tell that you are at a great school with incredible instructors by the skill of the students. KJJ welcomes everyone with open arms and egos are left at the front door. KJJ has given me skills that I did not possess before and has restored my confidence. I started at KJJ in the middle of January 2011 and I have since lost 32lbs and continue to lose more. This school is top notch. If you are a beginner and deciding which school to attend or if you are highly trained in another art and looking to enhance your skills, Kuntao Jiu Jitsu will meet and exceed your expectations. I am honored and proud to say I am a KJJ student.”
- Janice Samson - July 7, 2011
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
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
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
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.