Connecticut's Premiere Facility:
· Combat Ju-Jitsu
· Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
· Strength Training
· TRX Training

MEET OUR TEAM

Train with some of the best jiu-jitsu instructors and strength / fitness coaches!

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Sensei Matt Bryers

Owner, Kobukai Ju-Jitsu Instructor, Strength Coach

Matt Bryers is a 3rd degree Kobukai Ju-Jitsu Blackbelt, certified H2H Combat Instructor, Certified Poundstone Performance Strongman Instructor and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt / instructor.  He has been training wrestling, submission grappling, Jiu-Jitsu and combat related martial arts for over 13 years.

Matt is also the main strength and conditioning coach at the JSA. He is a Certified Poundstone Performance Strongman Instructor, Crossfit Strongman Certified, and certified TRX Suspension Trainer instructor.

Matt has competed in many wrestling, submission grappling, brazilian jiu-jitsu, amatuer strongman tournaments and a professional mixed martial arts fight.

Matt’s goals are to always try to learn and improve his Jiu-Jitsu, strongman lifts, hand to hand combat, and martial arts skills. He trains regularly with his peers, students, and teachers to improve himself both as a teacher and martial artist.

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Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Jiu-Jitsu Team Coach

Formiga is without question – the best Jiu-Jitsu instructor in CT! We are EXTREMELY blessed, lucky, privileged, etc to have him teach at our school. He is one of the most talented and dynamic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters and teachers in the world.

He is a 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt under Master Andre Almedia “Dedeco” of Best Way Jiu-Jitsu. Formiga is also the co-founder of the world famous Soul Fighter Jiu-Jitsu Team.

Rafael teaches 5 days a week at the JSA. The opportunity to train with Formiga is HUGE – he brings a wealth of talent, experience, and amazing technical knowledge.

Rafael has won NUMEROUS titles in Brazil and the USA… He continually competes and wins successfully in all the major world tournaments, Pan Ams and local tournaments as well.

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Robin Holcomb

TRX Fusion Training Coach (TRX Suspension Training, TRX Rip Training, and Ultimate Sandbag Training)

Robin is a living example of the results of the TRX Suspension Trainer. She is strong, beautiful and extremely fit.

Her passion to help you improve your strength, balance, stamina and overall health is incredible. She is an excellent motivator and gives her students the personalized attention they need to improve and achieve their goals.

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Steve “Coach” Makein

Wrestling Coach / Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Steve Makein is the head coach of the Trinity College wrestling team and has been involved in wrestling as a competitor and coach for over twenty years.

Makein earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Connecticut State University, where he was a Division I varsity wrestler, in 1999 and added a master’s degree in counseling from his almamater in 2001. A gold level certified coach by USA Wrestling, Makein served as the Connecticut National Team coachfor five years and as the coaches’ director for USA Wrestling CT. He has worked as school counselor at The Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden since 2001.

Steve is also a certified kettlebell instructor (RKC) under Pavel Tsatsouline.

Steve teaches wrestling for Jiu-Jitsu classes at the JSA and co-teaches the kids jiu-jitsu classes. He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa.

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Ryan “Buck” Buchanan

Strongman Coach / General Manager

Ryan aka Buck is a Certified Strongman Coach and our co-strongman instructor at the JSA.  Buck also manages the JSA.

Buck competes in many strongman competitions and is devoted to helping his clients get stronger, improve their performance and general health.  His desire to learn and improve his technique in strongman has made him a valuable asset to the JSA and his clients.

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