Shihan Gene Dunn and Professor Brian Glick
Gene Dunn and Brian Glick are lifelong martial arts practitioners, and have dedicated their time to the propagation of martial arts through safe, effective, non-competitive methods. Their influence as instructors and educators now reach from their home base in Brooklyn to as far away as Melbourne, Australia.
They have travelled across the globe presenting strategies and teaching concepts for thousands of students and martial arts instructors. In addition to holding black belt ranks in Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai and Shotokan Karate, they have worked with virtually every style in the world – tae kwon do, kempo karate, kung fu, ninjitsu and capoeira.
As a result, in addition to expert Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction, they have been instrumental in raising performance among students in even the most diverse and challenging circumstances. They are intensely committed to sharing their knowledge and martial arts philosophy with the students of their dojos across Brooklyn.
Their visionary approach is based in the ethics and principles of the martial arts. This has allowed them to provide not just technical, tactical guidance but also a deeper overall vision to benefit every student in the Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu dojo. They have also successful invented and established such essential teaching concepts as “The Heartbeat Method”, “The Four-Corner Demo” and “The Four-Count Programming Phase”.
This experience, coupled with a deep belief in the power of collaboration over competition, has generated a depth and breadth of judgment, communication, and expertise to benefit every student, regardless of age or stage. The students who have benefitted from their counsel share that they have met – and often exceeded – their goals to strengthen, grow and expand their personal lives through the practice of martial arts.
Professor James Noto
Professor James Noto began his training in 2005, and currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing under Shihan Gene Dunn. He is currently working towards his black belt in Shotokan karate. As an instructor at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has become an active member of the Bensonhurst community and has taught thousands of students in schools throughout the Tri-State area about bullying, strangers and personal safety. He has also extended his reach beyond the the walls of the dojo by helping many schools rebuild their art programs. His goal is to teach students how to live a Black Belt lifestyle by helping them to reach their physical, mental and relationship goals through martial arts training.
Professor Josh Skyer
Professor Josh Skyer is a dedicated and committed professional martial artist (and is also a loving father and lifelong surfer and waterman). He started his martial arts training as a young child in Rockaway Beach and currently holds Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Muay Thai Kickboxing under Professors Dunn and Glick. He is now hard at work earning Black Belts in both Judo and Shotokan Karate. Professor Skyer also holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine & the Exercise Science Alliance in strength and conditioning as well as medical rehabilitative exercise. His goal is to provide Brooklynites with access to Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s sustainable training methods to keep students both physically and mentally healthy over a long period of time.
Professor Brenda Ferrara
Professor Brenda Ferrara is both a Third Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Shihan Dunn. As Program Director at Gene Dunn's Karate, she is responsible for helping to improve the lives of hundreds of students through the Martial Arts. Her ongoing commitment to student service helps everyone - regardless of age or stage - to build long lasting, positive relationships in the dojo. She is often the first person a new student meets when they arrive at the dojo, so she is committed to communicating her enthusiasm and love for training to every student on a daily basis.
Ms. Angela Becker
Ms. Angela Becker is a married mother of two children. She holds the rank of Black Belt in Shotokan karate, blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu and orange mat in the Brooklyn Vindhya yoga method. She loves working with each student to help them achieve their goals and encourages discussion about their health and nutrition.
Mr. Alex Burns
Mr. Alex Burns is a native of Brooklyn, and began his martial arts training in 2010. He holds the rank of Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Black Belt in Thai Kickboxing; he is also Shotokan Karate black belt under Shihan Gene Dunn. He is motivated by the progress of each and every student on the mat, regardless of age or stage. He is committed to the goal of Black Belt both for himself and all the students in the Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu family, and is dedicated to helping all students reach a place of constant and never-ending improvement.
Ms. Nova Parrish
Ms. Nova Parrish is a California native who has been in Brooklyn since 2010. She started at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a student and has been a dedicated staff member since 2012. She is a black belt in Shotokan Karate under Shihan Gene Dunn; she holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Thai Kickboxing. She feels grateful for being able to share all the martial arts has given her with others.
Ms. Sonja Hofstetter
Sonja Hofstetter was introduced to Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by a dear friend and started training in October 2013. She holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a Purple Belt in Thai Boxing and also trains in Shotokan Karate. She is dedicated to the mission of Brooklyn BJJ to help students reach their fullest potential, overcome obstacles and achieve their goals trough training in the Martial Arts. She is inspired by Shihan Dunn, her Professors and instructors and their unique and individual approach to training and teaching.
Sensei Daniel Declet
Sempai Daniel Declet started his training under Shihan Dunn in 1996 at the age of six. Now a third degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a dedicated practitioner of the Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Thai Boxing methods, his goal is for all students of all ages to find the endless possibilities through consistent martial arts training in their daily lives.
Mr. Anton Mikuriya
Mr. Anton Mikuriya has become healthier and happier since starting down the path of the Martial Arts in 2011, and plans to take this progress to black belt and beyond. Currently he holds a brown belt in Shotokan Karate, brown belt in Thai Kickboxing, and purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is his hope to help grow a strong community of positive, influential people that can stay healthy and practice martial arts for their entire lives.
Mr. Duncan Leaf
Mr. Duncan Leaf found out about Jiu-Jitsu in college, and upon returning home to NYC with a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Religion discovered Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has kindled a love for teaching kids and adults, and helping to grow a strong community. Duncan is currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is working towards his Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.