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.

Professor Jason Lynch

Professor Jason Lynch is a Black Belt in both Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Boxing. The lessons that he has learned from Shihan Dunn and Professor Glick have made his life infinitely better. He has learned to be more patient, understanding, compassionate, and above all else, more loving. He is able to see the benefits of that work everyday not only as a martial arts instructor, but as a husband and as a father of three incredible kids. Professor Lynch has made it his life's work to pass those benefits on to the staff and students of Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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 Blue 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.

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 Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Brown/Black Belt in Muay Thai Kickboxing. 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.

Sempai 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 ad 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.

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 purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, brown belt in both Shotokan Karate and Muay Thai Kickboxing, and an orange mat in the Brooklyn Vindhya Yoga method. She feels grateful for being able to share all the martial arts has given her with others.

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 currently is working towards his Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.