Our Team

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MATT BRYERS

Owner / Head Coach

Martial arts, along with strength training, have been two of the biggest gifts in my life. Gaining confidence, skill and peace in martial arts, while finding my strength and power in strength training, have helped mold me into the man I am today.

I have run a martial arts gym professionally for 15 years and it has become my true passion in life. I love watching others discover, learn and explore martial arts. The effect it has on everyone who trains, is profound.

I have been training martial arts for over 30 years, with black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Japanese Jujitsu. I also have deep experience/rank in many other systems, including Kyokushin Karate, Boxing/Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, Arnis/Kali & Modern Combatives. I have competed in MMA, BJJ, No Gi, Kyokushin and Strongman.

My focus in now coaching students and athletes in MMA, Self-Defense and Submission Grappling. It is a great joy to see all of them progress and develop into strong, healthy, powerful men and women.

CHRIS AHEARN

Head Strength & Fitness Coach

Fitness is a way of life for Chris. With over 12 years of┬ápersonal training, and athlete coaching… along with exceptional knowledge in diet & nutrition – Chris gets our clients results.

Chris has certifications in NASM and ISSA for fitness and nutrition, but certifications don’t mean anything without results. Chris was worked with 1000s of clients to shred fat, put on muscle and/or prepare for athletics.

Chris specializes in injury prevention, functional movement, weight-loss and sports specific movement patterns. He has worked with a wide array of clients, from Mom’s losing weight after pregnancy to professional athletes.

Chris is also one of our top submission grappling competitors and is always working to improve on and off the mat.

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Devoted

MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS COACHES

OZ PARISER

OZ PARISER

Oz is well known for is exception technique and understanding of martial arts. Former pro MMA fighter, with a black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kobukai Jujitsu and Kyokushin Karate; makes Oz one of the best instructors to learn from at the Cage JSA.
KEN COTRONA

KEN COTRONA

Sensei Kenny has been training and teaching martial arts for over 35 years. Kenny has black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Tae-Kwon-Do and Hapkido. Kenny also wrestled and coached wrestling in the Berlin schools.

He is known for is unorthodox yet slick and effective grappling style. He has been a great coach and mentor to some of the best MMA and Jiu-Jitsu athletes in Connecticut.
CARLOS "THE CANNON" CANDELARION

CARLOS "THE CANNON" CANDELARION

9-1 pro UFC fighter, who is considered one of the best 125lb MMA fighters in New England and beyond. He is also one of our MMA instructors and coaches. Carlos is known for his exceptional kickboxing, wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu.
JAMES "BIG JIM" MIRABITO

JAMES "BIG JIM" MIRABITO

TRITAC Combatives and Cardio Kickboxing Instructor. He has 12+ years of martial arts experience. In addition to his extensive martial arts training, James has also trained Crossfit and Olympic Lifting for 3 years, as well as being a stand out athlete on the football field in his high school days. James also proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Machine-Gunner from 2001-2007.
BIG MAX LOMBARDO

BIG MAX LOMBARDO

Max is one our Assistant MMA and TRITA Combatives instructors, along with our kids instructor. Max is also a amateur MMA fighter who is a vital team member and mentor for our students.
KAYLEIGH DI'CARLO

KAYLEIGH DI'CARLO

Kayleigh is our client manager and one of our diet & nutrition coaches. She works closely with clients during their first 6 weeks to help ensure their results. She's also one of our martial arts, strength and fitness clients... she does it all!
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