BRUNO'S SELF DEFENSE
Instructors and Staff
We have a fantastic team of caring and supportive instructors. All Ocala Krav Maga at Bruno's Self Defense and Fitness staff are passionate about making a lasting impact in the lives of our students, through their tireless dedication and drive to share their own knowledge and experiences. Get to know our certified and committed team and their role in continuing our educational tradition.
Chief Master Guy Bruno
SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT
MASTER GUY J. BRUNO
What do you teach?
Currently, my main focus is on teaching reality-based, street-wise self-defense. I provide classes and instruction in Krav Maga, WT Taekwondo and Combat Taekwon as well as fitness classes and personal training.
How did you get into fitness?
My journey into fitness began in the streets of the projects I grew up in located north of Boston. Stickball, baseball and the occasional fights inspired me to stay in shape. I played football in high school and college, then developed a consistent training regimen and competed heavily in the arena of powerlifting, which I still enjoy training in. I also became intrigued with a local martial arts school and determined that I wanted to learn about this new mysterious world. My best friend and I watched a demo and some guy broke some boards that were lit on fire with his head. He was successful, but also caught his hair on fire. We joined shortly after.
How do you motivate yourself?
I love what I do. I watch the changes in people’s lives; their increased health, confidence, and happiness with life. That I get to participate in this process by providing lessons and training, motivates me.
How do you motivate others?
I try to pass my energy and enthusiasm off onto them with my coaching.
In your classes, how do you accommodate different skill and fitness levels?
We provide classes geared toward different levels; usually, coordinates with how long they have been training.
What are the top 3 exercises you recommend for every client?
This is a hard one to answer. Ever client is different and has different fitness levels or needs. If no equipment involved, squats and push-ups; But if access to weights, add bench presses and dead lifts.
How can people best prepare for your classes?
Hydrate but don’t overeat before coming to class. And don’t swallow a handful of vitamins before attending either. Had a guy get royally sick to his stomach when he did that. Also good to listen to motivating music on your way in.
Who are your heroes and role models?
My Martial Arts Grandmaster Young Ahn Kwon; I admire his ethics, talent, and personality. Sylvester Stallone; a guy with a speech impediment, he wasn’t the biggest guy on the block, but made it big. Never gave up.
What exercise challenge would you encourage people to do?
Bench press your body weight is a great fitness and health challenge. Some may have to lose those extra pounds to take the challenge!
Guy Bruno has been studying, training in, and teaching the martial arts for over 35 years. A record holder in his division for powerlifting in New England, Guy also fought in numerous tournaments, while dedicating himself to learning various martial arts.
He has been certified as a referee through the USPF, the AAU and USTA.
A 7th degree black belt in TKD, he also holds ranks in Shorei-Ryu Karate, Wing Chun, Juijitsu, Krav Maga and Aikido. Along with his personal training certification through the ISSA, he has received instructor certifications in Self Defense, Combat Taekwon, Krav Maga, Haedong Kumdo and TaiChi through the WTF, USKMA, NAFP, WHKF, and NASDS.
IN 2007 he received the Taekwondo Master of the Year from the USA MARTIAL Arts Hall of Fame.
His goal, along with his wife, also a professional martial arts instructor 6th Degree black belt, is to pass along to his students the martial arts way, improving their health and increasing their knowledge of personal safety.
Bruno's Self Defense Head Instructor
Published author and Black Belt in numerous styles, including a 6th degree in Taekwondo, BJ loves to train and loves to train others. She will help you identify your strengths and help you towards your goals; whether that is to be a Ninth degree black belt or to lose those last 5 pounds.
Bruno's Self Defense Assistant Instructor
MR. KEN VAZQUEZ
Also known as Mr. Technical, because of his desire to see the students acquire perfect technique, Kenny is a Black Belt in our N.A.S.D.S. program and Alpha Team USA Krav Maga program and will help you achieve proficiency in your skills and training.
Bruno's Level 3 Instructor Team
Warren, Jason and Michelle
Look for these guys when you come train here at our studio and they will help you with your efforts at learning your new material. Putting in many years, these high ranks on their way to black belt, will not only assist you in your Krav Maga journey, but they can also help you from their chosen professions as well! Jason loves working with people, Warren works in law enforcement and both can help you produce your best efforts, while Dr. Michelle will help you see clearly how to train well because she is an Optometrist!
Check them out on our video page for some self defense moves!
Rebekah, black belt, Carlos and Omayra, also level 2 instructors who have been certified through our North American Self Defense System, will also help you in your training here at Bruno's Alpha Team Self Defense and Krav Maga.