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Instructors-Staten Island Judo Jujitsu Dojo
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Certified Instructors

Sensei Rich

3rd Degree Black Belt Jujitsu - (USJA/U.S.Kodokan Federation)

3rd Degree Black Belt Judo- (U.S.Kodokan Federation) - 2nd Degree Black Belt Judo- (USJA)

USJA Certified Judo Coach

CPR & First Aid Certified

Rich has trained in multiple disciplines during his martial arts career. Rich is extremely technical and is always working diligently to get the most out of his students. Rich is a dedicated instructor who is actively involved in our Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gi and no-gi classes. Currently Rich is in teaching MMA, Jujitsu and Judo as well. He has volunteered his time to offer many self defense seminars to middle schools and high schools in the Staten Island area.


Sensei Joe Cannizzo

Kodokan 2nd Degree Judo Blackbelt (Japan) - 2nd Degree Blackbelt Judo (U.S. Kodokan Federation) - USJF 2nd Degree Judo Black Belt

2nd Degree Black Belt Jujitsu (U.S. Kodokan Federation)

USA Judo Cerftified Judo Coach

CPR & First Aid Certified

Joe Cannizzo was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. Early in Joe's martial arts career he was very active in competition. He has medaled in various local and regional Judo tournaments as well as National Grappling tournaments. Recently, Joe discovered his true passion for teaching. Joe is very active in the dojo, especially in the kids judo martial arts classes. He is constantly emphasizing core Judo principles such as "softness controls hardness", "maximum efficiency with minimum effort", and "mutual benefit" during his instruction. Joe, a college graduate of Nova Southeastern University spends most of his time on the mat, or coaching students at Judo/Jujitsu tournaments.


Sensei Mark Browner

Kodokan 1st Degree Judo Black Belt (Japan) (Kodokan/United States Judo Federation)

Mark started training Judo in 1956 at Judo Inc. headed by Jeremy Mackey. In 1964 Mark joined New York Dojo headed by George Yoshida. In May of 1964 Mark received his Shodan. Mark was George Yoshidas assistant at New York Dojo. He assisted with instruction as well as day to day activities. Mark eventually took over the dojo after Sensei Yoshidas passing. Mark loves judo and spends most of his time on the mat or on the side coaching.


Sensei Nicole Sasso

1st Degree Black Belt Jujitsu (USJA/U.S.Kodokan Federation)

Ikkyu Judo (Brown Belt)- (USJA/USJF)

1st Degree Black Belt Vadha Kempo

2nd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do

CPR & First Aid Certified

As can be seen by her accomplishments, Nicole has dedicated many years to her martial arts training. She currently instructs in Jujitsu and Judo and continues her own training in both disciplines. She is very active in the community and devotes much of her time to the dojo. Nicole has a Bachelor of Science in Business as well as Masters in both Business Administration and Special Education. She is a New York State certified teacher specializing in childhood education and children with disabilities in grades 1-6.


Advisors                                                                     

Supreme Grandmaster Professor Angelo L. Albergo - U.S. Kodokan Federation