Dojo to celebrate grand opening Saturday

Dojo to celebrate grand opening Saturday

There are 27 comments on the Venice Gondolier story from Apr 25, 2009, titled Dojo to celebrate grand opening Saturday. In it, Venice Gondolier reports that:

Clad in a red gi, Sensei Ed Brizzolara removed his shoes and stepped onto the mat at his dojo, Kengo C.M.A., and addressed the line of smiling, squatting youths: "Are you ready for Saturday?" In response, the class belted out a resounding, "Osu" . The class of eight students has been preparing for the dojo's grand opening Saturday, where they will ...

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John

United States

#8 Oct 8, 2009
I have know Ed and his lovely wife Nancy for about 3 yrs. He has always conducted himself honorably and above board in all matters in my and my wife's presence

Two years ago my wife enrolled in a self defense program offered by Ed at his dojo. My wife completed the course of study and brought me to her last two classes to use me to practice on and to show me all she had learned. The whole process was very impressive and gave my wife a real sense of pride and self assurance. The program was through, professional and comprehensive.

My 6yr. old grandson Ryan knew about his grandma's "Judo" training and expressed an interest in learning. I asked Ed about possible training but he said 6 was too young. He did agree however to test Ryan at 61/2 yrs old. Ed expressed reservations about Ryan but agreed to start him conditionally on Sat. mornings to see how well he took instructions and corrections. After a couple of months Ryan proved himself and began regular classes with the BIG kids. Ryan is only 3'6" but he now walks around like he's 4'tall, he is so proud of his accomplishments at the Dojo with Sensei Ed (Ryan's words).

Because of my personal experience with Ed I have entrusted him with my wife's and grandsons training in Martial Arts and friendship. He has not let me down.
Ken

Caledonia, MI

#10 Oct 8, 2009
I have had my daughter enrolled for the past couple of months. She enjoys it and is clearly learning. I have met Ed and like his training style to date!
Neighbor

Brick, NJ

#11 Feb 20, 2010
I lived on the same street as ed. Being a martial artist for some 40 yrs he asked me this question back in 2001 or 2002. "I never studdied martial arts before, what would be a good system to study ?"

Now he claims to be a Soke, Soke is more then just a title that denotes a founder. It must be earned through many many years of training, not 8 yrs. Also, I know he was no more then a green belt last year so where is all of his certificates?

If he claims to have studdied for over 20 yrs, he should have alot of certificates, ask to see them.

You are paying good money for lessons from an expert ? You have the right to know if he is the real deal. Contact any associations he claims to have rank from and verify it. Then you will know the truth.

If he is legitimate, he wont mind, in fact he would be proud to supply the information. If he is a fraud, he will hide it and make up stories.

There are no government regulations for the martial arts or rankings. Don't get taken....
Jacques Thomet 7 DAN

Seffner, FL

#12 Feb 20, 2010
Neighbor wrote:
I lived on the same street as ed. Being a martial artist for some 40 yrs he asked me this question back in 2001 or 2002. "I never studdied martial arts before, what would be a good system to study ?"
Now he claims to be a Soke, Soke is more then just a title that denotes a founder. It must be earned through many many years of training, not 8 yrs. Also, I know he was no more then a green belt last year so where is all of his certificates?
If he claims to have studdied for over 20 yrs, he should have alot of certificates, ask to see them.
You are paying good money for lessons from an expert ? You have the right to know if he is the real deal. Contact any associations he claims to have rank from and verify it. Then you will know the truth.
If he is legitimate, he wont mind, in fact he would be proud to supply the information. If he is a fraud, he will hide it and make up stories.
There are no government regulations for the martial arts or rankings. Don't get taken....
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Absolutly correct, and in this country if you don't give complements enough you lose students specialy kids. If you train kids you can be sure you get only few adults..and not serious!!!!!
It is a nasty way in this country for martial arts, come only in vacation!
Adults I don't count on it because so lazy or ignorants cow boys!
Florida Mom

Port Charlotte, FL

#13 Mar 22, 2010
I have know Ed and Nancy for several years. I have worked with him and watched his teaching approach with his students. He is intelligent, informed and truly cares that the students get as much from his classes as they can. I'm very happy that his school is celebrating it's 1st anniversary. It's always good to know that there are people like Ed that the younger set can look up to for guidance.
Very Pleased

United States

#15 Mar 24, 2010
With all of the adversity Sensei Ed has been through he stood tall and confident in the truth. He handled himself like a true Christian as well as a martial artist. May the Lord continue to prosper him. I am pleased to see his success and pray for many years of it. Those who go against the Lord and his children will never prosper.
Instructor

New York, NY

#16 Mar 24, 2010
This so called "neighbor" is incorrect. I know for a fact that Sensei Ed is who he says he is. I was one of his instructor's when he lived in New Jersey.
Neighbor wrote:
I lived on the same street as ed. Being a martial artist for some 40 yrs he asked me this question back in 2001 or 2002. "I never studdied martial arts before, what would be a good system to study ?"
Now he claims to be a Soke, Soke is more then just a title that denotes a founder. It must be earned through many many years of training, not 8 yrs. Also, I know he was no more then a green belt last year so where is all of his certificates?
If he claims to have studied for over 20 yrs, he should have alot of certificates, ask to see them.
You are paying good money for lessons from an expert ? You have the right to know if he is the real deal. Contact any associations he claims to have rank from and verify it. Then you will know the truth.
If he is legitimate, he wont mind, in fact he would be proud to supply the information. If he is a fraud, he will hide it and make up stories.
There are no government regulations for the martial arts or rankings. Don't get taken....
Concerned Citizen

Edison, NJ

#17 Mar 25, 2010
The “Neighbor” on that street who “claims” to be a “Martial Artist” for 40 years is a cop who has had several complaints of harassment lodged against him from his neighbors as well as from the citizens of the area he patrols. Could this be just another act of harassment on his part? It’s a shame that Internal Affairs hasn’t taken him off the street yet, considering his record. I hope it doesn’t take someone getting physically hurt before they do something.

Neighbor

Clarksburg, NJ

#24 Mar 28, 2010
I've know Sensei Ed for over 10 years as a friend and neighbor.He is always kind and helpful.We all miss him here on our block but are very happy hearing about his success in Florida with his Martial Arts School.Happy Anniversary!
Neighbor-Brick NJ

Clarksburg, NJ

#25 Mar 28, 2010
I know Ed and Nancy for a long time,they are both very nice and kind.I miss them, but I am very happy for them. Congrats on your Martial Arts School.Wish you the best and lots of luck!
Student of Sensei Ed

Muskegon, MI

#26 Mar 31, 2010
Congratulations Ed and Nancy on your one-year anniversary!!! Looking forward to many more. Thanks Ed for your terrific instruction. You've taken a complete novice and given me the tools, training, and confidence to defend myself and my family if needed, but even more importantly, the wisdom to know when to use my training and when to walk away. Keep up the awesome work, Sensei!!!
Proud Parent

Lehigh Acres, FL

#27 Mar 31, 2010
I could not be happier with Sensei Ed as my Son's martial arts instructor. My seven year old Son has learned great skills, respect for others, dicipline and carries himself as if he were 10 feet tall over the past year. I would recomend Sensei Ed's program to anyone without hesitation.
All of this chatter about New Jersey?? I dont care! Sensei Ed has proven himself honorable and respectful to this community. Thats all that matters. Thank You and keep up the great work.
You will see

Brick, NJ

#28 Apr 24, 2010
Ask to see his certificates as the other posts stated.

They jump from church to church taking advantage of true Christians.

Dont believe half the posts on here, he never had friends, just people he screwed and then moved.

What happened to the post on his web site about being a ref and a judge at the ISKA tournament ?

They never heard of him, nor would he be able to produce the certificates needed to receive certification as a judge or ref.

We caught him there, the proof was right in front of you all..Now a Soke? after what was it, 8 years of lessons ? maybe less..

Keep looking, I'm sure you'll see more.Its easy to screw up in the martial arts when you dont know what your doing.
Jack Makinson

Tampa, FL

#31 May 9, 2010
I met Sensei Ed and his lovely wife Nancy through a mutual friend at the 2009 US Open World Martial Arts Championships in Orlando, Florida. I had no idea of his background or tribulations beforehand. Didn't matter. I had the honor and privilege to assist him in testing and promoting his students this May at his school. It's been a long time since I've seen such a example of superior dedication to not only his passion for the perpetuation of the martial arts as well his honor and respect for his fellow man. The cyberbullying I've seen flaming this exemplary man is a downright act of cowardice and ignorance. I'll pray for you.
Jack Makinson

Tampa, FL

#32 May 9, 2010
Instructor wrote:
This so called "neighbor" is incorrect. I know for a fact that Sensei Ed is who he says he is. I was one of his instructor's when he lived in New Jersey.
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I'm with you 100%. It's those "anonymous" posters that I hold suspect as to their credibility. There are so many "paper" black belts floating around that's mind boggling. You can tell by the students proficiency and knowledge as to the instructor's legitimacy. You just can't fake that. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.- Sun Tzu
Jack Makinson

Tampa, FL

#33 May 9, 2010
Neighbor wrote:
I lived on the same street as ed. Being a martial artist for some 40 yrs he asked me this question back in 2001 or 2002. "I never studdied martial arts before, what would be a good system to study ?"
Now he claims to be a Soke, Soke is more then just a title that denotes a founder. It must be earned through many many years of training, not 8 yrs. Also, I know he was no more then a green belt last year so where is all of his certificates?
If he claims to have studdied for over 20 yrs, he should have alot of certificates, ask to see them.
You are paying good money for lessons from an expert ? You have the right to know if he is the real deal. Contact any associations he claims to have rank from and verify it. Then you will know the truth.
If he is legitimate, he wont mind, in fact he would be proud to supply the information. If he is a fraud, he will hide it and make up stories.
There are no government regulations for the martial arts or rankings. Don't get taken....
I'd love to see your credentials....
Jack Makinson

Tampa, FL

#34 May 9, 2010
@ Jacques Thomet, your credentials and length of dedication is quite impressive, I retract my suspicions, I have no right to challenge you. End of story.
Jack Makinson

Tampa, FL

#35 May 9, 2010
Here's mine, let's see yours...

http://www.imartial.com/player-profile.aspx...
Jack Makinson

Tampa, FL

#36 May 9, 2010
This reminds me of the Final Analysis:

http://docs.google.com/Doc...
I Want To Know

Punta Gorda, FL

#37 May 13, 2010
You will see wrote:
Ask to see his certificates as the other posts stated.
They jump from church to church taking advantage of true Christians.
Dont believe half the posts on here, he never had friends, just people he screwed and then moved.
What happened to the post on his web site about being a ref and a judge at the ISKA tournament ?
They never heard of him, nor would he be able to produce the certificates needed to receive certification as a judge or ref.
We caught him there, the proof was right in front of you all..Now a Soke? after what was it, 8 years of lessons ? maybe less..
Keep looking, I'm sure you'll see more.Its easy to screw up in the martial arts when you dont know what your doing.
You certainly have alot to say about Sensei Ed. Why not share a little bit about yourself?
Do you have your own school?
How many students do you have?
Are you affiliated with any martial arts organization or federations?
What tournaments have you or your students been in?
What is your system?
Do you have a website?
People can go to Sensei ed's website; www.kengocma.com or stop in and watch him teach his students in order to judge for themselves.
Can people do the same with you?
Why are you hiding your identity?

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