Master Rich Brugger - Owner / Chief Instructor
Master Rich Brugger has been training in the martial arts since 1993. He was promoted to the rank of Master Instructor by the late Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee in 2005. He was most recently tested & promoted to 5th degree Black Belt by John Graden, an 8th Degree Black Belt under Joe Lewis (Lewis was twice voted the greatest fighter in karate history). Rich was certified as an instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto in Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do in 2018. Additionally, he is a certified affiliate and member of Sensei Erik Paulson's Coach Development Program (CDP) for STX Kickboxing & Combat Submission Wrestling.
He has written articles on family safety, health & fitness and parenting for ParentGuide News and the New Providence - Berkeley Heights PATCH. As a teacher of teachers, Master Brugger's articles on best-practices for instructors and school-owners have been featured regularly in MA SUCCESS, the martial arts industry's largest trade publication. He is also the author of A Parent's Guide To Family Safety - A Common Sense Guide To Keeping Your Family Safe.
Ranks & Certifications
Certified Martial Arts Instructor
Certified Instructor and 5th Degree Black Belt
Tae Kwon Do
Master Instructor - Jhoon Rhee System of Tae Kwon Do
4th Degree Black Belt - Traditional Taekwon-Do (ITF)
Muay Thai / Thai Boxing
Representative Instructor Thai Boxing under Khuen Khru J. Jones
Jeet Kune Do / Jun Fan Gung Fu
Instructor Level 1 under Guro Dan Inosanto - Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association
Filipino Martial Arts
Lakan Guro Level 1 under Guro Dan Inosanto - Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association
Certified Affiliate & Member of Coach Development Program
Sensei Erik Paulson's STX Kickboxing & Combat Submission Wrestling
Michelle Brugger - Owner / Program Director
Mrs. Brugger has been training in the martial arts since 1996. In addition to being a 3rd degree Black Belt, she is a certified personal fitness trainer and holds additional certifications in sports nutrition, kickboxing and mat pilates. Since 2011 she has been the president of the New Providence Business & Professionals Association. She is also a board member of the Downtown Improvement District.