INSTITUTE OF SELF DEFENSE

We are a premier training center with Programs for children and adults.

We offer personal development and self defense through the study of the Martial Arts.

And using a one of a kind corrective program, we also teach children with challenges the skills they need to develop personal and functional normalcy.

 
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INSTRUCTION  THAT'S  UNSURPASSED

Excellence  in  Martial  Arts  demands  excellence  in  instruction.   And  that’s  exactly  what  we  deliver  -  all  because  of  our  one - of - kind  branded  program  called  PRESATORE®.

 

With  PRESATORE®   we  give  our  students  the  needed  guidance  and  instruction  through  martial  arts  training  to  optimize  performance  in  self - defense  and  life,  and  achieve  overall  well – being.

 

In  addition,  through  The  PRESATORE®  Program,  we  offer  specialized  services  to  children  with  childhood  developmental disorders  to  normalize  and  optimize  functionality  by  resolving  learning,  movement,  and  behavior  challenges and  dysfunctions.

 

Based  on  a  lifetime  study  of  Martial  Arts  and  a  professional  expertise  in  Education  and  Biomedical  Research  and  Development,  PRESATORE®  was  developed  by  Dr.  Paul  Picciano,   Founder  and  Master  Instructor  at  ISD,

METHODICAL.   PERSONALIZED.   EMPOWERING.

Three  words  that  summarize  the  philosophy  and  delivery  of  instruction  at  ISD  and  form  the  basis  on  which  our  branded  style  of  teaching  has  become  famous.

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OUR FOCUS

ISD  emphasizes  training  at  the  highest  mental  and  physical  levels  with personal  development  and  self - defense  (rather  than  fighting)  as  a  primary  objective,  and  for  a  wholistic  use  of  the  techniques  and  principles  offered  by  Martial  Arts  for effectiveness  and  personal  well - being  in  everyday  life.

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OUR UNIQUE OFFERINGS

While Martial Arts is an ideal way for developing confidence and discipline, the ISD approach to teaching goes farther and does it better. 

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SERVING THE VALLEY SINCE 1982

The  Institute  of  Self  Defense  was  established  in  Unionville,  CT  in  1982  by  Director  and  Master  Instructor Paul Picciano as  an  extension  of  his  personal  study  in  the  Martial  Arts  and  for  individuals  interested  in  dedicating  themselves  to  a  "pure pursuit."

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