Founder and Director

Paul Picciano is the Founder and Director of the Institute of Self Defense, and as Master Instructor, has been a practitioner in Martial Arts since 1973. He has a Doctorate in Cell Biology as related to Human Cancer studies and a sub-specialty in Neurobiology. He is an Educator with a lifetime experience and dedication to children with learning challenges, and in conjunction with this interest, the Founder of Centers for Neurofunctional Restoration, Inc. (a not for profit 501(c)3 dedicated to restoring normalized functionality in individuals with Neurofunctional Disorders), PRESATORE® Academy (a Middle School dedicated exclusively to children who do not learn well in traditional classrooms), and the Creator of the PRESATORE® Educational System (a revolutionary classroom approach to learning designed to meet America's challenges in the 21st Century).


"As a psychologist who has worked in the areas of growth and human potential for the past 22 years, I have not encountered a more talented instructor... empowering to those who study with him."

Andrew Magin, Ph.D., Psychological Health Associates

Words that come to mind when I think of Paul's personality are patience (with a capital P), kindness, firmness, and a true desire to adapt to a student's learning style to optimize success and learning.

Tara O'Sullivan, Farmington, CT

Master Paul's technique in his teaching is inspiring. The differences I see in my son, who has his challenges, is an increase in strength, balance, concentration, and confidence. I would recommend Master Paul's ISD program to anyone.

Liza, Farmington, CT