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All of our professional instructors are highly trained in several martial arts disciplines.

All Head Instructors have 25 - 35 years of experience in the Martial Arts and are dedicated to bringing out the best in each and every student.  Defensive Edge is a proud member of Blackbelt Schools International, MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Association), NAPMA (National Association of Professional Martial Artist).  But more important than our blackbelt rankings and Championships is our students achievements!  That is why our instructors continue to be students themselves.  Our instructors continuously train, attend seminars, and research to improve our ability to help our students reach their goals.

sensei-rickSensei Rick Alford - Owner & Head Instructor MMA & Self Defense

  • Founded Defensive Edge Martial Arts 1999
  • Featured Martial Arts Instructor on Lifetime TV's "Teen Trouble" Hosted by Josh Shipp (January, 2013)
  • Featured on Radio Disney (click here to listen to his interview about bullying) (November, 2012)
  • 4th Degree iCAT Reality Martial Arts Under Richard Ryan and Walt Lysak Jr.
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Small Circle Jujitsu under Soke Ed Melaugh
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Castoldi's Street Jujitsu under Professor David Castoldi
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Lysak's Sento Method under Walt Lysak Jr.
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Joe Lewis Fighting Systems under Grand Master Joe Lewis
  • Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Andre "Dedeco" Almeida
  • Muay Thai Level II under Ciano Delucia
  • Tribal Leader Level II under Guru Michael Williams
  • Studied White Crane & Long Fist  Kung Fu under Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming (1990-1994)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Chung Moo Quan
  • iCAT RMA National Director
  • iCAT RMA Certified Level V Pro-Coach
  • iCAT Team Elite Member
  • Certified in F.I.G.H.T. (Fierce Israeli Guerrilla Hand-to-Hand Tactics)
  • NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Home Safety Instructor
  • Mass State Police Licensed LTC Safety Course Instructor
  • Team Captain Wrestling CRLS (1986)
  • MVP Wrestling CRLS (1986)
  • Licensed Corner-man Massachusetts, Rhode Island
  • Former E.M.T. (15 Years)
  • Former Emergency Communications Operator City of Cambridge, MA  (Police, Fire, EMS)

Sensei Larry Ruisi - Head Instructor Small Circle Jujitsu

  • 4th Degree Blackbelt Small Circle Jujitsu under Soke Ed Melaugh
  • Studied White Crane & Long Fist  Kung Fu Under Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming (5 Years)
  • 1st Degree Blackbelt in Chung Moo Quan
  • Tribal Leader Level II under Guru Michael Williams

Andre "Dedeco" Almeida - Head Instructor BJJ

dedeco-webAndré “Dedeco” Almeida is an American Top Team representative and the founder of Best Way BJJ.  Dedeco is a 4th degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu under Master Ricardo Libório, and one of the most respected instructors in the sport. Dedeco has graduated several great blackbelt competitors such as Rafael Formiga, Leandro Escobar and Ryan Korzeniowski. Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie > Ricardo Libório > André Almeida Main Achievements:
  • Andre "Dedeco" Almeida
  • Founder of Best Way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996
  • 4th Degree Blackbelt under ATT Founder Ricardo Liborio
  • 2011 IBJJF Miami International Open Black Belt Senior Champion
  • 2004 NAGA Champion
  • 2004 ABKF Champion
  • 2002 2nd place Campenato Brasileiro por Equipes
  • 2000 Panamerican Champion
  • 1999 3rd place Pan American
  • 1996 Brazilian Champion
  • 5 X Brazilian State Champion 1990 to 1995

Ciano DeLucia - Muay Thai Head Coach

  • Over 27 Years Muay Thai Experience 30 in Martial Arts
  • Trained at Fairtex, Revere MA
  • Trained Under Master Toddy
  • Trained Under Ajarn Apidae (Fairtex)
  • Professional Record of 6-2
  • 4th Degree Blackbelt in Shotokan Karate

sensei-joshSensei Josh Johnson - MMA Coach

  • 2nd Degree Blackbelt SCJ Under Rick Alford & Larry Ruisi
  • 1st Degree Blackbelt DEFS
  • Muay Thai Level V (Kru) under Ciano Delucia
  • Brown Belt BJJ Under Andre "Dedeco" Almeida
  • Former Pro MMA Fighter

sensei-derekSensei Derek Mellino - Small Circle Jujitsu Instructor

  • 2nd Degree Blackbelt Small Circle Jujitsu
  • Level I MuayThai
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Youth Instructor


Ryan Korzeniowski - BJJ Instructor

  • Blackbelt BJJ Under Andre "Dedeco" Almeida

Manny Cuevas - BJJ Instructor

  • Blackbelt - DEFS
  • Brown Belt BJJ under Andre "Dedeco" Almeida
  • Blackbelt Karate
  • Muay Thai

Dave Lyons - Youth Instructor / Muay Thai Assistant

  • Muay Thai IV
  • Purple Belt Small Circle Jujitsu

Danny Navarro - Youth Instructor / Muay Thai Assistant

  • Muay Thai Level III
  • Purple Belt Small Circle Jujitsu

Shannon Drager - Youth Instructor / Muay Thai Assistant

  • Jr. Blackbelt SCJ
  • Purple Belt Small Circle Jujitsu
  • Muay Thai Level III

Max Casa - Youth Instructor / Muay Thai Assistant

  • Jr. Blackbelt SCJ
  • Muay Thai Level III

Jay Lawn  - Youth Instructor

  • Trained in Kickboxing with Superfoot Fighting Systems

Robert Barnes

  • Small Circle Jujitsu Blackbelt

Kevin Donle

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt