Brian Plunkett
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Bio: Brian Plunkett, of Marblehead, MA (formerly of Newton, MA), Boston attorney with 25 lawyer firm, Bartlett Hackett Feinberg, P.C.- practices in general business law with focus on commercial finance, secured lending and real estate transactions.  Currently holds rank of 4th  degree black belt in Small Circle Jujitsu. Been training and instructing at NE Small Circle Jujitsu since founding in 1990.  Previously a student of Master Dave Castoldi starting in 1984. Competed in Judo at Brown University 1980-1984, graduated with rank of brown belt and took 2nd place in Rhode Island State judo tournament in 1983.

 Promotion history

Brown belt, United States Judo Association, Sensei Kobad Malesra, Brown Univ. 1984

Purple belt Tae Kwon Do, University of Pennsylvania.Tae Kwon Do Club, 1988

First Degree Black belt Jujitsu America, Senseis Dave Castoldi and Ed Melaugh, 1990;

Second degree Black belt Jujitsu America, Senseis Dave Castoldi and Ed Melaugh, 1993; First degree Black belt Small Circle Jujitsu, Sensei Ed Melaugh, 1997;

Second degree Black belt Small Circle Jujitsu, Sensei Ed Melaugh, 2000;

Third degree Black belt Small Circle Jujitsu, Sensei Ed Melaugh, 2003;

Fourth degree Black belt Small Circle Jujitsu, Sensei Ed Melaugh, 2009.

 Reasons for training at NESCJA:  I have continued to train at NESCJA and look to Sensei Ed Melaugh as a mentor because Small Circle Jujitsu is the most complete and practical self defense training that I have experienced.  We constantly challenge ourselves to get better and more efficient at defending all varieties of attacks including open hand attacks, grabs, punches, kicks, knife mugs (both moving and static), club, bat and machete attacks, both gun and assault rifle confrontations, and multiple attacker scenarios.  We train to try to stay standing in our defense but are prepared to go to the ground and grapple and defend quite readily.  Our philosophy at NESCJA is to offer many tools to our students who will then find the right ones to fit their body types, movement styles and personalities.  We teach our students to make the best decisions possible and to never give up and to keep fighting if exiting a situation is not possible.  We all work together at NESCJA.  Black belts train next to white belts and all ranks in between.  The hardest belt to get at NESCJA is the yellow belt because we expect a high level of understanding and skill from our yellow belts who must grasp the overall system.  Ed Melaugh has done a fantastic job over the years of developing a comprehensive and clear system of self defense. Ed’s system also evolves over time as Ed constantly improves the efficiency of the techniques in our system and readily discards any techniques which he has not found to be optimally effective.  The students are NESCJA are very friendly and from all walks of life.  We are there to train together and get better as individuals and not to compete with each other or in any way denigrate or put down another student. Everyone at NESCJA has something to learn and something to teach.  Ed Melaugh and I have been training together since 1984 and he still amazes me all the time with his progression of the system and his ability to teach it to new students in a fresh, interesting and realistic way. 

 I can be reached for questions by email at bfp@bostonbusinesslaw.com.   

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SMALL CIRCLE JUJITSU AND CROSS TRAINING

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 12:35pm 0 Comments

One of the reasons that I love Small Circle Jujitsu is that it gives me motivation and great reason to cross-train.  Cross-training involves doing other activities or exercises with the goal of helping you train for your primary pursuit, such as Small Circle Jujitsu.  I have always tried to train as rigorously as possible in jujitsu class in order to get the most out of my limited time in class. I never get enough time in class though.  Over the years, I have had to come up with other ways…

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Why I train at NESCJA

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 12:27pm 0 Comments

I have continued to train over the years at NESCJA and look to Sensei Ed Melaugh as a mentor because Small Circle Jujitsu is the most complete and practical self defense training that I have experienced.  We constantly challenge ourselves to get better and more efficient at defending all varieties of attacks including open hand attacks, grabs, punches, kicks, knife mugs (both moving and static), club, bat and machete attacks, both gun and assault rifle confrontations, and multiple attacker…

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At 4:15pm on December 16, 2011, Thor A. Mollung said…

Your hips... I don't have hips..remember! LOL..

At 4:03pm on December 16, 2011, Thor A. Mollung said…

You sure your hips can take the weight??? LOL.

At 3:49pm on December 15, 2011, Thor A. Mollung said…

Most definately!! It shows how it was done old school and how far we have come! Scott LaSacola was his name.  We went to High School together.  He was the one that introduced me to David Castoldi and we were demo partners for several years.  Oh...and achieved my Blue Rank this morning!!!  Feeling good right now!!

 
 
 

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