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About

Sensei Paul has been training in the martial arts since 1996 and was offered his first opportunity to teach in 2000. His passion for teaching is immediately apparent in the way he interacts with his students. Sensei Paul has received his master level in Kempo and has extensive training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Kali, Kung-fu and Muay Thai.

Additional Expertise

Completed training with Darkness 2 Light on Child Abuse Prevention

Certified Kettlebell Sport Lifting Coach Through the Orange Kettlebell Club

“I am a martial arts teacher who strives to effect positive change in the community through martial arts instruction. While at first glance my school must look like a place where people, essentially, learn hand-to-hand combat, that is only a small part of what I intend to cultivate, encourage, and/or impart as a teacher. Compassion and respect for others; non-violent conflict resolution; personal responsibility; health; a deep appreciation for friendship, community, education, family and more as important to me as what is so obvious about the study and practice of the martial arts.”

  • Sensei Paul teaches all of classes.

Here at Revolution Martial Fitness we teach a well rounded curriculum that covers three key aspects of martial arts training. Each part of the curriculum develops the body and mind in a unique way that combines to create well rounded students. Below are explanations of each section and why we teach them. 

Striking (Kick-Boxing and Muay Thai)

What it involves: punches, kicks, elbows, knees, blocking, footwork, head-movement, and distance management.

Why we teach it: Not only is striking important for effective self-defense, but it is great for developing explosive power and hand-eye coordination. As students become more experienced we also incorporate controlled sparring to help further their skills

Grappling (Jiu-Jitsu)

What it involves: Takedowns, control, submissions and escapes from compromising positions using body-mechanics and leverage (over strength) while emphasizing energy conservation.

Why we teach it: Learning how to manage a self-defense situation on the ground is crucial as there is a very large chance it will end up there. It teaches students how to deal with having someone else inside their personal space while using technique to overcome a large size difference. On top of that, nothing develops core strength better. 

Reality Based Self-Defense

What it involves: Power delivery using simple and effective strikes, defense to common ways of being grabbed, distance management, psychology of potential attackers, verbal assertion and de-escalation, and how to to manage the adrenal response that happens during a real encounter. 

Why we teach it: We all realize that physical confrontations don't happen like they do in the movies. That is why this is one of the most important parts of the curriculum. Learning how to manage the adrenal response that is inevitable during an encounter is crucial to applying your physical knowledge. On top of that we practice verbal techniques that help to establish firm boundaries and could prevent the attack from happening in the first place.

Sometimes, during our lowest moments, all it takes is for someone to believe in us to help us find our own inner strength. Sensei Paul Castagno shares how his decision to learn martial arts to deal with bullying took him on a journey he never expected.

Here at Revolution Martial Fitness we realize you have many options for martial arts training. We also think that potential students should choose a school they feel will best help them meet their goals. With that said, we believe there are some aspects of our school that really set us apart from many of the other schools out there. Here are a few: 

We still run one hour kids classes:

We are one of the few schools that still run one hour classes for junior students. Most schools cut their classes down to 45 minutes or less. We have heard "lack of ability to focus", "pack the schedule with more classes", or "They will get bored" as some of the reasons for this change. But we here at RMF believe that not only do kids have the ability to focus and put in energy for a full hour, but that we can also keep kids engaged and interested for the entire time. 

Age appropriate training:

There are 3 key things we make sure happens every class regardless of the age group. Everyone sweats, everyone smiles, and everyone learns. We know if we can achieve that then everyone is going to have a great class. With that said we understand that each age group needs to be taught differently to make sure they get the most out of their training. .........(kids links/Adult Links)

We have a great student:instructor ratio. 

While the industry norm tends to be a minimum of 1 instructor to every 10 kids. We here at RMF typically keep a average of 1:5 instructor to student. Often times we even to as well as 1:4. So while you may see 20+ students on the mat, you will always have 4-5 instructors helping to make sure every students gets the attention they deserve. 

We still require our students to test for their ranks

It is very common nowadays for schools to just give students stripes or belts without having to show any real progress. Often times students will be given new stripes or belts just for showing up to class, even if they haven't put in any real effort. But we believe that real confidence comes when students earn their achievements. In order to earn stripes on their belts or new ranks our students must pass tests demonstrating their progress in the skills we teach. Not only does this teach them the values of hard work and consistent effort, but they have pride in their achievements because they know they really earned them. 

We take our work out of the dojo and into the world

We believe self-defense comes in many forms. While most people think of it as defense against a physical attacker, we also believe that kindness, compassion, and a sense of community are also, in their own way, a form of self defense. Because of this we are constantly making efforts to take the lessons that are learned on the mat out of the dojo to better the world we live in. Check out our project portfolio to learn about the ways we give back.