Alpha Krav Maga CT Instructors

Alpha Krav Maga Connecticut Instructors

Jamie Arute
Chief Instructor
Mr. Jamie Arute,  Chief Instructor of Alpha Krav Maga Connecticut Northeast Regional Training Center, is one of the three people in the World responsible for training, testing and certifying instructors and affiliate schools. Mr. Arute has trained and taught in the Martial Arts for over 30 years, achieving proficiency in Krav Maga, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Kenpo and weaponry. With the passionate belief that all individuals need the ability to defend their safety and freedom, Mr. Arute’s vision was to provide a family-friendly environment where people of all ages, sizes, and abilities could gain the necessary physical and mental skills to overcome dangerous situations. With this mission in mind, Mr. Arute opened the doors to his Cheshire, Connecticut Martial Arts studio in 2008.
In 2012, Mr. Arute’s unique school was invited to act as the Northeast Regional Training Center of Alpha Krav Maga International. Alpha Krav Maga was founded by internationally recognized Instructor Sam Sade; His team of coaches and training centers include the most talented and influential instructors and studio owners in the world. Mr. Arute has the honor of being one of only three that train, test and certify all the Alpha Krav Maga International Instructors and Schools around the world and is on the Board of Directors for Alpha Krav Maga International.

Mr. Arute provides training for children and adults, as well as civilians and law enforcement personnel in Krav Maga. Children’s classes are limited in size, so that individual attention can be provided and instructors can work with each child on their personal goals. Children learn how to avoid and defuse dangerous situations, while gaining confidence and mental agility. Adult classes focus on preparation for potential danger, and offer real-life skills that can save lives and empower individuals to protect themselves and their families.

Mr. Arute also designs and teaches personal self protection seminars for companies, universities, and law enforcement organizations. Among his clients are the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,  DEA, United States Coast Guard, State of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University; Officers from NYPD, Meriden, North Haven and New Haven Police Departments; and the University of Connecticut. Some of his seminars include Counter Terrorism, Crowd Control and Management, Active Shooter, 3rd Party Protection, Weapon Retention, Sexual Assault Prevention, Home Invasion, Carjacking, Kid Safe Anti-Abduction Program, and Child Protection and Safety.

Mr. Arute has received recognition and awards for the outstanding accomplishments of his training center. As a full-time Self Defense expert and a leading voice in the region for self protection, he has been featured in the New York Times, Cheshire Herald, Clear Channel Radio Stations, and other media publications. Mr. Arute is the owner of Alpha Krav Maga Connecticut Northeast Regional Training Center and continues to passionately bring his knowledge and expertise to clients, instructors and training centers around the world.

Jennifer Bernstein
Alpha Krav Maga Instructor

Jennifer Bernstein began her martial arts training with Mr. Arute in July 2008 with the initial goal of self defense. Over the years, martial arts and Mr. Arute’s studio became a big part of her life. She experienced significant health improvements, including increased strength and endurance. Overall, she gained a substantial increase in personal confidence.

She has assisted Mr. Arute with special programs, including Bully Prevention Seminars and Rape Prevention Seminars as well as Krav Maga classes for children and adults.

In 2012, she became the first certified female Alpha Krav Maga instructor in the Northeast.

As an advocate for women in martial arts, she also taught a women’s fitness class at the studio using the same elements of Krav Maga and fostered discussions of self defense scenarios. Women in the fitness class would often join the more self defense–focused classes. Ms. Bernstein looks forward to continuing her training and teaching students to defend themselves so they may feel confident and empowered.


Andrew Marocchini
Firearms Instructor
Andrew Marocchini is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor who has trained with firearms as an armed professional and a competitor for 28 years, winning many awards on a national level. He has trained at such prestigious facilities as the Sig Academy, Smith and Wesson and Academi. Mr. Marocchini is also a Gold Card Instructor, handcuff instructor, and OC instructor. In addition, he is a Bail Enforcement agent and Surety Bondsman. Mr. Marocchini’s unique background allows students the opportunity to learn a combination of modern tactics that are simple yet effective and applicable to both the armed professional and the defense-oriented civilian.

David Carrillo
Alpha Krav Maga Instructor
David Carrillo started training in martial arts at the young age of seven. He began in the traditional martial arts style Tang Soo Do under teacher Marcel Beaulieu where he achieved the rank of Green Belt. After graduating from Watertown High School in 2003, Mr. Carrillo wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement. In order to get in shape, he decided to get back into martial arts. Being completely dissatisfied with traditional martial arts styles, Mr. Carrillo wanted a more realistic approach to self defense and fitness. With some research, he found Krav Maga. He started training with Mr. Jamie Arute in January 2011. Mr. Carrillo has participated in numerous training seminars from Combative and Weapon Defenses, NRA tactical shooting, Edged Weapons and Carjacking. In November 2012, Mr. Carrillo earned his Alpha Krav Maga Instructor certification. Mr. Carrillo continues his training and instructing at Alpha Krav Maga Northeast Regional Training Center in Cheshire. He currently works as a Public Safety Officer for Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Founder/Chief Instructor Alpha Krav Maga International
Sam Sade was born and raised in Haifa, Israel in 1964. Life was not easy, as he grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country. From a very early age, he was required to learn how to defend himself and prevail. The theme of “Fight and Win” continues to guide him even today.
Upon completing high school, he joined the Israel Defense Forces and served as an Airborne Ranger in a front-line infantry division from 1983 to 1986. During that time he fought under extreme combat conditions in Lebanon for seven months, an indelible experience that forever changed his life.
After leaving the army, Sam became interested in Body Building. His passion led him to California where he trained for a year with a former Mr. California, Jim Redarsic, with the intention of returning to Israel to open his own fitness center. His gym was an overwhelming success, operating for more than a decade. During this period, Sam won the coveted Mr. Israel bodybuilding title two years running and represented his homeland in several international competitions. He’s proud to say that he trained two of Israel’s other winners of this national distinction.
With an eye toward higher education, Sam completed his Sports Education studies at The Wingate Institute, a renowned university, in addition to obtaining his degree in Alternative Nutritional Studies at The University of Haifa.
At the age of 31, with much street experience under his belt, but no formal training, Sam decided to pursue Krav Maga, the oldest Mixed Martial Art presently in use. Originally developed for the IDF in 1948, Krav Maga is a hard-hitting compilation of advanced conflict resolution methods and several fighting technologies including Western-style Boxing, Thai Boxing, Grappling and Wrestling. It follows some very basic principles: defend and immediately counter-attack from a position of disadvantage, use the natural contours of instinct, and eliminate the threat by any and all means, “So that one can walk in peace”. Heavy emphasis is place on the use of small arms including rifles, pistols, edged weapons, sticks and batons, both offensively and defensively. Sam was the first person in Israel to receive his Black Belt after ONLY 2 1/2 years of training.
Today, Sam holds a Fourth-Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga which he received in Israel, and was the 2004 California Statewide Amateur Thai Boxing Champion. Recently at the tender age of 44, Sam took a Bronze Medal in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at The Pan American Games. A few weeks later he won three Gold Medals in local BJJ competitions in three different categories.
He has taught thousands of civilian students and has provided “force training” to several military and paramilitary groups and agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the LAPD, the Air Marshals Service, the Secret Service and various police organizations around the country.
Sam is married, and resides in Encino, California

Roman Bronstein
Israeli Military & Law Enforcement Instructor
With years of practical experience in creating and implementing crowd management and civil disobedience solutions. Mr. Bronstein was the co-founder and senior instructor of the Israeli Border Police Training Camp’s crowd management and civil disobedience unit. In this capacity, he took part in all projects developed by the unit, managed and directed large-scale drills for special task forces ranging between 30 to 1,000 participants, conducted advanced training courses for middle- to high-ranking officers, and took part in the testing and development of new special munitions for crowd and riot control.
The unit is responsible for the training of all IDF and Israeli Police personnel working in the area of crowd management. Mr. Bronstein furthermore took part in the development of the Universal Detention System (U.D.S.) for law enforcement, and was the co-developer of the Israeli Crowd Management System (ICMS).
Prior to this position, Mr. Bronstein served five years as part of Israel’s National Police S.W.A.T. with responsibilities ranging from crowd control and anti-riot duties to street crime prevention and emergency response. Mr. Bronstein served as a self-defense and combat fitness instructor throughout his time in the unit. He is also trained in first aid and emergency medical assistance. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Bronstein held the position of lead security officer for the Bnei Brak municipality.

Scott Allard
US Law Enforcement Instructor

Mr. Scott Allard is a United States Army Veteran who proudly served as a military policeman for 8 years. During his time in the military, Mr. Allard was deployed to Guantanamo Bay Cuba under Operation Enduring Freedom. His military experience includes earning his certification as a Combat Lifesaver. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Mr. Allard began is career in law enforcement. He has served as a State Trooper and a Municipal Police Officer since 2002. He currently serves on the Special Response Team (SWAT). He has earned various instructor certifications including firearms, patrol rifle, less lethal baton/OC spray, handcuffing, taser, and building clearing/room entry. Since training with Mr. Jamie Arute, Mr. Allard has assisted in numerous seminars, including Home Invasion, Counterterrorism and Active Shooter.

Michael Kahn
US Law Enforcement Instructor

Mr. Michael Kahn is a United States Navy Submarine Veteran who proudly served from 1995 to 1999, ending his service as a Second Class Sonar Technician. Following his military service, he began a career in Law Enforcement and is currently a Master Sergeant at a municipal agency. He is a certified Arrest and Control Instructor. During his 18 years of service, he has been fortunate to receive a wide variety of training, including training at the Sig Academy. Mr. Kahn has been a competitive precision marksman, competing and placing internationally. Since beginning his training at Alpha Krav Maga Connecticut, he has assisted Mr. Arute with various seminars ranging from Home Invasion for Civilians to Ambush Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement.

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Brian Watrous
Alpha Krav Maga Instructor

Mr. Brian Watrous started training at Alpha Krav Maga Connecticut under Mr. Jamie Arute in May 2013. Mr. Watrous has 6 years experience as a personal trainer as well as 5 years of traditional martial arts training in Tae Kwan Do during which he achieved the rank of first Dan Black Belt. Mr. Watrous transitioned to Alpha Krav Maga Connecticut after discovering its realism in preparing for actual confrontations.

In addition to earning his Alpha Krav Maga Instructor certification under Mr. Jamie Arute and Mr. Sam Sade, he earned his Alpha Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor certification under Mr. Jim Klauba. After achieving the goal of a certified Law Enforcement instructor, Mr. Watrous pursued and realized his goal of becoming a law enforcement officer.



robert rand headshotRobert Rand
Alpha Krav Maga Instructor
Mr. Robert Rand began his training under Mr. Jamie Arute in January 2013. Mr. Rand was looking for a “real world” system to learn self-defense. Mr. Rand has over 14 years of military experience while proudly serving in the United States Army. During his Army career, Mr. Rand has been deployed several times, including deployment in the Iraq invasion from 2003 to 2004. As an instructor for a highly decorated training Brigade, Mr. Rand has conducted the combat training of military and civilian personnel to deploy worldwide. Some of Mr. Rand’s other training includes hand-to-hand combat, heavy weapons, and special tactics.


Markus Visconti
Alpha Krav Maga Instructor

Mr. Markus Visconti began his training under Mr. Jamie Arute in 2012. With a background in wrestling and Tae Kwan Do, Mr. Visconti discovered Alpha Krav Maga after searching for a self defense system that was realistic and practical. Over the years, Mr. Visconti has instructed both children and adult classes as well as assisting Mr. Arute with various seminars. As an applicant to the United States Naval Academy, Mr. Visconti’s goal is to bring his knowledge and skills to the Naval Academy with hope of preparing him for his future military career.

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