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Sensei St. Hilaire

Sensei Russ St. Hilaire

Sensei St. Hilaire began Jujitsu study in 1980 under Professor Dan Ustie, a 7th Degree Blackbelt, and has been practicing Jujitsu ever since.  He received his first Black belt in 1985. He has studied with several other Shihan, including Duke Moore, Sig Kufferath, Doug Kiehl, Jerry Kunzman and more. Sensei St. Hilaire began formal teaching in 1985 at his instructor's school, and opened his own school in 1987.  He later became part of the U.S. Army Honor Guard in Washington, D.C., and was an Official Escort to the President of the United States, George Bush. He ran a Jujitsu School at Ft. Myer, VA where he was the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of Logistics and Training. He was a hand-to-hand combat instructor for the U.S. Army Riot Control/Civil Disturbance teams, the U.S. Army S.R.T. teams, the Washington D.C. Police Academy, Police Force, and S.W.A.T. instructors, as well as instructors from the FBI Academy at Quantico.

His expert technical ability to perform Jujitsu waza mixed with a no-nonsense approach to self-defense training make him unique in the Martial Arts World. Sensei St. Hilaire is also very knowledgeable about the history of Jujitsu including the origins of the techniques he teaches, in addition to many other Arts. He is widely respected by the Martial Arts community, Military, Law Enforcement, business community, and anyone else that meets him. He follows the true path of a modern day Martial Arts Sensei. His honest, humble, hard working, and respectful personality make him the expert instructor he has become. Anyone that trains with him considers themselves very fortunate. This is obvious by the skill level and dedication of his students. I am proud to have him as a friend, mentor, and Sensei.

Sensei St. Hilaire is the Chief Instructor of the Glastonbury, CT Kobukai Doj. He is a certified Personal Protection Specialist and NLA member. He is also the author of Pioneers of American Ju-Jitsu and The Contractor.


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