Our kids learn the most cutting-edge techniques and training methods for real world self protection. The AMMA curriculum is designed around Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts (all of our instructors are certified JKD Instructors). JKD isn't a single Martial Art, but a way of training many different methods, and discovering the best ways for each individual student to protect himself or herself. AMMA students learn boxing, kickboxing, trapping, clinch (standing wrestling), ground grappling, and much more! From the esoteric French Kickboxing style of Savate to the Battle-tested weapons methods of Filipino Kali, Arnis, and Escrima; and from the cage-proven grappling of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the gentle tumbling methods of Aikido, Judo, Gymnastics, and Parkour; our students receive the best hands-on training in a broad spectrum of skills.
Chris Wright-Martell has been teaching young people since he himself was one.
He began his Martial Arts journey with a year of Judo at 6 years old. At age 8, he began training Kenpo Karate at the Middletown Kenpo Karate Studio, where he found his home for nearly 20 years. At 11 years old, he was accepted into an experimental program to train Assistant Instructors. He reached the rank of Black Belt at 16, while teaching nearly 20 hours each week under the direct guidance of his Head Instructor, Professor Lee Lowery, who also encouraged him to find and pursue his own personal specialty within the Martial Arts.
Chris has followed that directive and has pursued the most effective, hands-on training methods for real-world self-defense. He has trained in over 20 Martial Arts styles, from the ultra-traditional to modern and nontraditional methods, and he continues to explore new directions, on a quest to always improve the value and benefit to his students.
Chris holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, a Lakan rank (Black Belt) in Modern Arnis under the late founder and Grandmaster Remy Presas, a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mr. Roy Harris, a Black Belt in Budoshin Ju-jitsu under Professor George Kirby, and a Green Glove in Boxe Francaise Savate (French Kickboxing). Additionally, he is a Level 2 Jeet Kune Do instructor, a Level 1 Filipino Martial Arts Instructor, an Associate Level Grappling Instructor, and has also completed Instructor Training in Krav Maga under Master Rhon Mizrachi.
Education is a major point of focus in Chris’ life. He completed his Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in only 3 and a half years. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on an Acorn (merit) Scholarship, where he participated in the Honors Program while studying in two of their top departments: Japanese Language & Literature (his eventual minor), and Philosophy (with concentrations in Ethics, Epistemology, and Metaphysics). He was honored to participate in the invitation-only “Dean’s Breakfast” program, in which a small group of students met regularly with the Dean of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, to discuss University Issues. He was a competitor on both the Fencing team and the Ballroom Dance Team, where he was vice-president and one of the University’s first male Open Level Latin Dancers.
In the field of education, Chris taught for 3 years as a Middle School Math teacher at the Independent Day School in Middlefield, CT. He also served for 2 years as the Director of Summer programs at their widely renowned "Summer at IDS" Summer Camp, where he designed, coordinated, and implemented courses in Arts, Academics, and Athletics.
As the Head Instructor of the Modern Self-Defense Center, Chris has taught hundreds and thousands of individuals to improve their personal safety. In addition to his own students, he has worked with numerous public, private, corporate, government, and university-based groups to help their members become safer and better able to protect themselves. He designed and taught a Self-Defense Course for Wesleyan University’s Athletics Department for several years, as their only non-faculty instructor. In 2011, Chris was a featured guest instructor at the New England Modern Arnis Camp. He is also the author of the book “Knack Self-Defense for Women: Strategies, Moves, & Everyday Tactics to Gain Confidence & Stay Safe”, which is available at bookstores everywhere.