Testimonials
Yogi Berra said, "Baseball is 90% mental and the other half physical." Joe Puleio, O'Sensei, has helped thousands of people with their mental game. He wears many hats, including 8th degree Black Belt, inductee to the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, fight promoter, entrepreneur. Successful at every undertaking, I know O'Sensei for over 12 years and his inspirational impact has benefited me immensely. As a surgeon I know firsthand about discipline and a proper frame of mind. There is no better mentor and coach than O'Sensei Joe Pueio to help optimize  your life.
Sensei Richard H. Rose, MD, FACS Second Degree Black Belt


American Jiu Jitsu has become an integrated part of my everyday life. I am a stroke neurologist and I deal with adversity daily. I find O’Sensei’s teachings invaluable. In medically critical situations the application of OSensei’s Ki concepts has become reflexive to me. First I empty my mind of all clutter. I physically relax while I mentally maintain my center. I can then let my Ki Energy flow and, consequently, put my medical training to its best use. I have no doubt that the training that I have received from O’Sensei has made me a better doctor.
 Candice J. Perkins, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

“Motivation is not easy commodity to bottle”. O'Sensei Joe Puleio has figured out how to do it. If O'Sensei believes in something, after listening to him for a short time, you’ll share the same passion. O'Sensei Puleio knows how to inspire and give you the tool to achieve your goals. I’m a senior. But, with encouragement of O'Sensei, I’m a “junior”, in my heart, and pursuit, of learning Martial Arts.
Elliot S. Taynor, D.D.S. Black Belt

In 1994 I met and began training with O'Sensei Joe Puleio. At that time I was 33 yrs old and recovering from the effects of a massive stroke 5 years before. Initially paralyzed on the entire left side I had, through physical and occupational therapy, regained usage of my arms, legs, face and hearing to about 70% of normal. I was damaged goods physically and even more so emotionally. After observing one of his Jiu Jitsu classes my question to him was "Can someone like me learn Jiu Jitsu despite my physical limitations?" That day he changed my life. With unbridled enthusiasm, kindness, compassion and a seemingly boundless knowledge and insight into the human psyche he and I began a journey that from day one has had a tremendous impact on my life. Sixteen years later and a generation removed, as my 13-year-old daughter also trains, OSensei Joe Puleio and his teachings continue to be a vital part of my life. I highly recommend American Jiu Jitsu Centers to anyone looking for a vehicle to get them from where they are, to where they would like to be. The program is powerful and it works.
Jim Weir /Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser

I find O'Sensei Joe Puleio to be a great motivational speaker. He makes you believe in yourself. He brings a positive energy to the audience and motivates them to succeed. He has always inspired me to be the best I can be as Martial Artists and as a man.
Renshi Billy Manzi RN/ Yodan A.J.J.C 4th Degree Black Belt

I feel that O'Sensei Joe Puleio is an excellent motivational speaker and teacher. He has been an inspiration for me in the Martial Arts and in my everyday life. Through his positive attitude and teachings he has given me the confidence and the tools to become who I am today. He has taught me to get M.A.D. Make a Decision, which has helped me immensely in my life.
Renshi Kathy Manzi RN /Yodan A.J.J.C 4th Degree Black Belt

When O'Sensei first introduced me to Ki Concepts I was literally brought to tears and completely in awe of the power and potential I discovered in myself. That life-changing moment is a big factor in all of the personal and professional success I have accomplished in the past 20 years. O'Sensei has taught me to prioritize the things that make me happy and enjoy my family. It has taught me to define my values and achieve every goal I set for myself. It has taught me how to focus on the solution... not the problem, and handle adversity with strength and ease. I am fortunate to have learned these lessons early in life but I am also determined to practice the exercises I've learned every day - and teach them to my children.
 Renshi Jim Bask, Sole Proprietor of RemoteShoppe.com & Advertising Professional / Yodan A.J.J.C

O'Sensei Joe Puleio he has been a consistent positive influence in my life for more than 20 years. As a caring compassionate instructor, mentor and friend, he has helped me through many of life’s most difficult challenges. I had multiple knee injuries and pretty uncertain I would ever achieve black belt much less become a Sensei. O’Sensei Joe assured me I was a true martial artist in my heart, and that it simply had to translate to my head. He was right. While training recently for my second-degree black belt, O’Sensei affirmed his belief that I would also achieve a 3rd black belt degree some day, and that I simply needed to stay focused and ‘look straight ahead’ as I enjoy the journey. And that’s exactly what I am doing now. 
2nd Degree Black Belt
Sensei Francine R. Salamone, Pharm.D., J.D. Vice President, Public Affairs - EPBU

O'Sensei Joe Puleio has been an influential life coach to me! I have been studying under Joe since I was a child, and since that time, I have been challenged with many difficult adversities. I have lost friends and family members at a very young age, was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer at age 24 after opening my first martial arts studio, and struggled for years to start a family. Throughout these challenges, O'Sensei Joe was instrumental in keeping my focus on positive actions and growth, and on helping me keep a healthy perspective on life. During times of self-doubt, his belief in me empowered me to move forward and pursue my goals, and I am happy to say that my martial arts school has flourished, my health has returned stronger than ever, and I now am the father of 3 wonderful children. I am confident that Joe Puleio unique ability to motivate and inspire will touch many more lives just as he has touched mine.
Renshi John Giotis Yodan AJJC of East Northport

Joseph Puleio or as I refer to him OSensei has been a constant in my life for the last 16 years. His teachings and guidance have brought me to a better state of being. When I first came to him I lacked focus and inner peace and since then he has given me the life tools I needed to keep striving towards those things. He drives you to become the best you can be and draws out your full potential. He has helped me to work through some of the most difficult times in my life. I firmly believe in all that he has to teach and his 110% dedication to and caring of those around him.
Thank You O.
As your student always, Sensei John M. Valenti 3rd Dan @ AJJC

For over sixteen years, O’Sensei Joe as a mentor has dramatically changed my life as I learned his Ki concepts, principles and theories. O’ Sensei’s presentations are always uplifting, entertaining and enlightening. His lifestyle training is a refreshing topic, and one that should be shared with all! He has presented his knowledge in a manner that was both humorous and entertaining, while still getting his message across to the entire audience. That’s a hard combination to achieve, but he does it with style and grace. He would be a huge asset to ANY group who is looking for an amazing, one-of-a-kind speaker. His ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures, and ages is a true gift!
Renshi Fred Catalano Yodan A.J.J.C

The most recent of many examples of how OSensei Joe Puleio have helped shape my life is teaching me not to allow anyone to disrespect me in any way and to have pride in myself as an individual. I have been searching for a new job for the past 18 months and in this economy it has not been easy. I was entertaining 2 potential positions and had just had my salary at my existing job cut by 40% so things were getting pretty desperate for me to find a new position. Using the Ki Concepts and my abilities the company came back with an offer that was 35% higher than the initial offer and financially better than any job I have had in my life. They respected me for holding my ground and make me feel like I am a valuable part of their organization. Thank you.
Sensei Ron Tergesen Energy Efficiency Sales Executive /3rd Dan @ AJJC


O'Sensei Joe has help me discover greatness, the journey has taught me respect, focus, discipline, gratefulness and so much more than I have even hoped for, spilling out into every area of my life. How can I possibly thank my teacher enough after 26 years? Thank you O'Sensei Puleio
Renshi Jerry Minerva Yodan A.J.J.C Deer Park






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"Several ideas immediately come to mind when describing O'Sensei Joe Puleio; an exceptional teacher of teachers, a master motivator and a truly inspirational individual. He has not only taught me to set and achieve my life's goals, but has done so for thousands of others as well."
Dan O'Donnell/ Engineer/Yodan A.J.J.C