INSTRUCTORS & STAFF

August 16, 2008

Ryan Griffith

RYAN FINAL

  • Founder/Owner & Lead Instructor
  • 2nd Degree Martial Arts Black Belt
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with two stripes
  • Mentor: Fabio Araujo

Ryan is known by the kids as “SabunimG”. He has over a 20 years of teaching experience and of martial arts training. Ryan has earned a second degree black belt in a mixed martial arts style and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with two stripes under Fabio Araujo. Of his many accomplishments, in and out of the ring, Ryan is most proud of his role as “Dad” to his 11 year old daughter Yasmine. Ryan takes great pride in working to help people of all ages and abilities achieve their goals. Ryan is respected in the community and has earned a great amount of trust and admiration. He always has a great time working with the children, and is happy to have the opportunity to spread the amazing benefits of martial arts, fitness, and fun.

Megan Polizzo

  • Manager & Lead Instructormegan

“My name is Megan Polizzo and I have a passion for physical education and food. I am a student at SCSU with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Health. I’ve been a part of A1 for as long as I can remember. I have been practicing Martial Arts since I was five and received my black belt from Ryan. Over the years I have tried numerous sports and activities, but none have ever stuck the way martial arts has. I love to smash the bags and get crazy in kickboxing too. The rush I get from the classes is what keeps me coming back. If you ever need help with your technique or just want to chat about a restaurant recommendation feel free to ask!”

Michael Oxley

  • Instructor: ZumbaMICHAEL FINAL
  • Mentor: John Layseca

“Growing up, I have admired my music idols of my generation such as, Michael Jackson, Usher, and Beyonce. Since birth, singing has been the number one passion in my life. However, after high school my passion has taken a turn towards the dance floor. Finding the love of dance I have decided to teach others and hopefully help them grasp the same desire that I have grown to love. Teaching Hip Hop for three years has brought me to another program that swung my way. The Zumba program was the craze of the state, and I wanted to check it out. Actually, I was forced to take the class from my Zumba mentor John Layseca. He has inspired me to become a Zumba instructor. From then until now, I love the art and technique of this program. Furthermore, I love to make a difference in people’s lives who want to change them. This inspires me every time I press play.”

Gabrielle Waterman

  • Instructor: Cardio-Kickboxing
  • Mentor: Ulyssus Bayona, a.k.a “Uly-Bay”

“Hey! My name is Gabrielle, but feel free to call me Gaby. I love exploring new music and am passionate about the arts. Which translates in both my work as a graphic designer and my diverse playlist during workouts. I have been at A1 for over a year, but my love for combat sports stems from childhood. I’m an advocate for physical fitness and self defense as they both can empower. I appreciate kickboxing, because it gives me the opportunity to free my mind. During class, I aim to give a killer workout, help improve technique and have fun. I am free to; music suggestions, what to work on next class, or just to talk about life!”

Maria Penedo- Warren

  • Instructor: PiYomaria photo
  • Beach Body Coach

“Hi! My name is Maria Penedo-Warren I am a full time Beachbody Coach. I offer my coaching skills in nutrition, fitness goals, and personal growth. I am a certified PIYO instructor and Zumba Instructor, and I absolutely love to teach! My passion has always been to help people, and over the last year I have had the privilege to help men and women reach their health and fitness goals by providing support and accountability. I am so excited to be a part of A-1 fitness staff and help many more lives.”

Sal DelCollo

  • Instructor: Kids Martial ArtsSDelCollo Picture
“My name is Sal DelCollo and I am an instructor for the Little Dragons and the Kids Martial Arts classes. Currently attending UNH, I am passionate about computers and learning in general. I love coaching kids martial arts because it teaches them discipline, control, and how to defend themselves. I want to teach them the same values and lessons I’ve learned from Ryan since I was six years old. My goal is to help them carry these lessons throughout their lives. I’m thankful A-1 Fitness Center has given me the chance to do so.”

Seneca SchultzSeneca

  • Desk Assistant

“Hi, my name is Seneca Schultz, I am a recent graduate of the University of Hartford, and I studied Psychology with a focus in the way people behave. I have been working at A1 for a couple months now, but I used to take the Kickboxing class many years ago, I also really love the Zumba classes that we offer, and I can’t wait to try out some of the other classes. Ryan taught me motivation and determination through working out, he also taught me that I am the person who is in control, and I am the person who can make myself stronger and better. I also love to go for Hikes along the local trails! If you ever have any questions feel free to come up to the desk and ask me!”