Tom Sotis - Motivation Analyst and Knife Combat Coach

From 1969 to present day, Tom continues his lifetime of uninterrupted martial and combatives training. Tom earned the WPKO World Lt Middleweight Kickboxing Champion 1980, Master Instructor of the Year for the United Intl Kung-fu Hall of Fame 2000, Lifetime Achievement Award for the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2001.

In 1994 Tom was the first American private contractor to train the famed Spetsnaz Counter-Terrorism teams, as well as personnel from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Russian Criminal Investigation Division Homicide & Major Crimes, and numerous other units. Tom was recognized as an honorary member of the famed Red Berets, appointed Special Advisor to the Ministry, and honorary Chief Instructor of the CID/HMC division.

In the Philippines, Tom was the first non-Filipino adopted into the Dogeaters Warrior Tribe, and to have his knife system recognized by the Bacolod Negros Arnis-Kali Escrima Federation. With dedicated training and study, Tom also earned master ratings in six traditional Filipino Martial Arts.

Having taught over 1000 workshops in over 20 countries to people from all walks of life, Tom has worked with numerous US government agencies, military teams, and various levels of law enforcement agents and officers. This includes, but is not limited to, US Special Forces, US Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts State Police, numerous Municipal police departments, Corrections Officers and Corrections Special Response Teams.

Tom has appeared on Russian National Television; radio talk shows in South Africa, USA, and New Zealand. He has been featured in the books Masters of the Blade, Filipino Martial Arts Masters and Grandmasters, and Just Breath. Tom has been featured in Blitz, Boxing, FHM, Ring, and SWAT magazines.

Tom is a certified Reiss Motivation Profile® Master, the first scientific test that provides a concrete, detailed image of a person’s individual basic desires, motives, and values.

Dr. John Sotis – Functional Neurology and Chiropractic Neurology

Dr. John Sotis is a chiropractic physician and a board certified functional neurologist, a title held by a small percentage in the chiropractic profession. He received his baccalaureate degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1980, continued there for 2 additional years of study in pre-med, then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. There, he completed 2 internships, served as the head intern in a private clinic during his senior year, then graduated Cum Laude as a member of the International Chiropractic Honor Society in 1986.

Dr. Sotis opened his private practice in 1987 and completed a 2-year post graduate course of study in clinical neurology under Dr. Frederick Carrick, professor emeritus of Carrick Institute for Post Graduate Studies. Upon graduation, he received certification for his course of study in Post-doctoral neurology and was admitted to the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology as a diplomate. Since that time, he has continued to renew his board certification annually as he maintains his private practice.

Dr. Sotis has studied directly under Dr. Robert Melillo, world-renowned chiropractor, functional neurologist, professor, researcher, and author of the books Disconnected Kids and Reconnected Kids. This course of study qualifies Dr. Sotis to practice hemispheric integration, a drugless, brain-based method of treating ADHD, OCD’s, learning disabilities, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorders, Tourette’s, brain injuries, and autism spectrum disorders. He is a member of the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation and is a registered scholar of the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies.

Dr. Sotis is an active public speaker, lecturing regularly in school departments throughout Rhode Island and neighboring states. He has served as a speaker for The Matty Fund (a children’s epilepsy support group), the Mario DeLagratta OCD Awareness Foundation, CHADD (Children & Adults with ADHD), United Services, and Community Provider Networks. He has also been a contributing writer for ULT-Nutrition Health & Fitness and R.I. Health & Fitness Journals.

Dr. Sotis uses the Gonstead Method of spinal manipulation, known for its gentle, specific approach in spinal correction. He has employed this technique for years in treating neck/back pain, sciatica and other nerve entrapments, migraines, and sports injuries.

Besides diagnosing and repairing otherwise-hidden factors that inhibit performance, Functional Neurology is being used to treat concussions and other brain-related injuries.

Link to video on Functional Neurology and hockey star Sydney Crosby
Link to video on Functional Neurology treating concussions

Dr. Jeroen Terpstra - Clinical and Sports Psychology

Jeroen Terpstra is a renowned Dutch psychiatrist who specializes in diagnostics, psychopharmacology and aggression.  He is also an innovator with his own medical startup Haerst, a company that developed the Diagnostic Camera.

He studied medicine at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre and got his PhD at the Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neuroscience in the field of behavioral neuropsychopharmacology. He specialized in the field of psychiatry at the Utrecht University Medical Centre under the supervision of René Kahn.

As a former member of both the Dutch national youth volleyball team and the Dutch national youth baseball team, he has intricate knowledge of what it takes to be a top-athlete and the mindset it requires.
After not pursuing a career in sports in favor of a career in medicine, he took up Martial Arts. Having the unrelenting mindset of a top-athlete he quickly became a black belt in Kenpo (in which he holds a 4th degree) and won several national and world championships.

He broadened his Martial knowledge through studying MMA, Kickboxing, FMA and deepened his Martial knowledge and prowess through the continuous study of AMOK! Combatives (he currently is the only authorized AMOK! trainer in the Netherlands). Jeroen has more than 22 years of Martial training and experience.

Frequently confronted with aggression within his field of expertise and being familiar with aggression through studying Martial Arts and Combatives, he understands aggression as an integral part of motivation and communication and defines it as passion.

Jeroen has been a trainer and coach for more than 25 years.

Scott Sonnon - Fitness and Nutrition

A 20+ year performance industry veteran, Scott Sonnon founded, operated and grew two global corporations for over two decades. During his tenure, some of his recognized innovations included:

As a Researcher, he has published 50+ books / instructional manuals on stress physiology, including university textbooks; and has published 1,000+ articles in multiple human performance disciplines: sports science, stress physiology, cognitive neuroscience, exercise endocrinology and performance psychology.

As a Staff Scientist, he published 40+ scientific white papers for the U.S. Government.

As an Inventor, he has been awarded 3 design and utility patents (USPTO).

As a Program Manager, he selected, trained and supervised 4,000+ subcontractors over 20 years; has served as lead on multiple teams requiring coordination with other teams; and has coordinated work with other project team members, at a division level.

As a Program Director, he designed, managed and has taught five multi-tiered nationally-recognized certification courses in health and wellness, applied nutrition, stress management, functional mobility and corrective exercise, respiratory training, physical training and combatives which have been included into qualification courses for Special Operations Forces.

Dan Brule - Breath Mastery

Dan Brulé is a modern day teacher and healer. He is a world-renown pioneer in the field of Breathwork, and leader of the worldwide Spiritual Breathing movement. Dan is one of the originators of Breath Therapy and was among the first group of Internationally Certified Rebirthers. He is a master of Prana Yoga (the Hindu Science of Breath), and Chi Kung/Qigong (Chinese Medical Breathing Exercises).

Few people in the world have more hands-on experience in Breathwork. More than 80,000 people in over 40 countries now apply Dan’s breathing exercises and techniques in their work and in their lives. Among them are Olympic champions and elite martial artists, leading psychotherapists and medical experts; monks, meditators, hospice workers and yoga teachers, performing artists, personal trainers, substance abuse and pastoral counselors, health practitioners, life coaches, and business executives.

Most recently Dan authored “Just Breathe”, the foreword written by Tony Robbins, and he is the author of: “A Formula for Transformation,” “The Principles of Breath Therapy,” “Zen and the Art of Breathing,” “Stress and Breathing,” “A Brief Introduction to Chinese Medical Breathing Exercises,” “The Art and Science of Breathwork,” and “Spiritual Breathing.”

He majored in Human Development and Learning at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Education. In 1985, he designed and completed a Masters Program in the Healing Arts at Lesley College in Cambridge, called “The Breath as A Tool for Health Growth and Change.”

Dan has taught Breathwork to more than 20,000 people in Russia, including more than 1000 medical doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists. He contributed to a ten-year study of Breathwork with members of the Russian Academy of Science; and he worked with 12-time world champion Greco-roman wrestler Alexander Karilen, as well as members of the Olympic judo, triathlon, tennis, and sailing teams.