Fusion Martial Arts is proud to be a family owned and operated business. The Wellansky family has had ties to Mt. Pleasant since 1978. We care about our community and are dedicated to making Fusion a physically and emotionally safe environment for all of its students.
SENSEI MARK WELLANSKY is the head
instructor at Fusion Martial Arts and co-owns the dojo with his wife
Pilar. Sensei holds a Third Degree Black Belt in Karate and a Brown Belt
in Judo. He is currently studying the art of Aikido. Sensei is committed to setting a good
example for all his instructors and students both on and off
the mat. Sensei trains hard himself and teaches his students to always
give their best. He asks them to strive for excellence and not to settle
for "good-enough." While excellence is always the goal, Sensei knows
that excellence means little if it is not tied to humility. Building a
martial arts community of skilled and respectful student is his
In addition to being a martial artist, Sensei has
worked for the New York City Department of Education since 1985. He was a
special education teacher for 15 years and has been a guidance
counselor since 2000. In addition, Sensei has run Friendship Builders
social skills groups with his wife Pilar for children who have trouble
making and keeping friends. Sensei Mark Wellansky's dedication to
working with all types of children has been a life long mission.
is also very involved with his church and volunteer work. He has been
an Elder and Deacon in the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church and is a
long time choir member. He has taught Sunday School and Bible Study and
has participated in many volunteer events such as the Midnight Run.
PILAR WELLANSKY co-owns Fusion Martial Arts
with her husband Sensei Mark Wellansky. She is responsible for running
the office, nurturing the students, keeping everyone informed about the
goings on of the school, and there to answer any questions. She is a Green Belt in karate and helps with the Lil' Warriors and white
belts. However, she leaves the more technical training to her family members.
Pilar has also been involved in her church and
volunteer work for years. She has been an elder, deacon and choir member
at the Pleasantville Presbyterian church and has gone on mission trips
to Appalachia and Costa Rica. Pilar has also taught Sunday School and
Bible Study at the church. Additionally, she spent years organizing Fellowship
activities at the church so all members could feel included.
Wellansky is a New York State licensed psychologist who has a private
practice in Pleasantville. She received her Doctorate in Psychology
(Psy.D) from Yeshiva University in 1999 and has worked with children and
adults for years. Pilar brings the knowledge and experience of working
with all types of people to Fusion, making Fusion a safe place for those
who do well in the outside world as well as those who have struggles.
Fusion is a place where all types of people can feel included and at
SEMPAI MICHELLE WELLANSKY began her training
when she was 7-years old and earned her first Black Belt in Karate in 2006. She earned her Fusion Black Belt in February
2014. Sempai Michelle has been training and teaching at Fusion since
2009 and has competed with the Fusion Tournament Team. Sempai Michelle
recently graduated from SUNY Purchase with honors. She has also been involved in
mission work at her church, including
rebuilding homes in Appalachia and refurbishing a children's center in
SEMPAI CHRIS McCLURE started training at Fusion
Martial Arts in 2010 and has been training ever since. He earned
him First Degree Black Belt in August 2014 and helps teach classes as
well as helps coach the tournament team. His two sons, Matthew and
Nicholas also train at Fusion. By day, Sempai Chris is a private
practice attorney in Hawthorne. He also coaches baseball and football
teams in the town of Mt. Pleasant.
SENSEI LUIS BRITO came to the United States from
Ecuador after he finished service in the military. He worked at Casa
Rina Restaurant in Thornwood for 15 years before moving to Dutchess
County. Sensei Luis began his martial arts training in 2000 at another
school where he met the Wellansky family and trained with Sensei Mark
for years. Sensei Luis earned his First Degree Black Belt in 2003, his
Second Degree Black Belt in 2005, and became a Sensei in 2008. He has
been teaching martial arts to children and adults for many years. In January 2016 Sensei Luis and his family opened Brito's Martial Arts in Dutchess County. Since it's opening, Brito's Martial Arts and Fusion Martial Arts have run joint events and have supported each other in all endeavors. Sensei
Luis, his wife Mercedes and thier son Diego are active members of The
Mission Church at Holmes, NY where he helps out and volunteers in events
like the Midnight Run. Mercedes also volunteers at the church nursery
school every Sunday.
SENSEI CESAR SAGASTUME MEJIA trained with Sensei Mark and Sensei Luis for years. In 2001 he earned his first degree black belt in karate. He then trained in Tae Kwon Do and earned his black belt in 2003. Sensei Cesar went back to karate after his Tae Kwon Do training and earned his second degree black belt in karate in 2006. Sensei Cesar has recently been focusing his training in Krav Maga, a deadly Israeli martial art, and earned his Black Belt in 2015. He is currently teaching a basic form of Krav Maga self-defense developed by Sensei Simon Wilcox to our advanced teens and adults. He also helps out with some of Fusion's karate classes. In addition to being a highly accomplished martial artist, Sensei Cesar is also a volunteer fire fighter, serving the community of Ossining since 2008.
SEMPAI NICK GROLLI earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in November 2015 SEMAPI NICOLE IZZO earned her 1st Degree Black Belt in July 2016 SEMPAI BAILEY RODGERS earned her First Degree Black Belt in August 2014
We are so proud of our high school Sempais! They are truly role models. They embody the
characteristics that make Fusion Martial Artists: honor, respect,
discipline, kindness, humility, courage, excellence and dedication.
STORM stands for Special Team of Role Models. These are dedicated students with advance training who stand out as role models.
Each STORM Student has to work toward embodying the characteristics of true martial artists: * Honor- doing what is right, honest & fair. * Respect- showing respect to those with higher ranks, the same ranks and lower ranks. * Discipline- doing what you need to do even when it is not easy or when you don't feel like it. * Kindness- being nice and caring to everyone. * Humility- being humble. Understanding that no one is better than anyone else in this school even if you have a higher rank. * Courage-
to train hard. Courage to do things that are hard for you. Courage to
do the right thing even if it is not popular. Courage to stand up for
yourself and others. * Excellence- always striving to be your best. * Dedication- dedicating yourself fully to whatever you choose to do.
order to be a STORM Student, students must attend at least 3 advanced
classes per week to perfect their own skills and help out with at least
one beginner or Lil' Warriors class per week.
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