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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, a Brown Belt in Judo and a Yellow Belt in Aikido. Sensei Mark 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 mission. 

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.

Sensei 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 holds a Green Belt in karate and helps with the Lil' Warriors and beginner color 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.

Pilar 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 home.

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 Costa Rica.

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 their children Diego & Lily 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.

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.

Assistant Instructor SEMPAI NICK GROLLI is a high school student who has been training in martial arts for most of his life. He earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in November 2015.
He is truly a role model to our students. He embodies 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- holding others in high regard whether they have a higher rank, the same rank or lower rank.
* 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.

In 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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