Our Studio Director
Leonard M. Brassard, Ph.D.
Studio Director, Dr. Len Brassard, is a
licensed Psychologist with over 34 years of clinical experience. He has
trained staff, social workers, nurses and physicians in the development
of behavior treatment plans in medical facilities in Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Mississippi, and Arkansas. In his private practice Dr.
Brassard has treated children and adults with diagnoses such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome,
Down's syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Pervasive Developmental
Disorder and individuals with intellectual disabilities. He has also
provided psychological assessments and recommendations as the
Psychologist on a multidisciplinary team assisting children and families
involved with the Department of Social Services (D.S.S.).
addition to administering clinical training and treatment, Dr. Brassard
has trained professional and line staff in medical facilities throughout
Massachusetts, including Psychiatry residents at UMass Medical School in
Worcester, MA., in non-violent methods of redirecting an aggressive
patient’s strikes or kicks and immediately placing the patient in
physical constraint or restraint, eliminating or minimizing injury to
staff or patients. He named these training techniques:
“Preventative Aggressive Techniques for Hospitals” (PATH), and filmed a
series of videos outlining these techniques for staff of the UMass
Psych. Unit. As interest in his methods grew, he taught PATH to
staff members at Worcester State Hospital, where these techniques have
been part of new staff training since the late 1980’s.
Brassard's academic teaching career began formally in 1978 at
Mississippi State University as the Head Teaching Assistant in the
Psychology Department. He has held faculty or adjunct faculty positions
at Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi
and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has also been on the
faculty of the Psychiatry Department at the UMass Medical School in
Worcester, MA. Dr. Brassard has recently taught wellness "gym" classes
for middle and high school students at the North Central Charter
Essential School in Fitchburg, MA, and was also a member of the School
Board at Crocker Elementary School in Fitchburg, MA. in the mid-90's.
Dr. Brassard's martial arts training began in the summer of 1966 when he
joined a Judo class at a YMCA. As he became more interested in street
self-defense martial arts he began a study of Chinese Kenpo Karate, and
by the mid-70's he was teaching at two Kenpo studios in Massachusetts.
In 1977, as part of a senior class project, he taught a self-defense
class at the University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell) in Lowell, MA.
In 1978, as a second degree black belt, he began graduate training in
Clinical Psychology at Mississippi State University (MSU). With the
encouragement of one of his Psychology professors, he began teaching a
university course entitled: "Self-Defense for the Mind and Body." As he
developed the course curriculum, Dr. Brassard integrated the art of
Kenpo Karate with the science of behavioral Psychology, providing
students with self-defense instruction in addition to elements of
relaxation training, assertiveness training and principles of cognitive
and rational emotive therapy.
In 1980 he was accepted into the Ph.D. graduate program in Clinical
Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he continued
integrating psychological concepts and therapies with his Kenpo martial
arts training. By 1983 he had opened two full-time martial arts
studios, one part-time martial arts club, and had one of his senior
students teaching his Kenpo curriculum in Florida. To involve his
students in the national martial arts community, Dr. Brassard contacted
Mr. Ed Parker, the founder of American Kenpo Karate, and he and his
students were invited to join the International Kenpo Karate Association
(IKKA), under the banner of the Mississippi Kenpo Karate Association. In
1985, as part of his Psychology internship, Dr. Brassard taught a Kenpo
Karate self-defense class at the University of Arkansas. As enrollment
grew, he formed the Arkansas Kenpo Karate Association, and these
students also became members of Mr. Parker's IKKA. By founding
these two martial arts associations, Dr. Brassard became the first IKKA
representative in Mississippi and Arkansas. After receiving his Ph.D.,
and with Mr. Parker's approval, Dr. Brassard became a contributing
writer for the martial arts magazines: Black Belt, Inside Kung-Fu, and
Tae-Kwon-Do Times. In fact, following Mr. Parker's passing in 1990, Dr.
Brassard, along with GM Tony Cogliandro, wrote an article for
Black Belt Magazine* introducing Mr. Richard "Huk" Planas, the
(then) Vice-President of the IKKA, to the martial arts community.
Today Dr. Brassard and his son Lenny own and operate the Family Martial
Arts Center (FMAC) in Fitchburg, MA. providing a comprehensive
curriculum that couples the art of Kenpo Karate with the science of
behavioral Psychology. He also continues to counsel individuals and
families at the New Beginnings Counseling Center in Fitchburg, MA.
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