Head Sensei and Founder Rick Reshel

Sensei Reshel has been practicing and teaching martial arts for over four decades. He has taught and lectured on martial arts instruction, women’s self defense and children’s safety at universities, high schools, businesses and other civic organizations. He is founder of The Elite Dojo and of a non-profit organization – Operation: KickStart, a program offering scholarships and grants to deserving students. He has also been featured on many local television and radio programs, and has competed throughout the Midwest, having many championships to his credit.
His personal philosophy is to create peace in ones life as much as possible. He believes that peace starts with the individual and extends to family, community and ultimately the world. He also realizes that we are human beings with emotions. Stress is part of the emotional structure, the key is how we channel this in a positive way. The Dojo gives us a format to purge our stress constructively. Then go into our world as positive, constructive, peaceful citizens.

The Elite Dojo Team

“It is an absolute privilege to have so many skilled martial arts instructors on the staff of the Elite Dojo. They bring excellent quality to the diverse curriculum that we teach. From Instructors with degrees in child psychology, school counselors, nurses, doctors and a Pan-American Jui Jitsu champion, we have the Martial Arts covered.

Their Martial Arts expertise is only exceeded by the quality and conduct of their character.”

– Founder, Sensei Rick Reshel, Elite Dojo


Instructor Paul Koutecky

  • Masters degree Psychology
  • 2nd degree in kenpo
  • 1st degree black belt in Kokusai Jujutsu
  • Rank in Kyokushin Karate
  • Train Muay Thai/Jujutsu with Adrian Serrano (mma)
  • 6 years Milwaukee county sheriffs office
  • Member of the correctional emergency response team
  • Verbal defense and influence instructor
  • Certified through sheriffs academy

Dr. James Meade

  • Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Sports Medicine Physician

Sensei Tom Mueller

  • Black Belt Judo
  • Black Belt Jiu Jitsu
  • 3 Time Pan American Champion

Inst. Joe Feierstein

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Kenpo Karate
  • Kung Fu Instructor & Student
  • Currently enrolled at UWM in nursing program