Alan Ritvo started taking martial arts lessons at the age of 10 yrs.
He studied Shotokan Karate with his original instructor in the Boston area where he had grown-up.
Alan enlisted in the US Military after graduating from high school. He did his basic and advanced training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He was stationed in Germany for three years with the 570th Military Police Platoon. Alan’s training consisted of police tactics and operations along with extensive hand to hand combat activities.
Alan relocated to Ohio and owns and operates Riverview Martial Arts and Fitness. Along with martial arts and self defense programs, He also teaches group fitness and personal training.
Alan continues to keep fitness a key aspect of his life with a dedicated cardio and weight lifting routine. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also very active within the community and was a recent board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Alan continues his martial arts training under his current instructor Master Gene Garbowsky. Alan is a Master Instructor and a Regional Director for the Independent Tang Soo Do Association (ITA).
At Riverview Martial Arts, Alan continues to train and instruct his students including his children Lauren, Alison and AJ.
Alan is also a co-owner of Armed Combat Tactics “ACT” (www.acthqs.com) , which provides state of the art training with handguns and other tactical weapons including hand to hand combat. Along with being a 4th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and 1st degree in black belt in Combat Hapkido, he is also a certified NRA instructor.
Alan lives in Rocky River, OH. Alan has four children, Brittany, Lauren, Alison and Alan Jr. (AJ).