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Instructors

Dino Orfanos - Head Instructor

  • 40 years of martial arts experience, began training in 1973
  • 25+ years teaching martial arts
  • Director of NY Martial Arts Academy since 1994
  • Full instructor in Jeet Kune Do under Chris Kent
  • Instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do under Ted Wong
  • Instructor in R. Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Grandmaster Reylson Gracie
  • Full Instructor in Kali
  • Instructor in Pencak Silat under the World Kali Silat Society
  • Full Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu
  • 15 years of traditional martial art training
  • Featured in Men's Journal, The New York Sun, The New York Post, Newsday, & Bruce Lee Magazine
  • Appeared on Fox, ESPN, MSG, Channel 11/WPIX
  • Competed in martial art tournaments from 1976-1986
  • 1997 - Started JKD program at New York Health and Raquet Club
  • 1st Instructor recognized by Bruce Lee Education Foundation in tri-state area

James Orfanos-Director of Operations

  • Lifelong Martial Artist. He started his Martial Arts training at age 7
  • Trained in Thai Boxing and Kali
  • Certified Level 2 Instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.
  • Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Successfully competed for the last 5 years in grappling competitions
  • Graduated Suma Cum Laude from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
  • Graduated from Fordham University with a Master’s Degree in Global Finance.

Carlos Irizarry - Director of Brooklyn

  • Has been training in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do for the last 12 years. Began his martial arts career at the age of 11.
  • Trained in Shotokan Karate and Japanese Ninjitsu.
  • Married for 18 years with 2 children who train at NY Martial Arts Academy for the last 9 years.
  • Level 2 Instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.

Anthony Woo - Director Of Glen Cove

  • Tony Woo is a Level 2 instructor in Jeet Kune Do and has been training at NY Martial Arts Academy for over 10 years.
  • Tony also has 10 years of traditional martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.
  • He is married for 17 years and has a son who is 15 years old and also trains at NY Martial Arts Academy.
  • Tony is an active law enforcement officer with 18+ years of service

Andre Mistier - Director of Instructor Development

  • Lifelong Martial Arts practitioner. Began his training  in traditional martial arts 22 years ago.
  • Has been studying Jeet Kune Do for 9 Years.
  • Full time instructor who is in charge of the Philosophy class.
  • Through group and private instruction, Andre is certified as a level 2 instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.
  • Graduated from Yale.

 Daniel Ponce - Director of Little Neck

  • Started training in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do at the age of 14.
  • At 18, Daniel joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served 2 tours in Iraq.
  • After his honorable discharge in 2009, Daniel returned to his Martial Art training.
  • Successfully competed in mixed martial arts tournaments and grappling competitions.
  • Graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.
  • Currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Long Island University.
 

Joshua Espinal - Instructor

  • Head Instructor of Children's program
  • Has been studying Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do at NY Martial Arts Academy, since 2005
  • Apprentice Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts
  • Certified Jeet Kune Do Level 2 Instructor
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force as an In Flight Refueling Instructor, from 1999 to 2004
  • Served in operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Northern Watch and Southern Watch
  • AS in Engineering Science,  BA in Economics

Michael Iakovou - Instructor

  • Started training in Martial Arts at age 17.
  • Five years of Thai Boxing experience.
  • Five years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Experience.
  • Seven years experience in Jeet Kune Do
  • Fordham University: Bachelors of Arts
  • Touro Law: Juris Doctor
  • Member of the New York State Bar

 

 

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