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The NY Martial Arts Academy team of recognized 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 arts 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.

Alfonso Velazquez

  • Started training martial arts at the age of 5.
  • Trained in Kar Do Jitsu Ryu, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, and Hung Gar.
  • Has been training in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do for over 10 years.
  • Certified as a level 1 instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.