Martial Arts Blog

3 Cool fitness facts about martial arts

Martial arts is a fantastic way to get and stay in shape. Martial artists are known for being strong, fast and having great endurance. Here are a few cool fitness facts about martial arts.  1. Learning Jeet Kune Do works both the aerobic and...

NY Martial Arts Academy Info

From 1985 till the today we have made a decision to teach the best martial art in the world. While other martial arts schools have jumped on the hottest trends in an effort to make a buck, NY Martial Arts Academy has taught the same art since the...

Key Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial arts gives us: Self Discipline: The ability to what's needed to achieve our goals. Focus: The skill of concentrating which is valuable in almost every endeavor.  Self Defense Skills: The confidence and ability the handle...

Award winning training

NY Martial Arts Academy is the winner of the most "Outstanding Martial Arts School in North America" -MP power summit (largest martial arts convention in the America)   Our instructors all have over a decade of martial arts...

Martial Arts

Martial arts is so much more than punching and kicking. It has affected the instructors and myself in such a positive way. That's why we're so grateful for being able to share what we love. Teaching Bruce Lee's martial art is a privilege...

Best in the Business

I have had the pleasure of training with and learning from some of the best martial artists of our time. They've taught me more than techniques. I've learned a little about the psychology of what it takes to make someone truly great at their...

Bruce Lee

1. Bruce beat up Jackie Chan in 'Enter the Dragon'! 2. Bruce Lee was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.  3. Bruce Lee used to charge (and get) $275US an hour for private martial...

What is your health worth to you?

So many of us procrastinate getting to the fitness and health level we deserve. We all make these excuses about how busy we are or if it was just a bit more convenient we would do it. Sometimes the perceived effort that we have to put in scares us...

Overcome Adversity

The ability to overcome adversity is at the heart of Bruce Lee's story  At one point in his life, Bruce Lee was a struggling actor who was broke and unemployed. He was living off his wife Linda which must have been a huge ego blow to...

My Story

When I first started training I wasn't really much good. I struggled with some of the basic principles and techniques. My kicks had no power and I was constantly off balance. It took me a lot of time to learn but I had a few factors that kept me...

NY Martial Arts FAQ's

Over the past 31 years, we have helped tens of thousands of people achieve their martial arts, fitness, and personal development goals. I'm sure you have a ton of questions about how the program works and you want the info quickly so I'll...

Training in group classes

Training in the basic JKD classes gives you an overall picture of the art. We cover a wide variety of topics including the different aspects of combat and the philosophical elements of the art. Specialty classes are much more specific and focus one...

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide adults and children a martial arts experience that is more than kicking and punching. We're here to improve people's lives by providing a superior method of self-defense, physical fitness, and peace of mind. The...

4 main things to focus on

Being successful in martial arts in more about your mindset than physical ability or talent. A true martial artist is always working to: 1. Eliminate self-defeating thinking and elevate your expectations. The questions you ask yourself will...

Benefits of Martial Arts for Adults

The ancient world of martial arts have been admired by people like you around the world for centuries. People have gained a lot from these exercise classes; many adults like you have spent hours watching their children practicing a move...

A Brief History of Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do is a popular form of martial art that emphasizes philosophy and practical fighting skill over rigid movements and patterns. Though Jeet Kune Do styles vary from trainer to trainer, all share the common purpose of readying the...

What Types of Moves Are Used in an MMA Class?

Mixed martial arts classes have been taking America by storm, and for good reason. While many who participate in MMA training have dreams of becoming the next Ronda Rousey or Chuck Liddell, many others are drawn to the sport for the health and...

Understanding the Meaning of Karate Belt Colors

Most people have heard of someone who holds a black belt in karate or another martial art, and they are familiar with the skill and accomplishment it represents. However, there are many other belt colors that those studying karate must achieve...

What Can Parents Expect from a Kids Karate Class?

Karate is a popular activity for children of all ages, and while many kids think of it as a fun way to get physically active and meet new friends, parents tend to think more practically and wonder exactly what their children will learn in a...

How Can Martial Arts Classes Build Confidence?

It stands to reason that martial arts classes can increase self-confidence, but it might surprise some to learn that the factors that increase self-confidence do not come from the martial art itself.  Rather, aspects of all martial arts...

Self Defense for Women

According to the National Organization for Women, nearly one in five women will be assaulted at some point in their life.  The same source cites another staggering statistic.  In New York City alone, police respond to nearly 250,000 calls...

The Meaning and History Behind Karate Dojos

Anybody who has been to a modern day karate dojo has probably noticed some of the unique qualities they possess. But how many people know the reasons and traditions behind them? “Dojo” is a Japanese term, which translates to...

Martial Arts and Stress Relief

Psychologists have discovered positive correlations between practicing a traditional martial art and lower levels of hostility, aggression, and higher levels of self-esteem and overall positive attitude.   There are several aspects to...

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai is a type of hard martial art that is practiced in many parts of the world, but has the longest history in Thailand, where it originated and is now the national sport. The type of traditional Muay Thai that is practiced today is...

What Is Grappling in MMA?

Grappling is a term that is synonymous with the martial arts, but for those who haven’t studied the martial arts, it can be confusing as to what exactly it is. Grappling refers to many techniques that are employed in a wide variety of...

The Origins of Kickboxing

When most people think of kickboxing, they imagine some type of combination between American boxing and martial arts kicking. Surely, that’s what it can look like to an untrained eye, as it takes place in a ring where participants may use...

Karate vs. Taekwondo

When you’re thinking about engaging in martial arts training, you should first determine which form of martial arts is best suited for your abilities, philosophies, and lifestyle. Karate and Taekwondo are two common and separate forms for...

What is Kung Fu?

Kung Fu is a term that’s synonymous with the martial arts, but how much do you actually know about its meaning, history, and practices? Kung Fu is one of the most well-known and commonly studied styles of martial arts, second only to...

What is Self Defense Training?

No one deserves to be assaulted. No one wants to be assaulted. But unfortunately, as anyone who reads the news can attest, the frequency of unmitigated violence is too high to ignore. Whether we want to recognize it or not, many of us will be...

How Boxing Classes Can Benefit Your Body

If you’ve tried traditional workout methods, you’ve probably discovered that they can be tedious and it can take time to see results.  By taking boxing classes you can stay engaged and learn valuable self-defense techniques, while...

Lose Weight While Learning Martial Arts

Studying the martial arts is an amazing way to lose weight.  It’s such an entertaining way to exercise; you might not feel like you are performing a workout at all.  Spending an hour punching and kicking the pounds away will seem...

What is Jeet Kune Do?

Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is the name that the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee gave to his unique combat system and philosophy. The underlying tenets of JKD are to use minimal movements to maximum effects, all at extreme speeds. The effect is...

The Benefits of Taking a Grappling Class

It has been well established in the health and wellness community that the benefits of regular exercise are too numerous and essential to ignore. There are a lot of ways to approach exercise—and it can take some trial and error to discover...

Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Children

In a culture that seems to be saturated with violence in movies, television, video games, and even on the news, it’s normal to have some apprehension when your child tells you she would like to sign up for karate. Like many other things that...

Everything You Need to Know About Krav Maga

Krav Maga, translating to “contact combat,” is a style of mixed martial arts that was invented by the Israeli military in the 1940s. This style of training has been growing rapidly in popularity over recent years in the United States....

The Hidden Benefits of Martial Arts Training

The martial arts are a set of ancient practices that date back so far it is unclear when they truly began. While the physical aspects of martial arts are obvious, some of the greater benefits of practicing this long-standing tradition are related...

Benefits of Martial Arts Training

One of the common responses as to why an individual would like to do martial arts, is "I want to get in shape but I find the gym very boring."  Martial Arts classes are then the perfect solution.   The reason for this is...

Simple. Direct. Non-classical

Bruce Lee often described his art of Jeet Kune Do as:   Simple, Direct, and Non-Classical     Simple:  Instead of adding more and more to your art,  you take out more and more.  Like Lee would say,"Hack away...

Limiting the opponents tools

In a Jeet Kune Do class it is often overheard that a good fighter limits his opponents tools.    What does this statement mean?   In simple terms, limiting my opponents tools simply means that I put myself in a position where I...

What is Basic Front Hand Education?

When reading Bruce Lee's notes it is clear that he was a firm believer in placing the strong side forward.  90% of our striking should be done with our strong hand and our strong leg.  The reasons are two fold.  First, because our...

Blocking, Evasion, Interception

When studying Jeet Kune Do, Defense is categorized as Blocking, Evasion and interception.   Blocking is just as the word implies, stopping and opponents strike with a body part that was not the opponents intended target.  Blocking is the...

Art, Science and Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Here at New York Martial Arts Academy we have always believed in teaching the Art, Science, and Philosophy of Bruce Lee.   The Art is what we do.  The Kicking, punching, trapping, grappling and understanding of the weapon in long, medium...

Women's Self Defense

In discussing martial arts programs tailored or directed towards women different names are generally used.  The most common one is cardio kickboxing.  Programs of this nature are offered at almost every gym.  What these classes...