The benefits of martial arts go well beyond self-defense. Their practice is said to promote fitness, discipline, and even increased concentration among school children. Whether you’re looking for a traditional class or a way to combine many arts in one workout, Brooklyn offers an extensive array of martial arts schools and teaching styles throughout the borough.
AmeriKick (Park Slope) is a national chain with locations in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park. They offer professional instruction and training to men, women, and children of all ages, with classes in karate, tae kwon do, jujitsu, kung fu, Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do, krav maga and kickboxing. Contact AmeriKick for more information.
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Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Dyker Heights)
There are also multiple locations for Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, including Bensonhurst, Clinton Hill, and Cobble Hill. The school teaches students how to use the martial arts to feel stronger, healthier, and more confident inside a cooperative learning environment. Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu cultivates a philosophical approach that gives practitioners tools for self-defense, physical health, and mental discipline. Contact them for information about drop-in classes.
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Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts (Greenpoint)
Want to learn how to use “all eight limbs?” Williamsburg MMA combines boxing and Muay Thai in its striking program; Brazilian jujitsu, judo, and freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in its grappling classes; and cross-training and yoga to address wellness. They also offers MMA classes for kids and teens. Visitors and newcomers can schedule a complimentary introductory class.
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Class One MMA (Park Slope)
This MMA intensive gym offers a variety of programs for MMA enthusiasts, including Muay Thai, Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, wrestling, San Da kickboxing, and yoga. Those who choose to train on their own can also purchase an open gym membership and use the facilities for a monthly fee. Kids martial arts are offered for ages 4–12. Learn more here.
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Zarko Academy (Flatlands)
Zarko Academy was founded by Shihan Raanan Zarko after he had trained with some of the best masters around the world. Zarko Academy combines techniques from many martial arts — including Kyokushin-kai karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, judo, jujitsu, krav maga, and wrestling — into one effective system. Classes are available for kids as young as two (tiny dragons), continue with little dragons (5-8), junior and adults. The school also offers self defense classes for children and women in the Flatlands neighborhood. Contact them to learn more.