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Q: Martial Arts Schools in Manhattan ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Martial Arts Schools in Manhattan
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: jade28-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 10 Feb 2005 14:31 PST
Expires: 12 Mar 2005 14:31 PST
Question ID: 472537
I would like a listing of women's self-defense schools, jiu jitsu
schools, and schools that teach sai (a short sword-like weapon with
two long tines on either end of the hilt--it's designed to trap a
sword and the fighter uses two).  The schools need to be in Manhattan,
specifically south of 110 street and above Canal street. Alphabet City
is also out of range. I have already found New York Jiu Jitsu at 577
Broadway.  Thank you!

Clarification of Question by jade28-ga on 10 Feb 2005 19:16 PST
This is for research purposes for a book.  I wouldn't actually be
participating, but calling the schools to see if I could observe.

(Thanks for the comment!)
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Martial Arts Schools in Manhattan
From: respree-ga on 10 Feb 2005 18:01 PST
I don't have the answer to your question, but this might help.

Also, if you're a beginner (you didn't really say), I think it's
unlikely you'll find a school that will teach Sai or any other type of
Japanese weaponry.  Generally speaking, you master the basics first
before weaponry is taught.  The symbol or acknowledgement of a mastery
of the 'basics' is a Black Belt.

Must learn to crawl before you walk. =)

Good luck in your search.
Subject: Re: Martial Arts Schools in Manhattan
From: sijan-ga on 19 Feb 2005 18:30 PST
one of the best (if not the best) martial arts schools in manhattan is
the Renzo Gracie Academy.  Renzo is part of the Gracie clan that
founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and competes internationally in mixed
martial arts competitions, as do several of his students.

Here is the contact info:

224 West 30th Street
Between 7th and 8th Avenues
NYC, NY 10001

The URL below should get you to a yellow pages listing of martial arts
schools in manhattan, using Madison Square Garden as the point of

phone: 212.279.6724
Subject: Re: Martial Arts Schools in Manhattan
From: sijan-ga on 19 Feb 2005 18:31 PST
the phone number above is for the Renzo Gracie school, it just got
bumped below the URL I pasted on accident
Subject: Re: Martial Arts Schools in Manhattan
From: sijan-ga on 19 Feb 2005 18:33 PST
More on Renzo's academy here:

(I am not one of his students.  The jiu-jitsu school I used to go to
in DC was actually one of his rivals, but it was a friendly rivalry.)

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