~I have been training there for just over 7 months now and hold a white belt, so any views I make here are coming from that level of experience with the art~
Great group of guys, and pretty laid back environment. The school has two locations one in Huntington (where I train) and the other in East Meadow, NY. Between them there is currently 3 black belts besides Matt himself that teach classes regularly, with a number of brown belts that run classes on off-days. Every instructor in my opinion has been quite friendly and proven to be utmost knowledgeable of all aspects of grappling gi or no-gi and aren't afraid to get on the mat and make sure every student understands what they are working on.
Although it is a BJJ school, lots of no-gi transitions and differences are addressed and worked into class no matter the level of the student. Students begin live rolling as soon as they have the basics down.
Classes run on a typical format of:
-Drilling techniques and reversals/counters to the technique
-"King of the hill" style position drilling such as Guard passing, mount taking from side control etc.
Overall I'd recommend this school to anyone who wants to improve their ground game. I haven't had one bad experience there, and my ability on the ground I feel is growing exponentially.
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I can vouch for KempoFists non suckage since training there. I remember sparring him before he was in BJJ at Serra's (sucked on ground a lot), compared to where he is now- I can't throw him around at will anymore :( Based on grappling him nowadays its a good school, plus its got some Pro MMA fighters training there.
Great place to train. I spend a few days training there some 2 years back.
Matt and Nick Serra used to run a lot of the classes themselves.
A bit steep moneywise and really no equipment for anything other than BJJ.
Good stuff! You can't go wrong with a Serra school!
Plus KF doing BJJ?! Who would have thunk it?! :)
hey im from west babylon and looking into schools. do they do any stand up at all there? and does anyone know of any good muay thai/kickboxing schools near me. theres some place called cambells in amityville but it seemed more for kids. in your guys opion what do you think is the best school overall on long island? im 27 athletic and looking for a place to train instead of going to a gym and dont want to be around a bunch of kids. any help would be much appreciated.
what's up I'm in West Babylon also. I went by Serra's place yesterday. I wasn't too impressed with the facility but the guys seemed to know what they're talking about and I've heard nothing but good things. I'm looking for a training partner I need to work on my conditioning if you're interested hit me up email@example.com
They don't do standup in regular classes, but I often see blue belts and above come in and work some standup privates with I think one of the guys from Longos. Mostly padwork and drills there. If you want standup, Serras sister school is Ray Longos kickboxing in Mineola.
How much are they if you go to both?
How much are they if you go to both?
No idea. Bound to be expensive if you do them separately, but I'm pretty sure you could do Jits and kickboxing at Longos without going to Serras and it would be considerably cheaper.
Here's their site: http://www.raylongomartialarts.com/index.html
I should update this review actually. I've been there just over a year now, so I think I gots more to say :)
I have been training at Serra in East Meadow since December of 2006. It took me a while to adjust to the relaxed atmosphere compared to what I was used to.
Not only are Matt, Nick and Tom top-notch instructors, but I find that anyone there who has knowledge to pass on is more than happy to share and work with you til you understand it.
Many times I have spend an extra hour or so after a class working with a blue or purple belt just to help me grasp some more understanding.
Great school. Lots of classes.
I've just started training there and so far i think it is a GREAT school. All of the instructors really seem to know what they are doing and all of the other students are very curtious and dont mind helping you figure things out. The only problem is the size, it can be a bit small, but good things come in small packages!
I've been training at Serra's for about a year, I train at the HUntington location. The size of the school at Huntington is not a problem, it's quite a bit larger than East Meadow. The instruction is top notch, and the atmosphere is great, some really nice people there. I trained at a place down in Tucson for about 1 month prior to moving here, and boy what a difference in attitude. The ego and 'tudes in Tucson were so childish that I just couldn't stand it anymore and I quit after only 1 month. My view of bJJ was that it attracted mostly A-holes. I decided to give it one more try ( because I really love the art), and stepped into Serra's. Its been a year and I am hooked. I have made some good friends there.
Just to be current about the school since the last post was a while ago. Serra's school does have muay thai classes as well bjj. They have also incorperated wrestling classes too. I go to the huntington location but they will be opening a new school down the block very shortly. It will be 8500 sq feet and loaded with new gear, a full cage, shitloads of new seminars and classes..........so I hear anyway. I'll post again after it opens. Should be shortly after the new year.
P.S. I didn't metion that the school is top notch, with great instuctors, great attitude, and quality instuction. They don't tolorate douche bag attitudes. You'll have a good time ( cause they joke around) but be prepared to sweat and roll every class.
Well the new location has finally opened and as promised I'm writing a review. First I will say the place is beautiful! All brand new equipment. The space is huge 8300 sq feet with over 5000 ft of training space ( thats over four timed the size of their former location) So big in fact multiple classes can be held with room to spare. A brand new FULL octogon cage, heavy, muat thai, and speed bags, cardio equipment and weights. They have Mauy thai classes taught by Ray Longos guys I beleive, as well as Wrestling instruction for take downs and take down defence and No-Gi classes. Ther's even "fitness" classes. They will have a MMA program for students and a fight team. So the dojo is now a full MMA training facility not just BJJ. It has updated locker room facilites (4 mens showers and 2 womens showers) More classes and an expanded new schedual that even the busiest person can find time to train -day or night. And that's just day 1 (it opened yesterday)
I've been assured theirs more suprises and benifits to come! Just the other day BJ Penn came by to wish Matt well with the new Dojo and check out the new gym. This is truly the premier training facility for MMA and BJJ. Correct me if I'm wrong ( and I'm sure some of you will if I am) thier really isn't a better training facility on Long Island. Matt. Nick and their awsome instructors now have an equally awsome gym to teach all aspects of Mixed Martial Arts to those lucky enough to live on Long Island.
i got my purple from another school and after one night at serras old academy i switched schools as i was not happy with my other school.
I cannot tell you enough how much i love this school the atmosphere is friggin great, we are like one big family down there. The instruction is top notch, black belts always hanging around on the mats ready to anwser any questions you have to tighten your game up, no pressure for private lessons or any of that crap, there just is no need you get personal attention when you want.
the new academy is HUGE, cardio equipment, wieghts, full cage, ropes, rowers, vera climber, monkey bars, full gym for your use.
someone is almost always at the academy, so whenever you want to roll just come down call your training partners and get together. we are there every night til 10/11 no pressure for you to stop rolling or leave.
I love this place, i take train to get there i live an hour away and if i drove i would drive past 4 or so other academys, if you love jiu jitsu as much as i do and you live on LI this is like jiu jitsu disneyland come down.