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Kenshiro
12/23/2005 9:33pm,
Hiya, really new here, just stumbled across this site roughly a day ago and figured I'd drop my first post instead of lurking for ages. I've been studying martial arts for a while, got to green belt in TKD before the place went under, and that was five years ago. After getting life in general sorted out, I decided to look for a new, non-TKD dojo to study at. Problem is, I live on Long Island, and there's a fuckton of martial arts schools around here. I was leaning towards the L.I. Ninjutsu Centers, but I'd rather get insight from multiple people before I go and make a solid decision. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

Phrost
12/23/2005 10:22pm,
You de-lurked to ask if you should train in Ninjutsu?

Seriously?

dramaboy
12/24/2005 1:27am,
I don't know about ninjutsu, but there's a place I would go if I was on Long Island:
http://www.serrajitsu.com
Matt and Nick Serra

Tomas



Hiya, really new here, just stumbled across this site roughly a day ago and figured I'd drop my first post instead of lurking for ages. I've been studying martial arts for a while, got to green belt in TKD before the place went under, and that was five years ago. After getting life in general sorted out, I decided to look for a new, non-TKD dojo to study at. Problem is, I live on Long Island, and there's a fuckton of martial arts schools around here. I was leaning towards the L.I. Ninjutsu Centers, but I'd rather get insight from multiple people before I go and make a solid decision. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

Jitsuman
12/24/2005 2:50am,
Hiya, really new here, just stumbled across this site roughly a day ago and figured I'd drop my first post instead of lurking for ages. I've been studying martial arts for a while, got to green belt in TKD before the place went under, and that was five years ago. After getting life in general sorted out, I decided to look for a new, non-TKD dojo to study at. Problem is, I live on Long Island, and there's a fuckton of martial arts schools around here. I was leaning towards the L.I. Ninjutsu Centers, but I'd rather get insight from multiple people before I go and make a solid decision. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

go to serra-jitsu, it's expensive but worth it.

I train there and I promise not to hurt you (badly) though I should, for even thinking about becoming a ninja

BudoBuyu
12/24/2005 2:52am,
Take it from me, don't take Ninjutsu.

If they fight, hit each other hard and focus on practical techniques and encourage cross training and doing things outside the Dojo, then maybe give it a try.

But 90% of the Ninjutsu Dojos out there suck. Well, the teachers do.

Gypsy Jazz
12/24/2005 2:57am,
For this holiday season when for the 5th year in a row I'll be celebrating christmas I'll pay homage to my jewish heritage for the development of words that lend themself to being very expressive. Oy gevalt.

In case you hadn't noticed, Long Island is pretty freaking big. You're going to have to specify at least a few things before anyone can even begin to help.

Where on the island are you and how far are you willing to travel?

I hate to pimp my own stuff, but I think I did a pretty damn good job on this post http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?p=786050#post786050 and think you should read it then come back and ask questions again. I would also suggest searching the forums for mentions of Long Island, although I don't know how helpful that might be to you because you didn't mention your location. It's still probably worth a shot though.

In short, do your homework then get back to us.

Method2Madness
12/24/2005 11:46am,
try www.mma.tv/schools

i agree with drummer boy. i too would be training at serrajitsu if i lived in long island.

QuickJab
12/24/2005 11:51am,
look on MartialArtsNY.com

Kenshiro
12/24/2005 10:15pm,
Right, sorry about the lack of information in the original post, as I got stupid and attempted to make a coherent post after a long day of holiday madness at work.

First, I live in the Selden/Centereach area, pretty much right in the middle of the island and I'm willing to travel up to a half an hour to get to my dojo. I'm looking for a dojo that'll focus on striking, although I'm not opposed to a school that'll teach grappling as well. I'd also like to find a place that has a good emphasis on sparring as I'd like to possibly compete in local tournaments when my skills get to that level. I'm not looking for something as intense as BJJ or MMA in general, having had open heart surgery almost immediately out of the womb, I'm not looking to keel over in the middle of a hardcore training session. I'm more interested in something a bit more traditional. That being said, I've come across a few possibilities that I'll list here:

United Martial Arts Center (http://www.united-karate.com/page.asp?content_id=7113)
Empire State Karate (http://www.empirestatekarate.com/)
Kempo Martial Arts (http://www.kempomartialarts.net/Trial%20KMA%20Site.htm)
Long Island Ninjutsu Center (http://www.lininja.com)

Anyone who has had dealing with the schools listed, good or bad, I'd like to hear from you. Also, anybody with alternative suggestions, I'd welcome those as well. Thanks again.

Jitsuman
12/24/2005 10:39pm,
why do you want to train in the martial arts?

lets start with that, because I'm having trouble understanding your motivation.

Also, sparring of any kind can be dangerous for a person with your medical history.

anything what gets your heart rate up could be a problem....

you could always roll (spar) in BJJ in a very relaxed way...

ojgsxr6
12/24/2005 10:45pm,
First of all do not go to LI Ninjtisu, they teach ju jitsu despite the name and all there best teachers have trainiing in other styles like boxing etc. There's a decent Kickboxing/MT/Sanshou school in Middle Island on 25, Middle Country Rd.
This is the website: http://ssj4veggito.tripod.com/ringoffirekickboxingpictureserver/id28.html

Now I hesistate to say this but, I take Enshin a full contact striking style which in practice and competition will use throws. Now it's taught out of a gym, Aspen Fitness, which if you're from the area probably you've passed this a hundred times.

Some classes are very intense as we compete in tournaments, think kickboxing and not boardbreaking and kata style tournaments. It's a very small class maybe 3 - 4 students at most. The problem is that even though it's a small class we may not be able to cater to your particular needs, and a school that has more students and therefore more instructors might be able to accomodate you better.

There is a class Monday at 8:30pm I would suggest you take a look at the class and see if you like it. I would also suggest you actually take look or a free class at all those schools you listed as well as the kickboxing school I mentioned, and if yiou enjoy striking don't be turned off by boxing, there is a very good school in Bohemia called HeavyHitters. Also I would also check out Tiger Schulman's as they are very accomodating as far as physical ability goes, and participate in several forms of competition.

This is the website for the school where I train:
http://www.enshinnewyork.com/

As for grappling there is of course the Kioto schools:
http://www.kiotobjjny.com/kiotobjj-locations-schedules.htm

I really hope you are serious and not a troll.

I also forggt about another good school, Evolution Combat, it's a straight up MMA school in Rocky Point, the guy who runs it is a Kioto BJJ Blue Belt, and goes to Thailand to learn Muay Thai, I don't know his record off the top of my head though, I do know both he and his students do compete in MMA competitions.
Website: http://www.evolutioncombatclub.com.

Wataru Akiyama
12/24/2005 11:10pm,
Now I hesistate to say this but, I take Enshin a full contact striking style which in practice and competition will use throws. Now it's taught out of a gym, Aspen Fitness, which if you're from the area probably you've passed this a hundred times.
l.

^This.

Seriously, go learn Enshin and put down the Naruto manga.

ojgsxr6
12/25/2005 12:49am,
Wataru, as much as I enjoy Enshin, I would really suggest that you and anyone else try other schools before deciding on one school alone. I've checked out many schools on LI and because there are so many it's very easy to just pick the first one you go to, you may miss out on a school that may have nore to offer you, what ever that is.

Kenshiro
12/25/2005 12:54am,
First off, yes, I'm serious. I'm not some 15 year old, pimply faced geek who just read the latest Naruto manga (I'm partial to Initial D myself) and wants to throw down with some otaku no jutsu. I've had an active interest in martial arts since I was a child, but I could never get my parents to enroll me into any classes (classic "I don't want you fighting" excuse). Once we moved to NY, they still wouldn't enroll me, then between high school and work, I couldn't find the ammount of time I wanted to dedicate to properly learning martial arts. I tried a TKD dojang and it didn't really work out. Got to green belt before the inter-dojang politics caused the place to fold, and I haven't seriously trained since. Now, I'm at a point in life where in a few months, I'll actually be able to dedicate the time I need to properly train.

As for why I want to train? Well, there's multiple reasons. First and foremost is to teach myself self-dicipline and give myself better focus. Even at work, if I'm at all idle, or I'm doing something that doesn't require much mental focus, my mind wanders and I become easily distracted and it bothers me. Second is to get into better shape. I'm 6', 200 lbs, so I'm not huge, but I'm no prize either. The third reason is just as simple as I love the martial arts and it's something I've always wanted to study.

Harry: I checked the site out and I'm rather interested. Once the holidays are over, I'll head down to Aspen and check it out. Do you need to be a member of the gym to take classes, and if not how much do classes cost and is there a contract? Also, what does a typical class usually consist of, just so I know what I could potentially be walking into.

ojgsxr6
12/25/2005 1:16am,
You do not need to be a member and it's about $60 a month, no contracts. Class usaull conists of a light warmup, then drills in the air, ie punches, kicks, basic techniques and combos, then we'll do 2 man drills, we'll either do a something new or a something we've worked on before. If it's something we've practiced before I will expect my partner to make me work the technique, so that I will actually have to parry the punch and really get that throw, if it's something new then we'll work on just getting that technique down. Maybe we'll get some sparring in, since there are only a few of us we will rotate partners so that everyone is sparring constantly.

Now my favorite classes are when we do conditioning, we take turns punching each other in the chest and stomach, kicking each other in the legs and sides, duck walks, holding a heavy bag in a horse stance, while someone kicks your inner thighs. Wheel barrels, bag drills, it's really great.

CanucKyokushin
12/25/2005 1:37am,
I've been meaning to ask you.Are there any Katas in Enshin?And is there a link anywhere that shows Enshin Katas?Just curious!