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Martinez Academy of Arms

Maestro Ramon Martinez

Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez

Locations in Tribeca, Soho, and the East Village.
New York City (Manhattan), NY


“The Martinez Academy of Arms is a unique school distinguished by its living tradition of European fencing arts. The structure of the Academy reflects the ideals of 19th Century classical fencing academies. Entering the Academy, one steps into another era where students not only exhibit a serious dedication to the practice of fencing as both an art and science but also carry themselves with a polished level of etiquette and sensibility. Training remains focused on personal combat, as if one were preparing for a serious encounter. In this formally rigorous environment, students receive instruction in classical and historical fencing systems from dedicated professionals of a traditional fencing lineage.”

Weapons taught: Foil (French & Italian), Dueling Sword (French & Italian), Saber (Italian, Spanish, and Military), Small-sword, Rapier (Spanish, and Italian), Traditional Sword & Dagger, Single Dagger (Poignard), Stick fencing, Bayonet, and more.





Shinkageryu Hyoho – The U.S. Marobashikai

Masami Shioda, Shihan

151 West 26th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10001

(917) 864-6781

Traditional Ken-Jutsu. “The Shinkageryu Hyoho U.S. Marobashikai is the international U.S. chapter of the Shinkageryu Hyoho Marobashikai of Japan.” Established in NYC in 2002 by Grand Master Watanabe Tadashige.



Shozo Kato Sensei, Head Instructor

265 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor (Entrance on 39th Street)
(entrance reads “Kyokushin-Kai Dojo”)
New York City

“The Shidogakuin dojo was established in 1984 by Shozo Kato and Tsuyoshi Inoshita, initially under the name of Doshikan. Shidogakuin has grown from a single dojo in Manhattan into an organization that includes many affiliated dojos along the east coast, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Florida…Our members include a number of accomplished practitioners in both kendo and iaido.”


New York City Kendo Club

Noboru Kataoka Sensei

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
351 East 74th St (btw 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
5th Floor Gym

The NYC Kendo Club was founded in 1976 by a dedicated group of American kendoists and Sensei Noboru Kataoka to cultivate the mind and body through the art of the sword. From humble beginnings, NYC Kendo has grown up as much with its locale at the top floor of the Jan Huus Church as it has with the Manhattan upper-east side community.”


New York Budokai

Sensei Phil Ortiz


520 Eighth Avenue
(Between 36th – 37th Street)
Sixteenth floor

“At this dojo (school) we study iaido (居合道 pronounced e-i-do). Popularly known as “the art of drawing the sword”… The basic principal involves controlled, precise movements of drawing the sword from it’s scabbard (saya), striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade (chuburi), and then replacing the sword in the scabbard (noto).”


Japanese Swordsmanship Society

Pearl Studios, Room #PH2
500 Eighth Avenue (between 35th & 36th Streets)
New York NY

“The Japanese Swordsmanship Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional martial arts of Japan. JSS teaches Iaido, Naginata, Jodo and Kyudo classes in New York City and New Jersey.”



Dan Pearson, Deborah Klens-Bigman

Wednesdays, 9:00pm at Tora Dojo in Rochelle Park, NJ.  
For information on the above class, please contact the Instructor
Thursdays, 6:30 pm (swordsmanship) and 8:00pm (jodo) at Resobox Japanese Art Gallery and Cultural Center in Long Island City (Queens).  Please consult their website – for schedules and prices.

“Traditional swordsmanship, whether called iaido or iaijutsu, is descended from the fighting arts of the samurai, who ruled Japan from 1603-1868. In addition, since 2012, we have added a jodo workshop, under the supervision of a menkyo (licensed instructor) from the Capital Area Jodokai in Alexandria, VA.  Jodo employs a wooden staff as a means of non-lethal control of a swordsman.  It is always practiced in pairs. It is the aim of the Iaikai Dojo to continue these two great traditions.  Please see the Curriculum Page for an outline of our practice.”


Iaido Jiu Jitsu Kendo Club

Address: 110 W. 14th Street #2
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 807-7336

“Iaido Jiu Jitsu Kendo Club is a well-established martial arts studio in New York providing various classes including karate, kendo, jiu jitsu and more. Each of our professional and experienced instructors are dedicated to helping each student achieve her or his personal self-defense goals. Our aim is to help change your lives for the better, both mentally and physically, through martial arts. ”


Byakkokan Dojo

Head Instructor Sang Kim

4 W 18th St
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

ph: 917-684-8120

“This school teaches the curriculum of Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu, a style created by the Japanese Army. The Zen Nihon Batto Do Renmei and its US counterpart, the US Batto Do Federation, curriculum is also taught here.”


Brooklyn Battodo

Chief Instructor Zach Biesanz

Aikido of Park Slope
630 Sackett Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn Battodo is a study group formed for the purpose of spreading Toyama ryu battodo, a style of Japanese swordsmanship. We are affiliated with Byakkokan Dojo and the United States Federation of Batto-Do.


Modern Samurai

179-04 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
718 591-9300

“Shinkendo is the reunification of traditional, authentic, Japanese samurai swordsmanship by our founder Toshishiro Obata. Our curriculum consists of five main pillars or structures, each supporting the other in a logical, progressive format: Suburi (sword swinging) Tanrengata (forging kata) Batto-ho (drawing and re-sheathing safely and correctly) Tachiuchi (paired practice- sparring) Tameshigiri (test cutting).”


NYC Budo

Chief Instructor Matthew Ubertini

NYC Budo/Masakatsukan Dojo
208-56 Cross Island Pkwy.
2nd Level
Bayside, NY 11360

“Our school in located in Bayside, Queens, NY and teaches Seito Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu and it’s associated study of Ono-ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu.  We also have Kendo recognized by the All US Kendo Federation from our sister dojo which is located in Long Island City.”


Sword Class NYC

Chief Instructors Raab Rashi, Tristan Żukowski, Christophe Salet

Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Ave. 16th Floor
New York,  NY 10018

“Sword Class NYC is committed to martial training in the eastern and western sword arts.  SCNYC offers youth and adult classes 7 days a week in iaido, kendo, German longsword, arming sword and buckler, and dagger, and provides all training equipment necessary for training for our students and for the larger sword community.”




White Crane Silat New York City

Wun Fie Loa

NY Chinese Cultural Center
390 Broadway, Manhattan, 2nd Floor
CAP21 Studios
18 West 18 Street, Manhattan (check at reception for studio assignment)

“Although called Bangau Putih – White Crane, and the Symbol of the school shows this animal, the Style (Martial Arts) has different animal forms…There are also several weapons forms such as Pedang (saber), double edged sword, staff, sticks, and knives to name just a few. Movements can be very hard fighting techniques on one hand which can include difficult acrobatic skills, or less muscular movements of the sort associated with internal systems, movements in the women’s system, and energy development techniques. White Crane Silat traces its origins to the monasteries and convents of China around 600 A.D….The White Crane Silat lineage is currently taught through Persatuan Gerak Badan (the Organization for Harmonious Body Movement), an Indonesian organization founded in 1952 by the late Grandmaster Subur Rahardja (Suhu).”


Inti Ombak Pencak Silat New York

Dr. Guru Madya Charles Brandon Stauft, Ph.D.

Private instruction is available in Suffolk and Nassau counties.

“Inti Ombak (Inner Wave) Pencak Silat is a system of indigenous martial arts from the Indonesian Archipelago. It incorporates two major lineages. One lineage is from the sultanate of Mataram in central Java (Jogjakarta) and involves high stances. The other lineage utilizes low, wide stances from the island of Madura. The philosophical and physical mixture of these two ancestors results in wave behavior ‘In the front as a leader, in the middle as a balancer, in the back as an advocate.’…IOPS teaches the use of an array of weapons from the Indonesian archipelago including knife (pisau and kerambit), staff (toya), stick (tongkat), sai (tjabang, trishula, tripong), whip (pecut), sickle (clurit), and sword (single and double-edged).”


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