Our mission is to provide an oasis of Martial Arts tradition, build character and community health through the experience of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing & Mixed Martial Arts in Long Island and Nassau county.
Our teachers and staff bring you the highest quality of Martial Arts (MMA) instruction in a safe, friendly, respectful and clean environment. Whether you're looking for discipline, fitness, self-defense or competition, we will meet your needs. Everyone will get a great workout as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) uses the entire body. All will benefit from training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thai Boxing, Judo and MMA.
This is your opportunity to come and learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Sensei Nardu Debrah who is a Black Belt under the Legendary Renzo Gracie. This is also your opportunity to train the ”Gentle Art” of Judo under one of the best Judo players in the United States, Professor Harry St Leger.
The Budokan presents a holistic approach to fitness and the building of moral character, grounded ethics, sportsmanship, fair play and nutrition. These intangibles along with the ability to defend oneself are immeasurable and beneficial to everybody. We offer some of the best BJJ in Nassau County, some other programs we offer include, Judo, Iaido, Zen meditation, Yoga Chinese Kung Fu, Muay Thai, and MMA. These are all adult martial Arts programs and children's martial arts programs.
We are located at 650 Merrick Road, Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art which utilizes techniques on the ground to control, neutralize or submit an adversary. It is truly an innovative art as it is constantly evolving. Its principles are based on leverage and simplicity not just strength.
Our curriculum covers all aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from throws, clinch work and take downs, to ground work, drills and submissions. Our method of instruction and training is for all levels, from beginners to advanced. All classes are taught by qualified instructors. We offer a great mix of BJJ and Submission Grappling, classes are taught with Gi and No-Gi providing a balance for all that want to do both Training in BJJ and Grappling are a great way to have fun and get in unbelievable shape! Your strength, cardio and flexibility will greatly improve while your learning a very valuable skill of how to protect yourself!
Muay Thai or also known as Thai boxing is a full contact martial art, which is termed "The Science of Eight Limbs". This is because the hands, shins, elbows and knees are all used extensively in this art. So a master practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight points of contact as opposed to four points in other martial arts or two points in western boxing. This effectively gives the practitioner to debilitate opponents with any combination of the science of eight limbs.
Muay Thai is a straightforward but brutal art practiced in many countries all over the world and is the national sport of Thailand. It uses gloves similar to the ones used in western traditional boxing and is fought in a ring. When I had first started Muay Thai it seemed similar and looked similar at first to traditional western boxing but after my first lesson my view on the art was completely changed forever. I don't think it could be more different from traditional boxing as the style and feel of it is nowhere near the same. Muay Thai is such an interesting art to learn because there is so much to learn. So this is where Muay Thai is a completely unique and devastating martial art.
Muay Thai does although demand a lot of physical fitness. There are a couple of disciplines and conditionings involved with Muay Thai. Some of these include: shadow boxing, running, rope jumping, bag training, sparring, weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises and in some cases weight training just to name a few. Some of these exercises include full contact conditioning using a Thai pad, focus mitts or heavy bag. These can be physically demanding as the training includes long rounds of hitting pads. This can be from the using the focus mitts to spruce up your jab cross hook or using the Thai pads to master your roundhouse kick.
The fact is there's so much to learn in Muay Thai and at the same time is very enjoyable leaving you wanting more. Which means a good idea would be to find somewhere to train on a daily basis. It doesn't have to be supremely decent place just somewhere that you can hit a bag around practice your techniques and combos a bit, maybe gain some power or speed in your punch or just to keep you in shape. It' all up to you to decide what you want to get out of Muay Thai.
Starting in the 1990's Muay Thai became very popular in mixed martial art fights such as those held by K-1 and Ultimate fighting championship. The Thai military today uses a form of Muay Thai called Lerdrit. Muay Thai began as Krabi Krabong, the Siamese weapon based style. Then when disarmed it went on to resort to unarmed fighting techniques which were centered around kicks a nd Judo like throws. It then naturally evolved over time to become Muay Boran, the ancient version of Muay Thai. The basis of battlefield warfare advanced hand-to-hand combat was no longer needed and so Muay Boran divided Muay Thasao (North), Muay Thai Korat (Esarn or Northeast), Muay Thai Lobburee (Centre region) and Muay Thai Chaiya (South). Each style emphasized something different. Muay Korat emphasized strength, there was one technique called "throwing buffalo punch" because it supposedly could kill a buffalo with one punch. Muay Lobburee emphasized clever movements strong points being the straight and turned punch. Muay Chaiya emphasized posture and defense making it difficult for an opponent to attack, it stresses elbows and knees. Then came Muay Thai a sporting martial art kept alive in Thailand as a competitive sport but not only that for some people for others it is a way of life.
Give your teens the opportunity to express themselves amongst their peers (ages 13-17) through physical activity in a safe and positive environment. The program curriculum includes weekly classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai.
Students will develop a positive and disciplined attitude by building a strong foundation in the basic skills of martial arts: blocks, punches, kicks, stances, as well as basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and sparring.
Build your confidence as you begin to see the physical fitness rewards of training in the martial arts. Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with successful professionals and learn good habits for success in school and your everyday life.
As my instructor pointed out, if a situation were to escalate to a physical confrontation, I’m going to end up on the ground sooner or later, most probably with a much heavier and stronger person. Good idea to learn to what to do. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the answer.
Also if I have encountered the feeling of a heavy person squashing me, trying to choke me, etc. I’m more likely to keep my wits about me, panic less and hopefully remember something from class.
It is the best work out imaginable, keeps my mind engaged so I cannot think about what stresses me, exercises just about every muscle in my body (even the ones I didn’t know I had), instant strength training by trying to push against another body, increases my flexibility, and is a cardio workout galore in every class.
Our Children's Martial Art program gives your child the opportunity to: build self-esteem, develop confidence and improve discipline while at the same time having fun. Our Children's Martial Art program gives your child the opportunity to: build self-esteem, develop confidence and improve discipline while at the same time having fun.
Through our program your children's concentration, coordination and fitness level will also increase. What we offer is a martial arts program specifically designed for children ages 3 to 13. This program focuses on improving children's listening and motor skills.
These skills will help them enter society with more confidence. Each class we cover different aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo or Muay Thai infused with positive values of traditional Martial Arts and a wide variety of activities that are fun and at the same time educational. All skills are taught in a safe and supervised environment.
The effectiveness of our Children's Martial Arts Program is reflected in the feedback we get from our students and parents. Come in today and find out why there is much more to a Martial Arts school than just kicks and punches. We achieve results that are measured by the success of our students. Give your child an advantage in life by enrolling them today!
The Little Samurais curriculum consists of developing 8 Major Skills that are necessary for participation in any sport or activity. The curriculum also contains 8 Personal Development Skills that are used to reinforce family values. Upon completion of our Mommy n me program, your child will become focused and motivated to achieve any goal they set in life! The 8 Samurais skill requirements are composed of physical and mental benefits. The following are the skills along with the benefits of participating in the Mommy n me class:
Skill #1: FOCUS - This skill will help your child's aim, listening skills and reaction skills. They will excel faster in any physical activities. Your child will also become a better listener and a more focused student in school.
Skill #2: TEAMWORK- Teamwork is necessary for any young child to develop. The more confident your child is willing to work with others, the more he or she will accomplish. Your child will develop character, which will help him or her make new friends and become a better leader in life.
Skill #3: CONTROL - Having control means making good decisions. Whether your child's handling a pet or handling a problem, he or she will learn to make the right decision. Control builds confidence.
Skill #4: BALANCE - This skill is crucial to develop at an early age. Your child is beginning to participate in many physical activities that are challenging, like riding a two-wheel bicycle. Your child will develop good balance and better posture.
Skill #5: MEMORY - Developing a good memory is exercise for your child's brain. The sooner your child exercises, the smarter he or she will become. Our drills are constantly helping your child think and make smart decisions.
Skill #6: DISCIPLINE - Our instructors use the Little Samurai drills to help create the vision that discipline is fun and rewarding. Your child will take pride in doing the right thing. Your child will also follow directions better.
Skill #7: FITNESS - It is important for children to understand the importance of being healthy and physically fit. If your child does not burn off excess energy exercising, how will he or she burn off all of that energy.
Skill #8: COORDINATION - Your child will learn left from right. They will become better physical participants in sports and activities. The better coordination your child has, the fewer injuries your child will sustain. In our Little Samurais classes, we make learning fun and educational. Our goal is to help your preschooler be the best they can be at everything they put their mind to.
The Black Belt Club is for students who have shown dedication, hard work, a strong desire to excel, and commitment to achieving their Black Belt It is the ultimate chance to become part of our "inner circle" group of students.
You do not have to be a Black Belt to be part of the club, but you have to have shown commitment to getting your black belt.
The Black Belt Club is about committing to achieving Black Belt. And at Budokan Black Belt is so much more than just a belt. It represents the physical, mental and spiritual development of a student in a very advanced way. It is the culmination of many years of hard work and commitment.
When you get the Black Belt from the Budokan you can rest assured that you have achieved one of the highest standards in the world. And that you have received a very powerful character development education that will prepare you for any challenges life throws your way.
A Black Belt is one of the greatest accomplishments a person can achieve. Imagine having the physical skills other people only dream of. Imagine yourself a few years from now proudly wearing your Black Belt brimming with confidence. This is what the Black Belt is all about.
Muay Thai, a martial art form having its roots in Thailand has become extremely popular in many parts of the world these days. It is a one to one contact sport that requires a lot of agility and fast, nimble movements.
Muay Thai helps increase the speed, agility, strength and cardiovascular endurance of the practitioner. The exercises associated with Muay Thai greatly help in building up the stamina of a person and his overall health and fitness levels will also increase.Mental Aspect
Muay Thai, as it teaches you methods of self defence, toughens you from the inside. It helps in boosting the immune system of the body, providing strength and endurance to muscles. All this works on the mental psyche of a person as he gains self confidence, and learns how to be disciplined. At a spiritual level, it surprisingly provides mental peace and relief from stress. Muay Thai also makes a person more self assured and self aware.
Master Instructor Ralph Mitchell has been a practitioner of the martial arts for over 40 plus years. He is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran. Master Mitchell has won tournaments nationally and internationally both in Thailand and Taiwan and is a World rated Full Contact Fighter. His martial arts background includes Southern Praying Mantis, Vee Jitsu, Judo, Western Boxing, Savate, the Philipino art of Kali, and is a Senior Full Instructor of Progressive Fighting System. [ more ]
This diverse background has enabled Master Mitchell to develop Universal Defense System. UDS incorporates both eastern and western martial arts along with a focus on health and safety to develop the most effective and efficient martial artist. The UDS system begins with an evaluation to determine a fighter’s strengths and weaknesses. Based on this evaluation an individualized training program is developed to guide the student in the goals of self-preservation and self-perfection.
Master Mitchell is an experienced judge and referee. His system of martial arts incorporates the concept of cross training and provides a "trainer" for tournament competitions. This is in keeping with systems used in other disciplines and sports to maximize performance and minimize injury. In his classes he focuses on street survival techniques, utilizing both eastern and western styles. His students are consistent winners in Kung-Fu, stick and knife, and mixed martial arts competitions. He has trained amateurs and professional fighters including UFC level competitors. Master Mitchell is a rare combination of teacher, healer, trainer, and coach who helps to build students into champions. Discipline, and respect are the foundations of Universal Defense System.
Sensei Nardu Debrah is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Renzo Gracie. He is a professional Mixed Martial Arts competitor and former Ring of Combat champion. He is also a Full Instructor in Universal Defense System under Sifu Ralph Mitchell. He holds victories in the World Escrima Kali and Arnis Federation as well as Bakbakan International. He also holds numerous wins in the North American Grappling Association, Grapplers Quest and the U.S. Chinese Kuoshu Federation. He is trained in Northern & Southern Kung Fu/ Wu Shu & Tai Chi and has studied extensively the Concepts of Jeet Kune Do under Sifu Ralph Mitchell. Trained in Muay Thai, La Boxe Francaise Savate, Doce Pares, Kali / Arnis, Fencing, Iaido, Western Boxing, Judo and Southern Mantis. He is currently an active competitor / instructor and continues to teach and train Martial professionals. He has had the opportunity to learn from such experts as Sifu Ralph Mitchell, Rodrigo Gracie, Matt Serra, John Danaher, Renzo Gracie and Savoca Sensei of the Tendokan. [ more ]
Multiple Junior National Championship Medals [ more ]
Professor Louis Levine is a director of Center for Homeland Security Studies ("CHSS"). CHSS has provided training to law enforcement officers and emergency personnel at local, state and federal facilities since 2002. Professor Levine's recent Counter-Knife seminars have received excellent reviews from local and federal law enforcement officers and agencies including the NYPD Tactical Training unit and the Defensive Measures Instructor for Federal Air Marshalls. [ more ]
For over 28 years, he has participated in, and conducted, Close Quarter training. His portfolio of training includes extensive study of Jeet Kune Do ("JKD"), Southern Praying Mantis, Kung Fu, Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Western boxing. In February of 1994, Mr. Levine was the victor in the Martial Arts Challenge full contact stick fighting tournament. Professor Louis Levine is also a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association. His certifications include a Black Belt in Doce Pares to teach the arts of Kali, Escrima and Arnis (under Dionisio Canete, Arnulfo Cuesta, and Eulogio Canete) and a Senior Full Instructor certification (to teach JKD, Kung Fu Filipino Arts, Muay Thai, and Western boxing ) under Sifu Ralph Mitchell. Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Matt Serra. Professor Levine received the rank of Edged Weapon Instructor from Progressive Fighting Systems. This ranking certifies Mr Levine to teach the tactics and training methods taught to Seal Team 6, DEA, FBI, CIA, and numerous law enforcement departments.
Rufino Peraza has been studying martial arts for the past 24 years . He is an instructor in Tae Kwon Do under Master Ernesto Jimenez and has been teaching since 1989. He has dedicated his life to the study of the Martial Arts and has studied Jiu jitsu, Aikido, Boxing and Jeet Kune Do. [ more ]
He is also an instructor of Sogo Budo under Sensei Nardu Debrah specializing in Kali/Arnis and has had the pleasure of studying Sifu Ralph Mitchell of Universal Defense Systems. Rufino is also in the process of receiving his instructors certification in Doce Pares and is a student of Tai Chi under Sensei Debrah. "The study of martial arts is a life-long process for the person that loves it as much as I do. I feel blessed to have found such incredible instructors like the ones at the Budokan and Universal Defense System. I am still learning and enjoying the study of Martial Arts and hope to do so for many more years and in the next life-time."
Kevin Pierre Smith began his training at the young age of 12. He learned the art of Muay Thai from Kru Lacosta. Under the tutelage of Extreme Muay Thai, Coach Kevin was able to lose over 120 pounds! [ more ]
He became a fighting machine, always hungry for the next challenge and fighting his way up the brutal amateur Muay Thai circuits, often fighting in Lou Neglia promotions and others. In 2008 Coach Kevin joined the Budokan Academy to further his striking training, learn and explore weapons and embrace a new found love in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Coach Kevin is now the World Escrima Kali Arnis Federation Champion in Double Baston and Single Baston. He is a North American Grappling Champion and is having tons of fun exploring MMA and now Judo under Professor Harry St Leger. Coach continues to learn and enjoy training with a "beginners mind" approach which is what he passes on to his students. "Staying hungry...staying humble".
Kyle Antonelli is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Sensei Nardu Debrah. He began his BJJ training in 2005, and through training at the Budokan Martial Arts Academy has had the opportunity to train with and study under high level black belts and top practitioners of the art. He has also trained previously in collegiate-style Wrestling as well as Aikido, and now trains Judo and Muay Thai at the Budokan in addition to BJJ. Kyle currently shares his love for the art of Jiu Jitsu in teaching the Beginner BJJ class here at Budokan.
Akbar Muhammad has been a student at the Budokan since 2008 where he started in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Sogo Budo. Akbar’s competitive nature led him to compete in his first BJJ tournament and he hasn’t looked back since. Now with numerous metals and championships on the competition scene, he is using those experiences to help new Budokan students. Akbar is an instructor of the beginners BJJ class. He remains an active competitor while training Judo and Iaido and is currently working towards his goals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Matt Culley is currently a brown belt under Sensei Nardu Debrah and with Sensei's guidance also trains under Professor John Danaher at the Renzo Gracie Academy. Since joining Budokan he has developed a love for many different martial arts. Along with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he currently trains "the gentle art" of Judo under Professor Harry St Leger as well as Muay Thai and Iaido. He has won medals in both BJJ and Judo including Gold at both the 2010 Starrett Cup and 2010 Long Island Pride. Besides continuing to learn, compete, and excel at these various arts one of his many goals is to pass on the life changing gifts that training Martial Arts has given to him.
Tommy Sensei has trained in Judo (Judo translates to the Gentle Way), since the age of 9 in 1978, and has learned from many instructors, whose methods have varied from traditional and serene, to "competitive to a fault." Exposure to such a range of teaching methods, has helped him perceive a Oneness behind seeming opposites. Equanimity is the thing; "to be the same in success and in failure", this is the true meaning of discipline. “Do not be attached to the results of your actions". [ more ]
Ambition is easy, but are you resolved to stay the course? The Judo Maxim which states "Mutual Benefit and Harmony" (also translated "move forward together with your opponent"), is a statement of “Win-Win" characteristics, which can only engender equality and peace, and points to this Oneness behind the seeming duality of gain and loss. The Dojo, with it’s outward reminders of respect, and it’s inward effects of “mind sharpening" through practice, is an easy place in which to gain insight and do the right thing. Taking this lesson outside the training hall can seem more difficult, but that is our purpose here, and it’s fulfillment cannot be difficult, if it is in fact, the Gentle Way.
Tommy Sensei’s first Judo instructor was his father, a Black Belt Judoka from Cuba. More recently, he has trained with John Bassano Sensei (7th Dan), under which Tommy earned his 1st Dan Black Belt in 1998, and Parnel Legros Sensei (5th Dan, and instructor to Harry St. Leger), under which Tommy earned his 2nd Dan Black Belt in 2010.
Tommy Sensei often prefers foot techniques, for their ease, speed, and versatility, but he also relies on Ippon Seoinage (shoulder throw), to either side, and a variety of "sacrifice" techniques. He has taught Judo regularly since 1998, to students ranging from kids ages 5 to 15, (in classes packed 30+ full), and to adults of all ages. His tournament successes have been mostly local, limited to State Championship and regional wins, but his training partners have often been World and Olympic Class, including Professor Harry St. Leger.
A Purple Belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Tommy Sensei has recently been humbled by his study of this supreme grappling art, but he is sticking to it, and is honored to teach Judo to the BJJ crowd at Budokan Martial Arts Academy.
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