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Advanced Tai Chi

Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 1121 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Age:Adult  

An ancient form of mind body exercise that uses purposeful, slow movements in a form of meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self defense.

Cost: free for members, non-members $95/8 weeks 

Please check the center for cost and schedule.

 

Capoeira

(M)

Saturday: 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida Street, Bronx

Age:Everyone  

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. This class is for everyone! All ages and abilities are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing.

 

Chi Kung

(M)

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

St. John’s Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn

Start Date: January 4, 2014
Age:Adult / Senior  

Chi Kung is similar to Tai Chi, using breath and energy flow to achieve health.  Used commonly in Traditional Chinese Medicine to relieve stress and improve balance and coordination.

 

Community Tai Chi

(M)

Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Sunset Park Recreation Center, 7th Avenue at 43rd Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: October 4, 2014
End Date: June 13, 2015
Age:Adult / Senior  

Improve your muscle strength, flexibility and balance with your neighbors in Community Tai Chi. These sessions are gentle and open to all levels.

 

FREE Weekly Women's Self-Defense class

Tuesday: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Shamburger's CHKA (Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property , 34 Avenue A, Manhattan

Age:Teen / Adult  

Shamburger's CHKA (Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy) offers a FREE Weekly Women's Self-Defense class as a community service to the women of New York City. The class is offered every Tuesday evening at 7 pm at our studio, 34 Avenue A, 2nd Floor. The class is open to all women ages 14 and up. For more information, got to www.chka.org or call us at 646-692-6155.

Cost: Free 

http://www.chka.org/

 

GoJu

(M)

Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Hansborough Recreation Center, 35 West 134th Street, Manhattan

Start Date: September 9, 2014
End Date: December 31, 2014
Age:Child / Teen / Adult / Senior  

Members of all ages can learn self defense and discipline while toning muscles through karate!

 

Instructor:  Mr. McGee

 

Harlem Karate Institute: Karate

Monday: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

PS 375 Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property , 141 E 111th St, Manhattan

Age:Child / Teen  

Martial science class for ages 6-18. Drop into as many classes as you like during the month.

Phone: 646-271-0619
E-mail: harlemkatas@yahoo.com
Cost: $100/month 

 

Jujitsu

(M)

Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

Age:Everyone  

Learn the art of close combat through this Japanese martial art.  Designed to redirect an opponent's energy, it uses special grappling techniques like trapping, locks and holds.

 

Karate

(M)

Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

St. John’s Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn

Age:Child / Teen  

This Japanese martial art focuses on striking techniques as a form of self-defense.  A deeply ethical fighting tradition, it incorporates philosophical and physical elements.

 

Karate

(M)

Monday: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center, 2180 First Avenue, Manhattan

Start Date: September 8, 2014
End Date: December 26, 2014
Age:Adult  

Participants to learn self-discipline, courtesy, respect, confidence, character, and self control all while learning the basics of Karate and Martial Arts/Self Defense.

 

Karate

(M)

Monday: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Owen Dolen Recreation Center, 2551 Westchester Avenue, Bronx

Age:Child / Teen  

This popular, Japanese martial art focuses on striking techniques as a form of self-defense. For all ages.

 

Karate

(M)

Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida Street, Bronx

Age:Child / Teen  

This Japanese martial art focuses on striking techniques as a form of self-defense.  A deeply ethical fighting tradition, it incorporates philosophical and physical elements.

This program is open to participants ages 4 and older.  Children may begin at any point throughout the year, but must be registered with the instructor.

 

Karate

(M)

Louis Armstrong Community Center, 33-16 108 St., Queens

Age:  

Please contact the center for more information.

 

Karate

(M)

Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

St. James Recreation Center, 2530 Jerome Avenue, Bronx

Age:Everyone  

 This Japanese martial art focuses on striking techniques as a form of self-defense.  A deeply ethical fighting tradition, it incorporates philosophical and physical elements.  

Instructor: Anthony Vargas

 

Karate

(M)

Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Red Hook Recreation Center, 155 Bay Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: December 23, 2013
Age:Teen  

Instructor: Isaac Cruz

 

Karate Kids

(M)

Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: December 8, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2015
Age:Child  

This instructional karate class is for kids ages 6-13. Please call the center at (718) 218-2380 for more information.

 

Karate for Adults

(M)

Monday: 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue, Queens

Age:Adult / Senior  

This Japanese martial art focuses on striking techniques as a form of self-defense.  A deeply ethical fighting tradition, it incorporates philosophical and physical elements.

No flavored drinks are allowed. Everyone must be dressed in athletic clothing. No jeans, boots, shoes, and khakis. All personal items must be locked and secured in the locker room.

 

Karate for Kids

(M)

Monday: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue, Queens

Age:Child  

This Japanese martial art focuses on striking techniques as a form of self-defense.  A deeply ethical fighting tradition, it incorporates philosophical and physical elements. 

No flavored drinks are allowed. Everyone must be dressed in athletic clothing. No jeans, boots, shoes, and khakis. All personal items must be locked and secured in the locker room.

 

Karate for Teens

(M)

Monday: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue, Queens

Age:Teen  

This Japanese martial art focuses on striking techniques as a form of self-defense.  A deeply ethical fighting tradition, it incorporates philosophical and physical elements. 

No flavored drinks are allowed. Everyone must be dressed in athletic clothing. No jeans, boots, shoes, and khakis. All personal items must be locked and secured in the locker room.

 

Karate: Adults

(M)

Monday: 7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center, 2180 First Avenue, Manhattan

Start Date: January 5, 2015
End Date: March 13, 2015
Age:Adult  

Participants to learn self-discipline, courtesy, respect, confidence, character, and self control all while learning the basics of Karate and Martial Arts/Self Defense.

Instructor:  Natividad and George Sanchez

 

Karate: Youth

(M)

Monday: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center, 2180 First Avenue, Manhattan

Start Date: January 5, 2015
End Date: March 13, 2015
Age:Child / Teen  

Participants to learn self-discipline, courtesy, respect, confidence, character, and self control all while learning the basics of Karate and Martial Arts/Self Defense.

Instructor:  Natividad and George Sanchez

 

Kata

(M)

Tuesday: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Age:Child  

Kata are systematic movements used in connection with martial arts like karate, judo and kendo. They are traditionally practiced in Japan to get better at these martial arts.

Introducing kata to kids is a fun and simple way to familiarize them with martial arts.

 

Kata and Sparring

(M)

Saturday: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Age:Adult / Senior  

 

Martial Arts

(M)

Monday: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

St. James Recreation Center, 2530 Jerome Avenue, Bronx

Age:Child / Teen / Adult  

Children, youth and adults learn self-defense techniques which stress hand and foot combat in this mixed martial arts class.

Instructor: Joe Steed

 

Martial Arts

(M)

Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Crotona Park Community Center, 1700 Fulton Avenue, Bronx

Age:Teen / Child  

Martial Arts instruction for children 11-14 on Wednesday and teens 14-18 on Thursday.

 

Mixed Martial Arts/Self-Defense

(M)

Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: December 8, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2015
Age:Teen / Adult  

Get fit and have fun in this combat sport that incorporates techniques from a variety of martial arts forms.  Enhance cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, balance, coordination and concentration in this popular modern sport.

 

Parent and Child Instructional Capoeira

(M)

Monday: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Highbridge Recreation Center, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

Start Date: September 15, 2014
End Date: December 27, 2014
Age:Teen / Adult / Senior  

Come experience the rhythm and artistic style of this Afro-Brazilian non-contact martial art. No matter your fitness level you will find this class challenging while exploring a range of possibilities through dance, acrobatics, instrumental and vocal music.

 

Self-Defense

(M)

Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Age:Everyone  

 

Self-Defense

(M)

Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Red Hook Recreation Center, 155 Bay Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: December 23, 2013
Age:Adult / Senior  

Instructor: Isaac Cruz

 

Self-Defense

(M)

Tuesday: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Age:Adult / Senior  

 

Senior Program

(M)

Monday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Boulevard, Queens

Age:Senior  

Seniors participate in Tai Chi, yoga, ESL classes, table tennis, bingo, movie days, card games, board games,  computers, social dance, creative arts, Wii Bowling, knitting, aerobics, and more!

This program is for seniors ages 60 and over. Please call the center for specific program information.

 

Shape Up NYC: Kickboxing

Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Harlem Hospital Center Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 506 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan

Start Date: January 8, 2014
Age:Teen / Adult / Senior  

This heart-pumping workout combines martial arts and conditioning exercises to burn calories and improve cardiovascular health.

E-mail: shapeupnycharlem@gmail.com

Rehabilitation Dayroom, 3101

 

Tae Kwon Do

(M)

Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Age:Adult / Senior  

Expand your agility through Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art that combines self-defense, combat, and exercise techniques.

Instructor: Master R. Nash (5th degree black belt)

 

Tae Kwon Do

(M)

Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Recreation Center, 450 Saint Ann's Avenue, Bronx

Start Date: December 8, 2014
End Date: January 18, 2015
Age:Everyone  

Tae Kwon Do is an ancient, Korean martial art that combines physical and mental training to achieve harmony in movement.

 

Tae Kwon Do

(M)

Monday: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

Age:Everyone  

Learn Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art that combines self-defense, combat, and exercise techniques.

 

Tai Chi

Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt YMCA Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property , 224 East 47th St, Manhattan

Age:Senior  

An ancient form of mind body exercise that uses purposeful, slow movements in a form of meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self defense.

Phone: 212-912-2500
Cost: Free for members, non-members $45/8 classes 

 

Tai Chi

(M)

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

St. John’s Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn

Age:Adult / Senior  

This Chinese martial art relaxes the body by aligning breath with a series of movements.  It is believed to improve cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility and relieve stress.

 

Tai Chi

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Diana H. Jones Senior Center Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 9 Noll Street, Brooklyn

Age:Senior  

Join us for an afternoon tai-chi class. Open to anyone 60+.

Cost: Free 

 

Tai Chi

Monday: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

New York Chinatown Senior Center Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 70 Mulberry Street, Manhattan

Age:Senior  

Join us for an afternoon tai-chi class. To participate, you must become a member of the senior center. Joining is easy and free, please call to find out how.

Phone: 212-233-8930
Cost: Free 

 

Tai Chi

Monday: 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

The Educational Alliance Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property , 197 East Broadway, Manhattan

Age:Adult  

Experience the gentle flowing, movements of Tai Chi and treat your whole body to a gentle and relaxing workout. Bring your own towel--we will supply everything else. Purchase an 10-class punch card, valid for 90 days, for $120 ($12/class), or drop in to any class for $15. Purchase right before class in the studio, or order in advance.

Cost: $15  

The Educational Alliance

 

Tai Chi

(M)

Friday: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

Start Date: October 1, 2013
Age:Adult / Senior  

This Chinese martial art relaxes the body by aligning breath with a series of movements. It is believed to improve cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility and relieve stress.

 

Tai Chi

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

PSS Andrew Jackson S.C. Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 325 East 156th Street, Bronx

Age:Senior  

Join us for a tai-chi class every week. We recommend that you become a member of the senior center to participate. Joining is easy and free. Call to find out how.

Phone: (718) 585-1640
Fax: (718) 585-1703
Cost: Free 

 

Tai Chi

Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 1121 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Age:Adult  

An ancient form of mind body exercise that uses purposeful, slow movements in a form of meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self defense.

Cost: free for members, non-members $95/8 weeks 

Please check the center for cost and schedule.

 

Tai Chi

Community Center at Stuyvesant High School Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property , 345 Chambers St. , Manhattan

Age:Adult / Senior  

Learn the ancient Chinese martial art with an expert. No experience necessary. Register at the Community Center or call 646-210-4292 Visit www.ccshs.org for program information and class times.

Cost: call for price 

 

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

(M)

Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: December 8, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2015
Age:Adult / Senior  

Tai Chi and Chi Kung are martial arts disciplines known for reducing stress and relaxing the body.  Tai Chi, a Chinese art that uses a system of fluid movements, is often practiced slowly, concentrating on the flow of internal energy.  Chi Kung, which exercises the whole body to developed outer and inner strength, is considered to be a powerful tool of healing in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

Tai-Chi

Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Greenbelt Nature Center Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 700 Rockland Avenue, Staten Island

Age:Teen / Adult / Senior  

Take a Sunday morning Tai Chi class in the picturesque Greenbelt Nature Center overlooking scenic woodlands. Classes are pay-as-you go, and 10-week pre-paid passes are available. Classes are run year-round but can be cancelled due to extreme weather and some holidays.

Cost: $15/class non-members;$13/class for Greenbelt Conservancy members 

 

Wii Dancing

Wednesday: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

PSS Andrew Jackson S.C. Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 325 East 156th Street, Bronx

Age:Senior  

Join us while we dance with Nintendo Wii! We recommend that you become a member of the senior center to participate. Joining is easy and free. Call to find out how.

Cost: Free 

 

Youth Karate

Saturday: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

North Brooklyn YMCA Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property , 570 Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn

Age:Child / Teen  

The youth karate programs emphasize the building of spirit, mind and body. They learn how to defend themselves in a safe and friendly environment.

Phone: 718-277-1600
Cost: Free for members, non-members $120/8 weeks 

 

Youth Karate

Friday: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Ridgewood YMCA Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property , 69-02 64th St, Queens

Age:Child  

Under the direction of instruction Glenn Faustini, World Martial Arts hall of Fame Inductee, children age 6-12 learn the martial arts of karate and jujitsu and develop confidence, awaremenss, speed, self-esteem, and discipline. Registration required.

Phone: 212-912-2180
Cost: Free for members, membership $10-$77/month 

 

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