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Adult Jujitsu

(M)

Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

Start Date: September 17, 2017
End Date: December 23, 2017
Age:Adult / Senior  

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.

Class available to all adults.

Instructors: Hanshi Steve

 

Adult Karate

(M)

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

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

Start Date: October 1, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Age:Teen / 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 to help build self-confidence, self-awareness and increase overall health. Ages 13+

Location: Side of Gymnasium     Instructor: Rick

Ages: 12+

For inquiries about uniforms and attire, please contact Hanshi Rick Diaz.

 

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.

 

Cardio Kick/Punch Fitness

Monday: 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

S.C.A.N. East River Houses Not a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation operated property, 405 East 104th St, Manhattan

Start Date: January 9, 2017
Age:Everyone  

Building muscle strength as well as endurance through body weighted exercises while burning calories with intense cardio training.

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Cost: FREE 

 

CeramMix

(M)

Tuesday: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West, Manhattan

Start Date: October 2, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Age:Teen  

Work with ceramic materials 

Instructor: Anthony B.

 

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.

 

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/

 

Filipino Martial Arts

(M)

Wednesday: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: September 27, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Age:Adult / Senior  

Learn the national sport & martial art of the Philippines. The Filipino martial arts of Escrima, Arnis, Kali emphasize self-defense using sticks & improvised items, as well as the use of the empty hands.

 

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 

 

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)

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

Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida Street, 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.

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)

Monday: 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  

This is a form of martial arts involving a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. It is designed to promote physical and mental fitness as well as build self-esteem.

 

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)

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

Age:  

Please contact the center for more information.

 

Karate: Adults

(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 & E. 112 Street, Manhattan

Start Date: September 3, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2017
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.-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center, 2180 First Avenue & E. 112 Street, Manhattan

Start Date: October 3, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2017
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

 

Kickboxing Cardio

(M)

Monday: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday: 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Recreation Center 54, 348 East 54th Street, Manhattan

Start Date: September 17, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Age:  

Combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. This high-energy workout challenges the beginner and elite athlete alike. Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility, and burn calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout.

Instructor: David Velasquez

Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, bring water, towel and lock.

 

Kids Karate

(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

Start Date: October 1, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
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 that will help participants boost self-confidence, self-esteem, self-control as well as overall health.

Location: Basketball Court    Instructor: Rick

Ages: 6-12 yrs

For inquiries about uniforms and attire, please contact Hanshi Rick Diaz.

 

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.

 

Martial Arts with Pedro

(M)

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

Sunset Park Recreation Center, 4200 7th Avenue, Brooklyn

Start Date: October 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Age:Everyone  

Beginner/Intermediate Tae Kwan Do.

 

Moving Meditation Exercises

(M)

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

McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: September 25, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Age:Teen / Adult / Senior  

Looking for something to take the stress away? Looking for something to improve your mental and physical health? Moving Meditation Exercises (M.M.E.) are perfect for all ages and fitness levels. The class consists of a series of gentle, flowing movements combined with deep, diaphragmatic breathing and a visualization of flowing energy though-out the body that leaves one feeling relaxed and re-vitalized.

 

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: Tai Chi

Monday: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Greenbelt Recreation Center, 501 Brielle Avenue (across from Sea View Hospital), Staten Island

Start Date: October 1, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Age:Adult / Senior  

Originally used to train soldiers, Tai Chi is now more commonly practiced as an internal art — a way of focusing the mind, while training the body — meditation thru movement.

 

Tai Chi (perhaps surprisingly) provides an excellent full-body workout while also being relaxing, and can easily be maintained as a healthy life-long practice.  The countless benefits of Tai Chi include increased strength, conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina, range of motion, bone density, joint lubrication, and mind/body connection; reducing blood pressure, pain, stiffness, and stress hormones — all of which extends to less injurous falls, more confidence, peace of mind throughout the day, and improved sleep at night. 

 

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Tae Kwon Do

(M)

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

Recreation Center 54, 348 East 54th Street, Manhattan

Start Date: June 26, 2017
End Date: December 23, 2017
Age:Teen / Adult  

Instructors:  Victor Sinasky & Nigel Mundy

Expand your agility through Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art that combines self-defense, combat, and exercise techniques. No hand to hand combat. Technical skills are taught.

 

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: March 19, 2016
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)

Tuesday: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

Start Date: January 16, 2015
Age:Child  

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: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.,12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Recreation Center, 261 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

Start Date: May 5, 2015
Age:Child / Teen / Adult / Senior  

Come and learn traditional I.T.F Tae Kwon Do basics.

Please note that the Tuesday & Thursday morning sessions are adults/seniors only. Other sessions currently offered are children/teen sessions.

Instructor: Richard Nash

 

Tae Kwon Do

(M)

Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

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

Start Date: January 16, 2015
Age:Child / Teen / 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)

Thursday: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

Start Date: January 16, 2015
Age:Teen / Adult  

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: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,12:30 p.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)

 

Tai Chi

(M)

Friday: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

Start Date: September 17, 2017
End Date: December 23, 2017
Age:Adult / Senior  

Discover the benefits of this ancient form of martial arts which will improve balance, agility, strength, and coordination. This unique class will help you flow through your everyday life.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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 Chuan

(M)

Monday: 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Start Date: September 25, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Age:Teen / Adult / Senior  

A Chinese healing / martial art emphasizing slow, gentle movements and visualization of flowing energy.

 

Teen Weight Training

(M)

Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Recreation Center 54, 348 East 54th Street, Manhattan

Start Date: October 1, 2017
End Date: December 23, 2017
Age:Teen  

Teaching proper form for free weight training and weighted machines to youth ages 13-17. This will help to increase strenght and durability.   

Must be wearing workout clothing to participate in class. Water and towel is allowed in class. Must bring lock.

 

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 Jujitsu

(M)

Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn

Start Date: September 17, 2017
End Date: December 23, 2017
Age:Child / Teen  

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.

Class available to children of all ages and teenagers.

Instructors: Mr. Jap & Mr. Floyd

 

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 

 

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 

 

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