What we're about
Manhattan Martial Arts is a weekly (sometimes biweekly) meetup. Beginner friendly
This group is for nice people who have an interest and/or experience in martial arts. Meetups will involve: warm-ups, drilling, and light sparring. We understand that martial arts training can be both expensive and intimidating, so this group is a nice inbetween; a place where you can learn some basics if you have no experience, or polish and practice your techniques with fellow martial artists if you have your own martial knowledge.
Our members come from very varied backgrounds and thus styles, with varying levels of skill. What is uniform is the respect, control, and general comradeship that has been a key element of our meet up. We also have a small (growing) network of martial art schools, coaches, and meetups that we are starting to collaborate with.
We try to have some ideas as to what we will be drilling on a given day/month, but anyone can show up and do as they please, think of it as an open mat day. Warm up and drilling takes place in the first half an hour to an hour of the meet up, then we spar.
When the weather is fine, we meet in Central Park just off Central Park West and 86th Street; in the colder months, we meet at studio spaces, and locations that are announced one or two days prior to each session latest. Join us!*
*PLEASE NOTE: This is a fun and friendly training environment. However, given the intense physical nature of our activities, injuries will occur from time to time. THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS GROUP ARE IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURIES THAT MIGHT OCCUR.
*RULES OF ENGAGEMENT* When sparring we adhere to the common 50%, 2/3rds strength when sparring that is common practice in many dojos and camps. If you wish to engage harder, just communicate with your partner beforehand so you both are on the same page (there are many of us who have no issues with ramping up the intensity). We are here to test each other and test ourselves, learn from each other and ultimately learn about ourselves. Strength is not just how hard you can punch, but having discipline and control as well.