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Siljun Dobup (Korean Iaido) Introduction and Practice Session
Introduction to Siljun DoBup (Korean Iaido) and practice session. Those who practice other Iaido Ryus are welcome to share and practice as well. No special attire is necessary, just come with relaxed clothing. For those who would like to chat about martial arts in general, show up at 6:00 :-) The class will start at 6:30 PM. For studio allocation, please ask the front-desk or checkout the TV screen by the elevators on 16th floor.

Ripley Grier Studios

520 8th Avenue · New York, NY


What we're about

The study group is a class under Sword Class NYC curriculum (

What is this meetup about?

I want to create an environment where martial arts is discussed, demonstrated and practiced in a light-hearted manner.

Introducing martial arts as a grander concept, I want to talk about what martial arts are, what they are not and answer as many questions as I can whilst demonstrating examples for real life situations - with examples from personal experiences from New York City streets.

Keep it interesting.
I have been practicing various martial arts for a very long time, almost 25 years now, with a primary focus on close range fighting styles. Kaizen AikiJutsu, Sheng Fu Sheng (a type of Chinese karate), boxing, karate, street fights. I will be bringing a few, simple techniques into the talks to keep things interesting. But the real emphasis will always be on awareness, self-improvement and avoidance and the martial arts teachings will be very shallow on purpose. This meetup does not have a subscription to any particular martial art and participants who are interested in more advanced concepts or levels will be referred to local dojos that I personally have visited, met the senseis.

Keep it calm and mindful.
With years of martial arts training comes years of studying literature and scripture. I am an avid reader of world religions, spirituality, meditation, science and practice Zen meditation myself. I want to hold gatherings where meditation is discussed, practiced, with questions and answers and sometimes in conjunction with martial arts training and real life implementations.

What would it be good for?
Social anxiety, stress, process / life management, strategical thinking, decision making, personal safety, self-esteem, self-defense.

Where do we meet?
Ripley Grier Studios on 520 8th Avenue

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