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  • 33 years in business
  • Woodstock, NY

Rebecca S.

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Not only did I learn self-defense, but I studied Taoism and Buddhism - which changed my life forever. And truly answered the questions I always had about life and the journey we are on. The Tao is neither good nor bad it is the great facilitator. My life with Sifu Jai will never end and our connection will always be there. He deserves (if one can say that) numerous students and he should be shown the utmost of respect. My love for him knows no bounds, and your lives will be forever changed as well, just open yourselves up, as he will show you limitless answers to life's most daunting questions.

Yvette S.

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I have personally known Sifu Jai for several years and was also instructed by him in the areas of Kung Fu martial arts and Taoist Buddhist philosophy. Sifu Jai is deeply dedicated to both martial arts and spiritual practices and is an exceptional model of how to positively evolve in life through these practices. In addition to his dedication as a teacher, he is a very compassionate individual.

Rita J.

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Philosophical guide. Enlightening, enriching, expanding experience. I recommend signing up for a tutorial with Sifu Jai. You will come away with more confidence and kindness. RJ

Chris G.

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The term Sensei has many meanings. The most popular of those meanings is "teacher". Having worked under Mr. Borter's tutelage over the past few years, the term fits perfectly. Everything taught at the Modern Self Defense Academy is meant to be applied in real world situations. There is no room for fluff or movie star martial arts moves in the real world. Mr. Borter understands this and has honed his core principles to be used by the general public (men, women & children) to defend themselves effectively, should the need ever arise. There is nothing in the Capital District that compares to the Modern Self Defense Academy. And to the best of my knowledge, there is no better Sensei.

Sean T.

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I'm a lifelong martial artist. John Borter takes all the material I've learned over my 24 years in martial arts and combines it all in a fluid, comprehensive system based on concepts and principles rather than individual technique. If you wanna up your game in self defense or close quarters combat, this guy will teach you how to move so that techniques simply manifest themselves.

Craig T.

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For well over ten years I have studied martial arts with Sensei Borter. It has always been and continues to be an "art of the moment." That is, it is always with me, ready to be used, effortless and with explosive power. I don't always carry a weapon, but with MSDA expertise, I am the weapon.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Burnt Hills, NY

John H.

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Hands down best martial arts training center around. Great instructors and awesome fellow classmates. Like a big family! If your thinking about self defense courses Aplea Krav Maga is by far the place you want to attend

Kevin S.

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The Krav system and instructors here are top notch!I've been a student here for almost a year and in my opinion everyone should come here to learn street effective self defense!!

  • East Meadow, NY 11554


I've been training Fang Shi Do for 1 1/2 years and it has become a way of life for me. In a short period of time I had lost 40lbs of body fat and learned some of the most brutal fighting techniques in self defense to date. Master Chief Instructor Tommy DiLallo and the Fang Shi Do fighting method have completely changed my life, I believe it will do the same for you.

Keira P.

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Since my son has started martial arts his self confidence and focus have increased so much! They encourage supporting each other and I have seen a difference in my son's over all mood. He's much happier!! Thank you for helping my son find something he loves while building his self esteem!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Albany, NY 12203


We are one of Guilderland's oldest martial arts schools on Western Avenue, 1/4-mile west of Crossgates Mall. Our primary focus is the development of your children, both physically and mentally. We will help them with their confidence, focus, and determination. We do this through Hall of Fame coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Amsterdam, NY

Constance B.

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Great communication and follow up- will be out to the school Tuesday


We are the best in Berkshires for martial arts and self-defense instruction. We provide martial arts and self-defense instruction for men, women and children, currently as young as 3, and as old as 83!

  • 4 years in business
  • Albany, NY 12205


We offer Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA world-class instruction at affordable prices. Small classes help us to ensure that each member gets the one-on-one attention that is needed for him/her to get better and achieve his/her goals. Whether your goal is to fight, to do jiujitsu as a hobby or to get in shape, we have the environment that you need.

  • Clifton Park, NY 12065


I teach complete fitness and exercise routines to lose weight safely in a fun atmosphere. My training includes kickboxing, boxing, and TRX workouts.

  • Altamont, NY 12009


We have been teaching martial arts for over 16 years. We have been teaching in the Albany, Guilderland area for 20 years. I have been studying martial arts for over 26 years. Master Traina has taught self-defense to police departments, military personnel, and women's awareness programs all over the United States. Master Traina has learned from world-renowned martial artists and applies that in his classroom to the students where you can understand the information and be comfortable in a real-world situation. Master Traina also teaches other programs to juniors and adults ages 5-99. We teach Tae Kwon Do, Haidong Gumdo (Korean sword art) and Hapkido (realistic self-defense). Our juniors love the Tae Kwon Do classes, and are always wanting more from these classes. Adults love the workout, learning the art, working off stress, and making new friends. Our Hapkido program is for 12 years old and up. Sword art was introduced in the US in 2000. There are very few schools that have this true art of world Haidong Gumdo. We are the most Northern school in NY that teaches this style. Do you have what it takes to be a master swords practitioner? Our self-defense program is realistic and used by civilians and law enforcement. Take an introductory class; they are free. Give us a call to set up your intro today!


The Female Awareness Self-Defense's course is designed to make you more aware, prepared, and ready for any situation that may occur in your everyday life on any given day. This course differs from other self-defense classes in that they start from the point of attack, and since I believe attacks begin before it becomes physical, we teach how to avoid the attack altogether.

  • New York, NY 10002


We are teaching intelligent self-defense samurai (ISDS), and we are an international Persian bodyguard academy (IPBA). Most of the students like our style because when they learn it, they can protect themselves in real fighting on the street.


Welcome to Guilderland Martial Arts! We are a family Taekwondo school located in beautiful Guilderland, NY just northwest of our State's capital, Albany. We opened our doors at GMA in March of 2007 to provide our community with Taekwondo training in a fun and exciting family-friendly environment. We have child care during holidays and after school with a set program that helps your child have fun and build confidence in a safe and happy environment.


The BuddhaStrike Combatives method will be taught. This is an ever-evolving personal protection system committed to helping students survive violent confrontations. Unarmed defense will encompass striking, kicking, trapping, clinching, grappling and joint-locking techniques. Weapons training on various impact and bladed weapons are also taught with an emphasis on legal-to-carry, portable weaponry. I've trained in several martial arts. I enjoyed my training and respect all of the systems that I studied. However, the eclectic form of Jiu jitsu that I train in and teach takes the individual into account. The techniques taught are customized to the practitioner (e.g. body type, physical abilities, etc.) and not the other way around. This is due to the fact that the focus is on understanding physical concepts (e.g. levers and centrifugal force). When you understand physical principles, the techniques will come.


I teach martial arts and self defense. I teach men, women, and children. I have been teaching since 2004.

  • 38 years in business
  • Saratoga Springs, NY


Choose Dynamic fighting science for effective self defense. I offer practical, cutting-edge and applied urban combat and tactical street survival training. Men, women, boys and girls, is a neighborhood bully victimizing your kid? This training will give real skills to that, give confidence, and the ability to fight back, if necessary. I also teach anti-abduction and escape tactics. Are you worried about abduction? Special training and knowledge give you the skills to employ. I have competed and won titles in Golden Gloves boxing and pro kickboxing matches, no-holds-barred full-contact shoot matches, full-contact stick fighting bouts, and pro wrestling. I am trained in the Asian jungles of Indonesia pencak silat and Filipino stick and knife. I am a mas guru (master)-certified teacher. I was a NYC night club bouncer and bodyguard for 4 years. I have martial arts background in Shorin Ryu karate, judo, wing chun gung fu, tae kwon do, Brazillian jiu-jitsu, freestyle wrestling, Muay Thai, savate, eskrima, fencing, and submission wrestling. I trained NYC police, professional and amateur fighters, bouncers, bodyguards, models, and actors, and also choreographer for stage and film combat. Contact David Tanner for personal appointments. I am a martial arts fitness instructor. Private and in-your-home lessons are available.


Put 17 years of experience to work for you. We now offer training to women and civilians that previously were offered to law enforcement and para-military organizations. - Self defense I (basic) - Self defense II (advanced) - Firearms I (basic) - Firearms II (advanced) - Firearms III (tactical) We offer private and group lessons. Group rates and discounts for charitable organizations and non-profits are available. Central Organization of Police Specialists.

  • Rensselaer, NY


I use the personal defense readiness "SPEAR" system. I teach what the bad guys want and what they do not want; then I teach you how to defend against them using your natural skills.

  • Howells, NY 10932


Learn all secrets of martial arts and fitness. I can help your body lose weight and get slimmer. I can live in your home if you want and be your bodyguard.

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