Along with the more obvious physical and technical benefits of my six years training with Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I've also noticed some unexpected, welcome side-effects. Today when I entered the locker room, two young beginner students were walking out for their intro lessons, wearing white Basic Class gi's - still creased from the manufacturer's original folding job. Seeing those new students, just about to take the plunge into the martial arts lifestyle, I was of course reminded of my own beginnings here at the dojo. I felt a sense of responsibility to those two new students. I remembered my responsibility to uphold the tenets of this academy; the respect for teachers and fellow students, the commitment to safety - to discipline as a martial arts practitioner, and an eagerness to really give, as a training partner. As a student, I also have a responsibility to my instructors. It's my job, when I walk into the dojo, to make certain that I actively play the part I'm meant to. I come to class to learn from these incredible teachers, not to instruct anyone. Believe it or not, some of these tenets - paraphrased from the Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Student Creed - can slip one's mind from time to time. Without fail, life offers daily opportunities for us to cast off the invaluable teachings of our instructors. Someone at work, on the subway platform, or even in one's own family, offers an aggressively negative critique of our performance, pushes past us into the train, or makes a snide remark they know will touch a nerve. At that moment, it's up to each one of us, as individuals, to parry that cheap shot with a proven technique. One of the amazing things about training at BBJJ is that we learn not only techniques for defending ourselves - but techniques for upholding our best selves, for our own peace of mind as well as the benefit of those we interact with and even love. When I saw those two young beginner students, walking around the Bay Parkway dojo on their first day of training, I smiled and said hello. I introduced myself. Chances are, they're going to have a great time in their lesson, and we're going to become training partners. That will increase the feeling of family here at the school, and that brings the energy up even higher. The more of that we have around, the better the learning environment for the individual. Come down and sign up for your first lesson as soon as you can. The benefits are many, but it only takes one visit to see for yourself what I'm describing. Jeff Taylor Student at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2010
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EXCELLENT...THIS PLACE IS THE BEST! Growing up, I had never joined any athletic teams or been encouraged to explore my physicality and test my strengths. As a 24 year-old adult, the bright and clean dojo on Bay Parkway caught my eye and piqued my interests. It seemed like a safe and fun environment to develop a part of myself that I have neglected for so long. It was intimidating at first; having people I didn’t know be so close to me; not knowing exactly what I was doing; and not being able to keep up at first during the warm-ups. After the first few weeks, I realized no one was judging me for not executing all the moves professor demonstrated perfectly, because everyone on the mat was once a beginner as well. In fact, my training partners and senior members were patient and more than willing to help. Physically, I have seen all the changes that I set to see and more. I went from being able to do only a few modified push-ups to being able to do regular push-ups with no problem. While I have always been on the slim side, I now have muscle definition throughout my body. I know people who have lost weight from training, but I have put on good weight from the muscle I am gaining. My strength has increased dramatically, as my training partners can attest. The biggest change I’ve seen in my life from training, aside from the physical aspect, is my view of myself and new situations. I remember how scared and insecure I was when I started doing live training in the advanced class. I eventually decided that my success in executing techniques during live training depended mostly on my belief in my own ability. Since then, I have made strides in applying techniques during live training, and I now approach every new situation in life with the same attitude: calm confidence. For example, I started a new job recently and whenever I get overwhelmed with my new responsibilities, I just remind myself of the lesson I learned when I transitioned from the basic to the advanced class. I would recommend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to anyone looking to develop self-discipline, gain self-confidence, strength, and who just needs a good work out while learning and having fun. One of the unexpected benefits I’ve found is the immense support I’ve received from my instructors and training partners both on and off the mat. They’ve helped me through working around a prior knee injury as well as supported a charity event I am participating in. The kindness and patience of everyone at the school are so conducive to success in Jiu-Jitsu, and this carries over into everyday life.
1. Walking in the front door, the team greets everyone by name - all the time. How they have managed to memorize everyone's names/faces is beyond me. Very often, you will even get a welcome hug. You will ALWAYS see a smile. 2. The team is encouraging in a firm and motivational way but with so much support and enthusiasm. 3. The class level is mixed. I didn't feel like a total failure. I didn't feel like I was doing worse than everyone else. The way it's set up, I don't even pay attention to what anyone is doing. You are brought right into the workout and go from one step to another and you are challenged against yourself to always get better. 4. Fun with high intensity. The workout IS tough yes. Not going to lie. But what tempers all of that is the sense of fun and enjoyment the team brings. Aside from the lead instructor, there are co-instructors who walk around the room to check everyone out and correct form and keep you working - again, with a smile on their face and a word of encouragement or perhaps some silly banter. 5. High-fives for everyone after each tough set. 6. The studio is clean and spacious (ha and no HUGE windows for all the deadbeats on the street to walk by and stare at you hahaha). Oh and for anyone looking to drive, there is usually plenty of parking nearby. And delis so you can grab some water and power-up snacks prior. 7. Interactivity. Join up and get in the VIP group on Facebook and get to know everyone better. It really makes coming in so much more enjoyable to have this sense of community with each other. Regular tips on form or nutrition are posted regularly in addition to the fun and silly times on the board. 8. They do good. Check-ins bring benefits to those who can use it. Coat drives. ILKB gets involved with you, with the community, with the world. 9. Any place that encourages me to bring my dog to visit is A-Ok in my book :) 10. Simply put - I feel good. A perfect stress reliever. I wasn't motivated prior. Now I am.
I checked this place out initially because it was right by my house and their try-us-out deal was amazing. The staff was immediately warm and welcoming via phone and Facebook before I even set foot in the class, so that helped quell some anxiety. (Important, as I haven't done cardio like this, um, possibly ever.) Despite my trepidation about committing to a tough exercise regimen, I joined after the first class! I mean, the time to get in shape is always now, right? Time waits for no one. (Insert dramatic sigh.) Anyway, the class is high-intensity and it hurts during and after for a newbie like me, but it gets exponentially better each time I go and I really feel like I am gifting my mind and body with something truly important. Health! (Oh...and maybe a summer bod I can be proud of!) If you are nervous about what shape you're in or are embarrassed about group classes like this, absolutely don't be. The instructors are all super-friendly, positive and motivational and there is no judgment. Class members are focused on their personal goals and trying to get through the sets without pausing (haha--of course maybe that's just me). Speaking of pausing, if you need to, you can. Again, no judgment. (I find that I need to stop less and less with each class.) To sum up - if you are looking for a lightning-fast way to get yourself in shape in a fun and friendly environment, you'll find it here! :)
I Love Kickboxing Park Slope is amazing! When I took my first class, I was nervous that I wasn’t in shape enough to make it through, however, I ended the class with a feeling of empowerment and strength. I was paired with an instructor who showed me all of the moves and helped perfect my form which made it less intimidating. I was hooked instantaneously. The staff are so friendly and nice and go above and beyond to know their members. It feels like we are a family of fitness warriors on a journey to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have noticed my clothes fitting better, my energy skyrocket, and my over mental health improve. Punching and kicking relives so much stress and for someone who has a full time job and attending grad school at night, it can get overwhelming. I am building confidence that I never knew I possessed and it is thanks to I Love Kickboxing Park Slope! If anyone who is reading this is on the fence on trying I Love Kickboxing Park Slope, please give them a try. You will not regret it. I go three times a week and it is always the highlight of my day. It’s been a month since I’ve joined and it was the best decision I have recently made.
I started training in January 2012 as a New Year’s resolution to myself to get in better shape, but I had no idea that I’d end up making so many new friends and gaining a whole bunch of self-confidence. However, if I had to pick one lesson I learned from BBJJ that was most important to me, I would say that it would be learning how to get up. From a physical standpoint, learning how to get up from the ground in the right way has helped me develop & strengthen my leg muscles, a muscle area that I’ve neglected most of my life. All the squats we do in class has helped me walk a little faster and take the stairs instead of the elevator. The little things! From a mental standpoint, learning how to dig deeper to get to 50 pushups from 30, or to have the confidence to step on the mat from the beginning has been crucial to my life as a whole. Of course, I feel like something this fundamentally positive can’t and shouldn’t stay a secret. I’ve told almost all my friends about my training, and I’ve even brought a few in a few to join us. I truly believe that Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the safest way to hard training…and much more than that. A++++++
I am SO GLAD my friend invited me to join Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Not only am I learning great self-defense skills, but I am also getting back into good physical shape. The discipline that comes along with learning a martial art has inspired me in my personal life as well. I find that people are treating me better because my entire attitude has changed for the positive. I have also resolved to quit smoking cigarettes! I have cut down from a pack a day habit to a half pack a day, and in the near future I plan to stop smoking entirely. I even bought a new bicycle so I can get extra exercise on days I am unable to come to class. I find that all the instructors at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are extremely knowledgeable and are very helpful to me and the other students in helping us achieve our goals and be the best we can be. I urge everyone who always wanted to learn a martial art to come and give it a try. If you are serious about bettering your life, this is a great place to begin.
With a desire to get into martial arts, I looked to find an art that would be useful for protection on the street as well as a great way to stay in shape. Another request was that it was a martial art I could practice for many years to come, that did not involve being thrown to the floor; my back being a bit sensitive. Wing Chun has taken care of both. Being a mature man I find the classes to be just what I was looking for. I breath deeper and my body is more connected to the ground. A feeling of relaxed solidness has come to me. My whole world (including my golf game) has been affected positively by my regular attendance. The teacher is a man of great skill and a warm heart, who has a passion to share his knowledge of Kung Fu with others. I am very grateful for the friendly welcome that I received. The school has moved to 67 West St. in Greenpoint and the phone number is 347-843-3963. Hope to see you in class. I'll be the guy smiling. Mike D
Dont believe the person below. I have been there for years now and Sifu is a great teacher. He may have to sell belts but for good reason. He needs to pay for equipment that the student will need but the student still needs to test first. Everybody finds him a good teacher. You may go over and see for yourself. We also have many other instructors who are highly trained professionals. There is also no racism and Sifu welcomes all races. If he was racist, he wouldnt have non asian instructors. Another example, that he is a good teacher is how his students go to competitions coming home with 3 gold medals many other awards. Another reason he is a professional is that he was on the nation wushu team of xian and is a vice president of the International Wushu Federation. Please dont listen to the reviewer who was so negative. If you want evidence, remember to go on youtube and look up "Zhang Yuan Kung Fu".
I have had a great time here and I've never had any problems with being pressured into anything or signing anything. Lots of the reviews around this site are five or six years old...but I can say that it's been nothing short of amazing since I started! I do both Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I have experienced significant differences in myself. BBJJ Thai Kickboxing is a study in balance, conditioning and perseverance. Often I'll complete Jiu-Jitsu training and then go right into the Thai Kickboxing class - physically, this is a huge challenge for me. The instructors and professors are always saying to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Training here has taught me that eventually, regardless of failure, if you collect enough small victories, there will always be success in your life.