Capoeira Angola, an ancient martial art of African origin, is one of the many cultural weapons used to break the chains of enslavement in Brazil. Played close to the ground, Capoeira Angola combines fluid, dance-like movements with kicks, head butts, tripping sweeps and the appearance of playfulness or vulnerability. Music is played on traditional instruments to accompany the players, to teach the rhythmic heart of the art, and also to mask its power. In the eyes of the enslavers it appeared to be a joking and playful acrobatic dance, but eventually its power was realized and Capoeira was outlawed. Death was the penalty paid by those caught playing Capoeira during the slavery era. For almost 400 years Capoeira Angola was taught and practiced in secret, and only in the 1930's did this African martial art become legal to teach and practice.
Like so many Kung Fu disciplines, Wing Chun is a very old fighting system, shrouded in secrecy and passed on to only a select few. It was virtually unknown in the west until the 1960s, when Yip Man - the legendary teacher of Bruce Lee - revealed it to the public. Grandmaster Yip Man - who has been deemed one of the most influential Martial Artists of the 20th century by Inside Kung Fu magazine - had other renowned students, including his eldest son Yip Chun.
This is the heritage of Sifu Yip Pui (Terence), Yip Chun's most senior student teaching in the United States. Yip Pui Martial Arts Center in New York City offers an opportunity to study uncompromised Kung Fu as it has been passed from Master to son to senior student.
Five Points Academy is a unique facility located in downtown New York City, on the border of Chinatown and Soho. We take our name from the historic and infamous neighborhood known as The Five Points, which was located just a few blocks away from our landmark building.
Five Points Academy is an independent, member-oriented semi-private club staffed with professional, experienced personal trainers, who recognize members by name. Fully equipped gym, yoga classes, state of the art cardio area, on site massage therapy, dedicated staff, amenities such as laundry service make Five Points Fitness the type of place that makes one actually look forward to training.
The International Martial Arts Center is unique amongst organizations which teach the martial arts. IMAC unifies different styles of martial arts and teaches them in accordance with each individual's strengths. Here at IMAC we teach Tae Kwon Do as the main art but incorporate techniques from other Asian arts to develop a complete martial art system.
Whether you're a new student or a Bujinkan veteran, we have easy options for you to get started at Muzosa. Pick a class, have fun, and see what happens. Your first class is always free, and there's never any pressure to join.
Conveniently located near the N, R, Q, W, 6, J, M, and Z trains at the Canal Street station (Canal/Broadway), and only a five minute walk from the 1 train at the Canal Street station (Canal/Varick).
"At the Wu Mei Kung Fu Association, we believe in the traditional apprenticeship method to train students to become the next generation of Masters. Classes are ongoing; there are no sections or semesters. The learning is never ending. There are no “mass production” methods applied to the training. Teaching is individual even in a group setting. Each student is treated with respect as an individual who is unique. That uniqueness is never lost. There is no attempt to make all the students the same. Movements are adjusted to each student’s’ body type and character. This creates the “naturalness” that is essential to all Chinese art forms"