Eizan Ryu Ju Jitsu

Eizan Ryu Ju Jitsu

About Eizan Ryu Ju Jitsu

Eizan-Ryu is jujitsu for urban self-defense. It is for civilians, not soldiers, so we emphasize escape and control. It is for self-defense, not fighting, so most of our practice is defensive, not aggressive. It is for use on city streets, so we emphasize footwork, which works best on smooth surfaces; stunning attackers by throwing and taking down hard, which works best on hard surfaces; and staying on one’s feet, which is the place to be when on a hard surface and surrounded by strangers.
We emphasize techniques for bringing attackers off balance while maintaining one’s own balance more than we emphasize physical development. We do this because the genetic limitations on technique and balance are not as confining as those on size and strength. Nevertheless, we do work on developing fit, flexible bodies, to permit more strenuous practice.

What differentiates us

We are not a commercial school. Our dues are among the lowest for any dojo in the NYC, because our instructors do not earn their living teaching; they teach for love of the art.

How we were trained

I began practicing Eizan Ryu Jujitsu in 1981, drawn by techniques which allowed a smaller person to control a larger attacker. I trained at Biwa Ko Dojo under Shihan Felix Berrios, and was granted my black belt in 1987. Shortly thereafter, I began teaching at the dojo. I now hold the rank of Rokyudan and am the head instructor at the New York City Dojo, where I teach along with Sensei Coleman Ridge and Sensei Stephen Rittersporn. I have been training in a full contact karate style since 1989 as well, and currently hold the rank of Yondan in Kan Rei Kai Karate, and teach at Kanreikai's NYC Dojo.

Why we love what we do

Training in jujitsu is not only good for the body, it is good for the mind and heart as well. It is a physical workout, and one gets stronger, sitter, and more flexible over time. But it is also engrossing, with new things to learn all of the time. And training in a martial art in a small, supportive dojo like this allows one to progress at one's own pace, and to have fun while doing so.

214 W 29th St 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10001
Business Hours:
By appointment only

Yelp Reviews (4) Yelp

My son has been involved with martial arts since he was 7years old. He joined Eizan Ryu Jujitsu several years ago. I think what makes this place e... read more

I've been a student at Eizan Ryu Jujitsu for many years, and I found it to be a very special place. Training here is amazing because of the passio... read more

A great school to join. The teachers (Sensei) find the right balance between effectiveness & safety. In turn they transfer that onto us and we to... read more

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