Riverdale YM-YWHA

Martial Arts

USA Goju-Ryu Karate-Do



These classes are designed to give children the ability to enhance their coordination, discipline and concentration through a series of self-defense oriented exercises that are taught in a controlled, non-violent manner. In addition, children will learn how to embrace the concepts of honor, justice, benevolence, courtesy and modesty while providing a safe, structural environment to help them overcome their fears, anxieties, reactions and habits. As with most traditional martial arts schools, a system of rewards and recognition is in place for children to demonstrate their newly acquired mental and physical skills.

The former State, National, World-rated martial arts athlete, Julio Rodriguez, teaches the classes. He holds black belts in three different martial arts systems (USA Goju-Ryu, Taekwondo and Jujitsu). Mr. Julio Rodriguez is also a Colgate and Columbia University alumnus and is currently a professor of science in the New York State Public School System.

Since this is an exclusive specialty course designed for children, registration for classes is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call (917) 468-4123 and ask for Mrs. Rodriguez. Depending upon student enrollment, your child can participate in our exciting program on the following days and times:

Mondays and Wednesdays
6:45pm-7:40pm (6-12 years)

Tuesdays and Thursdays
4:55pm-5:50pm (6-12 years)

11:45am-12:45pm (Kids, 4-6 years)


Teens and Adults

These classes are designed for those who want to enhance their flexibility, coordination, discipline, self-confidence, physical strength, concentration and self-awareness. It is also a splendid form of self-defense that uses circular blocking, evasive maneuvers, meditation, and powerful hand/foot techniques.

These physical exercises along with basic traditional mental martial arts concepts such as honor, justice, courage, loyalty, courtesy, veracity, benevolence and modesty are taught in a controlled, non-violent manner.

Registration for classes is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call (917) 468-4123 and ask for Mrs. Rodriguez.

Mondays and Wednesdays

Women's Self-Defense


This class is intended for women who are interested in physical fitness, concentration, coordination, confidence, discipline and awareness under the realm of self-defense. Those who choose this class will be able to sculpt and tone their bodies, while gaining knowledge on using the swift hand and foot techniques of USA GOJU-RYU KARATE in a non-violent way, to protect themselves as well as their loved ones. It is a practical, motivational and confidence-building class that will surely enhance your mind and your body.

The Women's Self-Defense class is taught by Sempai Crystal Rodriguez. Registration for classes is by appointment only! To schedule an appointment, call (917) 468-4123 and ask for Mrs. Rodriguez.


Capoeira (An Afro-Brazilian Art Form)

Be captivated by the beauty and grace of capoeira and the sounds of Brazilian music while exercising your body, mind and spirit.

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian self-defense form developed over 500 years ago by enslaved Africans. It incorporates acrobatics, dance, percussion and songs in a rhythmic dialogue, where all participants have an active and vital role by playing traditional instruments, clapping, singing and supporting one another. Capoeira is unique in that it covers a broad spectrum of mental, physical, and social skill building.

Tween/Teen and Adult classes available!

For session information, including dates, times and fees for either of these two programs, contact Yudi Davis by phone at (718) 548-8200, ext. 240 or by email at YDavis@RiverdaleY.org.

The Art of the Samurai Sword

This ancient martial art form has modern practical fitness goals in mind. Training includes a mental and physical (cardio and strength) workout. In class, students wear traditional uniforms and use metal and wooden swords, learning the complete art of the Samurai. Beginners and returning students are welcome.

Instructor: Gregory Zenon, Kyoshi Black Belt in Samurai Sword (Iai-Jutsu and Ken-Jutsu). Kyoshi Level Sensei, Fukasa-Ryu Bujutsu Ryu, fully Asian accredited.

14 Sundays
2:30pm-4:00pm (Adults)

Fees and registration for The Art of the Samurai Sword

Program Contact

Lisa Bruskin, ext. 241
Fitness and Wellness


5625 Arlington Avenue

Riverdale, NY 10471
(718) 548-8200

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