Kids Learn Discipline On the Mat

  • By hector
  • 08 Dec, 2016

         Melrose dojo goes to the mat for kids

Senshi Okami stresses discipline for youth 


Originally Posted on NOVEMBER 14, 2014  

As the doors open onto the fourth-floor studio over Third Avenue, the smell of sweat and training mats wafts out. At the peak hour of 6 p.m., the gym begins to fill up with parents and children. Children come streaming out of the locker rooms in white gis – the traditional jacket and loose-fitting pants of the martial arts — some with white belts, others with yellow or orange. The kids skip to the mats and rushed to their positions, excited for the class to begin.

As the sensei leads them through their initial warmups, judo class at Senshi Okami has begun.

The dojo – the Japanese word for school – opened two years ago on Third Ave. between 154th and 155 Streets in Melrose. Dedicated to mixed martial arts, the gym offers judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate, boxing, and capoeira – a dance-like fighting sport. While classes are also offered for adults, the focus is mainly on kids.

Hector Hernandez, who founded the school with George Pimentel, was teaching at the Tremont School of Judo, jiu-jutsu and Karate when the school closed. Hernandez didn’t want to lose the momentum that school had started.

“It was an obligation to the kids,” said Hernandez. “The kids need something.”

Hernandez, 37, began practicing martial arts in 2004, as a way to lose weight. He started with boxing, then moved to dong kickboxing, and soon after that discovered Brazilian jiu-jitsu – which, he says, changed his life. “I would have to say the love started with jiu-jitsu,” said Hernandez, who would go on to compete in the sport.

Initially the founders of the school worried that the school would have a hard time attracting students, and that people in the neighborhood were not familiar enough with judo to come in for a trial. But they were proved wrong almost as soon as the school opened.

“Believe it or not, there was a flood of students, which surprised us because we didn’t have much money to invest in advertisement,” said Jean Truaillot, whose students call Sensei Jean. “We teach our kids discipline above all else and it has helped them in their life outside of judo.”

The children’s program ranges from ages 5 to 11 in any choice of martial arts, and classes for teenagers start at age 12 and include adults

Carlos Nunez, a father of three students in the school, signed his kids up in the fall of 2013 and has been coming back ever since.

“I wanted them to defend themselves, be active, do something productive like an organized sport,” said Nuñez. “They’re more confident in themselves and have more self-control.”

Capoeira is a dancing combat sport originated in Africa and developed in Brazil, mainly by African descendants. In this practice, kids get into a circle and then try to escape any way they can. “You learn how to feign ignorance and play like you know, when you don’t know,” explained the school’s instructor Moses McCarter, who also uses the handle Bronx Capoeira.

McCarter first started studying the sport in 2002, moving to Brazil the same year to pursue it. He came back in 2005, where he began teaching in public schools. “Kids choose it because it doesn’t only include the sport, it also includes drums and music,” he said.

Hernandez has taken students to the Liberty Bell Judo Tournament in Pennsylvania to compete, and hopes to get them to the nationals in Florida this year. “Senshi Okami follows a leadership curriculum,” he said. “Sometime the kids teach each other.”

Parents sitting on the benches cheered loudly as the children paired up, bowed to each other and began their training. Some of the kids managed to throw their opponent over and some would fall with their opponent. Every time a student would execute a move, parents would stand up and cheer whether it was their child or not — shouting out names of children for support and at times being louder than the kids themselves.

As for the students, they seemed to relish the work and the attention.

“I like judo because I like to throw people and have fun,” said Elan Castro, 11. “It’s like dancing – it’s fast and you have to learn the steps.”

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By hector 05 Jun, 2017

A Parent's Guide to Selecting a Martial Arts School

1. What to look for in a Martial Arts school.
As instructors, even before we opened our own school, we have been asked what people should tell friends or family in
other cities to look for in a martial arts school.

2. The Instruction
The martial arts style is less important than the personality, teaching style and teaching qualifications of the Chief
Ask if the Chief Instructors are at the school during all the classes and if they teach most of the classes.
Are the Chief Instructors old enough to have the experience and maturity to handle difficult situations that
might arise.
Watch a few classes to see if the Chief Instructors seem to genuinely like teaching, know the students' names,
use positive reinforcement, and maintain control of the classes while keeping it fun.
The Chief Instructors should be at least 2nd degree black belts. Beyond that, teaching style is more
important than rank. Many 2nd and 3rd degree Chief Instructors have better teaching and communication
skills than instructors who have much higher rank who are considered “masters” of martial arts.
All of the people in charge of teaching classes should be at least a black belt and have been certified to teach
by some national martial arts group. If colored belt students are used, it should be in supporting roles to
keep order.
How important are the Chief Instructor’s competition history and trophies? An instructor’s personal martial
arts accomplishments do not give any indication as to his/her teaching ability. It is more important that the
instructors be able to communicate well with children and adults, be able to demonstrate proper technique,
keep classes fun and interesting, and motivate students through positive teaching methods to develop self-confidence and achieve their goals.
Check to see if the Chief Instructor is affiliated with a national martial arts organization that provides ongoing training and quality control.

3. The Classes
Inquire about the number of classes that you or your child can attend each week. The more options you have,
the better. Anything less than three times a week is too little. Make sure that the class times are flexible so
that if a hectic week forces you to change your schedule you can still attend class.
Ask if parents and spectators are allowed to watch classes. A closed-door policy is a red flag that something is
wrong with the teaching methods in the school. (It is normal, however, for schools to ask parents to not talk
to students during their class because it can distract the student and result in an injury.)
Are classes fun or is it the same thing day after day? While repetition is important, classes should be an
interesting, fun learning experience.
What activities does the school offer besides classes, testings and tournaments to promote a family
atmosphere? Look for activities such as lock-ins, parties, picnics, etc.

4. The School
Assuming you like the instructors and the program, the more convenient the location, the more likely you
will attend classes regularly and get the most out of the program. If you choose a school all the way across
town, even though it may be less expensive, you may attend less because of traffic and the longer drive time.
Does the school look bright and smell clean? How often is it cleaned?

5. The Membership
Any schools you are considering should ask you to try a free class or two before you sign up for any martial
arts program.
One-year memberships are standard in our industry among full-time instructors. Many schools also offer an
introductory special to allow new students to try classes for one or two months for a fee. When you are ready
to sign the one-year memberships contract, it is better to make monthly payments rather than the entire
amount up front, in case the school should close. Also, check to see if they offer a written guarantee that will
let you out of the contract if you change your mind within the first 30 days.
Ask how often the students test and how much testing costs. Specifically ask how much it costs to test for
Black Belt (at some schools this could be hundreds of dollars). Also ask what equipment the students are
required to have, when they are required to have it, and how much it costs.
Make sure that the rates are reasonable, but do not make a decision based solely on price. The cheapest place
may not be the best deal and the most expensive school may not offer the best program.

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By hector 29 May, 2017
Results are in 
1st Place  Kiara
3rd Place 2nd Division Kiara
1st Place Realyn
1st Place 2nd Division Realyn

By hector 22 May, 2017
Heidi 1st Place
Mathew 3rd Place
Mathew 2nd Place/ 2nd Division
Jay 2nd Place 
Jay 1st Place / 2nd Division
By hector 20 May, 2017
Results are in for Bronx Kids Martial Arts:  
Realyn 3rd Place 
Realyn 2nd Place / 2nd Division
Kiara 2nd Place 
Kiara 2nd Place / 2nd Division

By hector 06 May, 2017
  El Senshi Okami Martial Arts Center ubicado en el condado de El Bronx en la ciudad de Nueva York, el cuál es dirigido por el "Sensei", palabra japonesa para Profesor o Maestro, Héctor HERNANDEZ, quien ofreció como de costumbre sus instalaciones para realizar esta Clínica. La dominicana García oriunda de la ciudad de La Vega, la cual pertenece a la Zona Norte del país, expuso a los participantes varios de los conceptos básicos de este arte marcial la cual es también deporte olímpico desde su incursión en el programa de los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano de Tokyo del 1964.

   María incluyó y enfatizó en esta magistral clínica, la importancia de un adecuado calentamiento previo a cada sesión, así como el uso de recursos adicionales, tales como juegos para conseguir la adaptación óptima del cuerpo para los ejercicios específicos de judo de la sesión de entrenamientos. Demostró también la forma de realizar las repeticiones de las técnicas de proyección con la metodología adecuada de agarres, desplazamiento y el correcto desbalance del oponente para conseguir derribar al atacante tratando de alcanzar la "máxima eficacia con el mínimo esfuerzo" tal como ideó el fundador del Judo el Profesor Jigoro KANO en uno de sus principios fundamentales. Finalizó la jornada mostrando algunos de los movimientos que le han ayudado a subir al podium junto a las mejores Judokas del mundo en importantes escenarios internacionales como lo son los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe, Juegos Deportivos Panamericanos, Campeonatos Panamericanos de Judo, Copas del Mundo y Campeonatos del Mundo así como a nivel local haber sido Campeona Nacional en unas 14 ocasiones.

 Contamos con la presencia y apoyo en esta actividad de varios dirigentes deportivos del area de Nueva York, entre ellos Wilfredo "Felinchy" SORIANO, Juan GUERRERO, José ORTIZ y Evaristo MADRIGAL así como otros que no pudieron estar presente, pero que mostraron su interés y simpatía en que atletas de alto rendimiento realicen actividades como estas junto a sus respectivas asociaciones, las cuales sirven de ejemplo y motivación a los jóvenes deportistas y público en general. El dirigente deportivo "Felinchy" SORIANO, Director de Deportes en el Exterior para el área de Nueva York del Ministerio de Deportes y Recreación de la República Dominicana, elogió los servicios ofrecidos a la comunidad por el Centro de Artes Marciales Senshi Okami y las diligencias de los dirigentes de la Asociación de Judo. La Asociación de Judo de Nueva York ha venido participando en una serie de reuniones con la Sub-Direccion del MIDEREC en NY y los representantes de las diferentes disciplinas deportivas que accionan en el área, con miras a la realización de los Juegos Patrios Dominicanos en la ciudad de Nueva York del 20-27 de agosto, los cuales servirán para realizar clasificar los atletas que a participar por la Zona del Exterior en los próximos XIV Juegos Nacionales anunciados por el Presidente Danilo MEDINA a celebrarse en mes de Marzo del 2018 en la ciudad norteña de Salcedo y ciudades aledañas. Se movilizaron a la gran urbe de Nueva York, una gran parte de los Judokas residentes en el área, mientras otros lamentaron no poder estar presentes en esta ocasión para poder compartir con María GARCIA ya que ella ha brindado muchas emociones para los amantes de la disciplina de Judo con sus destacados logros en el "Tatami" o tapiz de combate. Dicha actividad contó con el aval de la Federación Dominicana de Judo (FEDOJUDO) y el Comité Gestor Pro Asociación de Judo Dominicana en los Estados Unidos.

Participantes en el "Tatami" María GARCÍA Jean TROUILLOT Rolando ROBLES Domingo ASENCIO Estevan NUEZ Ramón SANTIAGO Rafael SÁNCHEZ Yonny MONTERO Francisco CRUZ Edwin ECHAVARRIA Jeudis SEVERINO Heidi CALDERON Valentino FREITES Como espectadores estuvieron Los veteranos judokas Pedro FIGUEROA Ramón SANTANA Humberto DEL ROSARIO y los dirigentes deportivos en Nueva York Wilfredo "Felinchy" SORIANO Juan GUERRERO José ORTIZ Evaristo MADRIGAL y Esposa Así como algunos de los tantos padres amantes del judo Abisai NAVA y Nicolás FREITES
By hector 02 May, 2017
We'd like to consider the  New  Rochelle Judo Open a "Proofing ground" for our new White-Yellow athletes.   Great tournament to polish your skills and see if those long nights at the dojo have been worth it.   In attendance we had students from all over the try state area.  Competitors from following clubs. (Sorry if we missed anyone, and not listed in any particular order)
  • San Yama Bushi, New Rochelle
  • Three Mountain School, Bronx
  • Jamie Towers Judo Club, Bronx
  • Senshi Okami Martial Arts, Bronx 
  • Bronx Judo, Bronx
  • Legros Sports Judo, Brooklyn
  • Team Combat, Long Island
  • Delgato Karate, Bronx

By hector 24 Apr, 2017
Heidi 1st Place
Aurora 2nd Place
Jaydin 3rd Place
Realyn 1st Place
Realyn 1st Place (2nd Division)
Kiara 1st Place 
Kiara 1st Place (2nd Division)

By hector 15 Jan, 2017
Excellent turnout today at Parnel Legros' 24th Annual Starrett Cup 2017:  
Our Bronx Martial Arts Team took a short drive out to Brooklyn and supported developmental grass roots Judo.  Awesome day for Senshi Okami Martial Arts.  

  • Mathew 3rd Place 
  • Aurora 1st Place    
  • Heidi  1st Place
  • Kiara 1st Place / 1st Place Boys Division
  • Rey  1st Place / 1st Place Boys Division 
  • Rey Excellence Award 
Special Thanks to all Coaches, Students, refs, Sensei's and Parents for your Support!  You guys rock!
By hector 09 Dec, 2016

Karate vs Judo

Karate and judo are martial arts of Japanese origin. Both have distinct characteristics. While Judo is what could be called a soft martial art mainly involving body maneuvers against an opponent, karate can be termed as a hard martial art where blows are landed on an opponent’s body.

A Karate exponent would strike an opponent whereas somebody practicing Judo would endeavor to throw him. A Karate man would batter a man to submission whereas a Judo man would grapple with, wrap or trap an opponent, the effort aimed at tiring down the opponent.

A Karate man takes his energy from mother earth and uses it against his opponent in the form of blocks and counter assaults, whereas in Judo energy is drawn away from the opponent by redirecting it towards mother earth by tossing the opponent down. As a sport Karate involves earning points for kicking and punching, whereas in Judo points are to be had for grappling and throwing your opponent as one would in wrestling. In Judo the body and its weight and how it is balanced vis-Ã -vis the opponent decide the course of a fight, while in Karate, hands are used to chop and legs to kick at your adversary.

Karate is an attacking and aggressive form of martial art, whereas Judo is purely a defensive form of martial art.   Karate   as a way of fighting is quite dramatic unlike Judo which primarily is all about grappling. In Karate on the other hand the process of blocking blows or landing them on to other people, or objects (as in smashing boards and objects) looks quite spectacular. It is no wonder then that while Judo is not much featured in movies, Karate is the staple of many movies. An example being the Karate Kid series of movies from Hollywood.

Judo and   Karate   in a way symbolize two entirely different approaches towards the art of fighting. In Judo the stress is not on brute strength or sheer force. It has to do more with a gentle but firm defensive attitude where your body and the way it is poised and balanced vis-a-vis the opponent lets you get the upper hand. Karate on the other hand is a direct and confrontationist approach where you boldly block the opponent’s moves and attack him vigorously with your hands and legs.

1. Judo   is a soft martial art mainly involving body maneuvers against an opponent. Karate can be termed as a hard martial art where are blows are landed on an opponent’s body
2.A Karate man batters a man to submission whereas a Judo man grapples with, wraps or traps an opponent the effort aimed at tiring down the opponent.
3.As a sport Karate involves earning points for kicking and punching, whereas in Judo points are to be had for grappling and throwing your opponent as one would in wrestling
4.Karate is an attacking and aggressive form of martial art, whereas Judo is purely a defensive form of martial art.

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