The Foot Fist Play
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The Foot Fist Play

Bruce Lee-style workouts in a huge Brooklyn dojo

  • 15 May 2012

To find inspiration in your workout, you must be flexible and open your mind to new ideas — or as Bruce Lee once said, you must "be like water" and also be like "watahhh!"

Get that fury-fisted type of tutelage at the New York Martial Arts Academy, just opened in Williamsburg.

A sprawling 8,000-sq.-ft. dojo decorated with an immense mural of Bruce Lee, NYMAA's first non-Queens location offers two floors of fitness for the entire family.

On the ground floor: conditioning classes in cardio kickboxing, yoga, and morning "bootcamps".

Upstairs is a brick-walled pagoda with 20-foot ceilings and exposed timber, stocked with heavy bags, speed bags, and a full-sized octagon.

This is where a 38-year sensei vet, who was tutored by a protégé of Lee himself, teaches Jeet Kune Do — a.k.a, The Way of the Intercepting Fist, the hybrid martial art invented by Bruce Lee.

Sessions include all five facets of the form, including kicking, punching, trapping, grappling, and weaponry.

Membership to NYMAA is $189 a month (with two free months) for unlimited martial arts, fitness, and conditioning classes. Private instruction packages are also available.

There’s even a "Little Dragons" program for kids, so they won’t feel left out and be all like “waaaaaaa!”

The Specifics

New York Martial Arts Academy

184 N. 8th St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$189 per month

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