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Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center

400 Hempstead Turnpike Suite B
West Hempstead, NY 11552

(516) 489-1278


 

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5 out of 5 based on 11 ratings

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For some time now, we've dedicated our lives to bringing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of martial arts to the West Hempstead community. Recently, our family has expanded way beyond West Hempstead, into Franklin Square, Garden City, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, and more ! Through classes geared for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, our school itself has become a community of learning and growth. We'd love nothing more than for you to become a part of it. That way you too can enrich your life, learn self-defense, and get in great shape. Together, these three elements lead to a happier, healthier life. After all, for thousands of years, martial arts has been a tool for inner-growth and development. The hard work and patience required to perfect each moves builds discipline, focus and determination. The desire to advance through the ranks develops goal setting and ambition. The rush of passing tests, and seeing how far you've come builds confidence and pride. Helping you succeed in martial arts is the only goal of our West Hempstead program. Everyone here - each of our martial arts instructors - is passionate about helping you succeed, have fun, and enjoy the time you spend here. So come on by and try out the program that's best-suited for you. You can learn more about the classes our West Hempstead school offers, and call us to register for the one that's right for you. Our childrens' program, designed by a New York State certified elementary school teacher, and supported by Powerful Words, one of the leading character development programs in the country, incorporates age appropriate skills and activities to help bring out the best in your child. If you live in the towns of Franklin Square, Garden City, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Rockville Center, Uniondale, Hempstead, or Baldwin then you are close enough to come train with us!

Hours of Operation:

Mon 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Tue 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wed 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Thu 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fri Closed
Sat 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sun 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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Awesome Kids program

Reviewer: sifugczc | 2/6/2015

5 out of 5 stars
 

Sensei's Howard and Joe really run a great kids program. The instructors are great with the kids very skilled in teaching methods and the kids have a lot of learning. these guys are the Real Deal.

Great place for kids

Reviewer: mike | 1/28/2015

5 out of 5 stars
 

I just wanted to give a shout out to Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu since I was super impressed with their classes on Saturday morning.

I highly recommend this place to parents looking for something other than team sports. I didn't know much about martial arts but it's pretty clear to me that this is something we'll be sticking with for years.

I can totally see how it's awesome for kids confidence.. the environment at this place rocks.. great for kids.

AMAZING SCHOOL!

Reviewer: davidvalvas | 1/22/2015

5 out of 5 stars
 

Mr. Popkin, Mr. Brogna, and their AMAZING team really understand what it takes to run a successful and powerful martial school! Clean, professional, life changing, and super fun! I highly recommend this school if you're interested in learning from the best of the best!

You'll be doing yourself a disservice if you don't com

Reviewer: cesar_san_miguel | 1/5/2015

5 out of 5 stars
 

I cannot recommend this school enough.

I have trained in the martial art Aikido for just over 14 years (I’m 21), and my first experience with Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu was with Howard Popkin Sensei and Joe Brogna Sensei at the grand opening of their West Hempstead location, two years ago. For those of you who may not know, Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu is the parent art to Aikido. Over the course of many years, these two have gone repeatedly to Japan to learn from the source, and luckily for the rest of us, they have come back to share their extensive expertise. Joe and Howard have different teaching styles, but they flow seamlessly together. They both share the crucial quality of being able to distill complex ideas and exercises into executable drills that will greatly increase your ability to feel the flow of energy, allowing you to manipulate someone’s balance with ease.

If you are a parent and looking for an after school activity for your children, have them try out a few classes. From what I’ve seen, they’re a blast and I lament my inability to go back in time to partake in the fun. Having trained in the martial arts from a young age, I cannot express how influential and beneficial my training has been on my personal development. If you’re an adult, looking to learn a martial art, this is the place. As I tell newcomers, we all start where you are. I have seen people over ninety start training (my father is a Taijiquan instructor) and if they can do it, so can you. Howard and Joe will meet you at your level, and work with you to bring that level up.

As I said, I cannot recommend this school and these teachers enough: In them I have found the capacity to guide me in taking my art to the next level.

Top Notch

Reviewer: insightwellness | 12/9/2014

5 out of 5 stars
 

Popkin Brogna self defense is the place to be for martial arts instruction. Howard and Joe are top notch instructors with a wealth of knowledge, experience, humor, patience and skill. And both offer such complimentary, yet different teaching styles. I travel from North Carolina to train with them, as well as invite each of them to NC to offer their expertise to our school and students. Whether you are a beginner or a teacher, you should be training with Popkin-Brogna. If I had children, I would enroll them all in an instant!

Great Martial Arts School

Reviewer: John C. | 12/1/2014

5 out of 5 stars
 

I'm thankful to be a PBJJC student. The enviroment is friendly and at your own pace. When I have a stressful day, I can leave everything outside the dojo. When I leave the dojo, I'm ready to take on whatever stress that was affecting me that day with ease.

Insanely Good Martial Arts instruction!

Reviewer: Milton C. | 11/21/2014

5 out of 5 stars
 

Without a doubt, serious martial arts!
A true gem in New York!

Senseis Popkin and Brogna are the real deal, they have extensive traditional martial arts training rooted in true Japanese tradition( mainly Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, and many others). Their teaching is outstanding( funny and playful, even) in how they can distill the fundamentals of a technique for even a beginner and continually add nuance where needed . The kind of Jujutsu that's taught is both for the self-defense seeker, and for those interested in having fun learning about their own body mechanics. It's a rare privilege when I get to train with these gentlemen!

Outstanding School for Adults or Kids

Reviewer: john_nicol | 11/20/2014

5 out of 5 stars
 

Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center is a phenomenal facility with outstanding staff. If you have a daughter or son, or are looking for a workout for yourself that also gives you self-defense skills, this is the place. The instructors are knowledgeable, known internationally for their martial arts skills, and yet they are also amazing with kids. The classes are high energy with a positive atmosphere, and the kids love it! I highly recommend the classes for kids and adults. www.pbjjc.com

Three Thumbs Up!

Reviewer: ianadelstein | 11/20/2014

5 out of 5 stars
 

Sensei's Popkin and Brogna are the real deal. While they came up under the same tutelage, they've each developed their own take on the art, teaching style and approach. The knowledge, understanding, and ability to break down techniques into teachable components is pretty remarkable and can be experienced first-hand at regular classes, seminars and events. Children, adults, novices and advanced students will find themselves fully engrossed and reward. Daitoryu Aikijujutsu all the way!

I Sincerely Doubt You'd Find Finer teachers anywhere

Reviewer: mail | 11/18/2014

5 out of 5 stars
 

When it comes to incredible martial skill, with the ability to impart this knowledge to others, these guys are simply top drawer. I honestly feel anyone who visits Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center will be blown away. Don't waste time, make haste, I promise you won't regret it.

Best Martial Arts School Around

Reviewer: route664 | 11/18/2014

5 out of 5 stars
 

When I was a little kid, I used to watch kung fu movies on tv. I wanted to learn martial arts, but my parents didn't have the time or the money. Many years later as an adult, I realized that I needed to learn how to protect myself and the people I care about. Every time I watch the news something crazy is happening. That's when I began my search for a martial arts school as an adult. I wanted to learn something that works in the real world and not just on tv. Fortunately, for me I found the Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center. I've been training at least 3 times a week for almost a year now and I love it. Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center has 2 types of adult classes. The self defense class is focused on what can happen on the street on any day at any time. The other class is the traditional class, which has more ancient japanese martial arts techniques. The techniques are both beautiful and deadly at the same time. I'm in both classes, so come by and say hello. For more info on the self defense class you can visit: www.pbjjc.com or if you're into martial arts and would like a more traditional style, visit: www.ginjukai.com

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Reviewer: tb2082475914 via Citysearch | 12/7/2015

1 out of 5 stars
Originally we picked jujitsu as an extracurricular activity, thinking that our 5 year old son would love it. Our 8 year old daughter then begged to go, so we signed her up. Our son enjoyed it and really learned a lot but our daughter…

Reviewer: jeffn288912880 via Citysearch | 2/24/2015

1 out of 5 stars
Sensei Joe and Howie are amazing ... They?re not only excellent martial artists but great people too. They are great with kids and adults. If you want to learn real martial arts from two real gentlemen ... look no further. They make it…

Reviewer: gregoryz2104326332 via Citysearch | 2/23/2015

1 out of 5 stars
Seneis?s Joe and Howard are awesome! The classes they teach are fun energetic classes while providing great results in self confidence, defense, and control. These guys know their stuff.

Reviewer: SBDMDK via Citysearch | 1/22/2015

1 out of 5 stars
Mr. Popkin, Mr. Brogna, and their AMAZING team really understand what it takes to run a successful and powerful martial school! Clean, professional, life changing, and super fun! I highly recommend this school if you're interested in…

Reviewer: cesars1637581554 via Citysearch | 1/5/2015

1 out of 5 stars
I cannot recommend this school enough.\r \r I have trained in the martial art Aikido for just over 14 years (I?m 21), and my first experience with Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu was with Howard Popkin Sensei and Joe Brogna Sensei at the grand…

Reviewer: Insightwellness via Citysearch | 12/9/2014

1 out of 5 stars
Popkin Brogna self defense is the place to be for martial arts instruction. Howard and Joe are top notch instructors with a wealth of knowledge, experience, humor, patience and skill. And both offer such complimentary, yet different…

Reviewer: johnc1575660965 via Citysearch | 11/30/2014

1 out of 5 stars
I'm thankful to be a PBJJC student. The enviroment is friendly and at your own pace. When I have a stressful day, I can leave everything outside the dojo. When I leave the dojo, I'm ready to take on whatever stress that was affecting me…

Reviewer: michaelr1242735114 via Citysearch | 11/25/2014

1 out of 5 stars
These guys are top notch! Amazing martial artist. Amazing people. Amazing customer service. This is the place to be!

Reviewer: miltonc1344504816 via Citysearch | 11/21/2014

1 out of 5 stars
Without a doubt, serious martial arts! Senseis Popkin and Brogna are the real deal, they have extensive traditional martial arts training rooted in true Japanese tradition( mainly Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, and many others). Their teaching…

Reviewer: patt986101002 via Citysearch | 11/20/2014

1 out of 5 stars
I first ran across Howard Popkin at a traditional martial arts seminar outside Seattle. Since that time, I?ve probably attended ten or fifteen seminars with Howard, Joe Brogna, or both them. Every single seminar has been a joy! These…

Reviewer: johnn900575591 via Citysearch | 11/20/2014

1 out of 5 stars
Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center is a phenomenal facility with outstanding staff. If you have a daughter or son, or are looking for a workout for yourself that also gives you self-defense skills, this is the place. The instructors are…

Reviewer: iana2108089783 via Citysearch | 11/19/2014

1 out of 5 stars
Sensei's Popkin and Brogna are the real deal. While they came up under the same tutelage, they've each developed their own take on the art, teaching style and approach. The knowledge, understanding, and ability to break down techniques…

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