Martial Arts in Hamburg, NY

The Defensive Arts Dojo, located in Hamburg, NY, is Western New York’s school of choice for self-defense and martial arts training. Rooted in the art of Isshinryu Karate, a style from Okinawa, the Defensive Arts Dojo practices the simple philosophy of black belt excellence, helping each of its students achieve their goals in a challenging yet friendly atmosphere. The school’s culture and style appeals to individuals and families and approaches the challenge of martial arts and fitness training seriously but without ego or competition. We pride ourselves on helping each student achieve their own “awesomeness”.

The school is owned and operated by Shihan Michael Downs, an active member of the Isshinryu World Karate Association.  A 6th degree Karate practitioner and Chiropracticor,  Shihan Downs uses his 30+ years of experience in teaching and patient care to be involved in the learning process of every student. Shihan Mike believes that every style has something to offer so the curriculum is not limited to the traditional punches and kicks of karate but also includes judo, ju-jitsu, grappling, and other arts. Belts are awarded in Isshinryu Karate, a style brought from Okinawa.  Every style of martial arts is useful and valuable, therefore our dojo does not limit its curriculum simply to the traditional punches and kicks of Okinawa Karate.

The Defensive Arts Dojo offers an array of specialized children's karate classes and adult karate classes.  The school offers classes in Isshinryu Karate, Brazilian JiuJitsu and Iaido Muso Shinden Ryu.  We also include a fantastic work out with our Martial Fusion weight loss and strength building program.

Children improve upon their social skills and self esteem while learning about important topics such as stranger danger, respecting others, listening and teamwork.

We live in an era where bullying and cliques can destroy a persons self esteem and promote depression.  Our young adults acquire confidence and a sense of environmental awareness while developing martial skills useful in defending themselves.  They also build healthy friendships with fellow practitioners.

Do you lack self confidence in uncomfortable situations, desire the ability to defend yourself but are not interested in committing to a program?  Ground Zero classes may be exactly what you're looking for.  We offer defensive techniques and tactics, designed for those who travel, live alone, away at college, traverse dark parking lots, rough neighborhoods, vast buildings or intimidating public transportation.

Looking for a strength building program which promotes weight loss?  The Martial Fusion program has all the necessary components needed to reach your personal goals.  Dedicated  members improve flexibility, strength and stamina while shedding those unwanted pounds. 

The on site ProShop has everything you need to succeed in your martial training.

The dedication to excellence, friendly but challenging training, and quality of teaching and learning makes the Defensive Arts Dojo the place to train in the Southtowns and Western New York.