Jose Marti, Head Martial Arts Instructor

About Marti Martial Arts Academy in Bedford Hills, NY

Meet Jose Marti

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Marti Martial Arts Academy in Bedford Hills
4th Dan Black Belt
5th Degree Black Belt Shorin Ryu

Jose Marti has been committed to the martial arts for nearly his entire life. Sensei Marti first burst onto the east coast martial arts scene as a Kung Fu prodigy before he was 10 years old... thirty-five years later he has achieved a pristine reputation as one of the country's foremost practitioners and teachers of Shotokan Karate – with the development of character being his chief goal and generosity of spirit being his guiding principle.

While Sensei Marti's top line combination of accreditations and belt accomplishments are certainly impressive:

  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate (4th Dan)
  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Yamanni Ryu Traditional Okinawan Weapons
  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

It is Sensei Marti's commitment to constant training, his perpetual-student mindset that both gives him so much empathy for his students and sets him apart as an inspired martial arts master-teacher.

One glimpse at the roster of Sensei Jose Marti's instructors reveals knowledge passed down to Sensei from some of the world's elite martial arts practitioners:

  • Yamanni Ryn Weapons and Shorin Ryu Karate – under Kiyoshi Nishime (world-renowned Master instructor)
  • Kickboxing & Fu Pai Kung Fu –under Sifu Paul Vizzio (14-time world champion)
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – under JoJo Guarin (Pan American BJJ Champion)
  • Lama Kung Fu –under Sifu Stephen Innocenzi (NY Kung Fu Teaching Legend)
  • Shotokan Karate & Tae Kwon Do – Gustavo Larrea Sr. (Founder of Traditional Karate America)
  • Martial Arts Instructors Certification – Long Island University
  • Martial Arts Instructors Certification – Traditional Karate University
  • Master Dave Kovar's Professional Martial Arts College – Member since 2009

Sensei Marti sees each individual student as a unique potential martial artist. Jose instills the idea of measuring one's progress solely within a personal context and while Sensei will always ask you to work your hardest to be the best you can be, he will never compare you to another student.

Very importantly, Sensei Marti's teaching methods and commitment to the betterment of his students translates directly into a safe environment to learn martial arts.

Students don't get hurt in Sensei's dojo – bumps and bruises are expected from time to time, but Sensei believes that a student looking to stretch one's abilities can only do so within a rigorously safe and respectful environment.

Family is also of utmost importance to Sensei Marti; Jose credits his family as the driving force behind his unlikely rise from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Brooklyn to his role as a spiritually centered, elite teacher of Karate and the martial arts in Northern Westchester.

As a husband and father, Jose re-enforces commitment to family as another guiding principle of his martial arts teaching philosophy.

Along Jose's journey of character and spirit development he found a way to express his passions through art. Despite no formal training, Jose's self-taught painting techniques have given rise to a prodigious output of martial arts-inspired art that has been shown and celebrated with ever-more frequency in recent years.

Your time, your path and your aspirations are intensely important to you – when it comes to the possibility of pursuing the martial arts – come talk to Sensei Jose Marti about all of them.

Jose and Elizabeth Marti started Marti Martial Arts Academy in 2003. The academy began with the goal of helping develop stronger families in the community through the practice of martial arts. It is our desire that all people will be welcome and train in a safe, friendly and clean environment. Our training consists of Traditional Karate Training, Weapons training, Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing.

How To Get Started

Interested in being a part of our Martial Arts family here at Marti Martial Arts Academy located in Bedford Hills, NY? Simply click on a program that most interests you, whether you're looking for a Kids Karate class, an Adult Karate class, or a Fitness Kickboxing class, we have something for you! Have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials and come get started today. Also, feel free to give us a call directly at 914-241-0222 if you have any further questions or concerns. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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