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This Amazing Kids Martial Arts Class Won't Just Make Your Child Safer, Stronger & More Fit...

That’s because our classes aren't just about exercise and self-defense...They’re about helping your child grow stronger & more focused on the inside.

Building Your Child's Confidence...

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Welcome to
Makoto Jiu Jitsu Centers

To A Caring Parent

Hi, my name is Shihan Jerry Minerva.

Many people walk through the doors of my school for the first time and think that martial arts is just about punching and kicking. This may surprise you, but there is so much more to it.

Our goal at Makoto Jiu Jitsu Centers is to use martial arts as a vehicle to inspire kids to be more confident and focused in their daily activities.

Below, I would like to share with you the most important benefits that children and parents get from our program. Then afterward, I will let our members do the talking and share with you exactly how our program transformed their child’s life.

The Transformation

After Just A Few Weeks Of MArtial Arts, This is What Happens...

Action-Packed Fitness and Exercise.

Action-packed games, activities, and exercises give kids a great workout from head to toe.

They get stronger, healthier and more fit within just a couple weeks. These fun exercises also help maintain a healthy weight!

The best part? The fitness is disguised as FUN! All your child will know is that they’re having a blast. But you and I know they’re also getting the exercise they need.

Self-Defense From Strangers, Bullies, and More.

Make no mistake about it! While our classes are tons of fun, we also cover the "serious" stuff too.

We teach kids about handling strangers... bullies... and more.

However, the first thing we teach is diplomacy. We give your child the tools they need to "talk it out" first. Violence is ALWAYS a last resort!

Powerful Character Development Breeds Discipline, Focus, and Respect.

For thousands of years, martial arts has been one of the best kept secrets for giving kids the skills they need for success in life.

Through inspiring stories and talks, as well as the process of learning the techniques, kids develop amazing traits, like:

Respect, discipline, focus, and goal setting.

I hope your child will never have to use their self-defense skills. But I guarantee these other skills will come in handy EVERY day for the rest of their life.

Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

While kids work hard and train hard in our classes...

They also smile and laugh a LOT, too!

After all, these are kids we’re dealing with here! Our classes are a great place for kids to socialize, make friends, get support, and have a blast.

Frequently Asked Questions

No way! In fact, martial arts makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.
As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible.
Absolutely. Martial Arts teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities grow them even more.
Yes! After all, these are children we're dealing with here. And kids love their fun. We do a variety of games and activities that have kids howling with laughter, and constantly smiling. We work hard here - but we play just as hard.

Check out what Google users are saying about Makoto Jiu Jitsu Centers

Robert Rotzman
- in the last week
We came to Makoto a little over a year ago and have loved it. My son enjoys coming every week. The classes are spread across the week and allow the flexibility to come at different times and days based on your child’s age group. Great staff that is super encouraging and dedicated. I love that they focus on giving all students an opportunity to learn in a safe environment. The classes focus on manners, technique and having fun. I highly recommend for all ages.

Jackie Matos
- in the last week
My kids enjoy going to class. My oldest has attended for a few years and he now also partakes in leadership class to help teach the young students. It has helped him grow and apply skills needed to defend himself. He can’t get enough training.

Mike LaSorsa
- in the last week
We absolutely love Makoto JiuJitsu of Deer Park. The staff are all both friendly and energetic. My son has learned and grown so much because of Jerry and his crew. Watching the classes being taught is spectacular. The encouragement that each and every student is given helps boost their confidence while teaching them self defense techniques. Every child walks out feeling accomplished and driven. Great job to the entire team!!

rob balsamo
- in the last week
Been training at Makoto for a year now. Have to say the experience has been LIFE ALTERING. I've been wanting to train in the martial arts for years and could not be happier that I made the decision to begin. My only advice would be if this is something you've wanted to do then take the plunge. You will not be disappointed. As a 46 year old man I'm living proof it's never to late to start! I highly recommend Makoto of Deer Park !!

Magic Mercy
- in the last week
It’s Magic!!! I notice the positive impact it has on my daughter confidence and discipline from just attending a few classes. It’s amazing and I highly recommend it.

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Shihan Jerry Minerva

Makoto Jiu Jitsu Centers
770-16 Grand Blvd
Deer Park, NY 11729
(631) 243-3966