Our Instructors
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shihan Maria Van Dessel
Shihan Maria Van Dessel began practicing Eizan Ryu Jujitsu in 1981, drawn by techniques which allowed a smaller person to control a larger attacker. She trained at Biwa Ko Dojo under Shihan Felix Berrios, and was granted her black belt in 1987. Shortly thereafter, she began teaching at the dojo. She now holds the rank of Rokyudan and is the head instructor at the New York City Dojo. In 1989, Shihan Maria began studying full contact karate under Soshu Shigeru Oyama. She currently holds the rank of Yondan in Kan Rei Kai Karate, and is an instructor at the style’s Manhattan Dojo. She has also studied Vee-Arnis Jitsu and Tomiki AikiJujitsu.
 
Sensei Stephen Rittersporn
Sensei Stephen Rittersporn has been involved in martial arts for over thirty years. He began his studies in Shotokan Karate in 1979, and also trained in judo under Sensei Shiro Oishi. In 1981, he moved to Shorin Ryu Karate in which he currently holds the rank of Rokudan under Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro. In 1989, Sensei Rittersporn began training in Eizan Ryu Jujitsu; he is now a Yondan in the art and is known for his wide-ranging martial arts knowledge.
 
Assistant Instructors
Sempai Cari Brentegani
Sempai Cari Brentegani began practicing Eizan Ryu Jujitsu in 1989
Sempai G (Gearóid Dolan)
Sempai G began practicing Eizan Ryu Jujitsu in 1987
 
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Location: 161 E. 106th St. NYC 10029
 
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Eizan-Ryu Jujitsu, New York City, self-defense martial art. Beautiful dojo, located in Manhattan close to public transport. Classes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Come try a class for free.

Eizan-ryu Jujitsu is a martial art in which the student learns to use an attacker’s strength and momentum against him; this enables the smaller person to successfully defend against the attack of a larger, stronger person. A wide variety of techniques are used: strikes, throws, joint locks, foot sweeps, pins, chokes, projections, pressure points with the object being to control the attacker and put him on the ground. Ukemi is the ability to fall safely; it is taught and is strongly emphasized.