Our Instructors

Chief Instructor
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.

Shihan Stephen Rittersporn

Shihan Stephen Rittersporn 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 Godan in the art and is known for his wide-ranging martial arts knowledge.

Sensei Cari Brentegani

Sensei Cari began practicing Eizan Ryu Jujitsu in 1989.

Currently holds the rank of Sandan in Eizan Ryu Jujitsu

Sensei G       (They/Them)

Sensei G came to the US from Dublin, Ireland with a history of Kickboxing.
They began practicing Eizan Ryu Jujitsu in 1987.
They have suplemented their practice with studies in Kan Rei Kai Karate, Aikido, Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujitsu and more.

Currently holds the rank of Sandan in Eizan Ryu Jujitsu

contact us:    info@eizanryujujitsu.org

Eizan-Ryu Jujitsu is a self-defense martial art. Our beautiful dojo is located in Manhattan, New York City, close to public transport. Classes on Monday, Wednesday, 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 them; 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 and pressure points, with the object being to control the attacker and put them on the ground. Ukemi, the ability to fall safely, is taught and is strongly emphasized.
Eizan Ryu Jijitsu Kai is a safe space and welcoming to people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and gender identities.
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