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West Hempstead Martial Arts

Fun, challenging classes for self-defense, fitness, confidence, discipline, focus & more.

About Our School

5 Secret Benefits of Martial Arts That’ll Change Your Life

Dear Friend,

Our West Hempstead Jujitsu school might seem like just another place to get fit and learn self-defense.

It’s true, we do help people with that, but there are some “hidden” things that our students experience when they take our martial arts classes.

Here’s just a few of those life-changing benefits that our students experience...

#1 Soaring Confidence

It’s both exciting and challenging to learn new skills. But when you keep at it and persevere, you’ll progress and come out on top. You’ll realize you're a lot stronger and more capable than you ever thought possible!

Realizing this makes you more and more confident. You’ll feel more sure of yourself and your ability to handle every challenge that life throws your way – even those unexpected curve balls! Both kids and adults feel their confidence and courage soar much more easily than before!

#2 Improved Focus

Martial arts is challenging and requires your full attention. As you concentrate hard on listening to the instructor, then performing what they taught you, you start to build crucial links in your brain which boost your ability to focus.

What’s great is that this intense concentration naturally pours into all other areas of your life.

Adults report being able to not only concentrate better at work, but they’re able to clear their mind at the end of the day better as well. Kids benefit too as they pay more attention at school and at home.

#3 Ready…Set…Let’s Get Physical

Our classes are an absolute BLAST and are based on functional fitness. We use positive motivation and high fives – never any type of military style yelling or doing the same thing over and over again. There is nothing boring about our classes.

This means that every one of our classes is loaded with challenging, fun exercises designed to enhance your self-defense skills. Dynamic striking, high intensity intervals of cardio training, and movements that mimic how the human body should move are our focus. 

Don’t worry if you think you won’t be able to keep up… you will. We work with all levels from total beginner to pro athlete. And you know what...they all sweat the same at the end of our workouts!

#4 Gain a Sense of Community

Many martial artists claim they always felt like an “outsider” before they found martial arts. Some of our students just never got into organized sports in school or felt that social clubs weren’t for them.

But the same students that tell us how they “never fit in” or weren’t popular seem to come alive in class! We provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where we all want each other to succeed. We don’t have bullies or students trying to one up each other. Our members and instructors are all about support and friendship. Kids and adults both make friends with the other members, and as a result, our community thrives.

We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, encouragement, and motivation. It's truly great to experience.

#5 Guaranteed FUN!

You’ll have an absolute blast in class! Sure, things will be tough and training can get intense sometimes. But we like to break up that intensity with lots of laughs, encouragement, and light-hearted humor. 

Laughing, smiles and fist bumps are part of every class!

Make the next chapter of your life the best one ever! We want you to succeed, so we’re offering a limited time 100% money back guarantee on all web specials. 

Yep, that’s how much we believe in you. Scroll up to the top of this page and click on the program that's best for you. Snag the super sweet web special and try us out. If we’re not for you, no worries. You get 100% of your money back – no questions asked. 

Feel more comfortable signing up over the phone? Give us a call and let’s chat: (516) 489-1278

Looking forward to meeting you in person!

Joe Brogna & Howard Popkin

Joe Brogna & Howard Popkin, Founder
Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center
(516) 489-1278

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Howard Popkin began his training in Goshin Budo Jujitsu in 1979, under the tutelage of Jeffrey D . Lovering. He continued to train under Lovering until 1992. While training under Lovering, Howard was exposed to many of the nations' top Jujitsu instructors, but it was the Daitoryu Aikijujitsu Kodokai of Roy Goldberg and Kiyama Hayawo that Howard found most interesting.

In 1986, with Mr. Lovering's approval, Howard began to study Daitoryu Kodokai under Roy Goldberg. Howard studied diligently with the Goldberg and Kiyama in the Kodokai until 1992.

After a few years of training with training partners, Howard realized that he missed the Daitoryu and sought out one of the world's great practitioners, Okamoto Seigo of the Daitoryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai and immediately became a student of Okamoto.

Joe Brogna began his training in Goshin Budo Jujitsu in 1991, under the tutelage of Robert Hansen. He continued to train under Hansen until December 2006, when he began construction of the Popkin - Brogna Self Defense Center.

In 1998, Howard Popkin brought Okamoto Sensei, Headmaster of the Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu Roppokai, to NY to teach a seminar. At that seminar, Howard Popkin was introduced to Joe Brogna. Joe was immediately intrigued with the skills and techniques of Okamoto. During that same seminar, Joe had the opportunity to work with Ole Kingston, Okamoto's top non-Japanese student. Ole's ability to off balance Joe at will, regardless of being paraplegic, sealed his decision to pursue the Roppokai. Later that year, Joe joined the New York Roppokai study group, under the leadership of Howard Popkin. At that time, the study group was in Howard's garage and classes were held 4 days a week.

Okamoto would come to New York 3-4 times a year to teach his art. These in depth seminars took place over 4-7 days, lasting 3 hours per night on the weekdays and 7-8 hours on the weekend. When Howard Popkin moved to Japan in 2000 for 3 months, Joe Brogna assisted running by the New York Roppokai branch.

In October 2009, at the suggestion of Howard, Joe attended an internal energy seminar taught by Dan Harden. Joe and Howard found Dan's approach to internal energy development to be an essential addition to their studies.

In October 2010, Sensei Popkin & Sensei Brogna respectfully resigned from the Roppokai due to political reasons. Later that same year, Popkin and Brogna began laying the foundation of what would become the Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu Ginjukai.

Our dojo here in West Hempstead, NY is a brand new/ traditional styled facility that incorporates the best of old world traditional values into a modern package suitable for everyone. Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Center is a family oriented school that offers classes for student's ages 3-76 years old (that is our oldest current student). Our classes are high-energy, fun filled, and both mentally and physically challenging. Our goal is to provide you with a solid foundation of self-defense skills, based on traditional and modern Jujitsu systems that are street applicable and effective.

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