Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Here it is! The schedule of events for our grand opening this coming Sunday, October 22nd. We hope you will join us to celebrate and maybe even try some new activites. You are invited to stay after the karate demo/class and party with us.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND from noon- 5:30pm

Demonstrations and Trial Classes:

Noon Tai Chi with Steve Miller (adults and teens)
12:30 Kid’s AMovin’ Creative Movement with Jenn Wilenta (ages 2-4)
12:50 Kid’s karate with Shihan Alfred DiGrazia (ages 4-10)
1:10 Music for Aardvarks with Jen Milich (ages 1-5)
1:30 Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Joe Licitra (adults and teens)
2PM Aikido with Sensei Elizabeth Albin (adults and teens)
2:30 Pilates Mat with Sophia Burrell (adults & teens)
3PM Capoeira for Kids with the Arte Capoeira Center (ages 5-10)
3:30 Capoeira for Adults & Teens with the Arte Capoeira Center
4PM Wing Chun Kung Fu/Catch as Catch Can Wrestling with Sifu
Victor Parlati
4:30 Yoga for health (Iyengar type) with Nicole Colbert (adults & teens)
5PM Oyama Enomichi Karate with Shihan Alfred DiGrazia

There will be three 5 minute African dance performances by Lara McDonnell throughout the day.

Please wear comfortable clothing and come prepared to try something new. We have changing rooms with showers at the school.

Information about Middle Eastern Dance (Bellydance) with Leela Corman and Feldenkrais Method/Bones for Life with Linda Howell will be available, although those teachers will not be present.

1302 Avenue H (entrance on E13th St/Argyle Road)
Brooklyn, NY 11230 718-258-KICK www.d-fend.us

Midwood Martial Arts & Family Fitness Center is located at 1302 Avenue H in Brooklyn, NY. The phone number is 718-258-KICK. The entrance is on E13th St aka Argyle Road.


By Subway:
1) Take the Q train to Avenue H. Exit at the rear of the elevated train. If you pass the token booth on your way out, you are going the wrong way. Walk two blocks on Avenue H to East 13th Street on your left. (The right side of the street is called Argyle Road). Turn the corner and enter on E13th St.

2) Take the B train to Newkirk Plaza. Walk south to Foster Ave, make a right and go to Argyle Road. Follow directions for #6 below.

3) Take the F train to Avenue I. Take the B11 bus at the corner of MacDonald Ave and Ave I to Coney Island Avenue. Walk one block down Coney Island Ave to Avenue H in the direction opposite the way the bus turned (past a lumber yard and fruit stand; if you pass the Post Office you are going the wrong way) and make a right. Two corners later cross E13th St and make a right (the left side of the street is called Argyle Road). 1302 is the first entrance.

4) Can also take the F train to 18th Avenue and take the B9 bus following directions for #6 below.

By Bus:
5) Take the B68 bus to Coney Island Avenue and Avenue H. Walk down Avenue H two blocks towards the dead end (if you get to Ocean Parkway you are going the wrong way), cross E13th Street and make a right (the left side of the street is called Argyle Road).

6) Take the B9 bus to Foster Avenue and Argyle Road. Walk south (against traffic) on Argyle Road to Avenue H and cross it. It is now called E13th Street. 1302 Ave H is the first entrance on the left side.

By Car:
7) Coming from Manhattan, take the Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge or the Battery Tunnel, and get on the BQE West. Left exit onto the Prospect Expressway. The Prospect Expressway turns into Ocean Parkway as you continue on it to Avenue H and make a left turn. There is no traffic light at H but there is a left turn lane. It is the first turn after Foster Avenue. Continue on Avenue H for about three blocks. You will cross Coney Island Avenue. Two blocks past Coney Island Avenue is E13th Street (the left side of the street will be called Argyle Road). 1302 is the first entrance on the left. There should be plenty of on-street parking, except on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 11:30AM-1PM for street cleaning.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Changes to Schedule

We have updated our schedule for October. Several new classes have been added such as Vinyasa Flow yoga, Iyengar yoga, Intro to Martial Arts and Total Body Conditioning. Many will preview with a free class. Please check the changes and additions. Thanks.

Class Schedule

We have added and changed some classes so please check out our updated schedule. Thanks.

6-7AM Cardio Kickboxing
9-10AM Pilates Mat/Yoga
10-11AM Feldenkrais/Bones for Life
3:30-4PM Kids Karate Skills (age 4 & 5)
4-4:45PM Kids Beginner Karate (age 6-10)
5-6PM Kids Advanced Karate (age 11-15)
6-7PM Intro to Martial Arts for Adults (aikido, karate, kung fu, tai chi) NEW FREE on 10/9
7-9PM Wing Chun Kung Fu

6-7PM Feldenkrais/Bones for Life
7-8PM Adult Karate, all levels
8-9PM Total Body Conditioning (cardio, strengthen, and stretch) NEW CLASS - FREE on 10/10

6-7AM Pilates Mat/Yoga
9:30-10:15AM Music for Aardvarks
10:30-11:15AM Music for Aardvarks
3:30-4PM Kids Karate Skills
4-4:45PM Kids Beginner Karate (age 6-10)
5-6PM Kids Advanced Karate (age 11-15)
6-7PM Adult Karate, all levels
7-9PM Catch as Catch Can Wrestling

6-7AM Cardio Kickboxing
10:15-10:45 Pre-school Story Time
10:45-12noon Toddler Playgroup
5-6PM Kid's Capoeira (age 5-12) NEW CLASS - FREE on 10/5
6-7PM Adult/Teen Capoeira, all levels NEW CLASS - FREE on 10/5
7-8PM Aikido, all levels
8-9PM Adult Karate, all levels

8-9AM Pilates Mat/Yoga
10-10:30 Kids Creative Movement ages 2-4
2:15-3:15PM Parent-child Yoga (starts October)
6-7PM Reggae Dance/exercise for adults & teens NEW CLASS
7-8PM Pilates Mat NEW CLASS

10-11AM Adult Karate, all levels
11AM-noon Family Karate
Noon-3PM Invitational Kung Fu/Wrestling/Boxing (contact Victor)
6-7PM Hatha Yoga NEW CLASS

9-10AM Bones for Life, women only (starts November)
10-11AM Vinyasa Flow Yoga NEW CLASS
11-12 noon Tai Chi
1-2PM Belly-dancing (starts November)
1-5PM Seminars – Grand Opening October 22nd, More to come
5PM Iyengar Yoga NEW CLASS starts 10/15 FREE that day

This schedule is subject to change and improvement; please give us feedback about times and offerings.

Monday, September 18, 2006

FREE Women's Self-Defense Seminar

Women’s Self-Defense


This is not an exercise class. This is not for fitness. This is not for profit. This is a community service. It is a free self-defense class to be held on October 1, 2006 from 1-3PM.

It is limited to the first 10 women/teen girls who register because we want to provide each participant with the attention necessary to translate theory into action.
The workshop is designed for women and teen girls who live in urban areas and may be subject to unprovoked violence. For the sake of realism there will be men teaching and/or assisting. We will be enacting real scenarios. You are more likely be attacked by a man than a woman and need to prepare yourself for a larger, more aggressive attacker.
We can’t cover all aspects of self-defense in two hours but can teach you simple, hands-on drills that work.

We are located in the Flatbush/Midwood area of Brooklyn.Q train to Avenue H

For more info and to register call us at 718-258-KICK


09/19/06 The response to this seminar has been overwhelming. We are sorry that we cannot accept any new registrations. You may add your name to the waiting list if you wish.
We will hold another workshop in about six weeks and everyone on the waiting list will have priority for that one. Thank you for your enthusiasm.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Reggae Dance/Exercise



Lara McDonnell

Our African Dance teacher, Lara, will be teaching an African-inspired dance/exercise class to Reggae and Dance-Hall music, every Friday from 6-7PM.

No excuses – the first two classes are FREE,
September 15th & 22nd
After that you may use your class vouchers or pay by the class

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Free Workshop: Bike Fit - Bike Smart


Is your bicycle properly adjusted to fit YOU?

Bring your bike for fit assessment, safety tips, and bicycle registration on Sunday, September 10th, from 1 to 3 PM, to Midwood Martial Arts and Family Fitness Center in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn.

Linda Howell, our Feldenkrais/Bones for Life practitioner, along with other licensed physical therapists will evaluate riders for proper bike fit and posture.
Proper bike fit can prevent neck, back, knee and leg pain and improve a rider’s speed and endurance.

A local precinct police officer will be available to engrave a precinct serial number on the bicycles, with records kept at the precinct.
Bicycle registration can assist in quick recovery and identification if the bike is lost or stolen.

Free bike fit brochures and spokestix reflectors will be distributed to participants while supplies last.

For more information and to RSVP, contact us at 718-258-KICK.


Saturday, August 19, 2006

African Dance Workshop

African Dance Workshop
Taught by Lara McDonnell
Featuring live drumming

Sunday, August 27th from 3-4:30PM
For adults & children

Midwood Martial Arts & Family Fitness Center
1302 Avenue H (corner E13th St/Argyle Rd)
RSVP or more info 718-258-KICK www.d-fend.us
Come alone, bring a friend or your whole family.
$10 per person, $25 per family

Lara McDonnell is Laban Centre trained and has a BA in Biology/Dance from SUNY Buffalo. Her West African training includes Lamine Thiam, Marie Basse-Wiles, Babacar M’baye, Fumilayo Chesney, Titos Sompa, Chuck Davis and many others.

Passages and gestures will be drawn from Congolese, djimbe, sabar, and Afro-Carribean dances to provide practice in isolations and coordination throughout the body. The community-oriented structure builds tremendous energy and provides a safe environment in which to experiment and learn. The class is open to all levels and will cater individually to each dancer’s abilities.

Wear comfortable clothes; no jeans or shoes.
Women & girls may wear a skirt or lapa over their leggings/shorts. Supportive top suggested.
The space is air-conditioned and has a hard matted floor.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tai Chi

Tai Chi originated in China nearly 1,000 years ago emphasizing exercise, relaxation,
meditation, energy cultivation and self defense. Daily practice of the slow and
graceful movements of Tai Chi keeps one young in appearance, agile in movement and
tranquil in mind. It also promotes good energy flow throughout the body, improves
concentration, healthier breathing, better coordination and balance.

Instructor: Steve Miller has been studying with Master C.K. Chu at the Tai Chi Chuan
Center of New York since 1987 and has been certified by him to teach Tai Chi and Chi

The Tai Chi class will be on Sunday from 11AM-12noon.

We will also have a bio of the other teacher, John Lake, coming up soon.

The daytime Feldenkrais class is moving from Tuesday at 10AM to Wednesday from 9-10AM.