02 Jun

Staten Island Students Get On The Mats For Some Martial Arts Training

A bunch of students at New Dorp high school in Staten Island, New York have taken to the mats for some martial arts instruction. The purpose is not to create violent students but to allow them to be able to defend themselves, if need be, once the go out into the adult world after they graduate. The classes count as physical education for the students since the training also serves as a great workout regimen for them.
The lessons are provided courtesy of Master Curry’s Martial Arts in Staten Island with Master Thomas Curry himself teaching. Master Curry is providing the school with the instruction at cost because he said he feels like its “a great way to give back to the Staten Island community.” He teaches the classes every week at the school on the school’s rotating class schedule which is no problem because Master Curry does not teach outside classes during those times. The vast majority of the students had not yet been exposed to martial arts but Master Curry says that’s no problem as he teaches beginners all the time at his school.
One of the most important and valuable things that Curry teaches these high school kids is how to identify a situation where you NEED to use self defense versus a situation where you can walk away. Curry says that helping these kids realize there’s almost never a situation where you need to actually use martial arts. That being said, his classes do cover a variety of techniques and depending on the grade he’s teaching, the skill level involved will change. For example, the freshman only learn basic techniques like blocks, punches and very basic forms whereas seniors will learn advanced throws and even some grappling techniques. “It’s all in a days work” says Master Curry.