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Krav Maga Dojo Approaches 1 Year in Nesconset

The school teaches the Israeli self-defense system to locals, instructed by teachers with a military or law enforcement background.

Nearing one year of operation in Nesconset is the , teaching the Israeli self-defense system krav maga to locals. The system, according to dojo owner Michael Rosati Sr., is an abridged version of martial arts developed while Israel was fighting for its independence due to their lack of weapons.

Training in krav maga for 40 years and instructing for 34, Rosati's background consists of martial arts, military service and law enforcement. He served as a US Marine, was a member of the NYPD/ESU, and is a two-time international karate champion of the 1994 United States World Cup team where he took home a gold and silver medal.

Rosati said this background is necessary to teach self-defense properly.

"If you’ve never been in a life-threatening situation you can’t teach self-defense," he said.

What separates this school from others locally, according to Rosati, is authenticity.

“If you go to Krav Maga classes, 90 percent of the schools that you see around the country, they’re doing cardio-kickboxing," he said. "They don’t pay attention to how the hands are up when they should actually be throwing kicks and punches … we are actual commando techniques, everything we do comes through the head of the organization.”

Rosati, who had schools in Nassau County for 28 years and Ronkonkoma for four years, said he brought the dojo to Nesconset based off of community demand.

"There are a lot of law enforcement people here, there are a lot of nurses that we have in our program and there are a lot of women in our program because with the way the economy is today people are worried," he said. "There are more and more home invasions, there are more robberies on the street, there’s more larceny in general, and people are nervous. People are coming to us because they want to learn reality-based self-defense."

The dojo also doesn't operate off of a belt system like other martial arts schools do. Instead the students receive stars for every 100 classes they attend.

"If two children start together, whether they are siblings or they are neighbors or friends, in the old system one might get promoted and one might not. What does that do to the child’s self-esteem? We do a star system so if the two children are out there sparring and one child says, ‘he’s better than me,’ He’s better than you because he’s got 400 classes and you have 100 classes," he said. 

With the one year anniversary on the way, Rosati is currently organizing an open house for locals to see and participate in classes at the dojo.

Forever Hauppauge September 29, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Posted by G Batista I volunteered to use my over 2 decades of graphic art experience to help out with the Forest Brook Yearbook this year. What I didn't know is that the Forest Brook PTA President along with her co-conspiritor can choose to not allow people to volunteer. Last night I received text messages from the chair of the 5th grade committee that the yearbook had enough people helping out in the area that I was looking to help in. I was shocked by this since I did go on the website and noticed that I was the only one signed up to do graphics for the yearbook. Talk about the clicks here in Hauppauge. How can the 5th grade committee chair tell me that I can't volunteer for the PTA ran yearbook committee? Well apparently the PTA President who I have never spoken with other than to say hello has form an opinion about me based on what she was told by someone who is mentally unstable and consistently off her meds and is also on the Forest Brook PTA board. I honestly think that these bad apples should be removed from having anything to do with any PTA. Don't you? It's really sad how this mentally unstable person managed to intimidate her neighbor so much that they moved to the other side of Hauppauge. Here is the really funny part of all of this, the 5th grade committee is selling T-shirts that say "The Real Housewives of Hauppauge".
Forever Hauppauge September 29, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I volunteered to use my over 2 decades of graphic art experience to help out with the Forest Brook Yearbook this year. What I didn't know is that the Forest Brook PTA President along with her co-conspiritor can choose to not allow people to volunteer. Last night I received text messages from the chair of the 5th grade committee that the yearbook had enough people helping out in the area that I was looking to help in. I was shocked by this since I did go on the website and noticed that I was the only one signed up to do graphics for the yearbook. Talk about the clicks here in Hauppauge. How can the 5th grade committee chair tell me that I can't volunteer for the PTA ran yearbook committee? Well apparently the PTA President who I have never spoken with other than to say hello has form an opinion about me based on what she was told by someone who is mentally unstable and consistently off her meds and is also on the Forest Brook PTA board. I honestly think that these bad apples should be removed from having anything to do with any PTA. Don't you? It's really sad how this mentally unstable person managed to intimidate her neighbor so much that they moved to the other side of Hauppauge. Here is the really funny part of all of this, the 5th grade committee is selling T-shirts that say "The Real Housewives of Hauppauge".
Forever Hauppauge September 30, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Posted by G Batista I volunteered to use my over 2 decades of graphic art experience to help out with the Forest Brook Yearbook this year. What I didn't know is that the Forest Brook PTA President along with her co-conspiritor can choose to not allow people to volunteer. Last night I received text messages from the chair of the 5th grade committee that the yearbook had enough people helping out in the area that I was looking to help in. I was shocked by this since I did go on the website and noticed that I was the only one signed up to do graphics for the yearbook. Talk about the clicks here in Hauppauge. How can the 5th grade committee chair tell me that I can't volunteer for the PTA ran yearbook committee? Well apparently the PTA President who I have never spoken with other than to say hello has form an opinion about me based on what she was told by someone who is mentally unstable and consistently off her meds and is also on the Forest Brook PTA board. I honestly think that these bad apples should be removed from having anything to do with any PTA. Don't you? It's really sad how this mentally unstable person managed to intimidate her neighbor so much that they moved to the other side of Hauppauge. Here is the really funny part of all of this, the 5th grade committee is selling T-shirts that say "The Real Housewives of Hauppauge". Ironic.....

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