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For Kings Park Couple, Belt Programs are Useless in Martial Arts

Local instructor and former cop offers a new breed of self-defense courses.

With 40 years experience as a martial arts instructor, Michael Rosati had witnessed the explosion of martial arts as a way to teach children and teens about stranger danger and bully prevention, but was turned off by what he saw as a factory type model of enrolling students in a black belt club.

Today, the former New York City police officer who worked within the SWAT and search and rescue divisions, runs the Rosati School of Martial Arts in Nesconset with his wife Lisa Marie, who is an international health and wellness expert and a  contributor to Dr. Oz's website. The couple launched the school in 2008.

"I have been training in the martial arts since 1972 when I was stationed on Okinawa with the United States Marine Corps. Prior to moving to Kings Park I taught martial arts in Nassau County for 28 years," said Rosati.

These credentials, Rosati believes, are integral to being a good teacher.

"How can you teach self defense to children, teens and adults when you were never in the military or law enforcement?" said Rosati.

His school teaches the Rosati System of Modern Martial Arts which offers two programs for self defense; Israeli Krav Maga and submission grappling. There are no belt programs. Additionally they offer Shorin Ryu Karate for those that want a traditional karate system.

Nir Maman, a former Israeli Special Forces operator, was at the school in Nesconset last week teaching a course in Krav Maga.

Maman’s background spans over 15 years and he recently completed his last term of service in the Israeli Special Forces at the end of 2009 as a section commander on the Counter Terror Unit and Counter Terror and Special Operations School where he held the positions of operational team leader and lead counter  terror warfare and Krav Maga instructor.

"There are no belts, you enroll to learn self-confidence, fitness and self defense," said Rosati.

Paul February 02, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I always knew i was getting ripped off, local dojo was a shake down, even my 12 year old black belt knew it. He dropped out after attaining that, said sensi was using him to teach new kids.
Lisa Marie Rosati February 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Hi Paul, Sadly, you are not alone as the situation you describe happens all the time in the Martial Arts industry these days. Our Academy has a very different philosophy. You should come down and visit us sometime! Here is our website www.RosatiMMA.com Take a look! Lisa Marie Rosati
Monique Hennings February 03, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Yes, I agree a great many of the martial arts schools are "factories" handing out belts that haven't necessarily been earned, in an effort to keep the money flowing. However, you need to remember these are businesses and making money is obviously a major goal, no different from any other business! It is up to the consumer to shop around and find the "store" that meets their needs. There is no one size fits all. Our son trains at the local dojo and we are very happy there. The sesei is very committed to a philosophy we believe in also. No one is promoted to a new belt until they have mastered what they need to know. Our son is thrilled to now be at a level where he can help the younger ones...it is part of the dojo philosophy to pass on knowledge. We are appreciative of the social and leadership skills such service develops, and it is entirely voluntary. The sensei is also there to earn a living. If this is not what works for you, they are plenty of choices. If you are interested strictly in self-defense rather than the philosophy, there are other places for you. And there is still a market for those who want to take the "fast-track" to a black belt just so they can brag about their child (or themselves), even though they lack anywhere near the skills of a true expert. This is what the free-market is all about...choice.
Lisa Marie Rosati February 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Good point Monique. I'm glad that you found a dojo with integrity. Our major concern at RSMMA is about the false sense of security that goes hand in hand with belt factory dojo's. If a child or student believes that they are a Black Belt they might put themselves in a situation that is dangerous to their safety. It takes many years to learn how to defend yourself properly. Safety is our number one concern, not money. True success comes with dedication, honor and integrity. You are very correct with what you said, the buyer needs to do their due diligence and research a variety of places before making an important decision. Lisa Marie Rosati www.RosatiMMA.com
Lisa Marie Rosati February 09, 2012 at 10:31 PM
In case you weren't aware based on the article, I should mention that RSMMA does offer a separate Traditional Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Program which offers a belt ranking system rich in Martial Arts philosophy. We do not charge extra for promotions and we do not offer Black Belt Club. All belts are earned the old fashioned way... through hard work, dedication, attendance and positive attitude. Lisa Marie Rosati www.RosatiMMA.com

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