Tyrone Turner, Martial Arts And Combatives Instructor

Tyrone Turner, Martial Arts And Combatives Instructor

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14 years in business

About this pro

Hey there. My name is Tyrone Turner (Sensei Tyrone). I am a third degree black belt in American-Te Goju-Ryu. American-Te Goju-Ryu is an eclectic martial art with Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate as its foundation incorporating a wide variety of techniques from Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, Karate-Do, Dong Soo Do, Kempo, Kung-fu and Kobudo.

The result of this style of martial arts, combines the hard techniques of Karate and soft techniques of Aiki-Jujitsu. He is also earned a first degree black belt in Zujitsu Martial Arts. Also he is certified to teach the Griffin Grip and the Pepper-Strike by Professor Michael Griffin.

I'm a retired military policeman with the U.S. Army Reserve and used to work for the City of New York as a juvenile counselor in a secured juvenile detention center. I am also a licensed security guard and has fire arms training.

In addition to leading small group classes in Manhattan, I teach Karate and practical personal protection classes part-time at the Rockaway YMCA and the Dodge YMCA in Queens and Brooklyn New York respectively.

Outside of the dojo/gym I am a curriculum consultant and program facilitator with the the NYC Department of Education and is a co-founder of a company that teaches people financial fluency and entrepreneurship as a career option.

I enjoy helping people make sense out of martial arts. I have developed a knack for making the complex simple and fun to learn.

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Arverne, NY 11692
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It depends. If a person wants to go through the belt system, I instruct them in the full American-Te Goju-Ryu curriculum that I am certified to teach.

If a person (adults only) want "quick and dirty" self-defense/personal protection classes, I will take them through a 6 to 10 class Tactical Civilian Combatives curriculum.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

° Black belts in Japanese Jujutsu and Karate

° More than 10 years of teaching experience

° Retired Military Policeman

° Former Jail Guard

° Licensed Unarmed Security Guard

° Safe Crisis Management® (SCM) Certified

° Adult First Aid, CPR/AED Certified

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.


° Adults: $250 for five private lessons

° Children (6 to 16): $300 for five lessons


° $500 for 8 class private training sessions

How did you get started teaching?

I am a teacher by trade, so upon getting my black belt, it was only natural to share what I have learned.

What types of students have you worked with?

From 3-years-old up to senior citizens. Some have had physical and cognitive challenges (e.g., Autism, Cerbral Palsy and ADHD). Most of my students have had little to no martial arts experience.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I took 9 of my children students to a Karate tournament in Cedarhurst on Sunday, December 10th, 2017. Five of them were awarded medals and three of the won forms/kata trophies (two for second place and one for third place in their respective divisions). These children were all from the Rockaway Y.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Are they a tournament champion or do they have real world experience where they were compelled to rely on their training? Nothing is wrong with the former if you want to compete in tournaments, but if you are training for the sake of tradition, spiritual enlightenment or self-defense defense, consider the latter.

Also, what you train in is really not important. How you train is what will make the difference m

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

° Can this fit into my budget and schedule?

° Am I willing to give myself 90 days to see improvement?

° How much time can I commit to my training?

° Will I commit to remaining humble no matter how good I become?