The Raven Arts Institute of Sevillian Steel was founded by Maestro James Loriega to teach and preserve a variety of knife fighting arts that originally developed in Southern Spain, Italy, France, and throughout the Mediterranean. At the heart of the system is the deadly folding clasp knife – or navaja – popular with all Southern Europeans, regardless of the language they speak. Instruction is available in a wide range of weapons from the stiletto and the "chastity knife" to the sword, sword-cane, baston and vendetta. Raven Arts offers a unique curriculum that includes even the seldom seen arts of Savate and Panache.

  • Raven Arts Institute
    2620 East 18th Street
    Sheepshead Bay, NY 11235
  • Tel. 718-743-7283

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"It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it." --Old Spanish Proverb

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The New York City Kendo Club was founded in 1976 by a dedicated group of American kendoists and Sensei Noboru Kataoka to cultivate the mind and body through the art of the sword. From humble beginnings, NYC Kendo has grown up as much with its locale at the top floor of the Jan Hus Church as it has with the Manhattan upper-east side community.



  • Kataoka Sensei’s specially developed teaching style and charisma have brought students from all walks of life to enjoy and enrich themselves in this art.
  • New York City Kendo Club
    Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
    351 East 74th St (btw 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
    5th Floor Gym
    New York, NY 10021
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  • Email NYC Kendo

Profiled in Episode: S3:E4


  • “The eye sees it,
    But no hands can take hold of it.
    The moon in the stream:
    This is the secret of my school.”
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Shin Budo Kai Aikido Dojo was founded by Imaizumi Sensei, a 7th dan and a direct student of Aikido's founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Imaizumi Sensei continues to follow the teachings he received from O Sensei while developing and offering his own perspectives on technique, form and philosophy. A "hands on" instructor, he continues to teach virtually every class personally and freely shares his tremendous experience in the arts of Genkido (ki cultivation), Bokkendo (wooden sword) and Jodo (wooden staff).

Shin Budo Kai Aikido
Hombu Dojo
77 8th Avenue (at 14th St.)
New York, NY 10014

Tel. 212-691-1378

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"A true warrior is always armed with three things: the radiant sword of pacification; the mirror of bravery, wisdom and friendship; and the precious jewel of enlightenment." --Morihei Ueshiba

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