ASTI ADVANCED SKILLS TRAINING INSTITUTE

Welcome to ASTI the Advanced Skills Training Institute we are creating a 307 acre recreational center where people will come to have some of the best times of their lives! Enjoying the great outdoors and some of the best team building and lifetime sports and activities America has to offer. Located in Forestburgh, New York, the Catskills, Sullivan County, a short drive from New York City and the surrounding metro areas, close to the Port Jervis train (we will pick you up).

Do you train for Spartan Races, Tough Mudders, Military Combine races? Hone your skills on our US Navy SEALS Buds obstacle course, ride for miles on mountain bicycle trails, train with our experts, including former US Navy SEALS, top Krav Maga Instructors, MMA- the former world heavyweight Karate champion-

Classes for beginners to advanced in-
Fitness
Leadership / Teamwork
Basic Firearm Safety, Pistol & Rifle
Motorcycle / ATV Off road
Try Zip lines, Rappelling

Public Safety / Law Enforcement / Emergency Services train with tactical experts former US Navy SEALS

James Sherman

Combat Athlete Class
US Navy SEALS BUD/s

Are You Ready?! 
Train with the Founders of ASTI, Advanced Skills Training Institute, The American Institute of Leadership-

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Combat Athlete 90 Day Program
US Navy SEALS BUD/s

Dream of being in the best shape of your life?  Want to make moves like a US Navy SEAL?  Are you ready to defend yourself in an ever increasingly violent world?  Want to change your life by Spring 2015, gain real confidence?  Join our team- 

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    Courses

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    CQB / Hand to Hand Combat / MMA
    James Sherman

    KRAV MAGA/CQB/Hand to Hand Combat/MMA

    Learn how to identify suspicious behavior and act in an instance to get yourself to safety.

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    Basic Pistol / Intermediate Pistol
    James Sherman

    Basic Pistol / Intermediate Pistol

    This class is intended for those who have not had any formal firearms training even if you have been shooting for a number of years or for those who want a review of the “basics” no matter how much training you’ve had.

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    Basic Rifle / Intermediate Rifle
    James Sherman

    Basic Rifle / Intermediate Rifle

    This class is intended for those who have not had any formal firearms training even if you have been shooting for a number of years or for those who want a review of the “basics” no matter how much training you’ve had.

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    Basic Sniper / Intermediate Sniper
    James Sherman

    Basic Sniper / Intermediate Sniper

    This class is intended for those who have not had any formal firearms training even if you have been shooting for a number of years or for those who want a review of the “basics” no matter how much training you’ve had.

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    Basic movement - Intermediate movement
    James Sherman

    Basic - Intermediate movement

    This class is intended for those who have not had any formal firearms training even if you have been shooting for a number of years or for those who want a review of the “basics” no matter how much training you’ve had.

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    Cover & Concealment
    James Sherman

    Cover & Concealment

    Student will be taught theory behind cover. Participants will be shown various examples of the importance of cover in every environment. Trainees will be placed in numerous scenarios where they will move from position to position under various forms and levels of duress.

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    Concealed Carry
    James Sherman

    Concealed Carry

    During concealed carry instruction students will learn and practice various methods of weapons systems concealment.Trainees will also be exposed to concealed carry theory , clothing modification , holsters and related equipment.

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    Projection and Demeanor Management
    James Sherman

    Projection & Demeanor Management

    Projection and Demeanor management will enable students to travel with a heightened sense of well being. On site trainees will participate in a thorough self and environmental appraisal.

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    Situational Awareness
    James Sherman

    Situational Awareness

    Situational awareness will enable students to analyze their immediate surroundings and act accordingly. Trainees will be given the skills to enhance their interpretation of the environment , individuals and events. Participants will leave at the end of the training day open and receptive to a new world.

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    Escape
    James Sherman

    Escape

    Students will learn psychology and methodology behind kidnapping and abduction. Participants will be placed in training scenarios that enable rapid decision making and plan execution. Trainees will understand and practice varying modes of awareness that defeat or negate inherent hostile situations. 

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    Evasion
    James Sherman

    Evasion

    Trainees will be placed in scenarios duplicating hostile situations. Students will cycle through modes of awareness responding to perceived and actual threat. Participants will practice evasion techniques that will ensure survival in urban and other environments.

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    Tactical Mini Adventure Course
    James Sherman

    Tactical Mini Adventure Course

    The SEAL Tactical Mini-Adventure Course is a 1 day “high speed..low drag” course designed to give students a small inside view of how a US Navy SEAL operates. This course is designed for the “warrior” within us all! It is a jam packed day of tactical training at our training facility in sunny San Diego.

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    FROGMAN-24 Hour Challenge
    James Sherman

    FROGMAN-24 Hour Challenge

    Frogman 24 Hour Challenge is a day long series of evolutions that are broken down into 4 blocks of training led by U.S. Navy SEALs. Each block of training consists of various basic skills needed to thrive in the unforgiving world we live in

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    Operator Urban Warfare Course
    James Sherman

    Operator Urban Warfare Course

    Our Urban Warfare Course is a 2 day course that will take your training to the next level. In this course we dive right into the nuts and bolts of who we are and what has helped us succeed in past and recent conflicts.

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    Navy SEAL Fitness Test Breakdown
    James Sherman

    Navy SEAL Fitness Test Breakdown

    Want to be the best you, you can be?  Train with us and you will be.  Personal training available in Manhattan, 1/2 day programs, whole day programs and more...

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Instructors

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CEO
James Sherman

James Sherman

James Sherman is five-times certified in Israel by Haim Gidon, Chairman of the Israeli Krav Maga Association, Managing Director for Protect-Israeli Security Solutions, and by Itay Gil.
In addition Mr. Sherman is Tel-Aviv University’s Managing Director of Martial Arts and runs Personal Training Courses in New York.

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Director
James Sherman

Jake Zweig

Away from the gridiron, Jake Zweig has taken his persona to the small screen to become a likeable phenom in the genre of reality television. Using skills he began developing at a very early age during his childhood in Steilacoom,...

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Manager
James Sherman

Travis J. Lively

Travis Lively has worked more than 17 years in strategic planning, business development, and tactical operations associated with U.S. Special Operations and advanced technologies. He is a subject-matter expert in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) with Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)...

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Director
James Sherman

Stephen Ralston

Stephen “Steve” Ralston, Navy Seal from 1990 to 1998 was assigned to SEAL Delivery Team One and SEAL Team Three. During his service, he completed four platoon workups and deployments as pointman and SDV (SEAL Delivery Vehicle) primary pilot. He was a representative in the weapons and diving departments.

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Founder & CEO, LALO, LLC.
Jane Helf

Nathaneal "Lalo" Roberti

Navy SEAL Nathanael Roberti, AKA, “Lalo,” graduated as one of the top recruits in his division at Navy boot camp in Chicago, and 2nd in his class at Navy Ordinance school in Pensacola, Florida. Lalo graduated BUD/S Class 247, attended SQT (SEAL Qualified Training) and Army Airborne School and was then assigned to SEAL Team TEN in Little Creek, Virginia.

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Instructor / Founder
Joshua Insanus

Paul Zukowski

Martial Arts fan, student, practitioner, world champion, motivator and coach! Paul has thirty years of hands on experience in combat sports. Mr Zukowski is currently sharing his knowladge of martial arts by teaching motivating and coaching martial artist of today and helping the next generation of fighters achieve their goals and dreams!

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Director Operations / Marketing
Eric Ortense

Eric Ortense

Eric Ortense is the Owner/Operator of Streamline Custom Contracting. Streamline is a very successful company whose team of experts have constructed and renovated high-end penthouses, town homes, restaurants, galleries, clubs, retail establishments and more in New York City and the Tri-State area.

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Instructor / Founder
James Sherman

Douglas Seibert

Douglas Seibert is the balance of both mind and body. Beyond his financial background on the NY Stock Exchange Floor and his writing contributions for multiple publications and fitness products, he's also an accomplished Model/Actor, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Consultant. Doug is represented worldwide by top agencies such as Ford Models, and has graced the covers/pages of magazines.

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Instructor / Superfoods / 10 Day Transformation / Purium
James Sherman

Rachel Ortense

Purium is like discovering the perfect combination of an organic Farmers Market and a beachside smoothie bar.
We've mastered the art of phytochemistry (the rejuvenating benefits of plants). By studying the ancient arts of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Amazonian herbs, the shamanic healing arts of Native Americans and other traditional aboriginal practices.

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Rockledge

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Motocross
James Sherman

MOTOCROSS

Scaling 25 foot high vertical cliffs, soaring over 120 foot doubles, 75 mph trail riding, skimming sparse whoop sections, helping others perform their best...

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DIRTWURX.COM
James Sherman

DIRTWURX.COM

DIRT WURX U.S.A. is the exclusive racetrack design and construction firm for Feld Motor Sports. This long-term contract means DIRT WURX U.S.A. designs and builds...

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ATV's
James Sherman

ATV's

All terrain vehicles, we have miles and miles of trails, forests, streams, ponds, hill climbs, rock climbs, hills and meadows, come and rip yours with us!

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Purium

Super Food 10 Day Transformation

Purium

Purium is like discovering the perfect combination of an organic Farmers Market and a beachside smoothie bar.
We've mastered the art of phytochemistry (the rejuvenating benefits of plants). By studying the ancient arts of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Amazonian herbs, the shamanic healing arts of Native Americans and other traditional aboriginal practices, we've captured the most potent whole food plant extracts from around the globe to repair your body at the cellular level. These herbs have been revered for thousands of years for their purported ability to support the naturopathic principle that "the human body is capable of creating and supporting perfect health if given the proper tools."No other company has such a complete holistic approach to food and nutrition. Green foods are healing foods - they always have been and they always will be. If you are looking for one miracle product, look somewhere else... because we have dozens of them - cracked cell chlorella, red marine algae, organic spirulina, organic barley greens, organic kamut and many, many more! If you are looking for one miracle concept it's this - plants heal.

...and leave out the rest!

Even though artificial ingredients are often times cheaper, we will NEVER take short cuts with your health.

Here are just a few of the things you will NEVER find in Purium products:
• Artificial colors
• Artificial sweeteners
• Artificial flavors
• Excipients and fillers
• Excess sugar
• Excess fat

The FASTEST weight loss program on the planet.  Lose 5 - 20 pounds in just 10 days! That’s 9 times as fast as the most popular program.

The HEALTHIEST weight loss program on the planet.  Break your addiction to food! Re-set your metabolism. Enjoy long-term benefits.

The SIMPLEST weight loss program on the planet.  3 easy-to-use products! Plus, a Support Guide to help you every step of the way.

The LEAST EXPENSIVE weight loss program on the planet. 

Replace your food bill for 10 full days! No tax outside of CA.

And the weight loss is just a HEALTHY SIDE EFFECT!

Athletes Products Overview

Safe. Effective. Natural. Proven. Guaranteed.

Athletes face 8 nutritional challenges. Purium offers 8 all-natural solutions.

Nature provides us with the most effective and powerful alternatives to dangerous "performance enhancing drugs." The choice becomes clearer when you compare the long term muscle fitness and health building effects of whole food and herbal supplements versus the well-documented health issues often associated with the artificial methods. The following products are the most proven and effective choice for enhancing performance - without breaking rules, laws, or endangering your body!

1. Core Nutrition: Power Shake
2. Muscle Building: Master Amino Acid Pattern
3. Energy: Bee Energetic
4. Reaction Time: Revive-It-All
5. Hormone Balance: Super Life Formula
6. Recovery: Super Xanthin
7. Repair: Joint-Flex
8. Rehydration: Ionic Elements    

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LALO TACTICAL

Our Story
The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

LALO Tactical makes uncommon gear for the common man and woman who strive to do uncommon things. We make the most technologically advanced products for the military and beyond. Our collection is Navy SEAL tested and approved.

Field testing and thoughtful feedback from Elite Operators enables us to produce the most innovative product available. At LALO Tactical, it is our duty to act with honor, courage, commitment and integrity, just like the men and women who wear and test our products.

Whether you participate in 5k’s, 10k’s, adventure races or cross-training activities, we have the shoe for you.

For The Best, By The Best

During his tenure as an active duty member of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 10, Nathanael Roberti observed how inadequate footwear was causing an assortment of operational issues and injuries for himself and his teammates.

Eleven of Roberti’s team members perished in a helicopter crash during Operation Red Wing. Up until 2011, it was the largest loss of lives in SEAL team history. After leaving the SEAL teams in 2008, it was Roberti’s good fortune to meet a world-class marketer, a renowned designer and a third-generation footwear developer. This extraordinary team was compelled to create a product in the name of Roberti’s fallen brothers that would serve not only as a legacy, but make a truly positive impact on active duty military members serving on the front line. With a clear directive, the team at LALO set forth to build the most technologically advanced footwear. In doing so, LALO Tactical brings to life a footwear line that is not only “best in class” for the military, but also recreational and elite athletes.


The Ultimate Tactical Boot

Their goal was to solve the problem of inadequate footwear available to U.S. Navy SEALs who to this day commonly wear running shoes and Converse Chuck Taylors on missions. The result: The ultimate special forces tactical boot featuring a unique patent, which includes a drainage system, a fast-dry component and the lightest weight materials on the market. In short, a super-boot. The team quickly realized that all military operators would indeed benefit from ighly specialized footwear they could wear throughout their military careers. From this, the LALO BUD/s line was born.


BUD/s Footwear Line

The BUD/s line is produced with the same high quality materials, attention to detail and commitment to constant innovation. Each offering in the BUD/s line is extensively tested by the best of the best, including Special Forces operators, cross-training athletes, adventure racers, professional athletes, distance runners and water sports experts.

The BUD/s line consists of an array of footwear designed to not only span the entire career of Special Forces Operators, but with the “silent professionals” in mind. It is dedicated to the everyday individuals who get the job done, do it with gusto, and who’s foremost goal is to impact the well being of their fellow humans in a positive way.

We share the belief that the components of success are defined as:

10% Physical + 90% Mental + 0% Fear = 100% LALO

Because, no matter what life throws your way, one thing’s for certain, the only easy day was yesterday.

We invite you to live the spirit of LALO.

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Testimonials

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Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.[1] A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what "happiness" is, and how it might be attained. It's of such fundamental importance to the human condition that Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were deemed unalienable rights on the United States Declaration of Independence. Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life.

http://www.miniurl.com/s/80l 70 years alive, this video is after training Krav Maga and losing 40 lbs of body fat.

Remember the feeling of running around and playing when you were a child?

How often do you feel like that now? 10 minutes everyday, for an hour a day; 3 hours a day or all day?

Marissa, 20 something finance Manhattan- “You know you just had a great workout when your legs are feeling sore as you are walking up the subway steps on your way home. It is always that way for me when leaving one of James' classes. Whether its taking a class geared more towards krav maga or towards 90DX fitness I always leave drenched and feeling great. Prepare to be sore, the really good sore, for the next two days or so. It's going to feel great.”
Cindy, 30 something New Yorker- “I feel it's the best workout I've ever had. I've been to other gyms before and have had personal trainers as well. What I love about this class is the fact that not only am I getting a great workout, but I am learning moves that will help me defend myself if ever necessary. As a female, that is very important to me. I took the class in central park today, and I loved it! We were on the rock by the pond, and talk about an amazing scenery to go with a great workout. The instructor (James) is very approachable. My mom takes the class as well and tells me all the time how much she likes the class and the instructor. I would strongly recommend taking these classes.”

A 65 year old with shooting back pain starts a rejuvenation program, loses 40 lbs of body fat, gains 10 lbs of athletic muscle. “After 5 weeks of training, I have lost 16 pounds and pacified my chronically hostile lower back. My muscle tone has returned; my spirit is revived; I feel healthier and happier.” - Todd Sussman, Actor/Writer

“Within 8 weeks of working with James Sherman, I felt better, my waistline dropped from 36 to 34, and I lost 15 pounds of body fat.”- Bart Nikiciuk, Head Physical Therapist, Complete Body Physical Therapy.

“I did this challenge for two weeks. Despite the fact that I am still 5’9”, after 14 days of this routine––and I should honestly note that I followed the instructions exactly as prescribed for only about 9 or 10 of those 14 days––I lost 6 lbs and dropped to a 36” waist. In addition to the physical changes, I also had more energy throughout the day, ate less and found myself naturally wanting to drink even more water. I have also become more muscular, feel more alert and better about myself, and now have the ability to seriously mess someone up should a worst case scenario arise.” 28 year old NYC teacher, Jared Van Zweeden.

Jennifer, 20 something New Yorker- “Having just finished a ten-class sequence with James Sherman, I've thoroughly enjoyed the work and learned TONS. Now, I'm someone who's followed diverse fitness programs quite seriously over the years (Bikram yoga, pilates, kickboxing, weight training, etc.), in addition to pursuing contemporary dance. James Sherman's sessions are not traditional gym classes where the instructor does every rep with you and only asks you to follow. You have to summon your own determination to maximize the workout. When James says, "Go for thirty reps," you push for thirty; you don't drop out at fifteen just because everyone around you has or because James has begun to give instruction for the next exercise (I appreciate that he does this to maintain flow and keep everyone fully engaged). And as he's circulating around the room to correct form and encourages, "Keep practicing," you keep at it with concentration and force; you don't stop moving and stand around just because he's stopped watching you or because several people around you have dropped off.

I feel much stronger in my upper body and core and comfortable in my joints, in particular the hips. I also feel more confident in my reaction times and ability to maneuver swiftly from side to side, front to back with coordinated movement in the arms and legs. I've learned invaluable skills in deflecting and wielding an aggressor's energy to my own advantage, blocking and hitting while avoiding the force of an aggressor's direct blows (not easy to do!), directing effective force at an aggressor's prime areas of vulnerability, and throwing hammer punches and more forceful elbow jabs. I've also learned techniques for dealing with a full range of situations. Looking forward to practicing more on my own!

James is unassuming but confident in his technique, very patient, and clear in giving instruction. Also, scheduling online is easy, Schedulicity is great, actually. And class times are plentiful: early-ish morning, late lunch, evening (6-7 and 7-8 p.m.), and weekend.

If you're serious about learning self-defense and gaining strength, coordination, and speed, I highly recommend James Sherman's Krav Maga!”

Ç MJ from New York- “James is a great instructor. I signed up for the 10 class package. It's a great deal. As someone who is not into group workouts...I really enjoyed my time and the people in my classes. You get what you put in...I leave every class sore.

The one advice I will give is to arrive early. Don't be late...bring water, a towel if you sweat a lot and plan to get the best workout of your life.”

Lydia from Manhattan- “As part of my grand plans for apocalypse preparedness, I've begun to take steps to ensure my survival in dire situations. Thus Step 1! Get in shape and kick hypothetical ass. (note - hypothetical, please, don't try to run up and attack me randomly...yet). I've only taken one class with Mr. James Sherman so far, but it was AhhMAZING. I guess I might be jumping the gun here but I left feeling like jello and was totally sore for the next couple of days (positively, awesomely sore). I really enjoy the way he does his class, it's fast paced, so unlike yoga (not that i'm bashing yoga, I love yoga, sometimes...) you're never laying or standing still wondering when you're going to get the hell out of there. Also he rotates a lot between "sets" of different exercises that work on any and everything without driving you into the ground (at least not during, after class you'll both want to fall down and run 50 hypothetical laps of workout happiness) and of course sticks in ill krav maga moves. I have however, only taken 1 out of a possible 20 classes so i'm not any where near kicking anyone's ass right now.

I also should mention that i'm a complete newb and probably the most uncoordinated person on the planet. No, seriously. I'm out of shape, and can't tell my right leg from my left, and have never taken any other classes or martial arts or ANYTHING, but he is a really nice guy, a really nice guy that would be totally scary (because he's jacked and he moves strangely fast), if he wasn't so nice. He does do his routine rather fast, but I don't really mind because 1) I'm physically inept, 2) who cares because I just got 20 classes! (so I'm optimistically assuming I will by classes 15-20 finally get it, right?? *_*)

He does have some interesting exercises that i've never done before, and I actually think they are both strange AND really effective. It IS definitely different from your usual fitness class, so if you don't like to do "different things" then sure, you might not like it but you might also be lame. There is this weird reverse push up thing for example that he has you do, and me, never having been able to really do a proper push up in my life, can now *maybe* start having some arm strength after a few classes. He does some balance things to which I definitely need, and a lot of abs/core which I also enjoy (operation summer body, right?!). I wonder if (and hope) he does anything that inadvertently helps you work on having a huge killer ass ( Yes this is completely important to me, James are you reading this?? :p ) This video (from his website) was what initially convinced me to take 20 (as opposed to 5 or 10) classes with him:https://vimeo.com/130068… Yeah, I'm totally laying on the love real thick here. Maybe I'm just high off workout endorphins??”

Michael P, Brooklyn- “James is awesome, hands down. I have been practicing martial arts since i was 6 years old and in many styles. Krav Maga is the best practical self defense I have ever utilized and James is a great and knowledgeable instructor. I have never been disappointed in his class due to lack of enthusiasm on his or anyones part nor have I been let down in the quality of the techniques that he has taught me. Not only does James teach Krav maga, but he also teaches great fitness classes. Think the warm ups are boring? too bad! theyre good for your limbs and joints. youre not gonna want to pull something if you dont stretch. Think the exercises are stupid? NO! Theyre actually very complex movements that you need to work at to get the results you want (you lazy person you). Think the krav maga moves are too simple and too repetitive? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The more you practice these basic moves the more prepared and deadly you will be to defend yourself from an attacker. This is no joke and the material taught in these classes arent either. If you want a great workout, great self defense classes, and a great/fun/friendly atmosphere, then come to these classes.”

Dave A, 50 year old New Yorker- ”I signed up for the 90 day program and within a month, dropped 20 lbs of body fat. It's been six months now and I'm in the best shape of my life. I've dropped 35 lbs of body fat and added back 10 lbs of muscle, the definitions of which I've never seen before, lol. James also has helped guide my nutritional diet immensely. It's all there on his web site to see.

In regards to the actual classes, you just need to experience one. Totally non threatening and at your own pace. Emphasis on balance, posture (mine used to be atrocious), core workout (abs, chest) and then the real fun starts: Kick, punch, elbow, block.. It's about who goes home safe.....the violent attacker or you? Groin, neck, eyes. Krav Maga is not so much about elegance as about protecting yourself and your loved ones. And of course, the first rule is always avoidance/de-escalation. Awesome stuff. You will be on the "knife's edge" of readiness in no time and the best shape of your life. James is a patient and friendly teacher/coach who has a genius for honing in on every individual student's particular needs and progress. Highly recommended.”

23 year old Manhattan finance, Sacha “I have been learning krav maga from James Sherman for about 2 and a half years, and it is has always been an extremely fulfilling experience. I wanted to learn some kind of self-defense, and after a really thorough search, I found James Sherman. His attitude and approach are surprisingly calm for a hand-to-hand combat expert, but I think the combination of expansive knowledge and an accessible nature makes him a really great teacher. That's why I started taking fitness classes with him as well. No class is ever the same and the exercises are not like any I've ever done. The workouts never feel routine, and I think that's way better than workouts that are planned and predictable. He is a really focused person, and I appreciate when a teacher is genuinely interested in your progress and in your individual goals. I have learned so many ways to defend myself in a lot of different situations, and I know there's so much more for me to learn (even after 2.5 years). After years of working with James Sherman, the classes are awesome and the teacher is one of the best.”
Paul Varacchi
I started training with James Sherman December 2011, at 209 lbs. After completing James Sherman’s 90DX 90 Day Extreme Makeover Program l weighed in at 168 lbs, losing 41 lbs in body fat.

I continued training with James in his Krav Maga program, putting on 10 lbs of lean muscle.

Throughout my life I've been an athlete, studying MMA, Sambo, Muai Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as fighting as an Amateur Kickboxer. This was all fueled by getting beat up by his older brothers, who preferred using Steven Seagal inspired moves on him. When I first heard about Krav Maga one of the things I really respected is the fact that there are no rules; it teaches you how to be aware at all times and how to defend yourself in real world situations. It doesn’t make sense to just learn how to fight, you need to learn how to react in an instant and survive in the real world and not in a ring where there are rules and mutual respect between opponents.
Having worked as a chef in New York City for fifteen years including at The Spotted Pig, I decided to focus my career path on becoming a Krav Maga Instructor, using my experience and passion for coaching after years of being a counselor at Camp Fatima, a sports camp, and helping develop a non-profit tennis program in the Marcy Housing Projects in Brooklyn with Michael McCasland. I am in the process of receiving my Instructor’s Certificate from Itay Gil, General Director of Intelligence, Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security at Magid Hebrew University. I am currently working with James Sherman at the JCC in Manhattan teaching Krav Maga.
A Masters Thoughts on Krav Maga and Life.
"Life Energy Cultivation" is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, a practice to cultivate and balance intrinsic life energy. Breathing coordinated with stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding energy through the body. Considered by some to be exercise, alternative medicine or meditative practice. Philosophy to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one's "true nature".
Hello James,
I am back in Austria after the Krav Maga Training in NYC with you, and I would like to thank you for the intensive Krav Maga lessons you gave. In addition, I would like to share some of my impressions about Krav Maga and your teaching style with you.

As you know, I have been studying Chinese martial arts and Inner Martial Arts for 30 years. I have travelled extensively to Wudang Shan in China, where, in 1994, the famous Daoist and Master You Xiande (Master of the 14th Generation of Zhan Sanfeng) has formally accepted me as a student of the 15th generation.

Inner Martial Arts, such as Qi Gong, Tai ji Quan, or Baguazhang, are excellent methods that enable us to guide the body’s energy (QI) and make sure energy flows properly and efficiently through the body. These techniques have been used successfully in both Eastern and Western culture for the improvement physical and emotional well-being.

Daoist masters are invincible when they use Inner Martial Arts during a fight.

In order to successfully apply these techniques, however, it is crucial to practice them daily for many decades, something that is nearly impossible to do for people who have demanding jobs.

Obviously, the application of these techniques also requires excellent physical and mental fitness- a fact that makes it especially challenging for the elderly or people in poor health to effectively use these skills.

In contrast, the softer forms of Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan are used for healing and the slowing- down of the ageing process.

They are fairly easy to learn.

As far as learning these techniques, there is a distinction between learning and practicing.

Initially, the student needs to learn complicated new sequences and different patterns of movements. Only after the student has learned the proper technique, the student acquires the ability to remember these movements without having to think about them through practice.

Depending on the the Martial Arts style, it can take months or even years to learn some of these complicated sequences of movements before a student can transition into practicing them.

In contrast to Martial Arts, Krav Maga is an effective method for self-defense that can be learned fairly quickly by people of any age.

The technique is simple and makes use of our inborn reflexes by combining simple, easy-to-learn arm punches with low leg kicks. Arms and legs are never in positions that are unnatural or extreme, and the fluid movements don’t require any unusual physical abilities.

Krav Maga has nothing to do with show or acrobatics.

One of its great advantages is that it can be used by experts and beginners alike, since it is always the same patterns of movements that are applied and practiced, even when fighting against someone with a weapon. Therefore, the student learns a certain set of sequences at the beginning of their training and continues to practice them over and over in different contexts, leading to a seamless and fast transition from learning phase to practice phase.

This is what, in my opinion, makes Krav Maga the most effective system of self-defense that I have seen.

There is no other system that enables a student to learn how to effectively defend themselves against a perpetrator within such a short time period.

Through Krav Maga, the student develops a mindset of readiness, and of confidence in the belief that they can defend themselves and ward off an attack.

I myself have been teaching Inner Martial Arts for many years and have been writing extensively about them on my blog http://liqingwudang.blogspot.co.at/.

This extensive experience gives me the ability to competently evaluate your teaching methods, which I consider to be truly outstanding.

The way in which you break down the techniques and combinations into smaller units is enormously helpful. You give simple, easy to understand step-by-step instructions while you patiently encourage your students to practice these sequences until they are mastered and become second nature.

In sum, I can say that I really enjoyed the Krav Maga training with you. What’s impressive is that the repetition of simple sequences of movements over and over makes for a fast learning experience. In addition, at no point is there any risk of injury to the students.

The essence of Krav Maga can best be described through an old Taoist quote:

“If you want to save the world, learn to save yourself, then teach others to save themselves and then let them teach others …”

I am looking forward to my next visit to NYC and to a continuation of our Protect Krav Maga training.

Best. Reinhard

Dr. Reinhard Hoermann
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Tel Spain:+34628224498
email:dr.hoermann@yahoo.de
blog http://liqingwudang.blogspot.co.at/.

Dr. Hörmann, Dao-Name Liqing, ist Daoist in der 15. Generation von Zhang Sanfeng. Er studiert seit mehr als 30 Jahren Qi Gong und die inneren Kampfkünste, unter anderem während zahlreicher längerer Aufenthalte im Wudangshan (China) bei dem berühmten daoistischen Kampfkünstler You Xuande, Meister der 14. Generation und dessen Meisterschüler Tian Liyang, 15. Generation von Zhang Sanfeng.

Jared Testimonial March 25, 2013

My name is Jared and I am a 28 year old English teacher born and raised in New York City. Before I started training with James Sherman, I weighed 210 lbs, had a 37”–38” waist and was generally pretty lethargic at a height of 5’9”. Despite the desire to eat better and exercise during the last year or so, something my girlfriend and I tried again and again to do together, the story was always the same for me: I would go to work, come home tired, sit down on the couch and either watch TV or do chores. My eating habits were not atrocious, but I typically ate until I was full or stuffed––something I had been doing for years and which I knew wasn’t helping me.

Upon starting with James, I was told to do three things that would start to help me get into great shape and to the weight that I desired. The first was to “add water.” I was supposed to drink 16 ounces of water the moment I woke up, 16 ounces an hour before lunch and 16 ounces an hour before dinner. The second was to do 10 minutes of full body exercises every day, simply repeating the exercises James taught in class at the JCC in Manhattan. The third was to record and take note of how I felt, whether I had more energy or not, how I thought my body was changing and whether I lost any weight.

I did this challenge for two weeks. Despite the fact that I am still 5’9”, after 14 days of this routine––and I should honestly note that I followed the instructions exactly as prescribed for only about 9 or 10 of those 14 days––I lost 6 lbs and dropped to a 36” waist. In addition to the physical changes, I also had more energy throughout the day, ate less and found myself naturally wanting to drink even more water. I have also become more muscular, feel more alert and better about myself, and now have the ability to seriously mess someone up should a worst case scenario arise.
While I certainly am proud of what I have accomplished in such a short period of time, it was only by going to James’s 90DX Krav Maga classes at the JCC in Manhattan that I started to grasp what it takes to be healthy and get into shape while learning critical defense techniques. James goes above and beyond for every person who steps into his class, regardless of fitness level or experience. He really focuses on tailoring each class to what each person is looking to get out of the experience (whether 100% fitness training, 100% Krav Maga training or some balance in between). Perhaps my favorite part of training with James is that he is friendly, straight-forward and creates a rigorous training environment that is not intimidating at all. I am looking forward to the next two weeks in which I will continue my current routine, as well as add additional steps to get to the next level of my fitness goals. Updated April 22, 2013. thanks so much and I'm looking forward to the next 6 weeks (hopefully to chisel away some 6 pack abs and narrower waist). See you soon!

UPDATE: During the last 4 weeks of my fitness and Krav Maga training with James Sherman at the JCC on 76thstreet, I have lost an additional 8 lbs and dropped to a 36” waist. I look more slender, have lost weight in my face, hips, legs and stomach, and am starting to really like the way I look and feel. Moreover, my core is much stronger, something I had neglected for most of my life and which I am now realizing is the key to being in shape (which I hope to always be). So, aside from the visible aspects of my body, I now find myself with better posture and greatly improved balance. Exercises that I did with James when I started 6 weeks ago are much easier (although not easy) and I am now able to push myself to do more and more challenging exercises.

Diet wise I have followed James’ instructions as best I can, drinking a lot of water all day (in particular 16 ounces an hour before all major meals) as well as trying to make whole foods a greater percentage of the foods I consume. I have certainly had ups and downs in my weight during the last 4 weeks, since during the weekends it is hard to go out with friends and not indulge, but the cumulative effort has shown to be effective in improving my physique, mood and energy.

Although I try to do 10 minutes of whole body exercises every day, I find myself doing them about 5 days a week, since most of the day I am on my feet and usually exhausted. Regardless, I try and make sure that at least 2 of those days are training sessions with James, because while I am dedicated to eating better foods and exercising more, I still lack a long established exercise routine. I need and appreciate the structure and extra push to reinforce good behavior, and this is exactly what James Sherman provides. After 6 weeks of attending classes, I now possess a repertoire of exercises that I can do at home, in the park or even at work.

I am again looking forward to what the next 6 weeks will show, and am planning to make a more concerted effort to do 10 minutes of exercise each and every day. Summer is fast approaching and while I want to be in the best shape of my life as soon as possible, I am trying to keep in mind that this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Best, Jared.


Reviews from Yelp:

Reiterating my 5-star review, as I've been going to James for over 6 months now and recently had to USE my training from him to defend myself.

First of all, I have a 2nd degree black belt in karate and have taken numerous forms of self-defense. I've become more confident of my ability to defend myself on the street in 6 months of Krav Maga than I did in 8 years of karate. I also am in the best shape of my life.

James is one of 6 certified instructors for the IKMA in the U.S. He is taught directly by Itay Gil who is the head combat instructor for the Israeli Special Forces. He's the real deal and has been featured on TV's the Human Weapon.

But for those of you that have done kickboxing/karate/tae-bo - this is TOTALLY different. Krav Maga is based on repetition. You learn a move and you do it hundreds and thousands of times to make it habit. The point is to be able to defend yourself effectively without thinking. And it works..trust me.

James. Is. A. Very. Nice. Guy.

This one baffles me. James is awesome. I can't imagine him being a jerk to someone unless they deserved it. He's like the "Dude" from the Big Lebowski, only he can kick your ass.

As far as his fitness programs go, I feel amazing since I've started training with him. He works a lot on your core and your balance and flexibility. He's good at knowing your limit and if you can handle it, he will also have you doing some free-weight exercies.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is self-motivated. I can see how his laid-back personality wouldn't work with people who need someone yelling at them with music blaring in order to get a workout. If you're that type of person, there are a lot of classes you would like.


James Sherman Krav Maga is such a gem. I had my first Krav Maga/self-defense session today and it was awesome. The folks in the studio were very friendly, and James is an excellent instructor. He was really clear with instructions, and working individually with everyone in the group. I'm looking forward to trying out the other classes he offers! Also, great customer service -- I e-mailed James a couple questions, and he got back to me ASAP.


James is a great instructor. I signed up for the Groupon 10 class package. It's a great deal. As someone who is not into group workouts...I really enjoyed my time and the people in my classes. You get what you put in...I leave every class sore. If you buy the groupon...be sure to book the classes early. Since I waited so late I'm only taking 8 classes....instead of 10. I don't feel like I'm missing out on two classes. As I stated earlier...I leave after every class sore.

The one advice I will give is to arrive early. Don't be late...bring water, a towel if you sweat a lot and plan to get the best workout of your life.


As part of my grand plans for apocalypse preparedness, I've begun to take steps to ensure my survival in dire situations. Thus Step 1! Get in shape and kick hypothetical ass. (note - hypothetical, please, don't try to run up and attack me randomly...yet). I've only taken one class with Mr. James Sherman so far, but it was AhhMAZING. I guess I might be jumping the gun here but I left feeling like jello and was totally sore for the next couple of days (positively, awesomely sore). I really enjoy the way he does his class, it's fast paced, so unlike yoga (not that i'm bashing yoga, I love yoga, sometimes...) you're never laying or standing still wondering when you're going to get the hell out of there. Also he rotates a lot between "sets" of different exercises that work on any and everything without driving you into the ground (at least not during, after class you'll both want to fall down and run 50 hypothetical laps of workout happiness) and of course sticks in ill krav maga moves. I have however, only taken 1 out of a possible 20 classes (I got the groupon) so i'm not any where near kicking anyone's ass right now.

I also should mention that i'm a complete newb and probably the most uncoordinated person on the planet. No, seriously. I'm out of shape, and can't tell my right leg from my left, and have never taken any other classes or martial arts or ANYTHING, but he is a really nice guy, a really nice guy that would be totally scary (because he's jacked and he moves strangely fast), if he wasn't so nice. He does do his routine rather fast, but I don't really mind because 1) I'm physically inept, 2) who cares because I just got 20 classes! (so I'm optimistically assuming I will by classes 15-20 finally get it, right?? *_*)

He does have some interesting exercises that i've never done before, and I actually think they are both strange AND really effective. It IS definitely different from your usual fitness class, so if you don't like to do "different things" then sure, you might not like it but you might also be lame. There is this weird reverse push up thing for example that he has you do, and me, never having been able to really do a proper push up in my life, can now *maybe* start having some arm strength after a few classes. He does some balance things to which I definitely need, and a lot of abs/core which I also enjoy (operation summer body, right?!). I wonder if (and hope) he does anything that inadvertently helps you work on having ahuge killer ass ( Yes this is completely important to me, James are you reading this?? :p )

The only iffy thing, was the studio on 8th Ave, which I wandered around confused for awhile and waited for the elevator for about 10 minutes. HOWEVER, I hear he JUST MOVED HIS STUDIO to something waaaay fancy (it's at VEBO fitness on the west side) and i'm super excited. I haven't been there, but their website has impressive looking pictures. Next weeks class is there and it looks NICE. So no complaints there. Maybe I'll re-update after I check it out next week, but maybe i'll be too busy feeling really hype and motivated with all this working out to sit in front of my computer and write extensive yelp reviews.(Sorry!)

Also, I was worried (as all groupon-ers usually are) of vendor prejudice against groupon-ers (yes this has happened to me and probably a lot of people as well) so I'm always bracing myself to be treated like a 2nd class citizen because of my discounted patronage (I mean, why do businesses put groupons online if they didn't really want anyone to buy it? Or do they not care if their formerly potential customer now hates them and is going to tell all their friends how much you've mistreated them? I don't really get it). James Sherman Krav Maga is not like this at all. Maybe he would have been more attentive or something if I paid him $800 instead of $85 but, hey, I didn't really notice?

This video (from his website) was what initially convinced me to take 20 (as opposed to 5 or 10) classes with him: https://vimeo.com/130068.

Yeah, I'm totally laying on the love real thick here. Maybe I'm just high off workout endorphins??

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