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Hello. My name is John Borter, Head Instructor, and I’d like to personally welcome you to the Modern Self-Defense Academy!

The MSDA is not your “typical” Martial Arts school. We do things just a little different. We don’t use the traditional system of uniforms, belts, or ranks. Instead, we promote students in a curriculum that is driven by each student’s own aptitude and attitude. Students enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere of the classes as much as they do the training, and really enjoy the camaraderie that comes with training at the Academy.

We offer the highest level of authentic Martial Arts in the area. We specialize in working with people who want the skills and personal development offered through martial arts and self-defense training, but who otherwise might not be interested in a traditional martial arts school or the current trend of Mixed Martial Arts.

The Martial Arts offer extraordinary self-defense, fitness, and health benefits regardless of size, age or physical condition; benefits that will last a lifetime! Come in for a FREE, no obligation lesson and see why we are different from the rest. If you are looking for a different kind of martial arts school, then the Modern Self-Defense Academy is for you.

Thanks for checking out the Modern Self-Defense Academy! If you have ANY questions about our school, our programs, the martial arts, or self-defense, please feel free to call or email me personally, at any time. I’ll be glad to help.

Come join the MSDA family! You will be glad you did. See you soon!


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Head Instructor
6th Degree Black belt
World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Member
(518) 755-3475






Considering taking one of our amazing programs here at the Modern Self-Defense Academy? First thing you have to do is pick a program that’s right for YOU!  Once you’ve picked a program, then check out the schedule tab.  You will then have the opportunity to enroll online for one of the awesome web specials we have to offer. If you have any questions or comments about our Academy, our programs, or our website, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (518) 755-3475.  We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us at the Modern Self-Defense Academy!

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