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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.


Classes are small, semi-private, and more personal!  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! If you are looking for a different kind of martial arts school, then the Modern Self-Defense Academy is for you. Come in and see why we are different from the rest.


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!



YouTube Preview Image 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. If you have any questions or comment 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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Jun 182010

Instructor John Borter

A Martial Science

Modern Jujitsu is the core self-defense system taught at the Modern Self-Defense Academy.

A fast, flowing, and scientific approach to self-defense, Modern Jujitsu is much more of a “martial science” than a martial art.  This approach adapts and integrates elements, principles, and concepts from a number of martial arts and self-defense systems with natural physiology, psychology, and cutting edge “street smarts” to teach you the most well-rounded, functional, and comprehensive self-defense system available in the area.

Modern Jujitsu is ideal for men, women, students, and law enforcement, looking for an effective method of self-defense.

To read more, CLICK HERE

Jun 172010


STOP Rape – Assault – Abuse – Domestic Violence

“I’ve seen it all in the movies and read it in the papers. But those things only happen to others and not to me – or so I thought…”

Is this you?  Just think about the world we live in today. Not to scare you, but realize this fact – 1 in 5 women will be involved in a violent domestic or sexual attack in their lifetime. That means if it’s not you, it’s someone you know, a family member, friend, or coworker. No one is immune to violence. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, where you go to school, how much money you make… Doesn’t it make sense to know how to be AWARE and also be PREPARED before it’s too late?

ABC Women’s Self-Defense is a dynamic and intensive program that covers the basic but critical areas of self-protection for women, and gives YOU the tools to BE SAFE!

For more info CLICK HERE

For details, contact  John Borter at or call 518-755-3475

Jun 122010

For Health, Fitness, and Self-Defense

Instructor: Tom Mazzaferro

Taiji is an ancient and internal martial art for health and healing based on natural movement.  It is about the flow of energy in the body and as the practitioner advances, it is about the transfer of energy between people.  It is an extremely powerful martial art that does not rely on muscle or strength.  To experience the great benefits of Taiji you simply must do it.

To read more, CLICK HERE

Jun 012010




Instructor: Tom Mazzaferro

Qigong (also spelled Ch’i Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. In the past, qigong was also called nei gong (inner work) and dao yin (guiding energy).

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