Kyokushin Karate

   Located just 3 miles from downtown Saratoga Springs, we offer martial arts programs in Kyokushin Karate, Kickboxing/Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kids Classes, and Mixed Martial Arts! All our classes are taught by certified instructors dedicated to giving you the best training experience possible. We are located at the Ndakinna Education Center surrounded by a pristine, 80 acre wilderness preserve which acts as the perfect backdrop for serious training with undisturbed focus.
   Our indoor facilities include two separate, discipline specific, training areas, all new padded walls, grappling mats, striking gear, brand new showers and a pro-shop stocked with all your training needs. Not only does Saratoga Kyokushin offer the best in martial arts, we also have a special focus on practical self-defense for real-world-situations and overall health of the mind, body and spirit.
   Below are introductions to the three core programs offered at Saratoga Kyokushin. Each can be taken individually, or packaged together in our all inclusive membership options. For more information about our current membership options please contact us today!

   KYOKUSHIN KARATE: Kyokushin Kaikan is Japanese for "the society of the ultimate truth" and was founded by the legendary Sosai Mas Oyama. Saratoga Kyokushin is headed by Shihan James Bruchac (5th degree black belt and IKU Northeast Chairman). Rooted in a philosophy of self improvement, discipline and hard training classes are customized for almost any skill level from kids, women, and business professionals to those looking for hard core martial arts competition. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT OUR KYOKUSHIN CLASSES

Our Karate Ranking Lineage:
Sosai Mas Oyama -> Kaicho David Farzinzad -> Shihan James Bruchac -> YOU

   BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: When speaking of "Ultimate Martial Arts" its hard to ignore the power and influence of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. From its ability to teach a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend themselves to its influence on modern Mixed Martial Arts such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is truly one of the most effective martial arts in the world. With the help of our Alliance certified instructors students have a chance to learn, in a safe and supportive environment, the highly developed system of Master Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti, founder of Alliance BJJ. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT OUR BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CLASSES

Our BJJ Ranking Lineage:
Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda -> Carlos Gracie, Sr. -> Helio Gracie -> Rolls Gracie -> Romero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti -> YOU

   JUDO: Judo meaning "gentle way" is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. A judo practitioner is called a judoka. The philosophy and subsequent pedagogy developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts. The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT OUR JUDO CLASSES

   KIDS CLASSES: We offer classes for children ages four and up in Karate, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. These classes are specially tailored to children and offer them the essential building blocks of the Kyokushin Karate, Kodokan Judo and Alliance Jiu Jitsu systems in a fun and positive environment. Classes not only will improve their physical abilities, but also develop a childs ability to focus, as positive character development is a key element in martial arts training. All our kids classes place special emphasis on respect, courtesy and discipline. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT OUR KIDS CLASSES

   K-21 KICKBOXING & MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: Upon the creation of our school, one of our main goals was to give students of all levels a chance to cross train in a variety of martial arts while enriching and raising awareness of Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other Martial Arts in Upstate New York. With that in mind, we offer several mixed art options, from the traditional to the contemporary.


$600 for six months
$350 for three months

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    Saratoga Kyokushin & Alliance BJJ
    23 Middle Grove Road
    Greenfield Center, New York

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    7/12/14 DON'T MISS!! Saratoga Kyokushin MMA fighters Don Walton, Scott Horwitz and Dan Ladd to fight in July Kaged Kombat in Saratoga!

    6/1/14 ALLIANCE WINS 2014 Jiu-Jitsu World Championships!! 7th World team title in a row with a total of NINE overall!

    5/17/14 Alliance Saratoga blue belt Eric Koval wins gold, silver and bronze in the Rochester Submission Only tournament competing in both the gi and no-gi divisions!

    5/9/14 Seventy one Year old Alliance Jiu Jitsu blue belt Joseph Bruchac featured in Gazetter article on training over fifty.

    5/1-3/14 Saratoga Kyokushin host's IKU International Seminar & Spring training camp. Dozens of Kyokushin instructors from around the World are in attendance

    4/12/14: Alliance wins IBJJF New York Spring Open! Alliance Saratoga takes 5 golds!!

    3/22/14: NAGA Albany 2014 Results:Congrats to our seven person competition team for bringing home 15 medals and swords!!

    3/22/14: Congratulations to Paul Vescio Jr for earning his Kyokushin brown belt and Dan Boice for earning his Green during this past weekends promotions at IKU Rensselaer.

    3/1/14: New Belts and stripes! Jim, Jesse & Kostas received stripes on their brown belts while Amy Bullock and Sam Romanzo tested and were awarded their brown belts in Jiu Jitsu and Vince Picard and Eric Koval tested and were awarded their blue belts in Jiu Jitsu by 7x World Champion Bruno Malfacine! Congrats to all!!

    12/31/2013 Alliance Saratoga 2013 Grappler's Quest World Championship gold medalists Dan Ladd, Heather Thompson and Eric Koval featured in Saratoga Today.

    12/14/13: Our 10 man fight team bring home 20 medals from the Grapplers Quest World Championship Finals! Including 5 Championship belts! 11 total Golds, 7 Silver and 2 Bronze medals!!

    11/20/2013 MMA Photography Review does a feature on our World Champion Seminars.

    11/10/13: New Belts! Jesse and Jim tested and were awarded their brown belts in Jiu Jitsu and Dan Boice and Al Paraino tested and were awarded their blue belts in Jiu Jitsu by 3x World Champion Bernardo Faria! Osu!!

    11/10/13: Feature article in the Saratogian on World Champion Seminar Series with Bernardo Faria.

    10/5/13 Saratoga Kyokushin 2nd degree black belt and teacher Julie Mullen featured in Saratogian.

    10/20/13: Congratulations to Jesse and Eric Koval who competed in the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials in NYC this weekend. Jesse took a silver in his division and Eric won his division and took bronze in the open!

    9/28/13: Alliance Wins the IBJJF No-Gi Pan Ams. Alliance Saratoga contributes a silver and two bronze medals!

    8/26/13: Congratulations to Saratoga IKU white belt Joe Mongeon for his Kyokushin fights this weekend in Rochester. He went 1-1 for the day, taking third place. His one loss, and a close one, going to a more experienced fighter who swept the division. Great job Joe.. OSU!!

    8/24/13: NAGA Albany Results Congrats to Eric Koval and RJ and winning double gold, taking gi and no-gi divisions, and to Anthony on taking home 2 silver medals!

    7/21/13: Senpai Al Paraino wins first place in kumite and 2nd place in Kata at Liberty Games Traditional martial arts day.

    7/15/13: Saratoga IKU/Alliance JJ gets 4 golds during NY Liberty Games youth MMA day. 3 in submission grappling division and one in youth mma

    7/14/13: IBJJF New York Summer Open results = 5 Gold and 2 bronze medals! Osu!

    7/14/13: Feature article in Starting Gate on our comp team performance at the IBJJF New York Summer Open!

    6/01/13: Dan Ladd wins Full Force Fighting Championship super heavy title with a seven second head kick (Jodan Mawashi) KO!

    5/11/13: Saratoga Kyokushin blue belt Tyler Allen gets 2nd place in Hilton Kyokushin tournament in intermediate division

    4/28/13: Saratoga IKU gets two new black belts: Following testing during IKU International weekend Senpai's Anna Vescio and George Parker pass their very challenging black belt test

    4/20/13: Joseph, Jesse and Jim Bruchac all take gold at the IBJJF NY OPEN!

    3/22/13: Mike Davis Wins Cage Wars MMA lightweight title in 15 seconds via armbar submission.

    3/17/13: NAGA ALBANY Results!
    Alliance Saratoga had another awesome showing at NAGA!
    Our Team brought home:
    3 firsts
    2 seconds
    3 thirds

    Congrats to Jim and Jesse on taking home two more expert division championship belts!!

    2/23/13: Alliance Jiu-jitsu World Champion Lucas Lepri visits school provides gi and no gi seminar and promotes 5 to blue belt.

    1/5/13: Saratoga Kyokushin/Northeast Honbu host tradtional Kagami Baraki: First of the year workout. Multiple Kyokushin schools and other styles in attendance.

    1/5/13: Saratoga Kyokushin/Northeast Honbu host tradtional Kagami Baraki: First of the year workout. Multiple Kyokushin schools and other styles in attendance.

    11/10/2012 Saratoga Kyokushin head instructors James & Jesse Bruchac featured in Saratogian article.

    11/3/12: Saratoga Kyokushin fighters take 2 First place trophies and 2 thirds at American International Karate Championships in Rochester.

    9/12/12: Saratoga Kyokushin hosts IKU International week. Kaicho along with dozens of instructors and fighters from around the World visit our Northeast Honbu and take part in promotions.

    NAGA NY Results!
    Alliance Saratoga had another awesome showing at NAGA!
    Our Team brought home:
    3 Gold
    2 Silver
    2 Bronze medals!

    With another championship belt!! Congrats to all who competed!

    8/18/12:Photos from Master Jacare's seminar and promotions August 18th! Follow this link to view the album

    8/18/12 Chad Niles gets a KO in first Muay Thai fight! Chad Niles traveled to Patterson NY to win his first amateur Muay Thai fight fight via overhand right KO in 2nd round.

    8/11/12 Chad Niles wins by TKO via ground and pound in the 2nd round, while Alliance NYC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Mateo Maldanado wins the Bantamweight title also by TKO!

    7/10/12 Boston Open Results Rob Knox traveled to the Boston Open and took home gold in both the white belt gi and the intermediate no-gi divisions!

    5/12/12 US Grappling Results With only three competitors entering we left with three medals, including 1st place in the white belt absolute!

    4/17/12 NAGA Albany Results! Alliance Saratoga had an amazing presence at Albany's first NAGA!
    Our Team brought home:
    5 Gold
    3 Silver
    2 Bronze medals!

    Congrats to all who competed!

    11/18/2011 Saratoga Alliance BJJ head instructors Jesse Bruchac & Shihan James Bruchac with Alliance founder and BJJ legend Master Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti.. OSU!

    11/11/2011 Master Jacare along with Shihan Bruchac, Jesse Bruchac, and the rest of Alliance Instructors after completing instructor certification!!

    7/31/2011 Saratoga Kyokushin brown belt and local 5-0 kickboxing champion featured in Ballston Spa Life.

    5/27/2011 Leighton Anderson's Test... following some breaking and intense rounds of cardio the test continued with 15 rounds of knockdown kumite and additional rounds starting on the ground. Leightons green belt was well earned... OSU!!!!

    5/25/2011 Saratoga Kyokushin green belt Cheljean wins AKBF Sanda Kickboxing 185... Now holding 175 and 185 AKBF belts.
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    6/2/16 Eric Koval competes in the IBJJF Worlds(Mudials) in Longbeach. Submitting his first three opponents in a 60 man division Eric goes 3-1 for the day and takes home a World bronze. First Mundials medalist ever from the capital region. Alliance wins the team title once again for a record breaking 11th time, 9 years in a row.

    5/28/16 Donald Walton retains his Kaged Kombat 155 title winning by head kick to rear naked choke submission early in the second round against a very tough 4-0 Andrew Winchell.. Following fight he is now the #1 ranked amateur 155r in NYS and #3 in the entire Northeast.

    4/16 Eric Koval takes silver in super heavy blue and bronze in the open class at the IBJJF Boston Spring Open.

    4/11 jack Hatton wins the U.S. Nationals in Judo

    4/10th Eric Koval and Dan Ladd both take home blue belt gold in the IBJJF NY Spring Open. Maksim takes home silver in white and Eric Koval bronze in blue open class.

    3/12 Our 20 person team wins 24 medals, mostly gold, at NAGA Albany. Kristen wins double gold in her first comp. Kosta takes home an expert belt.

    2/6 Steve Lambert and Don Walton both win their kickboxing bouts at WAC via head kick knock outs in the first round.

    12/05/15 James and Jesse Bruchac are awarded their black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by legendary Romero Jacare Cavalcanti.

    11/22/15 Jack Hatton wins Judo double gold two days in a row at the Dallas Open then the following day at the President's Cup Sunday. Following these two victories he is presently ranked #2 in the Country at -81kg.

    11/21/15 Dan Ladd wins gold at the IBJJF NY Pro in Ultra Heavy adult blue belt division

    10/25/15 Our third seminar with World Champion Bernardo Faria!

    10/10/15 Don Walton wins his Muay Thai Debut via TKO in the first round

    10/3/15 Dan Ladd wins silver in the IBJJF Pan American Nogi Championships

    9/26/15 Shihan James Bruchac earns a bronze in the IBJJF Master World Championships in Vegas.

    9/26/15 Don Walton wins a decision victory in his 8th mma fight against former Cage Wars Champion Bert Forney

    9/26/15 Eric Koval earns double gold at the Good Fight Jersey Open

    9/20/15 Jack Hatton takes Judo gold at the Yonezuka cub

    9/12/15 Alex Design wins silver in New Jersey. Three submission victories for the day

    8/22/15 IBJJ Boston Open Results: 2 silvers and 2 bronze for the day.

    8/15/15 Our Jiu-Jitsu team wins big at NAGA Lake George, Harrison Hatton and Eric Koval Win double gold. Sarah Rizzo wins gold, silver and bronze in her first outing

    7/19/15 Ryan Greco Wins Judo Gold at the NYS Liberty Games

    7/18/15 Shihan James Bruchac wins Double gold at the IBJJF New York Summer Open

    6/25/15 Kaged Kombat Champion Don Walton with his 155 pound title belt!

    6/20/15 Kaged Kombat Wins! Kyle and Don with submission victories in the cage. Donald Walton winning the 155 Title Belt!! Huge congrats to both fighters.

    6/20/15 Two new certified instructors! Sam Ramonzo and Joseph Bruchac completed the Alliance Fundamentals Instructor Course today!

    5/18/15 Jack Hatton wins double gold at the Judo Am Can! He also wins the purple belt no-gi division in the Buffalo Classic BJJ tournament!

    4/18/15 IBJJF Boston Open Results: James Bruchac wins Silver in his division and Gold in the Open in Boston!!

    4/11/15 IBJJF NY Open Results: 3 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze by our three man fight team!!

    3/14/15 NAGA Albany Results: 5 Golds, 5 Silvers and 1 Bronze medal from our 10 man team of competitors!!

    2/15/15 Congrats to Holly Daffer for winning a bronze in the Elite Black Belt division and $100, and a silver in the novice division at the Tech Judo Open 2 Invitational Judo Tournament!!

    12/20/14 Congratulations to those who tested at the IKU Honbu on December 13th. Peter Wright for blue and fighterss Don Walton and Dan Boice passing a grueling brown belt test as seen here.

    11/23/14 Thanks to all our instructors, students, friends and family who came out to our first dojo outing/ fundraising event at Strike Zone bowling in Saratoga.

    11/22/14 Big Congrats to Saratoga Judo instructor Sensei Jack Hatton (center) for his big victory this weekend in Dallas. Winning gold and a $1000 cash prize at the Dallas Invitational Judo Tournament

    11/1/14 CAGE WARS 28 Saratoga Kyokushin fighter Don Walton is now 4-0!! Beating a 2-0 opponent by armbar in the first round!!

    10/26/14 Eric Koval takes first third and his first IBJJF medal as a blue belt and first Pro medal of 2014. OSU!

    10/12/14 New Belts! Congrats to Shane Mullen, Jason Mitchell and Tom Reeves on their blue belts, Joseph Bruchac on his purple and Scott Holzwart on his brown belt!

    10/12/14 3x World Champion Bernardo Faria Returns We packed the mats for yet another awesome seminar with Bernardo Faria!

    10/11/14 Kaged Kombat Results! 2-1 on the night. Dan Boice made his debut in the cage against a tough opponent and gave his all but came up short, Don Walton does it again, winning by first round triangle and Dan Ladd takes the heavyweight title belt!

    9/27/14 No-Gi PAN Double Gold! Saratoga Kyokushin head instructor Shihan James Bruchac takes double gold in the IBJJF No-gi Pan!!

    9/17/14 TRIANGLE VICTORY!! Saratoga Kyokushin fighter Don Walton wins by triangle in 43 seconds of the very first round in Cage Wars 27!!

    9/3/14 TRAINING WITH A TRUE LION Kyokushin and professional kickboxing champion Kamran "Persian Lion" Aminzade. 250 fights 36-4 pro record ( K-1 and Muay Thai rules). Very honorable and humble man... True champion.. OSU!

    8/23/14 BOSTON OPEN RESULTS Two Golds and a Silver with head jiu jitsu instructor Jesse Bruchac coming home with yet another double gold.

    8/16/14 NAGA NEW YORK CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS Our nine man comp team took home seven golds, three silvers and two bronze medals!

    8/02/14 DOUBLE GOLD!! Alliance Saratoga head jiu jitsu instructor Jesse Bruchac wins the Super Heavyweight divison and the Absolute division at the International Toronto Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship!

    7/19/14 Congrats to RJ, Anthony and Steve for great performances at this years Liberty Games!! 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 1 Bronze on the day between them!!

    7/19/14 Congrats to Al for his Bronze medal and to Jesse and Jim who competed in the Adult Brown Belt Division at the IBJJF SUMMER OPEN and took home a Silver and Bronze medal!

    7/13/14 Judo instructors Jack and Harrison Hatton both took gold today at the Bay State Games in Boston, MA!!

    7/12/14 Very proud of Don Walton and Scott Holzwarth's MMA victories at Kaged Kombat last night. Don winning by guillotine choke in the second round and Scott via ground and pound in the first round!!

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