Welcome to the Ketsugo Fighting Arts Center web site!
Currently we run our classes out of Campbell’s Kickboxing & MMA (740 Montauk Hwy., Copiague NY 11726). There’s plenty of great equipment and even a real fight ring! Look for our outdoor training area this summer!
Ketsugo Fighting Arts was founded by Grandmaster Genaro Benedetto in the late 1960′s and is a combination of Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate (under Grandmaster Ansei Ueshiro) and Japanese Judo & JuJitsu fighting arts. Grandmaster Benedetto operated dojos in Deer Park & Ronkonkoma, New York from the late 1960′s until his retirement in December of 2001. He also taught Adult Education classes for many years in Connetquot and Huntington School districts.
The current dojo is run by his disciple Shihan Mike Ferrari. It is not to be confused or associated with ANY of the following: Freedman’s Method of Ketsugo Jujutsu, Ketsugo Ju-Jitsu of Har-Bro Do-Jo (O-Sensei Harold Brosious), Jay Trombley’s Ketsugo Goju-Ryu, George Ketsugo or the nostalgic comic book ad booklet Ketsugo Complete Self-Defense System by S. Henry Roberts! We don’t like to trash talk other styles and instructors, we just want to clarify that this is the original Ketsugo Fighting Arts that made it’s reputation here on Long Island under Grandmaster Benedetto.
Ketsugo Fighting Arts teaches a combination of karate (punches, strikes, kicks, blocks), Japanese judo & jiu-jitsu (throwing & falling, take downs), aikido (pressure against the joints), and self defense techniques that combine these arts in various executions against attackers.
Shihan Mike trained under KFA founder, Master Benedetto at Ketsugo Fighting Arts since he was 9 years old. The original KFA dojo was located in Deer Park where he first made Black Belt and was part of an advanced all Black Belt class. Later the dojo moved to Ronkonkoma, where he became a Sempai Sensei, and was eventually promoted to Shihan himself. Master Benedetto retired in 2001 due to health issues, and sadly passed away in July of 2013. Shihan Mike is keeping the teachings of Ketsugo Fighting Arts alive with his own dojo.
GROUP CLASS SCHEDULE
Adults & Teens: Mon & Weds 7:30-8:30pm, Sat 12:00-12:45pm
Kids: Mon & Weds & Fri 5:30-6:15pm, Sat 12:00-12:45pm
Special Needs: Sat 11:00-11:45am & Sat 1:00-1:45pm
PRIVATE LESSONS: are available for Adults, Teens, Kids and Special Needs. Schedule Lessons at your convenience!