At Budokan Martial Arts Academy in Valley Stream, New York, our mission is to provide an oasis of Martial Arts tradition, build character and community health through the experience of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts. Our teachers and staff bring you the highest quality of Martial Arts (MMA) instruction in a safe, friendly, respectful and clean environment. Whether you’re looking for discipline, fitness, self-defense or competition, we will meet your needs. Everyone will get a great workout as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) uses the entire body. Men, women and children will benefit from training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Thai Boxing.

The Budokan presents a holistic approach to the development and building of moral character, grounded ethics, sportsmanship, fair play and nutrition. These intangibles along with the ability to defend oneself are immeasurable and beneficial to all. We also offer children’s martial arts programs.


Sensei Nardu Debrah is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Renzo Gracie. He is a professional Mixed Martial Arts competitor and former Ring of Combat champion. He is also a Full Instructor in Universal Defense System under Sifu Ralph Mitchell. He holds victories in the World Escrima Kali and Arnis Federation as well as Bakbakan International. He also holds numerous wins in the North American Grappling Association, Grapplers Quest and the U.S. Chinese Kuoshu Federation. He is trained in Northern & Southern Kung Fu/ Wu Shu & Tai Chi and has studied extensively the Concepts of Jeet Kune Do under Sifu Ralph Mitchell. Trained in Muay Thai, La Boxe Francaise Savate, Doce Pares, Kali / Arnis, Fencing, Iaido, Western Boxing, Judo and Southern Mantis. He is currently an active competitor / instructor and continues to teach and train Martial professionals. He has had the opportunity to learn from such experts as Sifu Ralph Mitchell, Rodrigo Gracie, Matt Serra, John Danaher, Renzo Gracie and Savoca Sensei of the Tendokan.

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