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MAUSA Health & Fitness Center is a school that teaches the practical aspects of self-defense through martial arts. The school offers classes in Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Aikido, Capoeira, Cardio Kickboxing, and Yoga. Children's and adult classes are taught 7 days a week.

Facilities: Indoor training facilities and training equipment.

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MAUSA Health & Fitness Center is a school that teaches the practical aspects of self-defense through the discipline of martial arts. In order to improve the health and well-being of our students we also offer complimentary classes in meditational arts and cardio-conditioning.

The school ensures that each of its classes leverages the traditional principles of the original martial art form to cultivate the schools students’ minds, bodies and spirits.  The school believes that effective self-defense relies on proper conditioning and the application of efficient technique. Students at the school learn to maximize their natural abilities and physical size, thereby relying on technique rather than brute force. School instructors take an approach that takes the immediate environment in which its students live into account. By doing so, school instructors prepare their students to deal with the possibility of a real confrontation — a circumstance that dwells at the essence of all martial arts.

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  • United States of America, New York
  • Martial Arts
  • JuJutsu, Mauy Thai, Boxing

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Submitted on 07/22/2014 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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I began training at MAUSA Health & Fitness Center in the summer of 2008. I joined the school just before moving to Brooklyn and I had some previous martial arts experience. My main goal in moving to Brooklyn was to expand my understanding of martial arts by studying with Professor McCloud, who is the head instructor. I got lucky and found my first apartment next door to the school. That happy accident has dramatically shaped my entire experience in New York since then. The workouts were rigorous and I felt challenged right from the start, but I was encouraged by the patience and positivity of my teachers and fellow students. I was also impressed and motivated by observing the level of mastery demonstrated by the Professor and his senior students. Here, training is regarded as a constant process of learning and personal cultivation that is best approached with a humble and open mind. I feel that I’ve received a serious and invaluable education that has challenged me to grow intellectually, physically and spiritually in ways that I never thought were possible. I have come to more clearly see the value of self-reliance and cooperation, as well as the fact that the two share a lively, organic relationship. Living in a place as intense and dynamic as New York, I’ve found it necessary to have a place where I can go to ground myself and feel at home. I’ve found that here and I plan to stay.
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MAUSA Health & Fitness Centre offers classes in various classes in Urban Contemporary Ju Jitsu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Cardio Kickboxing and Yoga. The instructors main focus at this school is on the development of the entire individual, not just their physical abilities. All classes are taught — children and adults — in a way that is developmentally appropriate and age specific. While most schools are run by black belts, there is a big difference between knowing Martial Arts, and knowing how to teach Martial Arts. This school takes pride in being able to combine both at the highest level.

At this school you will get a chance to train in a number of martial arts systems and under a number of different instructors. Additionally you will be able to become more flexible with its Yoga classes, and fitter and healthier through the functional fitness classes.  


Grandmaster Bill McCloud is the Head Instructor at MAUSA Health & Fitness Center, Grandmaster Bill Mcloud started training in 1963, when he began boxing at the “Police Athletic League” (PAL). He boxed in various PAL’s learning the fundamentals of the art of boxing, but one of the places he enjoyed going to box was at St. John’s recreation center in Brooklyn.

During the time he was boxing from 1963-1967, he was hearing a lot about “Karate”. So in 1967, he started studying ShotoKan Karate with Sensei Ken Morgan. He continued to study with Sensei Morgan until one day in 1967, when training in the gym at the Old St. George Hotel, he me a gentleman named Rolle “Lamumba” Hernandez. “Lamumba” whom he had known from years earlier and introduced him to this other art martial forms that he had heard of, but not seen. The martial art was called Ju-Jitsu.

“Lamumba” was a black belt in the Sanuces-Ryu System of Ju-Jitsu, under the legendary Master Moses Powell. After watching the flowing movements of this art, which seemed to combine all of the things that he studied before, he was ready to change systems. It wasn’t that Shotokan wasn’t a good effective combative art form, it was just that Ju-Jitsu reflected the direction of where he wanted to continue his martial arts training. Thus began his study in this modern form of Ju-Jitsu.

Mr. Hernandez was a black belt in Vee-Jitsu te/Vee-Jitsu Ryu Systems under Grand Professor Florendo “Mr. Vee” Visitacion. Mr. Vee was the teacher of Dr. Moses Powell. His introduction into Ju-Jitsu began with the Vee Jitsu te/Vee Jitsu Ryu Systems. Vee Jitsu was recognized as and called the “System of Systems” at the time. Therefore he began his love and study of both these systems under very well renowned instructors. He had the privilege to study under and with Author Hudson, Carl Davis, Ken Brown, Rollie Hernandez, Soke “LiL” John Davis, Prof. Vee himself and the world-renowned Dr. Moses Powell. He now holds Master and Professor ranks in Sanuces-Ryu (10th degree), Kumite-Ryu Ju-Jitsu (7th degree), Vee-Jitsu Ryu/Vee Jitsu Te systems (4th degree) and Shodan rank in Aikido.

The other arts that he has studied are Seven Star Mantis, Southern Mantis, as well as some other styles of Kung-Fu under Sijo Mutakkabir.


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Professor Roland Stephens began his martial arts training in 1973 under Sensei Walter Hallet of the Diamond Mind Dojo in Brooklyn, NY. He is the senior student of multiple Black Belt Hall of Fame member Grandmaster Bill McCloud and holds a 7th Degree Blackbelt in Vee Jitsu Ryu/Vee Jitsu Te Jujitsu, Sanuces Ryu Jujitsu and Kumite Ryu Jujitsu. He was one of Grandmaster Anthony Muhammed‘s first Blackbelts in VSK Jujitsu at the “When Worlds Collide” Dojo in Brooklyn, NY. Besides Jujitsu, he has studied Aikido, Boxing, GoJu Ryu Karate, Southern Mantis, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, and Wing Chun. Roland’s study of martial arts has allowed him to train directly under some of the world’s most outstanding martial artists, such as the late martial arts legends Grand Professor Florendo Visitacion and Doctor Moses Powell, as well as living martial arts legend Soke Lil’ John Davis. Professor Stephens was been inducted into the 2008 Aaron Banks’ Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the 2009 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame. In addition, Roland is a Veteran Detective accumulating over 20 years experience with the New York City Police Department. He has worked in some of the toughest precincts in NYC and with some of the most elite units within the NYPD. Currently he is with the Intelligence Division working Counter Terrorism. Prior to joining NYPD, Roland was a former New York City Corrections Officer and worked in high risk correctional facilities throughout New York City. Based on his 40 years of study and martial art skills, and also his 29 years of extensive law enforcement experience, Roland is a highly sought out personal-protection specialist.Jujitsu, Aikido, Boxing, GoJu Ryu Karate, Southern Mantis, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, and Wing Chun.

Shihan Damian McCleod
- Vee Jitsu Ryu/Vee Jitsu Te Jujitsu, Sanuces Ryu Jujitsu and Kumite Ryu Jujitsu, Aikido, Boxing, Capoiera and Brazilian Jujitsu.

Shihan Reggie Ayers - Hatha Yoga

Gerry Pinzon is a Muay Thai/Self Defense instructor with over 20 years of experience. For the past 15 years he has worked at the Reebok Sports Club in New York where he has trained men, women and children on how to use Martial Arts as a vehicle for self-improvement. He began his training as a Jeet Kun Do practitioner and has studied under such notables as Phil Nurse, who currently trains UFC champions ‘Bones’ Jones and Georges St. Pierre, Ray Longo, striking coach for former UFC champion Matt Serra, Charles Nelson, a former Marine hand-to-hand combat instructor considered by many to be one of the most influential figures in the field of Close Quarters Combat, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master Renzo Gracie, earning the rank of blue belt under his system. Gerry has competed as an amateur Thai Boxer, winning the title of Champion for the Northeast region. He is certified as an MMA strength and conditioning coach by the National College of Exercise Professionals, and holds a certification as a Fitness Instructor from the NYU School of Continuing Education. Gerry’s approach to the martial arts is that, regardless of how much knowledge or skill one has accumulated, there is always room for improvement. His personal goal is to share whatever he has picked up along the way to enhance the lives of those he comes into contact with.

Hector Gonzalez involvement in Martial Arts began at the age of 25. Like most kids growing up his main sports were baseball and basketball. He played baseball at a college level and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves as a catcher his freshman year. For the next four years he dedicated himself to his studies and the sport of baseball. His father, Hector B. Gonzalez Sr., fell ill and this forced him to come home and help his family. This is when he found himself looking for an activity that would keep him in good physical shape and also give him a well-rounded knowledge of self-defense. There were many different disciplines that caught his attention but the one that stood out the most was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Hector is a Brazillian JiuJitsu instructor and student of Renzo Gracie. 

Edwin Amaya has studied Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini, and Power Yoga. In 2011, Edwin received his 200-hour Teacher Training certification from YogaWorks.Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini, and Power Yoga.

School Training. At the school each student will be assessed individually. Additionally, although sparing is encouraged it is not mandatory and students can opt not to take part.

Training methods employed by the instructors have been thoroughly researched and have the effect of making one less prone to injury. In addition, because respect, responsibility and discipline are at the fore-front of the school, the instructors and students are very safety conscious. One of the schools aims will be to help you become more healthy for the long term. As a result the instructors take every measure possible to ensure the students well being. 

MAUSA Health & Fitness Programs:

Childrens Jitsu - The children’s classes are a unique integration of Karate and Ju-Jitsu. Training fosters an important initial sense of confidence, self-control, discipline and physical fitness. Whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, benefits can often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades. A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher. After a warm-up, students practice basic skills, which include kicks, punches, blocks and rolling. Each requires concentration and strict attention.

Urban Contemporary Ju jitsu is a combination of three major styles of Jujitsu: Vee Jitsu Ryu, Sanuces Ryu and Kumite Ryu Jujitsu. UCJ is a martial arts system developed by Professor Bill McCloud from his many years training in Boxing, Karate, Aikido and Jujitsu. As times change and advances in technology are rapidly improving, so do the methods and techniques for urban survival. Contemporary Ju jitsu is a dynamic system designed to combat confrontations in the urban environment as well as a system to develop your mind, body and spirit into one entity. The intent is to develop an individual’s will to accomplish goals that they may have thought were otherwise unattainable.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art derived from Fusen Ryu, a classical form of Jiu Jitsu, which was integrated into Judo. Some of the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are: Improved strength and endurance Be able to maintain calmness under pressure Agility Weight loss Gain confidence Humility Mental strength.

Cardio Kickboxing is a combination of aerobic, boxing and marital arts. From jumping rope, to calisthenics, then bag and padwork, this intense total body workout can improve strength, aerobic fitness, flexibility, coordination and balance. This class has a strong emphasis on proper technique and form. You are not just getting in better shape and shedding calories, you are learning proper body mechanics.

Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand. Muay Thai and kickboxing can both be very progressive and inclusive forms of exercise, suited to all levels from beginners to advanced, enabling anyone to participate. Muay Thai features: punches, kicks, elbows, and knees. Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed, and superb cardiovascular endurance.

H.I.T classes. If you’re goal is to burn fat, HIT is for you. Besides being a quick method to getting in a great workout, intervals are extremely effective for transforming your physique. By incorporating intense periods of work with short recovery segments, intervals allow you to keep the workout intensity high while still maintaining form. The magic of high intensity interval training (or HIIT for short) lies its ability to keep you burning fat even after you leave the gym. In short, your body isn’t able to bring in enough oxygen during periods of hard work. Therefore, you accumulate a “debt” of oxygen that must be repaid post-workout in order to get back to normal. The result – your metabolism is revved for hours after you leave the gym. Trainers refer to this phenomena as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC. The biggest way to use it to your advantage is to make short, intense exercise bouts a regular piece of your workout regimen.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title ‘O Sensei’ or ‘Great Teacher’). On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. Upon closer examination, practitioners will find from Aikido what they are looking for, whether it is applicable self-defense technique, spiritual enlightenment, physical health or peace of mind. O Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. “The Way of Harmony of the Spirit” is one way that “Aikido” may be translated into English. This is still true of Aikido today, although different styles emphasize the more spiritual aspects to greater or lesser degrees. Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art.


Hatha Yoga is an ancient discipline that has been practiced in India for thousands of years. Regular practice of Hatha Yoga can increase your flexibility and physical strength, calm and focus your mind, increase immunity, reduce back pain and general stiffness, and help you toward a more balanced, peaceful and healthy life. In our Hatha Yoga classes, we focus on traditional breathing and physical exercises, relaxation and some meditation. 

Capoeira is a great way to get fit and stay in shape while having fun! Be sure to dress comfortably; we suggest wearing light sweats or shorts, a t-shirt or tank top, and no shoes (we train barefoot). In our classes, you can expect a combination of: - stretching - strengthening exercises - cardiovascular workout - self-defense techniques - music
For full details of the school prices and class times please contact the school direct throught the email provided above. And don't forget to ask them about their discounts for SMA members. 
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