This year’s Renaissance Martial Arts Festival will be November 7th and 8th. For the last ten years we’ve gathered our closest martial friends together to share their arts with the Rochester martial arts community in a friendly and open environment. The festival participants experience new martial arts and learn ideas and approaches that they can apply to their own practice. All arts and experience levels are encouraged to participate.

The weekend is filled with numerous opportunities to receive hands on, personal instruction in these arts. Meet and work with other martial artists from the Rochester area. Saturday night features a group dinner, offering another opportunity for participants and instructors to mingle!

This year’s workshops will include:


Concepts from Snake and Dragon Kung Fu
Sifu Tom Dorsett
(Rochester, NY)

KAPAP’s Approach to Defending against Edged Weapons
Avi Nardia
(Rochester, NY)

Hung Ga Kung Fu
Sifu Sharif Bey
(Syracuse, NY)

Okinawan Karate Concepts for Speed, Power and Effectiveness
Sensei Matt Dorsey
(Rochester, NY)

Ground Fighting and Self Defense from the Ground
Master George Curbelo Jr.
(Stampford, NY)

Aiki Ju Do
Sensei Bill Harp
(Rochester, NY)

The Kerambit (Hooked Knife)
Guro Doug Marcaida
(Rochester, NY)


Zenbu Ryu JuJitsu
Sensei Lou Zuccaro
(Brooklyn, NY)

Jun Fan Jeet Kun Do
Guro Eric Winfree
(Syracuse, NY)

Sambo (Russian Grappling)
Rob Terilizzi
(San Francisco, CA)

Goju Ryu Karate
Sensei Kevin Suggs
(Portchester, NY)

Sambo (Russian Grappling)
Rob Terilizzi
(San Francisco, CA)

Modern Jui Jitsu
Sensei John Borter
(Scotia, NY)

& A Few Surprises

If you have them available, please bring training knives (wood, plastic, or training metal), sticks, and training guns — that will help us ensure that everyone will be able to participate in the weapon seminars.

Registration for the festival begins at 7.00 am, on Saturday the 7th. Workshops run from 8.00 am – 5.30 pm.

Admission, which includes water and light refreshments, is $45 a day or $85 for both days. There is a $15 discount for College Students. Please e-mail us about for group rates. Download the 2009 RMA Festival Flyer.

For a better idea about what the weekend is like visit our flickr gallery which features pictures from past festivals.