With over 40 years of experience, Grand Master Bob Malvagno offers traditional martial arts instruction in Arnis de Mano — a Filipino form of stick and knife fighting — as well as jiu jitsu, grappling and sparring. He is president and founder of the American Kobe Jiu Jitsu Federation, which was formed in 1975. He was inducted in the World Head of Family Sokeship Council’s Hall of Fame in 1995, and into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Grandmaster of the Year in 1996.
Grand Master Malvagno studied Arnis de Mano and other forms of traditional martial arts from other Grand Masters throughout the United States. He said these instructors under whom he studied has taught him martial arts in its purest form and, to this day, he utilizes that same teaching style with his students.
As one of the few Grand Masters on Long Island, Grand Master Malvagno is also a professional speaker, consultant, seminar leader, educator and entrepreneur. He has offered special training to members of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Customs and Suffolk County Probation Officers, and martial arts training at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Rape Prevention Program.
Grand Master Malvagno says the training provides invaluable qualities for their students such as leadership, discipline and self-esteem. Grand Master Malvagno has taught thousands of students during his career, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in industry, politics and the military. Some of his students are also second- and third-generation students.
Children and teenagers who study martial arts have more confidence in themselves, get better grades in school and report an improvement in their overall fitness. “With the confidence and self-esteem my students will develop, they will be able to deal with any and all adversities with a clear mind and a positive attitude, and not suffer any mental setbacks,” he said. “Our students learn traditional martial arts. Martial arts is a journey; it’s about embracing the truth. In life, people are afraid to accept the truth because they don’t trust themselves. When they learn to accept the truth, they will have that sense of trust in themselves whenever they are faced with adversity.”
Grand Master Malvagno emphasized that martial arts is about self-control and discipline. “Learning martial arts is not about fighting; it’s not about being the toughest or strongest person. It’s about achieving balance in your life,” he said. “Martial arts teaches you control, and that is what will help you get through any difficult situation in life.”
Bob Malvagno’s School of Self-Defense is open seven days a week. Early morning and evening classes are also available. The school offers private, semi-private and group instruction. Discounts are available for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members.
The school is located at 4510 Sunrise Highway in Oakdale. For more information, call (631) 567-6285 or visit www.malvagnosselfdefense.com.
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About Bob Malvagno’s School of Self Defense
Located in Oakdale, New York, Bob Malvagno’s School of Self Defense offers private, semi-private and group instruction in jiu-jitsu, Filipino-style stick and knife fighting and grappling. Grand Master Bob Malvagno has more than 40 years experience in martial arts instruction. He is also a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Arts. For more information, call (631) 567-6285, or visit www.malvagnosselfdefense.com.