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The Modern Self-Defense Academy

The MSDA is operated by Sensei John Borter, a well-known figure in the martial arts community for over 25 years. Mr. Borter holds a 6th Degree Blackbelt as well as blackbelts and teaching ranks in multiple styles and systems and has been inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame for “Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts”. Sensei Borter founded the MSDA as a format for all people, regardless of age or ability, to learn martial arts for self-improvement, self-empowerment, and self-defense.

The MSDA does not use the traditional system of uniforms, belts, or ranks and instead promotes students within a curriculum that is driven by each student’s own aptitude and attitude. Students at the MSDA enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere of the classes as much as the seriousness of the training. Students work constructively to help one another through the training process, and they enjoy the camaraderie that comes with training at the Academy.

Here at the MSDA, we specialize in working with people who want the skills and personal development offered through THE martial arts, but who otherwise might not be interested in a traditional martial arts school or the current trend of Mixed Martial Arts.

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The Modern Self-Defense Academy location Map
1237 Central Ave, Suite 210
Albany, NY 12205
United States
Phone: 518-755-3475

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at The Modern Self-Defense Academy:

  • Modern Self-Defense Concepts
  • Qi Gong
  • Tai Chi

Programs & Class Schedule

MSD-Concepts - Mon and Thurs- 6:30pm - 8:00pm
An integrated, fast, and flowing martial science.

Qui Gong- Tues- 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Develop your Qi (Chi) energy for health and well-being

Tai Chi - Weds- 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Specialized Tai Chi training for health and self-defense

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