Andrew Fanelli

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." -Walt Whitman, Song of Myself. "There may be no greater pleasure on Earth than going to sleep without having to wake up at a specific time." -Andrew Fanelli, 2012 Facebook Status.

BJJ, Hackers, & Information Security: Attack from Defense

“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu actually makes them better computer security people.” -Jeremiah Grossman. I’ve said some pretty crazy things in my life and… yeah, yup they’re all crazier than that. Guess what? Turns out saying BJJ makes you better at computer security ISN’T a crazy thing to say at all. And if you don’t believe me, I have one video and 20 links to 20 ...[Read More]

Masterskya Is Now (Over) 1 Year Old! Let’s Celebrate!

RSVP for the Masterskya Anniversary Party on Facebook — Sunday, November 5th from 4pm-8pm at Three Diamond Door, 211 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Note: Bring your own food to contribute to the party! It’s been a year. Well, more than a year. Hey, things take time. Whether you’re perfecting your technique or planning a party… things take time — and this time was well spe...[Read More]

An Afternoon with Eric LaCour of LaCour Studio – Photographer and Creator of Masterskya’s Technique of the Week Video Series.

Eric LaCour is an independent photographer and videographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is an artist, athlete and existential adventurer. He is also a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and member of the Masterskya community.  Visit Eric LaCour and Enjoy His Work Here: Website, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Video – ТЕХНИКА НЕДЕЛИ/Technique of the Week: Grips, Armdrag, and The Whizz...[Read More]

#TBT The Fight Team Podcast w/ Alex Ecklin Ep. 21 – Unique Perspectives

Happy, Thursday everybody. This is our inaugural #TBT post! Today’s post focuses on a recent episode of The Fight Team Podcast featuring the one and only Alex Ecklin. This episode is titled “Unique Perspectives,” and that is an incredibly appropriate title for something featuring Alex. Alex is renown for more than just the G Roll (although inventing that is pretty kille...[Read More]

Breaking Down the de la Riva Guard

As most of you know, Masterskya employs a scientific approach to understanding techniques. Every month has a new curriculum, and each week focusses on a set of techniques that get broken down day-by-day. We’re focusing on the de la Riva Guard this week, which is a very exciting position (and a personal favorite of mine). Alex Ecklin — Masterskya’s founder, leader, and head instruc...[Read More]

Meet Van Allen Flores: New Instructor, New Classes & New Opportunities.

As stated in the previous entry: our mission is to bring martial arts to the masses. We make that mission a reality by creating opportunities. Those opportunities allow people see paths to self-improvement. Brooklyn, New York is our home. Bushwick and Bed-Stuy are our neighborhoods. And our goal is to strengthen the local community — literally and figuratively. This is why we have a new instructor...[Read More]

Welcome to the Workshop: Growing Strong to Reach Our Vision’s Heights.

Welcome to Masterskya. If you’ve found yourself here, well, you’re in a good place. Masterskya means “workshop” in Russian, and that’s what we are: a workshop. Martial arts training, specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing, is our trade. And personal growth is what we craft. We have very defined ethics and goals, but we’re grounded — there’s no pretens...[Read More]