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]

We are expanding, a video to explain whats happening and our future goals!

Hey everyone! Masterskya Bushwick opened its doors on June of 2016, and we are hoping to open Masterskya Downtown Brooklyn aka Masterskya2 aka Masterskya Squared in February of 2018. Our dream is to spread true, no nonsense, honest martial arts to anyone and everyone. The martial arts changed our lives, it is all we know, and we want to pass it down and have it benefit and help whoever needs it. F...[Read More]

Masterskya and Masterskya2 Schedules for 2018

MasterskyaBushwickSchedule MasterskyaDowntownBKSchedule Masterskya 2 will also have a kids program, please look at the schedule below: Masterskyakidsschedule

How to effectively drill, practice and connect the dots.

We learn many different techniques, and although many times they are individual, you should find ways to connect them and have them “flow”. When you do, you start to develop a game, and your own style. Connecting the dots is like assembling a puzzle. Here, Van was drilling his bottom and different transitions that he enjoys in the Gi before his last fight in Fight to Win Pro Brooklyn. ...[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]


Van and I started teaching purely by accident. Shaolin would ask us to help out with a new student, “can you show him Americana”, and we gladly would. Americanas turned into how to get mount, which turned into how to pass the guard, and later why you have to pass in the first place. It was a puzzle, really.  Thinking back, we worked backwards. Thinking deeper and deeper, until we were ...[Read More]

Guest Author Series: One Year In, by Petra Moskowitz

This is the first entry in the Masterskya Guest Author Series. This series places a spotlight on our students, guest instructors, friends, family and the greater Masterskya community. Come here for personal stories and essential insights learned along the journey that is a life with jiu-jitsu. I woke up one sweaty summer afternoon with the sun in my eyes and I felt alone. I wondered why the last t...[Read More]

Masterskya Anniversary Special!

As we pass our one year anniversary mark this past June, we wanted to hold a special for anyone that may be interested. If you buy a year pass to BJJ or Boxing, you get some nice additions. A private with Van or myself, a Masterskya Gi or Boxing gloves. Please take advantage of this before July 5th! If you have any questions, talk to me (Alex) at the school or email Pa...[Read More]

Masterskya teams up with Four: Lip Balm

A few weeks ago, Four: Lip Balm came to Bushwick, Brooklyn to visit Masterskya. The founder, Sumit, is a long time friend and training partner of Van and I. We all train together in the world famous Vitor Shaolin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Manhattan. Sumit, a resident of NYC, started Four: out of his vision for the necessity for a quality lip balm product that does not have any unnatural ...[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]

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