Joining Gotham Jiu Jitsu was based purely on my interest to learn self-defense.I am always open to new workout experiences and I feel any physical training is very positive for my mentality and allows a better understanding of my body: my muscles, strength and limits.But being consciously aware of my mind is something I am constantly learning. Months after my Intro Class, I realize I didn’t join Jiu Jitsu solely for self-defense, but for a reason I can only now comprehend.
The mind directs the body, so the mind is logically the sole place to start for any understanding in Jiu Jitsu.For instance, it took me a while to perform a nidan in class. I was using so much strength to push my partner’s wrist, but I couldn’t bring him to his knees. Yet, the nidan is not about power, but about understanding placement and correct alignment. It took me many classes to realize Jiu Jitsu is not about physical power, but about my own knowledge and abilities, and I also realize this is just the beginning of my understanding.
Many thanks to Sensei Peter for his positive radiance and constant encouragement to explore the power of our body and mind. -Jennifer
After attending the rape prevention seminar, I realized how easy it would be for someone to attack me and how unprepared I was to put up any kind of fight at all. But the palm blow move and the practice provided some comfort. When I won the raffle, I decided there was definitely more I could learn. That’s why I signed up for the intro class. Now, I feel more confident of my ability to fight back if someone were to attack me but I definitely feel like I need more practice to make fighting back second nature and am looking forward to the next class. -Christina
I have had the pleasure of training with Peter Tay over the past 4 months and cannot say enough good things about the quality of instruction.Peter possess an exceptional knowledge of jiu jitsu and has a unique ability to distill complex techniques in a readily accessible format.He takes the time and effort to explain both the" how "and "why" of every technique and is happy to repeat even the most basic moves until you are comfortable.What I find particularly compelling, is the way he refines each technique as you progress to make it that much more effective.He is patient, thoughtful and an excellent technician.I have trained in martial arts (Judo and MT) for several years and he is by far one of the best instructors in my opinion.You cannot go wrong with Peter!
-F.Q (via YELP)
This all started back when I first moved to New York in January and moved into an apartment with two other girls. One of my roommates volunteered for Bellevue Hospital as a rape counselor, requiring her to be on call one weekend a month. Hearing the stories she told as she would sit with these women in the hospital while they received their exams, cocktails of disease prevention drugs and recounted their story to police, made me realize it can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. After a month of classes I’ve realized that the tools I’m gaining are invaluable and arming me as a woman to better defend myself in any situation. I feel more confident knowing that if need be, I can protect myself with the skills I’ve learned in Jiu Jitsu. - Kara
I know Peter because we work together at Rich Barretta Private Training. When Peter offered to teach me Jiu-Jitsu, I was scared. As a 5'2" ballet dancer, I wasn't sure I had what it took. I thought I didn't have enough power, size or strength. Well, I couldn't have been more off the mark. The way Peter guides you through each sequence it's like a small piece of choreography. Graceful, it makes sense. You come to realize that physical size and strength have nothing on simple, skeletal mechanics. You start to feel stronger, more secure, and kind of bad ass. If you've ever wanted to try Jiu-Jitsu as a workout, or for self defense, Peter Tay at Gotham Jiu-Jitsu your man.
- Anna. B (via YELP)
As a new student, Peter helped me build a foundation in Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense that enabled me to learn advanced techniques safely and with confidence. His classes are always challenging but not intimidating. - Michael
Under his instruction, I’ve developed a strong foundation imperative to my continued advancement as a jiu jitsu practitioner. Also, I am more confident than ever that I have the skills to defend myself and loved ones. I would highly recommend training with Sensei Peter for anyone with an interest and motivation to learn jiu jitsu. He brings to the table the perfect balance of intensity and fun. - Grant
I've been training with Peter for only three months now, but I can already say it was easily one of the best decisions I've ever made. Under his guidance, I went from absolutely zero concept about grappling to being able to hold my own at the club where I train, against guys with much more experience. I attribute this to several of his qualities as an instructor. First, his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu knowledge is profound, and it far exceeds that of many black belts I've trained with, simply because he does this full-time for 10 or so years. He is also a black belt in traditional Jiu-Jitsu and possesses a full arsenal of stand-up and self-defense techniques, which he is always willing to share. Second, Peter is the epitome of professionalism. He is always punctual and his communication is second to none. I've been forced to cancel a few sessions, and he always finds time to re-schedule to accommodate my time constraints. Lastly, he is just an overall pleasant person and great teacher, always respectful, supportive and mindful of what each of his students wants to accomplish. And his sense of humor makes even the most challenging routines seem non-repetative and fun. The Flatiron facility is also top notch and all the other trainers are super friendly. I highly recommend Peter to anyone from novice to advance level Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense.
- Mikhail. B (via YELP)
Jiu-Jitsu has helped develop my knowledge and skills as a law enforcement professional. Additionally, Peter’s practical self-defense approach to teaching demonstrates that the applications will work and gives me confidence if I have to use them. - Peter
Peter is the MAN! He’s one of the best, if not the best, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors around. He’s patient, he is very detailed in his explanations, and he forces you to repeat, repeat, repeat until you’ve mastered a move. I went from 0 experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to competing in tournaments, regularly rolling with other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners and back in shape! -Ben
Peter Tay is my personal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. He's about as good as they get.We train 1 on 1 and Peter takes the time to explain each technique and every move. He's very calm and always willing to repeat a move over and over until I have it down pat.Class consists of takedown practice, submission practice, ground fighting and then rolling (sparring in Jiu Jitsu) Peter explains how the move would be applied and used in both a competition and a "street" situation. I leave every class physically exhausted and stronger. Other people have come in the middle of class just to praise Peter and his training. I highly recommend him if you are serious about learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
- Ben. C (via YELP)
Peter Tay taught me my first jiu jitsu techniques, and is entirely responsible for how much I love and respect jiu jitsu today. As an instructor he has all the things that you look for. Which is to say that he not only has knowledge and capability, he also has a passion for teaching. This passion makes learning from him an exciting, energy filled experience. You will learn how to defend yourself, with practical, “street-tested” methods, and without a doubt you’ll have fun doing it! -Ryan
Sensei Peter Tay is a very personable trainer with many years of martial arts experience. As a collegiate teacher myself, I can see passion in Sensei Tay’s instruction. During his classes, his earnest voice is nearly non-stop as he imparts to students an understanding of the philosophy and the skills being practiced. An example of Sensei Tay’s striking devotion to his students came during a personal training session with him, wherein he emphatically stated that he would teach me to master the skills to a level even better than when he had learned them. In addition to the physical training, Sensei Tay has also given me much encouragement and support through conversation that was both didactic and, yet, peer-to-peer in manner. Lastly, Sensei Peter is down-to-earth and has a sense of humor, both of which balance the intensity of his instruction with kindness, socialization, and levity. - Ed
I have trained with Peter for about a year and its one of the things I look forward to every week .When I started with him I had never trained in Jiu Jitsu before and I couldn’t have found a better teacher. His Skill, knowledge and patience allow you to tackle the challenge for learning a mixed martial arts skill. I can’t imagine there being a better person to train you in jiu jitsu than peter and after training with him for the last year I couldn’t imagine myself training with anyone else - David
As someone who has never tried martial arts in any form, I was intimidated by the idea of taking a Jiu Jitsu class. The class was taught at by Peter Tay at Rich Baretta Private Studio, which is a great, clean private training facility. It’s big enough to allow you to feel like you have space but small enough to still feel intimate. Everyone at the location was incredibly nice, and Peter Tay was a great teacher. He walked me through some beginner moves and gave me time to practice each until I got it. Some of the moves are awkward (because you are very close to each other), but Peter made me relaxed and was always extremely professional. The classes are one-on-one, but Peter does offer self-defense workshops if you can get a group together. The initial session is a free consultation, so you’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a shot. Overall, I would completely recommend Peter as an instructor and look forward to taking another class with him! If you’re interested in private training, Rich Baretta also offers one-on-one personal training. As I said, the facility is exceptional and everyone working there is extremely friendly. - Gabrielle