Russian Martial Art

This is the regular Russian Martial Art and Self-Defense class where students learn the Russian Martial Art and all its components and benefits. It is designed to teach self-defense and how to survive an attack. Breathing, joint mobility, and relaxation are all built into the Russian Martial Art class, however they are mainly emphasized during the warm-up and cool-down sections of the class. The majority of class time is spent learning the Russian Martial Art and self-defense.

Class runs 1 ½ hours.

The first 15 to 20 minutes of class are reserved for warm-up exercises. Warm-up exercises vary from class to class, however breathing, relaxation, and joint mobility are always at the core of the warm-up exercises. Typical warm-up exercises can include stretching, rotating body parts, push-ups, leg lifts or a little jogging. Basically they are a variety of exercises to get you breathing, relaxed, and limber. Most of us come to class with a lot of the day’s stresses weighing on us. The warm-up exercises are designed to alleviate some of the stress and tension in the body and get the body ready for the day’s activities.

There is no such thing as a typical class. Class activities vary all the time. There are occasions when a particular skill, such as ground fighting, may be covered over several weeks, but as a general rule the class moves from lesson to lesson based often on what the students have an interest in. For example, one class may concentrate on deflecting a punch and the next class may concentrate on take-downs. The instructor always comes prepared with an agenda for the class, but that is subject to change depending on how many students are there and what they desire to learn.

The class ends with a relaxation time of about 10 minutes. It is during this time that we concentrate on deep breathing, relaxation, and reflection on the class activities. It is also during this time the instructor will often ask if there are requests for certain activities for the next class.

Our main goal is to teach and learn in a relaxed, no pressure environment. We would like you to learn how to defend yourself, have a good time, and go home feeling better about yourself physically and mentally.

Special Note: We recognize that each person is an individual with their own unique abilities. While we encourage participation in all of the class activities, remember, it is not required. If the class is working on something that you are not able to do physically or are simply not comfortable doing, you have every right to respectfully decline participating in that portion of the class. We do not “judge” you if there is something you do not feel comfortable doing. We may encourage you to try, but will not force the issue or think less of you if you do not wish to do a certain activity.



Attending the American Russian Martial Art Institute has been a great experience! I am always impressed with the instructor's concern for making everyone feel comfortable and concern for everyone getting something out of the class. Jeff really cares about preparing you for self defense in real life situations. I personally love the challenge for my body and mind. You also practice relaxation techniques, and you can train your body to use these in response to stress in everyday life. I always leave looking forward to the next class!


This fighting system is unique in several ways. First, you learn concepts then apply them in varied situations. This focus on concepts rather than techniques means both you and your skills are much more flexible and able to adapt to whatever situation you find yourself in. Second, the skills you develop are immediately applicable. For example, the breathing practices help you stay relaxed no matter what is going on or where you are. This means less stress and less wasted effort throughout the day! Third, this system is fun to learn! Once you understand the concepts, you are expected to get creative in how you apply them. Use your imagination and see what works for you. There is no such thing as a "textbook" punch or kick and no endless drilling of a single movement. The lessons are dynamic and usually somewhat unpredictable in similar ways to actual life.


I am a 60 year old financial professional. I have been attending classes for about 4 months. I am active in several different sports but the Russian Martial Arts is by far the most enjoyable and produces the most benefits. My muscles and joints feel more lose than they have in a long time. The classes also help me deal with stress on the job. Jeff Tate is a legitimate martial arts master and has the unique ability to break things down to the simplist level.


I’ve been around quite a few martial arts instructors, most of them had good deal of knowledge. Jeff’s knowledge seems endless! I’ve learned a lot over the years and still come out of every class with Jeff understanding more than when I came in. Whether or not you’ve had prior training in any martial art you could and should come on into the institute. Anyone can learn from Jeff.


This is so much more than what the average person would view as a typical martial arts class. RMA has helped me in multiple facets of my life, including handling the stresses of life. I like that there is no ego involved and that relaxation is a key element. You're not paying for a colored belt, you're learning how to survive. Forget what you've seen on TV and movies, RMA prepares you mentally and physically for a variety of situations that you may encounter.


The Russian Martial Art was introduced to me a little over a year ago, and I wish I had found it sooner. In the last year The Russian Art has taught me self-control, stress relieving exercises, psychological theory in combat, energy diversion, and of course self-defense. I will continue to attend for many years to come.


Once you grasp the concepts and subtleties of this Art, you will obtain new freedom in your life. It will establish your courage and will power, make you healthier and less stressful, and strengthen you physically, mentally, and spiritually. The ability to engage any threat in combat is just a bonus.


I wanted to try Russian Martial Arts for personal protection. I was surprised that after the first class, I was able to use what I was taught. The class atmosphere is laid back and everyone is fun to work with, adding ideas onto what the teaching is based off of that day. Something else that I've been able to use in my everyday life are the breathing techniques. It's amazing how relaxation, all the way to receiving/giving punches are all in the power of the breathe. I've been able to feel more confident in myself and anxiety reduced, thanks to Jeff. This isn't just another "Martial Arts". I've learned so much and eager to learn much more. You don't just gain knowledge, you gain a family.