(315) 487-8722
3730 Milton Ave, Camillus, 13031

Syracuse/Camillus Martial Arts

Get Fit. Be Strong. Feel Empowered.

About Our School

The 5 Unexpected, Life-Altering
Effects of Martial Arts.

Welcome to the family!

Our Camillus Martial Arts school might just seem like a place to get fit and learn self-defense... but to us it’s so much more. When you train with us you’ll experience a place where you fit in, no matter what your background or fitness experience is.

You’ll get into phenomenal shape, learn exciting self-defense skills, and experience personal growth that has improved the lives of each of our students. The physical transformation you’ll enjoy is fantastic, but the mindset and attitude you’ll develop is what’s truly amazing.

We’ll help you get next level fit, but below are a few of the more subtle changes our students experience in our classes as well.

#1 Boost In Confidence

Learning new skills and trying out new techniques is challenging! But when you persevere in the face of a challenge, and come out on top, you realize you're stronger and more capable than you ever thought possible!

Realizing this makes you feel more confident. You feel more sure of your ability to handle whatever other challenges life throws your way too. Both kids and adults feel their self-esteem and confidence soar quickly!

#2 Full On Focus

Martial Arts is a blast! You’ll learn all kinds of new and exciting skills and techniques like striking drills, defensive moves, and high-energy cardio drills. But... when you learn something new, you have to really focus on listening to the instructor, then perform what they taught you.

What’s cool is that this intense concentration naturally carries over into other areas of your life as you develop this laser like focus. It’s one of the best side effects of martial arts — many call it getting in the zone, unlocking your untapped potential, or peak performance.

Call it whatever you want, but one thing is for sure — you’ll learn how to focus your mind to perform tasks you once thought impossible.

#3 Boosted Physical Fitness

Whether you’re an elite athlete looking for a competitive edge or if you’re a total beginner and think a burpee is a bodily function, we take pride in meeting all of our students where they are. Our passionate and caring instructors work with YOU to meet your fitness goals.

In a positive and motivating environment, you’ll get a great workout, practice dynamic martial arts specific conditioning, and have a blast. Before you know it, the class is over, and you not only learned powerful martial arts...

... you got a great workout, too. Being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence as well.

#4 Feel Connected

We're a close-knit group here. And our members and instructors are all about support and friendship. We provide the kind of environment that fosters connection, friendship, and encouragement.

Your classmates will genuinely be happy for you when you master a new move because they know how hard you’ve worked at it. Now extend that mentality into a wide network of martial artists, practicing and struggling, just like you.

There's a reason Martial Artists typically greet each other as "brother" or "sister" and it's truly rewarding to see that realization sink in for new students.

#5 Out With Boredom and In With FUN!

Stuck in a fitness rut or tired of hitting up military style bootcamp classes where yelling is the norm? Ugh, who wants that? Luckily our classes are NOTHING like that. Action-packed and totally FUN, focused on your success, and always changing. No two workouts are the same and we always use positive motivation. 

No military style yelling or body shaming, ever. 

Both kids and adults work hard, but also play hard. You’ll see that laughing, smiles, and high fives are part of every class.

Ready to give us a shot? We’ll make it super easy for you.

Simply scroll up to the top of this page and click on the program that's right for you. When you click on the program, you’ll learn all about our super secret web special too!

If you're more comfortable signing up over the phone, give us a call. We’d love to chat: (315) 487-8722

Looking forward to meeting you in person!

Greg Tearney

Greg Tearney
Tearney's Martial Arts
(315) 487-8722

These Syracuse/Camillus Krav Maga classes are not just martial art classes! They were developed out of the mid-1930s Jewish history in a time of great need. Imi Sde-Or, a pro boxer and wrestler of Eastern European Jewish origin, used to defend Jewish citizens against anti-Semitic thugs in Bratislava on the street. He took his experience as an Olympian and street fighter and developed Krav Maga.

Imi Sde-Or developed Krav Maga after realizing that the "real world" had no place for sport fighting. That's why Krav Maga techniques focus on self-defense by using natural instincts of the body for self-protection. Our Syracuse/Camillus Krav Maga classes will put you in great shape for self-protection too.

We mix a perfect blend of fun activities and games in all our kids martial art classes to keep kids' attention. But at the same time, we go beyond the traditional martial arts techniques to impart discipline and a deeper sense of respect to our students. As a result, kids become better-behaved everywhere they go and perform better in school. That's why parents are crazy about our classes too, not just their kids.

Kids of all ages love these martial art classes...they enjoy the fun activities and games while improving and learning new martial art techniques.

Both men and women in our community come to these adult martial arts classes for lots of reasons. Some have encountered dangerous situations where they felt hopeless. They wanted to gain the skills and techniques required for safety and protection. Most of all, they wanted to no longer feel helpless. Others want fitness.

Martial arts is a great workout - training you to use your body in new ways, boosting lean muscle development, accelerating fat loss, improved stamina, all while improving balance and coordination. With a focus on discipline, self-respect, and profound inner-growth you'll have all of the building blocks for an amazing self-defense practice and a happy, fit life.

You don't have to be a Martial Arts superstar to do Cardio Kickboxing! It's the perfect way to learn some basic self-defense moves, in a non-intimidating environment, while getting an amazing workout!

As you melt away the pounds you'll gain self-confidence, boost your metabolism, and meet new friends. Dynamic body weight exercises will not only help you tone up from head to toe, but, they'll also help you avoid injury from every day activities by strengthening your core.

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Welcome to Tearney’s Martial Arts! We are extremely passionate about family, martial arts, and the community. We welcome you with open arms, a big heart, and a variety of high-energy, fun-filled classes you’re sure to love!

Our mission is very clear:

To achieve these objectives, we instill the ABC principles in our Black Black Leaders…

Attitude – Our awesome instructors will help you develop a mindset that guides you toward specific goals for self-improvement. Having a non-quitting spirit will help you overcome obstacles and become a successful achiever in martial arts… and in life.

Behavior – Working together as a team, we’ll help you develop positive habits that lead toward long-term success and happiness. Habits such as self-discipline and the internal drive and desire to become the best you can be.

Character Development – Our passionate instructors will teach you to live by a set of principles and standards that can be applied to daily living. They will encourage the formation of high personal standards and demonstrate respect for all human beings.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what our fun-filled programs will do for you and your child’s body, mind and spirit. Focus, confidence, self-control, and fitness will help you become successful in all parts of your life and the self-defense skills will keep you safe and give you peace of mind.

Everyone works hard here to achieve their goals, but we play hard too… and we always have a ton of FUN! All those epic kicks, powerful punches and impressive throws bring out the smiles and high fives in our students because we all love to celebrate each other’s achievements, big or small.   

We are committed to always lead by example as we are dedicated, motivated, and on a quest to BE THE BEST!

Check out the CRAZY-LOW web special going on right now for instant savings or stop by for a tour of our facility and feel the good energy here! This Special is 100% RISK-FREE and classes fill up FAST so reserve your spot today! 

Head Instructors

Hanshi Greg Tearney is a 10th Dan, was a Black Belt National & International Champion and has been in the Martial Arts for over 50 years.

He fought in the Heavy Weight Black Belt Divisions from 1966 to 1976. His nickname was "Big Monster" that was given to him by his fellow dojo Black Belts and confirmed by his opponents in the ring.

Grand Master Tearney came out of retirement in 1977 to fight in the first full contact event in upstate New York, hosted by Hidy Ochiai in Vestal, NY. In 1979, Master Tearney again came out of retirement to compete in Kata and Weapons. His Kenjutsu sword form won several Grand Championships in the United States and Canada. He competed with the likes of Pat Mc Carthy, Ceasar Borkowski, Vince Grace, Rick Ianuzzo, Brian Ricci and others, all of whom became great competitors, as well as friends.

Grand Master Tearney also trained many National Karate Illustrated Champions including Judy Modafferi-Tearney, Denning Davis, Rande Lawrence, O'Dell Willis, Vince Grace, Esteban Trotman, Sam Roberts, and many more.

Hanshi Tearney has been operating a Dojo since 1969 and is our Chief Instructor. Grand Master Tearney holds Black Belt ranks in Goju-Ryu -- 10th Dan, Shorin-Ryu -- 8th Dan, Shotokan -- 4th Dan, & Kobu-Jutsu -- 1st Dan.

Boxing, Aikido, Jui Jitsu, Arnis, Gracie Jui Jitsu, Kenjustu, Krav Maga, Taekwondo and Judo are just a few of the many systems he has trained in. In 1986, he developed "The Winning Point" instructional video (done with Grand Master Ceasar Borkowski), which taught tournament fighting concepts and techniques.

Grand Master Tearney is a Senior Executive Board Member with EFC and a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame. He is considered by many to be a pioneer in American Karate with lineage in both Okinawan & Japanese Karate.

Grand Master Tearney is also the President of the Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kokusai Renmei (International Alliance). He is the founding Soke of the International Grand Master Instructors Association for Okinawan and Japanese Master Instructors 5th Dan and above.

He has also graced the cover of numerous publications including NAPMA Martial Arts Professional, The Eagle Express, Official Karate, EFC All Star International, Martial Arts Success Magazine, Who's Who in American Karate Pioneers, Urban Sports Hall of Fame of Syracuse, the Nottingham Wall of Fame and 2013 Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.

Other accomplishments include:

Shihan Judy Modafferi-Tearney is a 9th Dan and is considered one of the top Grand Master Instructors in the United States.

Judy began her training in 1974 and, in 1977, was the first woman to achieve the rank of black belt in Central NY.

She competed and was rated in Karate Illustrated in both forms and fighting. She also won numerous grand championships. Master Modafferi-Tearney developed the Kickboxing, "Side Kick" and "Karate Kid" programs at Tearney’s Martial Arts.

Some of her accomplishments include:

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