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3730 Milton Ave, Camillus, NY 13031

About Tearney's Martial Arts
in Camillus, NY

Meet Greg Tearney

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Tearney's Martial Arts in Camillus
10th Degree Black Belt

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 develop you into well-conditioned Black Belt Leaders
  • To help you become successful in life through the practice of the martial arts
  • To always influence positive progress, growth and change in and out of the dojo

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:

  • 10th Dan Degerberg Mixed Martial Arts Association
  • 10th Dan Okinawan Goju Ryu under Grand Master Frank Van Lenten
  • 10th Dan American Nisei Goju Ryu under Grand Master Peter Urban
  • 8th Dan Okinawan Shorin-Ryu under Grand Master Frank Hargrove
  • 4th Dan Shotokan under Grand Master Fredrick Hamilton
  • 1st Dan Okinawan Kobojutsu under Grand Master Frank Van Lenten

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:

  • Choreographer of "Karate Aerobics" - 1986
  • International Martial Arts Associates Woman of The Year - 1990
  • EFC Black Belt Schools Martial Artist of the year - 1994
  • EFC Black Belt Schools Student Retention Award - 1998
  • EFC Black Belt Schools "Heavy Hitter" Award - 1999
  • Shihan Frank Van Lenten Spirit award - 2001
  • WTVH 5 Women in Leadership Awards - 2003
  • International Martial Arts Assoc Spirit Award - 2007
  • EFC Black Belt Schools "Hero Award" 2008
  • US Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year

How to Get Started

Come join our Camillus, NY Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Birthday Parties, Krav Maga, Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, and Fitness Kickboxing. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (315) 487-8722 if you have any further questions. Tearney's Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!

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