About Our Brooklyn Martial Arts Studio

Urban Martial Arts is a Brooklyn martial arts studio in Ditmas Park that offers a transported martial arts after-school program, a karate summer camp, and martial arts classes for kids and teens as well as fitness kickboxing classes for adults. Urban Martial Arts strives to enrich its students’ lives not only physically but also mentally.

All participants in the youth martial arts programs learn character building techniques as well as karate. If a child cannot master key elements of character development, then he cannot move forward with the physical training.

The New York Daily News selected the martial arts summer camp at Urban Martial Arts as one of the city’s hottest camps, and the L Magazine has named the kickboxing program at Urban Martial Arts as one of NYC’s top 10 workouts.

Urban Martial Arts has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Daily News, Fox Business, Inc.com, Crain’s New York Business, The L Magazine, Direct Marketing News, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

The Brooklyn martial arts studio and school is run by husband-and-wife team Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi. When it comes to martial arts, Brooklyn residents know to trust the pros.

If you or your children are interested in learning karate, NYC-based Urban Martial Arts provides a fun and welcoming environment for students of all ages. Call Urban Martial Arts today (718) 287-5500 to schedule a tour of our facilities.

Take a Tour of Our Facilities:

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We offer 1,000 square feet of training space at Urban Martial Arts

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After our renovation in the summer of 2012, we more than doubled our square footage to just about 3,500 square feet in total.

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The expansion and renovation we undertook in the summer of 2012 was a huge project, but we're thrilled with how it turned out.

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A view of the dedicated classroom for our transported karate after-school program.

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It's been great to add on an extra bathroom for our students and families.

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One of the perks of our new space is that we now have a complimentary coffee and tea station for our families.

We offer 1,000 square feet of training space at Urban Martial ArtsAfter our renovation in the summer of 2012, we more than doubled our square footage to just about 3,500 square feet in total.The expansion and renovation we undertook in the summer of 2012 was a huge project, but we're thrilled with how it turned out.A view of the dedicated classroom for our transported karate after-school program.It's been great to add on an extra bathroom for our students and families.One of the perks of our new space is that we now have a complimentary coffee and tea station for our families.

About Sensei Serge Sognonvi

Sensei Serge Sognonvi [pronounced Surge Sun-Yo-Vee] is owner and head instructor of Urban Martial Arts, a martial arts studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Urban Martial Arts has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Daily News, Fox Business, Inc.com, Crain’s New York Business, The L Magazine, Direct Marketing News, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Sensei Serge won the New School of the Year award from leading martial arts association United Professionals in 2009 and was named one of “five urban entrepreneurs you should know” by BrandMakerNews in 2010.

Sensei Serge has practiced martial arts for over 20 years and holds a 5th-degree black belt. He started his training at the age of 11 and achieved his 1st-degree black belt at the age of 15. He currently trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Master Renzo Gracie.

He fought on the competitive circuit for five years as a nationally rated fighter in the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) and the Professional Karate League (PKL). Sensei Serge was a member of the Metro All-Stars, which was the No. 1 team nationwide for five consecutive years. He was also one of the top 10 nationally rated fighters in the junior black belt division.

Sensei Serge is a born and bred New Yorker. He grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen (Van Kerckhove) Sognonvi [pronounced Sun-Yo-Vee] is owner and general manager of Urban Martial Arts, a martial arts studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Urban Martial Arts has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Daily News, Fox Business, Inc.com, Crain’s New York Business, The L Magazine, Direct Marketing News, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

In 2004, Carmen founded a diversity education firm called New Demographic. Her views on race and racism were featured regularly in media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and The New York Times. She visited as a guest lecturer at Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, among many other colleges and universities across the country.

Carmen created a network of blogs, podcasts, and email newsletters that reached over a quarter million people each month. The network included Racialicious, an award-winning, influential blog about race and pop culture; Love Isn’t Enough, a blog about parenting and race; and Addicted to Race, a podcast about all things race.

In 2010, Carmen decided to close down New Demographic and join Urban Martial Arts full-time as General Manager.

Carmen was born and raised in Hong Kong, but also spent much of her childhood living in Shanghai and Belgium. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters.

For more information on the Sognonvis and their Brooklyn martial arts studio, feel free to call Urban Martial Arts today (718) 287-5500.