Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orthodox Jews Taking Jiu Jitsu Lessons for Self Defense

A new version of martial arts is being taught to and practiced by Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.

CBS2’s Scott Rapoport talked to a man who has been called the “most dangerous Jew in NYC” — Although you wouldn’t know it by looking at him.

Former NYC probation officers and Washington Heights native Steve Isaak, 67, has developed a personalized style of martial arts called Shima Juijitsu.

He’s been teaching it for more than 40 years to a devoted following of the city’s most observant, Orthodox Jews, in a Brighton Beach studio. Part of his mission is for it to be self-defense from anti-semetism.

“Everyone need self-defense but they need it more than most, based on the history of Jewish people,” Isaak said.

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