Elkton studio teaches practical self defense
— DelMar Krav Maga is a martial arts studio on a mission to teach children, teens, women and men the fine art of self defense with an emphasis on aggression, neutralization, defense and offense.
“I want my students to be prepared for the worstcase scenario,” said Ed Maisonet, a black belt in Krav Maga, who recently moved to Cecil County from New York City.
He partnered with one of his former students, Charles Taylor Bracken, to open a studio at 175 Fletchwood Road, Suite A, about two months ago.
Since opening, the classes are filling up and he hopes to gain a larger following.
Bracken and Maisonet met several years ago when Bracken was living in New York and enrolled in one of Maisonet’s classes at his Staten Island studio. After Bracken, who has since earned a brown belt, moved to Maryland six years ago he remained in contact with Maisonet. He also started teaching a few classes in Krav Maga at a space he sublet from Cross Fit Equity in Elkton, but his full- time job prevented him from taking on more students.
Maisonet decided to leave New York last year to travel and relocate. On his travels, he stopped in Cecil County to teach a guest class for Bracken, which eventually led to a decision to stay here and partner in a studio.
Maisonet is passionate about teaching people to protect themselves.
“I want to give people the tools to handle harassment, abuse or bullies,” he said. “I call it life defense.”
Maisonet said everyone needs to know how to handle a bully or an aggressor, even one that has a weapon. His lessons will arm students with self confidence and knowledge to diffuse a situation before it escalates, or handle it quickly if i- t does escalate, Maisonet added.
Maisonet, who describes himself as a Puer- to Rican Jew growing up in New York City, discovered Krav Maga 13 years ago.
“Its history goes back to techniques used to train the Israeli Defense Forces,” he said. “It combines moves from judo, boxing, wrestling and fight training. The Hebrew words of Krav Maga translates as ‘ contact combat.’”
Resistance is sometimes enough, said Maisonet, who teaches his students how to draw the line.
“Bad things happen every day and we have to be aware of our surroundings,” he said.
A lot of what he teaches combines mental and physical strength.
Bracken said he got interested in it as a way to protect himself while living in New York City.
“I fell in love with it,” he said. “I went three times a day, five days a week when I started.”
Bracken says Maisonet is his mentor.
John Webb, of Elkton, is enrolled at DelMar now, but says he started a few years ago with Bracken at the Cross Fit Equity gym.
“It’s the real thing,” Webb said. “He’s a great teacher.”
Dominick Tomlinson, 13, and his brother Rocco, 11, enrolled at DelMar in September as a physical activity since neither boy participates in sports. Their mother drives them a couple times a week from Oxford, Pa.
“They’ve made progress,” she said.
“I love it,” Rocco said and his brother nodded in agreement.
Right now the fee to join is $ 60 a month and will likely go up to $ 75 a month in January. Membership entitles participants to attend as many classes as they can during the month up to about 20 that are available for beginners. There are about 32 classes available for intermediate students.
For more information, call 917- 681- 6593. great
Black belt instructor Ed Maisonet recently opened DelMar Krav Maga studio in Elkton.
Students practice krav maga techniques at DelMar Krav Maga studio in Elkton.
Dominic Tomlinson, left, practices krav maga with his brother Rocco Tomlinson under the tutelage of Ed Maisonet at the DelMar studio on Fletchwood Road.