Stephen Bodi

Stephen B.

New York, NY

Lesson Details

Krav Maga

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Certified to teach Krav Maga through East Village Martial Arts. I add my own unique skill set and experience to offer more to my students than they would otherwise get in a typical Krav Maga class.
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Stephen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1991

My name is Stephen. I am a trained martial artist and self defense instructor with over 20 years teaching experience. I work hard to make sure that I teach my students in an informative, fun and effective manner and work with students of any skill level. I cater the training to the individual student and their needs. I take great pride in watching my students develop their skills and get better and better as their training progresses.

My other skill set is in video production, photography and HDDSLR film making. I have worked on corporate videos, medical, editorial, ENG, and independent films. I have extensive experience with a wide variety camera systems


Self Defense Instructor
Nov 2014 - Present
East Village Martial Arts

I teach the Thursday evening Krav Maga/Self Defense class at East Village Martial Arts.

Medical conference video and IT technician (freelance)
Nov 2008 - Present
Mount Sinai Educational Technology Group

Videography, multimedia presentation support, networking , computer set up, photography and tech support for medical conferences.

Videographer and photographer (freelance)
Jan 2008 - Present
Digital Waterworx

Working in a wide variety of productions including: corporate, editorial, and live event production.

Camera operator and editor (freelance)
Jan 2008 - Present
Live It Up! tv show

Camera operator and video editor for Live It Up! tv show (local long island television program)


Black Belt Koga Ryu Ninjutsu
Nov 1994
Circle of One System of Self Defense, Shihan Felix Vasquez

The school and system I have been with since spring 1989. Due to my previous martial arts experience I started helping out as an assistant instructor in September 1991.

Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
Dec 1988
Howard Lee Tae Kwon Do

My first official martial arts experience.

14 Reviews

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Erica M. Feb 15, 2016
Krav Maga · In studio

I had been trying to find a private Krav Maga instructor in the city for ages, and they were few and far between. I finally came across Stephen, and I'm so happy I did. He's a fantastic teacher! He has an extensive history in Krav Maga, Ninjutsu, and Self-Defense, and it immediately becomes clear that he really, really knows his stuff. He's friendly, professional, and patient, and he really wants to see his students succeed. I give Stephen 5 stars, and I highly recommend him to new and veteran students alike!

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Branden Feb 14, 2016
Krav Maga · In studio

Stephen is a great instructor to work with. He is able to clearly communicate how to perform techniques and explain the reason it is useful. I previously took lessons elsewhere in Krav Maga, and I quickly was able to see that Stephen offers a more rounded teaching style that does not only focus on one area. I definitely recommend him as an instructor.

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Martine Oct 9, 2015
Self Defense · In studio

Stephen has a wealth of knowledge and breaks it down so its easy to understand. He really pulls together training techniques and concepts so they are applicable in real situations. His mat work with falling and rolling techniques are top notch. As a bonus, he's a good person. I'll be in for another lesson soon!

Thank you Stephen!

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Michael Sep 19, 2015
Ninjutsu · In studio

Very positive experience, Stephen is knowledgeable in the art and a clear instructor.

Ken Jul 14, 2015
Krav Maga · In studio

Stephen is an great teacher. He is very knowledgeable on martial arts and makes learning self defense fun. He takes his time and ensure each student understands the techniques taught. Also advises which techniques will best work for each student. I definitely look forward to learning more from him!!

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Teel Jul 13, 2015
Krav Maga · In studio

Stephen was extremely prepared for the lesson, had a wide range of skills to draw from and excellent communication skills- explaining clearly what I was to do and showed me in detail how to achieve the result he was talking about. I felt extremely confident after the lesson that I could use the skills he taught me without hesitation. On top of that, he had a pleasant and even (appropriately) jovial manner that kept me from being intimidated by the material. I plan to study more with him and would highly recommend anyone interested in serious study contact him.

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Shuiken Jul 12, 2015
Self Defense · In studio

Stephen is a great instructor. His abilities and extensive knowledge is clearly undeniable. He is responsive to each student's individual needs. He is extremely patient and kind in his approach to teaching his students which I really appreciated. I would highly recommend Stephen every time!

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Anne Jul 9, 2015
Krav Maga · In studio

Great classes! Stephen is really knowledgeable about martial arts and works closely with students to teach specific techniques in a way that is easily understandable for both beginners and students who have been training for years. I'd definitely recommend this instructor!

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Dawnn Jul 9, 2015
Self Defense · In studio

Stephen is a great instructor. He was very patient and takes the time to listen to each student as well as their individual needs. He's able to adjust the lesson to your needs. I've even learned recently as I'm now pregnant that I can still take classes for things like getting out of holds ect that are very useful. I've enjoyed the classes thus far and feel I've learned a lot, as well as got a great workout. I highly suggest you give it a shot! It's all levels and will keep you interested!

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Onique Jul 7, 2015
Self Defense · In studio

I absolutely love your lessons. I have learned so much its unbelievable. I am able to defend myself in any circumstance, whether its being held at gunpoint, being choked, being held up into the corner , or even a person stealing my electronic devices. You are a reality based instructor, and that's why as a female I'm able to defend myself.

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Onique Jul 7, 2015
Krav Maga · In studio

I absolutely love your lessons. I have learned so much from your krav maga course. I learned how to disarms guns at a quick pace, as well as how to attack a robber who is trying to steal any of my electronic devices. Who would've known I can pretend I'm going to give up an IPad and quickly attack them in the throat and causing injuries to several of there pressure points. This class has taught me so much :)

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Debbie Rochon Jul 7, 2015
Video Production · In studio

Stephen is an extremely well rounded expert on the craft of film composition and editing. He has incredible patience and draws from a huge amount of experience and a terrific imagination. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Donna Jul 6, 2015
DSLR Video · In home

Stephen knows a lot about a lot. He has a strong mental capacity to remember complex concepts and is able to concise the facts into a presentation that is easy to understand. He is trustworthy. He is witty. He is an avid learner. He constantly keeps up on the latest and greatest techniques and technology yet has a proven track record for knowing the ins and outs of practically any device from any era.
He is kindhearted and when treated respectfully could impart this knowledge to
deserving and kindhearted students. If you are passionate about what you want to learn... Stephen has the ability to help you thrive.

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Karen Jul 6, 2015
Self Defense · In studio

I was a little nervous going into Stephen's class. I didn't know what to expect or how I would fit in with the levels of the other students. But As the class began I quickly realized I was right where I needed to be. Stephen teaches skills I can apply to real life situations with a skillfulness that leaves me feeling confident and informed. I could tell his other students felt the same way and it's an investment that paid off in more ways than I could have thought! Thank you Stephan!


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