Experience the life-changing power of martial arts

Do you want to lose weight, build muscle tone, and get in the best shape of your life?

Do you want your child to learn focus, discipline, and respect?

Then come to Urban Martial Arts!

We are a Brooklyn martial arts studio in Ditmas Park that offers a transported martial arts after-school program, a karate sports summer camp, martial arts classes for kids, and fitness kickboxing classes for adults.

Train at one of the finest Brooklyn Martial Arts facilities

The New York Daily News picked our karate sports summer camp as one of the city’s hottest camps, and the L Magazine has named our fitness kickboxing program as one of NYC’s top 10 workouts!

Urban Martial Arts has also been featured in numerous other media outlets, including Fox Business, Inc, Entrepreneur, and Crain’s New York Business.

Meet Sensei Serge and Carmen

Urban Martial Arts is a Brooklyn martial arts studio in Ditmas Park run by husband-and-wife team Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi.

About Sensei Serge

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, Entrepreneur, Crain’s New York Business, and The L Magazine.

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

Carmen Sognonvi [pronounced Sun-Yo-Vee] is owner and general manager of Urban Martial Arts, a martial arts school in Brooklyn, New York. She blogs at CarmenSognonvi.com, where she shares tips on running a successful local, bricks-and-mortar business.

Carmen’s views on local business, local marketing, and entrepreneurship have been featured in numerous media outlets, including Inc, Entrepreneur, Fox Business, and Crain’s New York Business.

In 2004, Carmen launched Racialicious, an award-winning blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Her views 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.

In 2010, Carmen decided to retire from public activism and joined Urban Martial Arts full-time as General Manager.

Carmen was born and mostly 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.