GSDA is the acronym for Goldberg Self Defense Academy which is a new martial art system designed by Founder and Chief Instructor Barry Goldberg.
Barry Goldberg Chief Instructor of GSDA
Introducing Barry Goldberg Founder and Chief Instructor of GSDA (Goldberg Self Defense Academy) a new self-defense art designed by taking the best techniques from many martial art disciplines such as Israel’s famous combat protection Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu, Wing Chun and Judo. It’s a fast and easy to learn system that’s highly effective whether you want to learn self-defense for protection and travelling overseas, or you are looking for a new fun way to keep in shape. We specialize in group classes for men and women, corporate team building events, self-defense and awareness training, and personalized and private customized workouts to meet your fitness goals.
Before founding and developing this new system of self defense, Barry worked in many different fields that needed his level of knowledge. He was part of a special police unit in Belize, often protecting digniteries that would travel to Belize from surrounding countries.
Barry had the opportunity to live in many countries such as South Africa, Israel, Belize and China where he gained an interest of martial arts and self-defense originating from those counties. He's been training since his childhood and has had the opportunity to train with some famous instructors such as Hisardut in Herzelia, Israel under the instruction of Dr. Dennis Hanover, Wing Chun in Shanghai, China under the instruction of Shifu Wu Jun Hui, Muay Thai in Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand under Pinyo Muay Thai Camp and Muay Chaiya Boran under the instruction of Peter Goncz of No Rules Combat in Bangrak, Koh Samui. Barry constantly travels around the world to train and learn systems that can be incorporated into his lesson plans.
In May of 2014 Barry was certified by Shifu Xie yue jun in an honorable ceremony with the Zhongshan, China Wing Chun Association as an official Wing Chun Master and Disciple of Ip Man. With this certification GSDA is now recognized as a new Wing Chun Self Defense discipline.
One thing Barry found while studying all of these disciplines is as unique and effective they were that for real world situations they also posed some limitations. So he set out to create a well-rounded form using the best techniques of everything he's studied. He found that not only could these be used for self-defense and protection but with some subtle adjustments offered a complete body work out that trains the body, mind and soul. The outcome of his efforts is a system that is fast and easy program to learn, but one that will effectively protect oneself, and one that could simultaneously be used to keep fit.
GSDA is open to all students no matter age, gender or ability. Students with little or no ability are welcomed and ensured to quickly meet their goals. Goldberg Self Defense Academy offers Self Defense, and Fitness training for men and women as private classes and small groups. He also offers seminars for your team and establishment and will offer onsite training which is more effective especially for the self-defense training.
GSDA will be moving from Zhuhai, China where he recently introduced his system to the public. He will be moving to Boston, MA in July of 2014 and will begin classes as early as August 1. Classes will be available as Private (Up to 2 people) at location of choice or with partnered fitness centers in the area. After October 2014, Barry will have a small location available for Private, Group (up to 8 people) or GSDA’s signature Create Your Own Group. He is also available for seminars and can travel across the US or worldwide to meet your needs.
If you are interested in self-defense or a special fitness class to stay in shape, please contact chere Goldberg to book your free consultation with Barry
Phone: +1 (781) 789-9541