Elite Defensive Tactics

Yorktown Heights, NY

Martial arts is so ingrained into my life, that I can't imagine my life without it. More importantly, I can't imagine my life without the gift of bringing martial arts to our community. It's why I get up in the morning with so much enthusiasm, and why I work as hard as I can to make my martial arts school an amazing experience for everyone who walks through our doors.

Here's a glimpse into the results of this effort. You'll find out a bit about our instructors, how we do things here, our facility, as well as what martial arts is really all about.

Read it over, and give us a call when you're done to get started now. I can't wait for martial arts to become a part of your life, too.

Passionate Instructors Who Really Care.

One of the biggest pieces of feedback we get is about our instructors. The men, women & children of our community just can't get enough of their passion and enthusiasm. That's because martial arts isn't a “hobby” or something our instructors just “do on the weekends.” It's something they believe in. Something that's embedded into every area of their lives.

And our instructors can't help but pass along this enthusiasm and passion onto every student they encounter. They're motivational, encouraging, supportive, and knowledgeable. Have a question? A challenge? A problem? They've got you covered.

An Uplifting, Clean & Safe Environment.

Martial arts training requires weapons-handling, falling and landing on cushioned mats, and doing exercises and drills that require getting down on the floor. As such, we take great pride in keeping our matted floors impeccably clean, and our equipment safe and up to date. You'll have no worries working with our equipment. And the moment you walk through our doors, you'll notice that we take great care of our studio - because we want you to have a great experience here.


Entire families train with us here. Kids train with kids. Adults train with adults. Lots of our members live within walking distance of each other, and many are friends outside of our classes. The result: a close, family-like sense of community here. And the moment you join our classes, you'll feel right at home with this community.

Students who have been training for a while help out the beginners. Exercises often require partners, and students take advantage of this to encourage and cheer each other on.

No one is competing with anyone else here. No one is trying to “show off” or “out do” the next guy. Everyone just wants to learn and grow and help each other out.

Get Started Now.

Take your time browsing around our website. You'll find information on all of our programs, get access to our exclusive online specials, and most importantly - you can get signed up today.

I can't wait to meet you in person, and help you reach your goals with martial arts. Whether you're looking for fitness, inner-growth, or self-defense - we'll help you get there.

Meet Gary Gione
Owner at Elite Defensive Tactics
in Yorktown Heights, NY
9th Degree Black Belt

My name is Gary Gione, and I'm the owner of Elite Defensive Tactics Martial Arts Academy, specializing in kids and adult programs, personal protection, police tactics, and body guard services. I have over 45 years of martial art and 20 years of law enforcement practical street experience in hand to hand combat, weapons, and adrenaline based instruction. It's my honor to teach you what I know in fun, action-packed classes.

Below is a list of some of my accolades, to help you see that you're in good hands.

Education & Experience with the NYPD:

  • Bachelor Science Degree, Criminal Justice, John Jay College- Graduated1978
  • Police Academy NYPD- Academics / Firearms / Advanced Driving / Self Defense– Graduated 1981
  • Organized Crime Control Division Course, Narcotics Division NYPD-Graduated 1985
  • Basic Management Course NYPD (Promoted to Sergeant) –Graduated 1985
  • Criminal Investigation Course, (Detective Mandated Course) NYPD-Graduated 1988
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Course NYPD /FBI- Graduated 1991
  • Advanced High Drug Trafficking Course NYPD/ FBI- Graduated 1992
  • Advanced Management Course NYPD (Promoted to Lieutenant)-Graduated 1995
  • Verbal Judo-Taught by Author George Thompson

Special Skills & Rankings:

  • 9th Degree Black Belt in Ju Jutsu
  • 9th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
  • 9th Degree in Jun Bao Kung Fu

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How to Get Started

Come join our Yorktown Heights, NY facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Ju Jitsu, Kickboxing, and Tai Chi . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (914) 962-3267 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!