Coach Kenji Shimoda is Teaching BJJ for a Limited Time at Square Circle New York!

Jul. 20, 2016 – Welcome back coach Kenji! Coach Kenji Shimoda will be teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Square Circle New York for a limited time. Just like coaches Aldrin and Greg, coach Kenji is a Renzo Gracie black belt and offers a wealth of knowledge along with his own distinct teaching style. Check your schedules and see if you are training with him on the following dates: July 21-22, July 27-30, August 4-5 and August 13.

Added Bonus! We will be offering an all women’s BJJ class with coach Kenji on Saturday August 13th at 12pm! It is open to all female members and guests of members that have not been here in the past. This class is structured as an introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and, if you have never tried BJJ, its a great way to get started learning self-defense and a new martial art in your knowledge base!  All you have to do is send an email to us RSVP’ing. There are only 14 slots and a Gi must be worn for the class. Please email or speak with the front desk for any questions regarding this special class.


Great Past Fight Events and SCNY Kids Move Up in Ranking at Square Circle New York!

Mar. 5, 2016 – Two fight events happened over the weekend for our SCNY pro fighters Turan “The Hurricane” Hasanov and Chris “Super Swiss” Lukusa. In addition, our SCNY Kids moved up in ranking as well!

Our next level ranking was conducted Jan. 30th and six of our very best students passed their ranking exams with flying colors! A huge thanks goes to Coach Kurt for training and teaching our young students with proper Muay Thai techniques!  We welcome the following students into their next level grades starting with the highest ranking: Craig (Blue), Madison (Green L3), Chris (Green L1), Elsie (Green), JJ (Green) and Andrew (Green). Congratulations to the next group of young athletes carrying Muay Thai and martial arts training into their futures!

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Just this past weekend, two of our professional Muay Thai fighters, Turan Hasanov and Chris Lukusa, fought on two separate promotions! Turan fought on Lion Fight (full rules Muay Thai) in Connecticut and Chris fought on Combat at the Capitale (Glory rules kickboxing) in NYC.

Turan faced off against a strong Asa Tenpow at Lion Fight 28. Having a more methodical start and different strategy for his opponent, Turan retired in the 3rd round due to a shoulder injury sustained from a spinning back elbow. Turan moves to 15-10-1.

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Chris faced off against an equally seasoned professional Avaz Achilov at Combat at the Capitale 38. Chris utilized his aggression by applying pressure to his opponent in every round. He landed technical clean combinations that would win him the decision at the end of the fight via split decision. Chris advances to 9-1-0.

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Get ready for more action in the month of March! There are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and another huge kickboxing event in Puerto Rico for our athletes. More details to follow!

SCNY Updates and Schedule Changes During February

Feb. 13, 2016 – February is here and we have a lot to announce!

The noon Muay Thai Techniques class on President’s Day- February 15th, will be cancelled. Enjoy the long weekend Lunchtime Heroes!! Monday evening classes are regularly scheduled as normal.
We have a few temporary updates to the class schedule for the month of February.
From Monday, February 15th through Saturday, February 26th all 8:30pm classes, with the exception of BJJ, will be temporarily suspended. These classes are:
  1. Muay Thai Sparring (Tuesday and Thursday 8:30pm)
  2. Muay Thai Clinch Drills (Wednesday 8:30pm)
Muay Thai Drill Sparring does not change and is on the schedule on Mondays and Fridays at 5:30pm, and Saturday at 1pm. Muay Thai Sparring is on the schedule as normal on Saturdays at 2pm.
This is a temporary change ONLY. The classes will resume as regularly scheduled March 1st.

In order for everyone to be able to go to show their support for Chris Lukusa at Combat at the Capitale February 26th, the evening classes will be shifted up. The schedule for Friday, Feb 26th will be:

  1. Muay Thai Techniques 12pm-1pm (no change)
  2. Muay Thai Clinch Drills @ 5:30pm is cancelled
  3. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be 5:30pm-6:30pm, and
  4. BJJ Competition Sparring will be 6:30pm-7:30pm
The fight event is at 8pm, so this should give everyone time to get to the venue.
February 26th Combat at the Capitale at 8pm- Come out and show your support for Pro fighter Super Swiss Chris Lukusa.
The same night- Friday, February 26th- tune in to AXS TV to catch our pro fighter Turan Hasanov making his next appearance on Lion Fight 28 in Connecticut.
There are several other events in the next couple of months, keep checking your emails for more info still to come!!
The time is here again! UFC viewing party! Join us Saturday, March 5th for UFC 197 and what promises to be an entertaining night of fights. Feel free to invite your friends and bring whatever snacks and drinks you would like.

Square Circle New York December Year End Events and 2016! Read On!

Dec. 4, 2015 – The year is coming to an end and we have a lot to announce! Hold on to your seats as we blast right thru December with events every weekend to finish off 2015 with an awesome bang!

Sunday, Dec. 6 – Prokick presents KICKmas in Belfast, Northern Ireland with international kickboxing athletes on a World Kickboxing Network sanctioned event! Our very own Ariana ‘Lil Grillz’ Siegel makes her first european appearance, proudly representing SCNY in a highly anticipated main event WKN title fight. Let’s wish her all the best!

Friday, Dec. 11 – Friday Night Fights promotion stages their last big Muay Thai event for 2015 in the Financial District (FiDi)! Come down to the Broad Street Ballroom to show your support for SCNY’s Adam Swindell. He makes his first appearance on the longest running Muay Thai promotion in NYC. Tickets are on sale NOW, for more information please contact the front desk.

Saturday, Dec. 12th – Saturday night right after Friday Night Fights, we will once again have a UFC viewing party at SCNY! Viewing party starts with the Prelims. Join us for another action packed Pay Per View event and bring a friend/guest or two! Potluck city so bring snacks, drinks and your friends to watch this highly anticipated event featuring Jose Aldo versus Conor McGregor! This should be great night of fights!

Saturday, Dec. 19 – Kru Natalie of Chok Sabai hosts another Muay Thai smoker event at her gym. Our very own Vadim Verkhoglyad is confirmed for his first smoker! The smoker is meant to test the student’s Muay Thai skill set in a controlled sparring environment in full gear against an equally matched student from a different gym. Furthermore, the smoker is meant for a friendly exhibition competition. Chok Sabai is located at 1 W 30th St #206 (cross street is 5th Ave.) and the event starts 3pm and ends 6pm.

WE ARE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY and DAY AFTER. Dec 24, 25 & 26 – Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Our Holiday Sales are still going on! Savings on gear and private training! Call or stop by the front desk with any questions!

WE ARE CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE and NEW YEAR’S DAY. Dec. 31 & Jan. 1 – Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

To welcome in 2016, we will have a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class time at 5:30pm with coach Gregory Boutis starting Thursday, Jan. 7 . The class will be open to all SCNY members for the ENTIRE MONTH OF JANUARY! Just make sure you have your own Gi and send an email to to reserve your spot. Spots must be reserved!


The time is here for PHASE II of Diablito’s Martial Conditioning. Class programming begins Jan. 4, 2015 and runs through Jan. 27. These co-ed morning classes are every Monday and Wednesday 7am-8am. Register before 12/19/15 and SAVE $75 off the month! For more information and details, contact Diablito directly at

So many things happening – you may have to go back to the top and start over!


September 2015 Updates and Events!

Sep. 22, 2015 – The summer is over and it’s time to get back to the gym. Come in and train BJJ and Muay Thai to stay warm! Do not forget we have a new BJJ Gi mat drill time at 5:30pm on Thursday, open to all Directors and above.

We are also having a sale on all hoodies in stock!!! 40% and yes, you can combine it with your Director’s discount!!

We would like to wish luck to our athletes in the youth program on their upcoming ranking exam Saturday, October 24th. The following students testing are:

  1. Madison Fahey
  2. Elsie Fisher
  3. Chris Balmaseda
  4. JJ Ponvisutrakul
  5. Andrew Barr

These students have shown what it takes to be eligible to move on to the next level of their Muay Thai journey and we are very proud of them!


Friday Night Fights THIS FRIDAY Sep 25!

Friday September 25th, 2015 at the Broad Street ballroom come show your support for another bout with the night stalker himself, Sheldon “CrAzY EyE” Cunningham! Ariana “Lil Grillz” Siegel will also be the first SCNY athlete to fight for a title!!! If you do not have tickets yet please speak to Ariana, Sheldon or the front desk. Artwork below by Beatrice Fiedorowicz!



More events coming up in October, stay tuned for details!


Recent News at Square Circle New York as of August 26, 2015!


Aug. 26, 2015 – Beginning Monday, August 31st until Saturday, September 5th we will have a fantastic Labor Day SALE! Everything is 35% off, including gear, and the sale discount can be combined with the Director’s discount. Now is the time to stock up on all the fancy SCNY apparel you have been eyeballing all summer!

Effective immediately, we have added a new BJJ Mat Drills time available for BJJ Director’s and above. The new time is Thursday evening at 5:30pm.

There is only one more clinch class with Kru Rob for the month! Don’t get left behind, learn clinch today!!! This class is open to members only and all levels are welcome. You must RSVP in advance to attend this class by sending an email to

This Friday, August 28th at 5:30pm, will be the last FREE open Muay Thai Techniques class for the month. Reserve your spot today and feel free to bring a friend or two!!! Please remember to RSVP by sending an email Spaces are limited.

This Friday, August 28th will be the last OPEN Competition Sparring class. After Friday, you must be a Director or above to attend the Competition Sparring class with Coach Gregory Boutis. Please remember to RSVP by email to reserve your spot today.

Please Note: There are no 5:30pm classes scheduled on Friday, September 4th. The 6:30pm BJJ gi training with Gregory Boutis will continue as normally scheduled, as well as the 7:30pm Competition Sparring for Directors and above.

Discounted registration for Diablito’s Martial Conditioning Phase One: Fire and Brimstone ends Friday, August 28th. That’s THIS FRIDAY!!!! First day of training for Phase One will be 7am Wednesday, September 2nd. For more information please feel free to contact Diablito directly

August 29/30 IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open

Bridjette ‘Diablito‘ MacDonald will represent SCNY at the IBJJF Summer Open in Atlanta, GA. Bridjette recently finished in First Place Gold at Big Apple BJJ Open this year! This upcoming tournament is her first BJJ competition away and she is training hard for the event. You can show your support by making a contribution to help with the trip expenses via GoFundMe @


Friday, September 25th Friday Night Fights- Sheldon “CrAzY EyE” Cunningham has been confirmed for this event. More names are in the hat to be matched, we are just waiting for confirmation- stay tuned for more information!!!

Congratulations Y-Darian Niehrah Promoted to Blue Belt!

Aug 10, 2015 – A big congratulations to SCNY athlete Y-Darian Niehrah in our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program! He was promoted to Blue belt by our head BJJ coach Aldrin Soedarto and coach Greg Boutis. Both coach Aldrin and coach Greg are Black belts under Renzo Gracie and they are leading the charge for our growing BJJ team here at Square Circle New York!

Congrats again from all of us at SCNY!





Friday Night Fight Results June 26th for SCNY Muay Thai Athletes Sheldon Cunningham and Chris Lukusa!

June 27, 2015 – SCNY athletes Sheldon Cunningham and Chris Lukusa both won last night at the long standing Muay Thai promotion Friday Night Fights against very strong opponents!

Sheldon was 3rd in the lineup of a great card and he faced off against James Pea (1-4-0) of 5 Points Academy. High drama in a fast paced fight! After taking an 8 count, Sheldon rose to the challenge caught James with a right hook and dropped him to the canvas. James beat the count but the referee intervened and stopped the fight. TKO in 2nd round. Sheldon improves to (2-0-0) and 1 TKO win.

Chris “Super Swiss” Lukusa faced off against Andre Shuler in an unexpected rematch and main event opportunity in a full rules Muay Thai bout! Kru Rob and Kru Bea were grateful with the help from Kru Chris Tran of Weapons 9 for this fight. Going the distance, both athletes used their experience to make exciting, and sometimes awkward, exchanges. In the end, “Super Swiss” came away with a split decision improving his pro record (7-1-0) and Andre moves to (5-1-0).

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Square Circle New York Recent News June 8, 2015!

June 8, 2015 – Welcome June and new members! We have some events and schedule changes coming up that you should know.

The Muay Thai Techniques class on Wednesdays at 8:30pm will no longer be offered, effective immediately. If this is one of your scheduled times please contact the front desk to switch it. We are looking to put a new class in this time slot – stay tuned!

We have updated one of our class names for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All the classes are exactly the same and are in the same time slots. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Mat Drills (formerly called Open Mat BJJ) are open only to Directors and above. Participation in these time slots do not require scheduling from our members that are eligible to attend.

Two of our younger students in the SCNY Kids/Teens program have passed their next level ranking tests and we are completely proud of Craig (Green Level III) and Chris (Yellow Level)! Both have demonstrated the focus, determination and technical skill in their continued journey with Muay Thai!

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Our new summer tanks have arrived and are in limited numbers! Make sure you snap one up before they are GONE!

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There will be a smoker June 13 this Saturday at American Top Team Whitestone. Although we do not have anyone on this event from SCNY, Kru Rob and Kru Beatrice will be their to support our friends at ATT and cheer on the next generation of new athletes!

The next SCNY Muay Thai event coming up is Friday, June 26th – Friday Night Fights at the Broad Street Ballroom (40 Broad St. across from NYSE) Come out and show your support for Sheldon “CrAzY EyE” Cunningham as he makes his second amateur Muay Thai appearance. Doors open at 7pm, first bout is at 8pm. You can get tickets from Sheldon or the front desk. The ticket price is $45- cash only.

 Saturday, July 18th – IBJJF Summer Open. Come out and show your support for our BJJ athletes currently registered:

  • *Dylan Lipari (2nd tournament)
  • *Bridjette MacDonald (2nd tournament, gold medal in 1st tournament)
  • *Jeffrey Lin (1st tournament)


Chok Sabai Smoker Sat May 30! SCNY Athletes Amy Schmitt, Danny Cornwell & Travis Warnock Set to Appear!

May 27, 2015 – This Saturday May 30th, Square Circle New York will close after the BJJ open mat hour. There will not be Muay Thai drill sparring or sparring classes afterwards. We will close slightly earlier this day to support SCNY athletes Amy Schmitt, Danny Cornwell and Travis Warnock at the Chok Sabai Muay Thai smoker event! The smoker is a friendly interclub matchup between local gyms and their students to display their technical skills against one another.  It is not a fight, but rather a skilled matchup with full gear that participants wear and the matches are carefully supervised in a friendly atmosphere!

This will be Amy Schmitt’s 3rd smoker to date and she is super ready to put on a show of her skillset! This will be Danny Cornwell’s first smoker and he looks ready from all his preparation and training put in. Travis will make his 2nd smoker appearance (1st one was at Evolution Muay Thai) and he also has a solid skillset to display at the event!

The event will be held at Chok Sabai Gym located at 1 West 30th Street at Fifth Avenue in NYC. Admission is $10 at the door.