Established in September 2000, Ryer Academy began as a student club
at the University of Pittsburgh. The club was founded by Joshua Ryer and
his mentor Alex Dorsey. In February 2004, the club moved to its current location on Centre Avenue in Shadyside. As each new year approaches, Ryer Academy looks forward to giving Pittsburgh the best in Martial Arts!
Who Are The Teachers?
Ryer Academy has nine professional teachers for our programs. Our staff includes; Brendan Walk, David Curet, Denny Fitzpatrick, Joel Daugherty, Joshua Ryer, Kristy Ryer, Lynne Irvin, Nicolas Pho, and Rauhit Ashar.
What Martial Art Do You Teach?
Ryer Academy teaches Master Zach Whitson's Counterpoint Tactical System. At the children's level the curriculum is simplified into tangible categories of training. As our children develop valuable self-defense skills and progress through the system, then the curriculum gradually
develops to a point where children can transition into older programs with a strong skill set and functioning knowledge. At the adult level, you will be introduced to progressive categories of training. These
categories include empty hand training; including striking, stand-up
grappling, and ground fighting; also weapon training in stick, knife,
and gun tactics. The Counterpoint Tactical System is a modern martial art. The techniques
we teach are determined by their usefulness in today's real world, not a
world ago or a world of sports.
Where Is Ryer Academy Located?
Ryer Martial Arts Academy is located on the corner of Centre Avenue and Graham Street in Shadyside. We are between the Giant Eagle Market District and UPMC Shadyside.
How Do I Get My Family Started?
Please take a moment and fill out the form. When you submit this information, your family is invited to a free week of classes at Ryer Academy and a staff member will promptly contact you to schedule your first visit.
Ryer Martial Arts Academy:
5440 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232