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Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts

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We Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders
& Adults Reach Their True Potential!

Since 1990, Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.


3 North Main Street, Pearl River, NY 10965

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Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts Owner

Hi, I’m Kyoshi Thomas Clifford.


I remember when I was a child, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. I wondered if I had what it took to succeed and I wasn’t the most athletic or confident child - quite the opposite. Little did I know that beginning my martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of my life!

When I opened my school in 1990, I made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Pearl River by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership, and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.

We Share & teach The Same Values You Teach At Home.

Our programs have a strong focus on personal development. The foundations of our morals, values and core character traits are formed in our early years. For this reason, the programs at Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts are an essential way to enhance the growth and personal development of young students of all ages. 

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You may have experienced boredom with your usual fitness routine or reached a plateau in your performance or physical fitness results. Our adult programs are the perfect alternative to a boring gym routine, as they help you develop into your maximum potential both physically and mentally by providing real-life self-defense strategies in a fun, focused environment. 

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Our Facility

• 2,000 Square-Foot Main Training Area With 14 Foot Ceilings
• Swain Gold Medal Olympic Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Men's & Women's Locker Rooms
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars

What Makes Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts Different From other Karate & Taekwondo Schools?

We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.

Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified and licensed to teach martial arts.

Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area for parents, as well as matted floors throughout.

Our Promise at Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts:

To Train in the
Highest Quality Martial Arts
Program Available

To Focus On
Personal Development
in a Positive Environment

To Offer Programs
Accessible & Enjoyable
by People of Any Age


"Two kinds of people train at TCMA; Black Belts and future Black Belts.

After earning the rank of Black Belt, many students continue to train at our Dojo, holding themselves to extraordinarily high personal standards. Some of our Black Belts and former classmates continue their journey in other Martial Arts systems.

A few have opened schools, furthered their training, and pass on the lessons of a legacy that has spanned many lifetimes. Others find a new path of self-mastery and pursue their progress and proficiency with some of the strategies that they learned on our mat.

This is success. It is why we have a Dojo. Kaizen, the spirit of continuous improvement, is the cornerstone of our philosophy.

The value of Thomas Clifford's Martial Arts has been, and always will be, a direct reflection of the thousands of students - past, present, and future - who always leave the Dojo better than they found it. Many classmates are active members of the school, embracing a healthy lifestyle, advancing in rank, and enjoying the adventure of the Martial Arts."
 -Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

  • Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

    Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

    Owner/Chief Instructor