Training and Physical Therapy for Martial Artists

Why do so many martial artists come to CityPT?

Many of our martial artist-patients tell us they have been disappointed with the Physical Therapy they have received at other practices in the past. The truth is, most physical therapists and physical therapy practices have little experience treating martial artists. They are not familiar with demands of martial arts training and competition. This prevents them from providing optimal care for martial artists. That is where City Physical Therapy stands out.

The City Physical Therapy Advantage

  • Clinical Excellence
  • Martial Arts Experience
  • Superior Rehabilitation Facilities

In addition to his 20+ years experience as a PT, Dan brings 30 years of martial arts experience to the table. He has treated tons of martial artists over the years ranging from recreational participants to instructors and elite international-level fighters. Dan's understanding of martial arts training enables City Physical Therapy to provide the highest level of care possible for martial artists.

Dan's Martial Arts Profile

Over 30 years martial arts experience

Here's what some of our martial artist-patients have to say.

"Dan Tahany and City Physical Therapy helped get me back on the mats when everyone else screamed surgery. This is a great team of healers--and Dan is hilarious!"
—J.W., New York, NY
Martial Art: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Marcelo Garcia
Author The Art of Learning
8-time National Chess Champion
2-time Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands World Champion
Creator of MGInAction.com

"If you are a martial artist or serious athlete then Dan Tahany and his stellar team at City Physical Therapy are the go to professionals to see for your physical therapy needs. I have been training and fighting in Muay Thai for over three years and have been lucky to stay fairly injury free, but when I sprained my ankle 2 years ago and found Dan Tahany I knew I found the only person I would ever see for my physical therapy needs. He not only got my ankle mobile and pain free, but he progressed our PT sessions to the level of a hard workout to ensure I was strong enough to perform at a competitive level. Recently, I returned to Dan at City PT for a torn iliopsoas tendon -- again, they took me from not being able to do more than walk to my competitive Muay Thai training workouts pain free in 2months. O-waaaay!!!!"
—T.U., New York, NY
Martial Art: Muay Thai

"As a martial artist, having aches and pains is nothing new, but after I sprained my fingers while training, I couldn’t even make a simple fist without feeling stiffness or pain in my hand. Dan and the friendly, knowledgeable staff at CityPT got my fingers and hand back into shape and back to punching in no time. I've seen other therapists before, but CityPT is my top choice for physical therapy!"
—W.C., New York, NY
Martial Art: Shotokan Karate
2nd Dan Blackbelt

"My work at CityPT with Dan not only helped me with my knee injury but it significantly made a positive impact on my physical fitness as a whole. Dan helped me recover from my injury as well as got me into the habit of strengthening my legs on a regular basis which inspired me to attend not only my physical therapy three times a week, but to workout the other two mornings each week. When my PT was lessened to two times per week I was already in the habit of going each weekday, so I started working out three times a week. Now that my work with Dan is over and my knee is recovered I have continued to workout five days a week and I don’t intend to stop. Dan helped me set a foundation in which we started slowly but surely and continuously gained momentum. Dan and his staff are all professional, courteous, attentive, and fun to be around. I would definitely recommend CityPT to all people, whether athletes or not."
—C.C., New York, NY
Martial Art: Muay Thai

"As a lifelong martial artist there's no escaping wear and tear! As I reached my late 40s many of my 'issues' started getting in the way of my training. I've been suffering from 'kali elbow' as a result of 20 years of stick fighting and as a result started loosing range of motion in my arm. Within a few weeks of seeing Dan, my range of motion started improving and I'm experiencing less pain. Although many years of banging have taken its toll, with Dan's insightful therapy, I'll be able to keep banging for another 20 years. I can't recommend him enough!!"
—B.D., New York, NY
Instructor: Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Silat Kuntau Tekpi

"I highly recommend Dan Tahany to any Martial Artist or Athlete. I've been practicing Shotokan Karate competitively for over 20 years and strongly believe Dan is the perfect Physical Therapist to help get you back into training. His knowledge and understanding of the physical needs of the martial artist help my recovery from hand surgery and various muscle strains to top physical condition quickly and effectively. The state of the art facilities plus the always warm staff made going to physical therapy a treat."
—J.L., New York, NY
Instructor: Shotokan Karate
4th Dan Black Belt

"When I first went to City Physical Therapy, I had been having shoulder pain as a result of an injury I acquired doing jiu-jitsu for about a year. The pain was quite substantial and, most importantly, I was no longer able to push myself in the gym to the high level that I was used to. I instantly felt comfortable at CityPT. Dan and his staff are extremely professional and friendly, and promote a great healing environment. Dan diagnosed me with impingement and a possible tear in my rotator cuff muscles. We made a plan to improve my impingement with stretching and strength training. I stuck to the regimen that Dan had laid out for me over the next few months and by the end my flexibility had significantly improved and the pain in my shoulder was gone. I avoided surgery and am now able to train as hard as I like without having to worry about my shoulder. Since working with Dan, I have had two Muay Thai fights. I won the first by TKO and lost the second by split decision. I know my training would not have been nearly as effective without Dan's help."
—J.H., New York, NY
Martial Art: Muay Thai, MMA

"Last spring I developed tendonitis in my right ankle. After a month of treatment from City Physical Therapy, I was back to my training in Muay Thai. Daniel and his staff helped me strengthen my ankle and also provided me with the tools and knowledge to help prevent any further complications. I am fighting strong now!"
—K.E., New York, NY
Martial Art: Muay Thai

"Dan helped me after I dislocated my shoulder during a Muay Thai Fight. He really understood my injury and through intense therapy I was able to get back in the ring 3 months later. My shoulder is definitely stronger now than it was before my injury. I recommend City Physical Therapy for any athlete who needs Physical Therapy."
—P.J-M., New York, NY
Martial Art: Muay Thai

"The entire staff is extremely welcoming and the therapists are magicians! I had a bad knee injury and was skeptical about PT at first, but now I wholeheartedly believe and recommend them to anyone!

I got injured in a Muay Thai competition and found myself limping and training on it for a month before I was recommended by a fellow teammate to try City PT. I was scheduled to have another fight a month later and I wanted to do anything to get me prepared. After my first visit I could feel a huge difference, I was committed to seeing CityPT twice a week to help get me strong. By the time of my fight my knee was left uninjured during and after the fight. I continued to see them once a week after for maintenance and today I graduated!

My knee is a lot better and I can go back to my full training regimen. Dan, Shaina and Joanne are very kind and knowledgeable- Thank you for helping me get through this, you guys are my HEROS! The entire staff is so fun and sweet it almost feels like you're going to a friend's house to hangout! Thank you CityPT a kazillion times over! I'm a firm believer in what you guys do for your patients and for our community."
—A.V.
USA Team Member IFMA World Championships 2019

"I compete in Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu, injuries are unfortunately a part of the sport. While fight sports are an individual endeavor, no one steps foot into a ring or mat without a strong team working with and supporting them. Dan and his team at City PT have been an integral part of my fight camps and preparation for some of my biggest events. I just wanted to share some of my experiences working with Dan and his amazing team at City PT to express my gratitude for the work that they do.

Leading up to IFMA World Championships in 2017, Dan treated me for a knee and ankle injury. Through intensive PT work with Dan and his team I fully recovered, just in time to fight in NYC and then twice in Belarus.

During the Worlds I sustained a shoulder injury and could barely extend my left arm. Panicking because the Pan American Championships were in 5 months, I immediately went to City PT after the Worlds to work with Dan. Through Dan’s help I was able to recover enough strength and mobility to win a gold medal at the Pan American Championships.

I am so grateful to everyone at City PT for everything they have done to help me get better and stronger so I could achieve my goals.

Currently I am back in physical therapy at City Pt with Helen after sustaining a shoulder injury during Jiu Jitsu. After working with them for so many years I have no doubt that I will soon be back on the mats, stronger, more mobile, and more flexible.

I recommend City PT to all of my students and anyone I come across dealing with a nagging or recent injury. They have helped and taught me so much and they can help you too. Don’t hesitate to book your appointment! "
—G.S.
Workshop NYC
2017 USMF IFMA Team USA
2017 IFMA PanAms Gold Medalist
2017 USMTO-East A Class Champion
2015 USKA Champion
2014 USKA Champion
2013 TBA World Expo B Class Gold Medalist
Victory Combat Sports Champion