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These guys are great. They offer great instruction from beginner to advanced. The atmosphere is extremely welcoming. No EGO. They do great classes for adults. I've showed up early and their classes for kids are so well run. The kids are engaged and having a blast. Highly recommend these guys. If you want to get in shape, defend yourself, or are just interested in learning more stop on by.

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I spent 6 years in the military and have been training martial arts for over 10 years. A little over a year ago I got out of the Army and my buddy recommended this place for me. I tried it out day 1 and instantly signed up for a year. This last year and half has been some of the best time of my life. I have trained at many different gyms across the world and I feel I'll never goto another one. From day 1 you are considered family. I love this place and will always recommend this place. Love you Top Level!!!

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Top Level Martial Arts has very friendly instructors and teaches your children discipline and respect. My son has been going there for over a year and it's worth every cent! Would never think of taking him somewhere else. You become a family there!

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I happened to be in town this past week and needed a place to train. The kind folks at Top Level were most welcoming. I appreciate their kindness and open willingness to let me drop in and train with them. Everyone was real cool there and I really enjoyed myself while learning a few new tricks and got to roll around with folks who had their own preferences in style that I haven't felt yet. Everyone has their own specialties. All in all it was a great experience and maybe someday I'll find myself back out that way and we'll get to roll again and feel out our progress in this art we all love. Bless.

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I am so grateful a friend shared their experience with us about Top Level. I wasn't sure what Ju Jitsu was. My 5 year old has learned exactly what respect, discipline, integrity, courage, and focus are. We are so grateful because the skills he learns in his Ju Jitsu classes carry over into his home and school life. They even teach and role play about how to deal with a bully. The teachers are wonderful with the kids. You can tell the effectiveness of Mr. Jones and his staff just by observing how his students carry themselves. I highly recommend this school for any child.

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I joined because my son wanted me to work out with him. I was skeptical because of my age and being out of shape. The instructors and fellow students made us feel welcome and encouraged us both. I have found that I enjoy it so much I go when my son is in school and then again with my him after school. Great experience, and would recommend it, not only for your kids, but for yourself as well!

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It's a great experience for anyone of all ages especially kids.
I've seen such a great improvement in Landon K. since he's started, he has come a long ways since day 1 and he's only getting better and better with every class.
Very proud of Landon and what he's accomplished.
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The staff is skilled and great with kids. My nephew loves the training and guidance he has received at TLMA. The owner (Bill Jones) is constantly doing community outreach programs and donates his time and resources to serve the city of Cuyahoga Falls.

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Bill Jones runs this place so well. He is very invested in his business and it shows.The instructors are all awesome and GREAT with the kids! - They feel like family. I am so impressed!!

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3 Ways Jiu-Jitsu Changes Lives

In all my advertising lately I’ve been calling Jiu-Jitsu a “Life-Changing” martial art. Some people probably assume that’s just a gimmick I use to try to drum up business. But it’s not. I really believe that training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can and will change lives for the better!

Here are my Top 3 Ways Jiu-Jitsu Will Change Your Life:

#1: REALIZE YOU HAVE POTENTIAL BEYOND WHAT YOU THOUGHT!

As part of my academy, we have an instructor training course. Entrance into this 2-year intensive program is not automatic and those that

Here is a 7 year old boy who, because of jiu-jitsu, is beginning to realize he’s a damn good kid! He’s coming into his own and becoming comfortable in his skin. He’s beginning to understand that he has untapped potential and wants to understand it. This is something many grown adults never realize or even begin to challenge in themselves. This is the mindset of a champion and it’s the mindset of someone who will come out ahead in life. Development of that mindset is life-changing! want to participate must write a letter describing why they want to be in the course and how Jiu-Jitsu has helped them. People write many different things and always have a slightly different take. But nothing has struck me quite as powerfully as the words of a 7 year old boy who wrote, “I’ve learned some great things about me that ALREADY do! I have discipline and inegrity….I want to be in class with the best students in the academy!”

#2: FACE YOUR FEARS AND CONQUER THEM

There’s no two ways about it. You will be uncomfortable alot during your jiu-jitsu training. One of my young female students was training an escape the other day. She looked up at me and said, “This position is so scary. It feels like you can’t breathe and you’re being crushed.” I just looked at her and said, “That’s right! But how cool is it that you don’t need to be afraid of it? You know how to escape it and how to overcome it. There’s alot of things in life that are scary like this, but there you will always be able to over come them if you keep your mind calm and look for the right way to handle them.”

And this is true. Jiu-Jitsu, in many ways, is about learning to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations. You learn how to face those things that bother you and dissect them. What is your fear? Do you have trouble confronting others? Is it hard for you to speak in public? Perhaps you have a fear of heights! Jiu-Jitsu can help you master these things. You’ll realize that fear is nothing more than an illusion put there by your mind. Jiu-Jitsu can teach you to embrace those things you fear if you allow it!

tony#3: BECOME THE MASTER OF YOUR EGO

If you train Jiu-Jitsu for any length of time you’ll hear the word “ego” thrown around alot. There are very few methods of training on Earth that are more real and alive than Jiu-Jitsu. When you roll someone and you’re trying to win…you will either submit them, or they will submit you. You either won or you did not win. This is a difficult thing for a person to accept. It’s an assault on our most primal instinct…the instinct to survive. Losing a match that you really wanted to win is, in many ways, telling your ego that you would not have survived the encounter; you died! If you let it, this will mess you up and prevent you from ever gaining any skill in the art.

The fist few months in jiu-jitsu can be especially taxing mentally and physically as you lose match after match after match. The matches you do win, you realize were give to you by someone. Over time, however, you realize you don’t have to win every match…as long as you learn something with each loss. You learn a different way of moving here and there, a different defense for this and that, a new attack for this position… Before you know it, you’ve been training for ten years and you are winning alot more than you’re losing. And when you lose, you are more interested in learning how you lost and how to prevent it than you are anything else.

Carlos Gracie Sr. is famous for having said, “In Jiu-Jitsu, you either win or you learn!” This is true. As you learn to tame the ego, to allow yourself into bad positions, you will learn far more than a win can ever teach you. In training with some very exceptional jiu-jitsu people I’ve seen this over and over and over. They allow people to put them in difficult situations, just to see how they can escape and overcome the obstacle.

These three points are just a few of hundreds that could be made! I’d like to hear how jiu-jitsu has changed your life. Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Bill Jones is an Army combat veteran with over 30 years of martial arts experience. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Master Pedro Sauer and the owner of Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. If you would like more information, or to contact Bill, visit http://toplevelmartialarts.com