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Carl "Rocky" Wargo reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
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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.

Robert Gorham reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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!!!

Virginia Kirven reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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!

Treavis Brownfoot reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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.

Julie Gallagher Root reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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.

Jim Stewart reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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!

Robert Hayes reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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.
Thank you all

Sarah McDonnell reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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.

Jessica Harrah reviewed Top Level Martial Arts
5
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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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Are you making this parenting mistake?

IS THIS YOU?

The school year is over and you want your kids to have some freedom to just be kids for a little bit.

This is a huge concern we hear from parents every year around this time. I have 2 kids myself and I feel the same way sometimes.

Here’s the reality though. A few months later parents tend to drag their kids in kicking and screaming and all parent’s can say is, “I don’t know what happened. He was so disciplined before summer and now its all gone.”

The truth is, kids need structure and discipline. Everyone does, really. But when school lets out and they are suddenly free from the strict culture that school creates their young minds can go a bit crazy. Moreover, if they are in other activities and you take them out of those too, it’s a recipe for disaster. And it’s a sign of weak parenting.

When you go through six sigma training you learn that, to get to the root cause of something, you often need to ask “why” a minimum of 5 times. When I have done deep dives into the “why” of parents taking kids out of activities over the summer the first answers are always something like, “I just want him to have fun.” But when I dig deep and get to the root cause, the real answer is usually fatigue of the parent. “I just need a break.”

Our jobs as parents are daunting and challenging. But if we can’t show our children how we value commitment and discipline, why should they care about it either? The short answer is they can’t and won’t. And that’s why these kids are so much more rowdy at the end of the summer.

When I was born my grandfather gave my mother only a single piece of parenting advice, “Keep him busy. It’ll keep him off the streets.” And even while working 2 jobs and putting herself through college, my mother managed to get me to scouts, put me in martial arts, take me to T-ball, camps and more.

I witnessed, every day, her work ethic and how important it was to keep organized and structured in life. And that work ethic has washed off on me. It’s led me to 2 college degrees, writing a book, attaining leadership positions in 2 fortune 500 companies, becoming a training NCO in the Army, opening 2 businesses and becoming an employer. I didn’t do this by giving up. I did it because I understand and learned the value of using my free time intelligently.

“Practice Builds Habits”

There’s a saying we have in Jiu-Jitsu, “Practice builds habits.” This can’t be more relevant than when you let your kids “take the summer off.” They build bad habits. Waking up late, watching too much youtube, playing too many video games, and the list goes on.

Now don’t get me wrong. We all need to unwind a little bit and I’ve played my fair share of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Magic the Gathering. But I have also spent countless hours reading books to enrich my mind, exercising to strengthen my body, and finding my flow to power my will.

So, if your kid is in an after school activity and you’re thinking of taking them out of it for the summer, I would caution against it. If anything, put them in more activities and structure their free time. Go on vacations and visit the pools, of course. But be sure you teach them the value that comes with a lifestyle built on discipline and structure.

Martial arts is a great activity for kids to learn structure and discipline. We currently have some great specials going for it too. Visit our specials page at www.toplevelmartialarts.com/offer/kids-martial-arts to learn more.