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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.
Thank you all

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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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How to Be a Jiu-Jitsu Parent!

Your Job as a Jiu-Jitsu Parent!

Jiu-Jitsu will help to build your child into a disciplined, respectful, person who demonstrates courage and integrity.  At least, that’s how the story goes, right?

But how does it do this?

Well… that’s where you, the parent, come in. You see, if you just slow down to 50mph, kick your kid out the door and tell em to have fun, you’ll get exactly what you put into it. Your child will come into class, probably have a good time, learn how to defend themselves, listen to a few stories about respect, then go home.

The problem with that scenario is that’s all they will do. You see, they won’t bring the lessons home with them. But isn’t that the point? You do want them to bring the lessons about respect and focus and commitment home, and to grandma’s, and to school, and on the playground, and to their sports. But that won’t happen without your help!

That’s why I created the “Jiu-Jitsu Values Program.” Most of us just call it “Parent Stripes” for short.

You see, I understood that some of my biggest breakthroughs on character were brought about through the work of my parents in conjunction with my mentors! And that’s what the program is all about.

We have 5 Values Stripes that your child must earn in order to go from one belt to the next. They are Commitment, Discipline, Integrity, Respect, and Personal Courage. And while we are the ones who put the stripes on their belts, it’s you who sets the goals for them.

But this only works if you set actual goals. Don’t just wait and say “Yeah…you can get em all.” And don’t just give them on a whim. Set a goal that your child must work toward over time. Make sure to tell one of the academy instructors what goals your child is attempting to achieve. We will help to reinforce those values and actions.

This is about building habits…and only practice can build new habits.

So the next time your kid does something awesome and you have the urge to give them a stripe for it, hold back. Tell them, “That was an awesome thing you did. If I see you do that 2 more times, I think you’ll be ready for a values stripe.”

Stay tuned for part 2 of this series…coming next week… where I’ll talk about using the Values program to assist with behavior modification and reinforcement!

See you on the mats,

Bill Jones, Owner
Top Level Martial Arts