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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Is Jiu-Jitsu Training Violent?

Watch the latest Ultimate Fighting event or attend a local mixed martial arts match and you’re going to hear about the power of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). It’s become a staple of those sports because of the absolute effectiveness it has against those who do not learn it.  However, if this is your primary exposure to such arts, it’s easy to understand why you may think training BJJ would be a violent endeavor. Because of this, “Is this violent”, is one of the top questions we get about Jiu-Jitsu training in Cuyahoga Falls.

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In my time teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Akron area and beyond, I have had many people express concerns about the potential for violent training. This goes for the Kids Martial Arts as well. After all, parents and adults don’t want injuries. They are usually seeking out martial arts training for the exact opposite effect. They want to get healthy and relieve stress. They want their kids to learn about healthy habits, respect, and discipline. Injuries and violence are usually counter to those goals.

So, is BJJ violent? Well, the truest answer is, “It depends.” If your goal is to get in the octagon and take on opponents in Mixed Martial Arts, then yes…it is violent. There would be striking, and knockouts and blood involved. If your primary goal is competitions, then the violence would be a little less, but a high level of aggression would certainly be involved.

With that said, the vast majority of people who train BJJ are just normal, well adjusted adults and kids that just want a hardcore workout and to relieve stress. They want to learn a skill with their workout. For those people, the level of violence in BJJ training is 20150422_195001almost non-existent. In fact, most of the training is fun and you are surrounded by like minded individuals who just want to help you get more skilled and reach your goals.

Even the fighters and competitors love to help out new members. They all know that it’s better to help new members get better. They understand the difference between training in the academy vs getting in the ring and fighting. In fact, they are often some of the best people to train with. This is because they have a high degree of confidence and little ego.

So, for most people, the real answer is , no! No, BJJ training is not violent. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The training is challenging. It teaches you the discipline necessary to get better at things. It teaches you about yourself and is one of the best stress relievers. In fact, many BJJ practitioners often say it’s amazing and just good for the soul. 

If you ever have the chance, make sure to stop into a BJJ academy and see what it’s all about. But be warned…It’s one of the most addictive “hobbies” you’ll ever undertake!

See you on the mats!

Bill Jones is the owner and head instructor of Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. They specialize in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts in Akron area, Ohio.