Do you have to spar in order to be an effective striker or can you simply hit punching mitts and kicking pads to get the same result? This question comes up quite a lot, so let me take a few minutes to address it. At my academy, Next Level Martial Arts, we have new people joining all the time. Most of these beginner students have never trained any form of martial arts a day in their life. They are brand new to all of this stuff, so what do we do with them? We throw them in the ring with killers, so they can learn how to be a professional punching bag! How else are they going get ... Read more
**Warning** If what you read below describes you I'm sorry to tell you that you're caught in the weight cycle :( You're not happy about the way you feel. You're tired all the time. You feel terrible about yourself. You have no energy. You feel crummy about the way you look. Your clothes don't fit any more. You're disgusted with yourself, so what do you do? You go on a diet and start exercising of course! Ha-ha!! Four weeks go buy and you've lost 15 lbs., dropped TWO pants sizes and look a heck of a lot better!! Way to go!! Fast forward another 4 weeks and by this point your diet and ... Read more
No. I could end this blog article right here, but let me elaborate :) Most people wrongly assume that the only people training in Mixed Martial Arts are those individuals who want to compete in MMA type events, like the UFC, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The majority of our students, let's say 90% of them, just want to learn how to defend themselves, get in shape, relieve stress and build their confidence. You can see from the picture below that there are people as young as 14 years-old to adults in their 50's in this particular class. You can also see both men and women ... Read more
Here's a picture of my dad, James Terlecki, receiving his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) at the age of 74. Let me take you back 15 years ago and tell you how it all began. Cleveland Ohio, 1999. At this point in time I had been training in Jiu-Jitsu for almost 2 years. My dad and I would drive an hour and a half both ways, 3 days a week, from Youngstown to Cleveland to train with Craig Cramer, one of Royce Gracie's best friends and protégé. Craig ran and operated one of the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu association academy's in the country. Back then there were no Jiu-Jitsu ... Read more
Are you looking for Kids Martial Arts Classes in Austintown, Ohio? Then get 6 weeks of Kids Martial Arts Classes AND a FREE UNIFORM for only $69 at Next Level Martial Arts Academy. Your child will be in great hands at our academy under the watchful eye of our black belts who have accumulated dozens of years of experience in the martial arts. Your child will not only have a blast, they will make new friends, improve their social skills, get exercise and much more. Benefits Of Training at Next Level Martial Arts Your child will learn how to defend themselves properly and ... Read more