Youngstown MMA Classes


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 just want to have fun, learn how to defend themselves, get in shape, relieve stress and build their confidence.

You can see from the picture below that there are students as young as 14 years-old to adults in their 50's in this particular class. You can also see both men and women training together. There are also students in this class who are just starting out and there are students who have been training for over 8 years. We have students training with us from all walks of life...firemen, police officers, lawyers, high school principals, business owners, engineers, marketing directors, mothers, fathers and even grandparents. Some of these students have a lot in common with each other, but many of them don't have much in common except for the fact that they love training in Mixed Martial Arts.

Everyone training at our academy has a different reason for why they started training and the goals they want to achieve. For some people, they just want to lose some weight, get in shape and get healthier. Other people labor in a very stressful work environment all day and they look forward to coming to the academy three or four days a week to relieve some of that stress. Some people started training because they wanted to become more confident. And for some, they started because they wanted to learn how to defend themselves if they were ever put into a situation where they needed to.

It's true that there are students who sign up because they want to compete in MMA events, and we do our best to prepare them for that, but the large majority of people who train with us do so because they watch the UFC on television and they want to be able to do the same cool techniques their favorite fighters do. They don't have any intention of ever setting foot inside the cage; they just want to learn the same techniques they see being used inside the octagon and have some fun. They're not looking to go to work the next day with a black eye; they're not there to be the next Georges St-Pierre; they're there to learn some cool techniques in a supportive and friendly environment.

Not too long ago I asked myself the question, "What is my school about? If I had to describe to someone what my academy is about in one sentence what would I tell them?" And here's what I came up with - "Next Level Martial Arts training system is about taking average, ordinary guys and giving them the skill set of a UFC fighter." I can walk you through the academy on any given day and point out handfuls of students who you would swear were professional fighters, because of the skill level they possess, but most of them aren't. They just look like professional fighters. How so? Because we know what we're doing. We've got the right recipe. Many of the instructors on staff, including myself, have been doing this our entire lives. We've devoted countless hours of our lives developing a system that can take just about anybody and give them a skill set of a UFC fighter. I can point out a few students of mine who look like they work behind a computer all day but are absolute killers. The reason for this is because we have the system in place to develop this type of student. There's no guess work. As long as you come in and are willing to work hard you can achieve the same type of results.

If it's not clear to you already it very well should be - you don't have to want to be a fighter in order to train MMA. You can have a lot of different reasons for wanting to train, and being a fighter doesn't have to be one of them. For me personally, I just love Martial Arts. Ever since I was a kid I loved watching Bruce Lee movies and pretending that I was the man to defeat the villain in that final fight scene. Today, not much has changed. I watch just about every UFC event, but instead of pretending to be fighting for the UFC championship, I break down fights and analyze the techniques and fighting styles of my favorite fighters in order to bring my students the most in depth and detailed instruction possible.

The most important thing is not why you want to train in MMA; the most important thing is that you actually go and do it. How will you know if MMA is right for you until you try it? Right now we're offering two free weeks. All you have to do to register is click the link at the top of the page and fill out your information. If you have a few questions that you'd like to have answered prior to signing up for the trial please feel free to email us at or call us at 330-550-4324. Hope to hear from you soon!


James Terlecki