Jim Mitchell and John Roberts?both fourth-degree black belts?instill a sense of physical and mental pride in their students during martial-arts classes. They tailor classes to fit the group of students, whether it's kids or adults. The pair also teaches cage-fitness classes, which deliver a high-energy workout with a t-shirt.
Professional MMA fighter and title holder Augusta “Ice Ice Baby” Tindall has a 3–1 pro record, a 5–1 amateur record, and he calls The Training Compound his training home. But students don’t have to be pros to take advantage of the vast array of programs offered at The Training Compound. Instructors lead classes in styles such as mixed martial arts, judo, submission wrestling, and jujitsu for kids and adults. The Training Compound welcomes students of all skill levels, whether they want to train for fun, fitness, or the cage.
A multi-time national champion himself, sixth-degree karate
black belt and Ohio Martial Arts Hall of Famer Jeff Gears is passionate about helping people reach their goals. This is true whether a student is looking to tone up or become proficient in a new sport.
Each instructor at Jeff Gears MMA has been hand-picked not only based on their martial-arts proficiency, but for their ability to relate their experience to students at all skill levels. Kids classes are available in karate, and adults can choose from muay thai, cardio kickboxing, or krav maga self-defense sessions.
At Sylvania Family Karate, third-degree black belt Randy Kopke teaches Okinawan goju ryu karate to an array of fist sizes. During his adult and youth karate classes?the latter of which can accommodate ages as young as four?he helps improve students' discipline and focus while teaching them to adopt a more positive attitude. To simplify matters, he outfits each student with their own karate uniform.
At Japan Karate Academy, karate isn't the only art students learn—the veteran instructors also teach kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and traditional sword work. Helmed by Master A. K. Geelani, a martial artist certified by the World Karate Federation, the team of sensei also integrates strong values into their self-defense classes, such as perseverance and discipline.