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Western New York's largest Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness Gym. Our coaches are all competitive athletes, who know how to maximize the potential of the human body. When it comes to fitness and martial arts, nobody can match our experience.
Students should bring: Water and a face towel; also, be sure to wear clean sneakers or plan to train barefoot.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We treat our students as part of a team and as individuals, with respect to their unique needs. We provide also positive reinforcement and welcome all body types, ages, and genders.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We teach traditional Muay Thai kickboxing, which provides a great for core workout. Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art, and is considered by some to be the most effective self-defense technique in the world.