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The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.

Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.

Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.

4128 Erie St
Willoughby,
OH
US

Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.

5880 Som Center Rd
Willoughby,
OH
US

Before stepping foot into his namesake practice within the Willo Medical Building, licensed acupuncturist Anthony Lorenzo spent hundreds of hours learning the ins and out of Chinese herbal treatments and acupuncture. This dedication led to a master's degree in Oriental medicine as well as a specialization in the Japanese style of acupuncture.

Today, from his intimate practice, Lorenzo employs this form of acupuncture, which uses fine, sterile needles and minimal manipulation to increase blood flow, reduce discomfort, and increase energy levels more effectively than a dose of motor oil. The ancient treatment also works to reduce aches and pains caused by headaches, digestive issues, and autoimmune disorders.

36001 Euclid Ave
Willoughby,
OH
US

The backbone experts at Pinnacle Chiropractic’s network of seven offices straighten spines to help clients manage pain. A free initial evaluation helps doctors determine the source of each ache, whether it be a sports injury or a work-related repetitive motion, such as giving the intern their daily noogie. Adjustments aim to realign the bones of the spine, and massages release knotted muscles, helping to treat the underlying causes of clients’ complaints. Refusing to limit themselves to the office, Pinnacle’s physicians also unfurl their tender touch at sporting events, festivals, and lunch with stiff-necked in-laws.

34302 Euclid Ave
Willoughby,
OH
US

At Great Lakes Chiropractic, staff carefully evaluates each patient to figure out which noninvasive chiropractic techniques will get the best results. They then seek to address the root of clients' lower back pain, fatigue, neck pain, numbness, or other injuries through careful adjustments of the spine. Great Lakes Chiropractic wants to do more than eliminate ailments, they focus on total body wellness and ensuring comfort.

35005 Chardon Rd
Willoughby Hills,
OH
US

Signature service: Jason Wokutch

Established: 2004

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Brands Used: Martial Arts and Physical Fitness

Pro Tip: Show up 15 minutes early so we can review the program information with you.

34601 Ridge Rd
Willoughby,
OH
US