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Two ways most programs are letting adults down! (And how we’ve fixed it.)

Many Western Martial Art schools have become child centered. While these programs are a lot of fun for kids; they are definitely NOT what most adults are looking for!

Adults need to be in an ALL adult class. Kids classes need to be separate from adults and even teens.  Adults need an atmosphere that is made specifically for people their own age. Because the "children's" model is so popular, in many schools often little or no attention is given to adult needs and curriculum. In order for adults to learn they MUST learn with other adults.

After 17 years of practice I no longer felt comfortable in my dojo. There were always kids running around and it was always so disruptive. I love kids - but not when I’m trying to focus; I just felt I could no longer get a serious workout. Ever since I made the switch to Ohio Martial Arts I couldn’t be happier.
— Anonymous - 3 Dan Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate (3rd degree Black Belt)

A real dojo isn't a gym!

Unfortunately, with the explosion of the UFC, and other sporting events, another type of studio has become popular. Often these facilities are called "MMA Gyms". While the training in a gym can be beneficial, the atmosphere is not the same as a dojo. Gyms focus on sport; but a true dojo focuses on self improvement.

A dojo is different than a gym. At a gym the focus is on winning. Because the focus is on winning you often see higher levels of injury, lower levels of cleanliness and etiquette, and inconsistency than you will ever see in a dojo. Since the students are always training for an external goal there are often strong egos present. At a gym the very thing that makes a dojo special is missing.

What is missing from these gyms is the internal aspect of the arts. A real dojo must provide instruction in how to focus the mind to be considered a true Martial "ART". A gym might teach a combat sport, or extreme fighting - but the term "Martial Art" should only be reserved for a practice that includes discipline of mind as well as body


There is an etiquette and an internal focus that makes a dojo a dojo. It is this internal focus that makes training in a dojo a very special experience - and an experience vastly different than any sport.

In a real dojo, the self defense skills you learn should not be based on size and athleticism. The self defense of an art must fulfill the original promise of the Gracie family with their introduction of Gracie Jiu Jujitsu in the United States. That promise was that one person, out sized and with a weaker physique, could learn to defend himself through the proper use of superior skills. (See the posting from the Gracie family at the bottom of this page). We believe that real Martial Arts is not just for the strong - but has a special place for the weak who one day wish to be strong!

A program just right for you

We believe in teaching authentic Martial Arts. Our adult program is safe, serious and separate from our children's classes. Attention to the fitness levels and needs of our adults is our top priority. We do not give out rank to keep our students motivated - we believe the results you see in the mirror, feel in your body, and experience in your life will be your real motivation.

When you enter our dojo you will NOT feel like you walked into a YMCA, or boxing club. You will instead see adult students, bowing on and off the mats, taking their training seriously, but also doing their best to help each other improve. While serious; you should feel like you just walked into the friendliest place in town. You will see a lot of smiles - but you will also see a lot of sweat.

No compromise

Our method of teaching is in keeping with the original promise of virtually all styles of Martial Arts. To get you in the best shape of your life, to teach you how to defend yourself efficiently and effectively, and to teach you to discipline your mind - so that fear and doubt will be unable to stop you in any area.

You will be surrounded only by other adults, in a supportive and serious environment. You will get in great shape, learn to effectively defend yourself, and you will learn to focus and still your mind.

It is the combination of training the body and mind is what makes it possible for you to be powerful and confident and is what makes a real dojo. Click the button below to find out how to register to get started. You can also call us anytime at 419-385-1000 for more information.

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OUR MISSION: Studies show that over 90% of the bad things that happen to adults are PREVENTABLE!

Aging, ill health, - even our income is affected by the self development work we do. Our mission is to make sure that you are able to move out of the bottom 90% and into the top 10% who achieve their goals.

You will get in great shape, learn to defend yourself, and learn to focus your mind. You will get the tools you need for success.


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The passing of a Grand Master

Several years ago the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu; Gramdmaster Helio Gracie, made his transition from the body. Here is the posting sent from the Gracie organization and family. It is particularly fascinating to read the quote from one of the Master's last interviews, posted below.

On Tuesday morning (January 29, 2009) Grand Master Helio Gracie was tanning at his ranch in Brazil, and on Thursday morning at 9:15 he passed on due to natural causes. His legacy will survive forever in all members of the Gracie Family, jiu-jitsu practitioners around the world, and all those who have benefited from the revolution he began.

In his final years, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu often spoke of his satisfaction with his life’s work. He openly stated that he had accomplished everything he had set out to do, displaying his preparedness for the transition into the afterlife.

The Grand Master believed that such a transition should be seen as a positive step in one's spiritual evolution. In a recent interview he declared: “I've already told my sons that when I die I want there to be a party. No drinking, no debauchery.”  In one of his final magazine interviews the Grand Master expresses his concern for the future of Jiu-Jitsu:

The Jiu-Jitsu that I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. It was so successful that they decided to create a sportive version of it. I would like to make it clear that of course I am in favor of the sportive practice and technical refinement of all athletes, whatever their specialty may be, as well as good nutrition, sexual control, avoidance of addictions and unhealthy habits. The problem lies in the creation of a sport-oriented Jiu-Jitsu, based on rules and time limits, which benefits the heavier, stronger, and more athletic individuals. The primary objective of Jiu-Jitsu is to empower the weak who, for not having the physical attributes, are often intimidated. My Jiu-Jitsu is an art of self-defense in which rules and time limits are unacceptable. These are the reasons for which I can’t support events that reflect an anti Jiu-Jitsu.”
— -Grand Master Helio Gracie (October 1, 1913 – January 29, 2009)