Welcome to Strong Style Youth Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Program in Cleveland. We are the original MMA School in Ohio and have been a leader in MMA for nearly two decades. Our approach to MMA for our youth program is unique – it combines effective techniques, practical self-defense, functional conditioning and discipline.
The first step of our youth program is introductory classes which gives you well rounded basic knowledge and allows for a smooth transition into the regular program. Our regular program consists of two classes per day Mon-Sat and one class on Fri. These classes make up all the different facets of MMA to give our students a well-rounded and solid education on all levels.
Unlike traditional systems we do not have belt promotion in our program. The reason being is most belt promotion systems were set up for financial reasons (belt testing fees, black belt programs, etc.). Over the years I have seen an enormous amount of children who had high ranking belts and no practical self-defense skills or combat abilities, which leads to a false sense of security. Although we don’t believe in belt testing, we do have three levels of advancement: level 1 – beginner, level 2 – intermediate, level 3 – advanced. The progression through the levels is based on having minimum 80% attendance in weekly classes and once a month sparring class where students will be evaluated on practical application of their skills.
Students’ behavior is another important criteria in their advancement through the program. We expect students to be respectful of themselves and others, be disciplined in their training and show ability to follow directions. We also expect students to understand the techniques and how to properly utilize and execute them in the right situation. Each level will require 12-18 months of training to qualify for advancement.
We welcome you and your child to Strong Style MMA and Training Center in Cleveland. At any point during your time here we welcome any questions you may have about our program and/or our Facility.