Martial Fitness and Defense

Personalized adult martial arts training Inexpensive martial arts training with experienced, open minded instructors. Let us CUSTOMIZE a training program for YOU.

We are NOT interested in forcing you into a mold. We WANT to HELP YOU discover the skills that make the most sense for you!

[02/03/19]   I just wanted to let you all know, I'm cancelling the Martial Fitness and Defense program at the Shaw JCC of Akron

Thank you for your support.

[11/10/18]   Beginners ... this is YOUR lucky day.

I got a little sprain and can't spar with the experienced guys for 6 weeks.

That means YOU get 100% of my undivided attention!

If you've been thinking about coming down ... the best time is always now ... and now just became a BETTER time!

[11/05/18]   The beginners are getting better. They are sparring with the experienced guys and I couldn't be happier with their progress.

This could be YOU!

Email/text/IM me for details

[10/20/18]   We have had a HUGE influx of beginners - 12 in the last 3 weeks.

Just Do It!

[03/26/18]   See page 16 of the April-June 2018 Program Guide for the seminars I'm doing in April, May and June

First up - Kids Anti Abduction 4/8

Contact me or the Shaw JCC (330 867 7850) for details!

[01/03/18]   LONG OVERDUE UPDATE!!!!!!!

Training sessions are now:

Sun 1pm-3pm
Wed 7:30pm-8:30pm

[07/01/15]   GUESS WHAT!!!

If you are a member of the Shaw JCC of Akron then you can participate in this class FOR FREE!!!!!

[01/03/15]   HEY! HEY YOU! YEAH, YOU....

come work out with us on Sunday from 3-5pm at the Group Exercise Room at the Shaw JCC of Akron

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Feats of Strength will go on in Area 2&3 from 7:15-8:45 and will take the form of sparring and wrestling

don't worry if you do not know how to spar or wrestle. i am happy to get you started learning whatever skills interest you Festivus, a well-celebrated parody, has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.[1] Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfe…

[11/30/14]   Its Thanksgiving. You gained weight.

Its cold. You're hiding under bulky clothes.

But its going to get warm again and the bulky clothes will be gone.

Start getting rid of the weight now - and lose stress and learn/develop/maintain self defense skills

Sunday 3-5pm
Tuesday 7-8:30pm

Black Belt Magazine

any instructor who DOESN'T hammer this into their students is doing them a disservice

Tim Larkin of Target Focus Training says that when you hit another person in a fight, you can never know for certain what the effect will be:

“I like to show clients back-to-back videos in which the human body takes a tremendous amount of punishment — really good bar fights in which they’re going at it, knocking the hell out of each other. At the end [of the first one], the guys are able to get up and walk away. ‘Isn’t it amazing?’ I ask. ‘Look what the human body can take!’

“Then I show a short video of a bar fight that starts the same way. One punch and the guy hits his head on the concrete and dies. There’s silence when I do that. They realize it’s a roulette wheel every time you put your hands on somebody. If you cross the physical plane to protect yourself, you have to be OK with the fact that you or the other person could end up seriously injured or dead. The situation had better warrant it.”


[10/25/14]   Been away on business.

I'm back.

Next workout is Sunday 3-5pm at Shaw JCC of Akron in the Group Exercise room.

Who's going to join us?

[10/12/14]   Ok. The weather is getting colder.

NOW is the time to start working on that beach body for next year.

EVEN BETTER train with us and we'll show you how to make any bullies who'll kick sand on you go away.

Today's workout 3-5pm, Group Exercise Room, Shaw JCC of Akron

[10/01/14]   Are you hating yourself because you missed Tuesday's workout?

Don't do that. I've got good news for you.

This week only, I'll be running a special workout at Shaw JCC of Akron on Thursday from 7:15-8:45pm

So don't live with the soul crushing regret. Come on down, meet everyone and break a sweat :-)

[09/30/14]   Who wants to work out tonight?

The weather is lousy - and NOW is when you start building that beach ready body for next summer.

We start at 7:15pm at Shaw JCC of Akron

You DO NOT need to be a member!

[09/23/14]   So what the heck is "Martial Fitness and Defense" ?

It is a bare bones, get-straight-to-the-good-stuff, eclectic self defense program run by possibly one of the most open minded guys in the business, me.

I've got experience in:

striking (punching/kicking,making the bad guy leave you alone by hitting him with some part of your body and preventing them from doing the same to you)

submission grappling (grabbing ahold of the bad guy, throwing them on the ground, twisting up their joints and preventing them from doing the same to you)

Ok. So?

Here's the unique part. Unlike many places offering similar training, I won't tell you what to do.

I run training like a buffet. The menu is above. You can pick and choose, mix and match as you like:

Don't want to kick? Ok. You won't kick.
Only want to wrestle? Ok. All you'll do is wrestle.
Want to do striking and wrestling but keep them separate? Ok.
Want to do striking and wrestling and mix them all together? Ok.

You come in and tell me what you want to do.

I help you do it.

If you don't have any experience, I'll show you the basics and we'll take it from there.

99% of our training is partner based. In other words, you spend the majority of your training time practicing what you want to do with someone offering a suitable amount of resistance for your experience level and vice versa.

I've got a day job, so this is dirt cheap. How cheap? It can be as little as $3 a workout.

EVERYONE gets a few free sessions in order to get used to how I run this. Its a little different than most of the martial arts industry. I want people to be comfortable with me and my approach.

Give me a call at 330-606-8979 or email me at [email protected] for details.


Contact [email protected] for details.

[08/26/12]   Adult Self Defense training at 3pm TODAY in the Group Exercise Room.

You can box, kickbox, wrestle or mix it all together into MMA type training. The choice is yours.

All you have to do is show up!

[04/15/12]   We have training today at 3pm today at the West Akron Shaw JCC in the Group Exercise Room.

There's no football and it hasn't been warm enough for the grass to grow.

So what's keeping YOU from showing up?

[10/11/11]   Roughly paraphrased from someone who's been a big influence on how I help people train "self defense is a whole lot more like checkers and less like chess"

Do you see pro fighters on TV and think "I can't do that".

Train with us on Sundays/Tuesdays - I'll work with you to figure out what you CAN do.

Call Mark Juszczec - 330-606-8979

[09/26/11]   Full house for Sunday's workout!

boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, mixing of all skills and assorted topics in self defense.

Great job everyone who Tivo'd the Browns and motivated to get to the gym!

Next workout Tuesday at 7pm.

Call Mark Juszczec 330-606-8979 for details

[09/17/11]   Next workout Sunday at 3pm.

There will be plenty of beginners just getting started if you don't want to train with the experienced guys.

Call Mark Juszczec 330-606-8979 for details.

[09/14/11]   Beginners are returning to Martial Fitness and Defense!

Its tough to see the sparring sessions and think "I want to train, but is the guy running the workout really going to ask me to do THAT!?"

Sure I will, but not immediately. Its one of the goals: apply the skills dynamically against a resisting training partner.

But you start working with no partner, then one that offers no resistance, then one that offers a little resistance and on and on until you CAN do what you see on Sunday.

[09/12/11]   Great workout on Sunday 9/11.

Boxing and he's really stepped up his game.

2 new guys for kickboxing/grappling.

Next workout Tuesday 9/13 at 7pm. Let me customize a training program for you. Work at your own pace.

[09/06/11]   Guys - have you been running the treadmill and lifting weights for years and wondered what else is there?

DO something with that strength and endurance. PUT IT TO USE.

Martial Fitness and Defense at the Shaw JCC.

Next workout Tuesday at 7pm.

Drop in or call Mark Juszczec 330-606-8979

[09/03/11]   Next workout Sunday 9/4 3pm

So far the people coming have requested boxing and kickboxing.

If you want to wrestle come on down.

If you want to adapt these skills to self defense, come on down.

If you want anything else related to self defense, come on down.

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