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Dropped in for a No-Gi class while in Buffalo where I’ll be traveling now for work. Facility, staff, and instructors were great. They made me feel welcomed and got some good rounds in. Look forward to coming back next time I’m in town.
-Traveling Brown Belt from Philly
I was in town for work and Michael welcomed me to join any session that worked for my 42 year old white belt self which happened to be a 6:30am intro session on a cold November morning. Gym was very clean, spacious and well appointed with timers, cubbies, seating and changing space. I love their appreciation for foot hygiene! Great location with lots of windows and a big parking lot--super easy to find and convenient to Buffalo. Greg was the instructor for this session and he spent a lot of time with a thorough warm-up and individualized attention during reps. He even got involved in the gauntlet-style positional grappling which I seldom see black belts risk their noses and lips with us white belts! I hope to come back in the future... thanks again for the hospitality!
David Skorka recommends Lake Effect Martial Arts
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Great Professor (Mike) and Coach Joao... Very welcoming and glad I was able to make class. My 67th school to train at and it was like I had trained here all the time. Tough rolls and all around good peeps... Not to mention a really nicely laid out facility. Being Born and raised in Buffalo and being home visiting it had that warm Buffalo welcome. Look forward to training here again.
I participated and competed in various martial arts in my life. Everything from Tae Kwon Do, Kempo, and Karate in my younger years and even trained in Muay Thai for two years in my late 20s. I was always a heavier set build and I thought I have experienced what I could out of martial arts regarding weight loss while pushing my body and confidence to the limits. That is, until, I took my first class of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Lake Effect Martial Arts (LEMA).
When I joined the LEMA family, I was the heaviest I been in my life and pushing an obese weight of 290lbs at the height of 6’0. I was extremely intimidated and embarrassed to start training in a martial art once again knowing how heavy I was, let alone a martial art I have absolutely no familiarity! However, due to the amazing culture and leadership of the academy, I felt right as if I was training on the mats there for months. Everyone is extremely helpful, friendly and always willing to assist (Professors and students); does not matter if your tall, short, heavy, skinny, everyone is training together on their jiu-jitsu journey. You’re not alone at LEMA or just “another number” at a gym, and the inviting family-like culture demonstrates the second-to-none leadership from the professors.
In only 5 ½ months I have shed 50lbs and counting! Along with the weight loss, I am the most flexible and mobile I have been in my life and this is including my earlier martial arts years. Jiu-Jitsu is very challenging and will push your mind and body to the limits, but, you’re not on this journey alone.
Regardless of what someone’s goals are: lose weight, get in better shape, compete or learn self-defense with arguably the most efficient martial arts in the world, there is no other place to train other than Lake Effect. I am grateful for taking the leap into the world of Jiu-Jitsu and looking forward to conquering more goals with the Lake Effect team!
Chris Wopperer recommends Lake Effect Martial Arts
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Joining this gym was like joining a family. Very welcoming! Professors and coaches are true professional. Can't wait to continue my journey with this team.
Mike Wags recommends Lake Effect Martial Arts
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Absolutely the best martial arts school i have ever had a privelage to visit. Excellent family atmosphere, top of the line instructors and an amazing student base. Everyone was extremely helpful and took time to explain how the techniques worked. I highly recommend this school no mat bullies no spazes just a nurturing environment to bring out the absolute best in oneself. I cannot stress enough the amount of time and care the professors take with their students. For anyone thinking about training there really is no better academy in western New York.
Brittni Szprygada recommends Lake Effect Martial Arts
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Lake Effect Martial Arts is the best place in WNY if you are interested in: learning or training jiu jitsu, learning self-defense techniques, trying to get your kid into a positive hobby/sport (or "bully-proofing"), or if you're looking to improve your MMA game strategies. This state of the art gym is a bright, clean facility unlike others in the area. The coaches have trained and competed jiu jitsu all over the world. They take the gentle art seriously, they are each very dedicated to learning and improving their skills, and teaching the most cutting edge techniques to their students. These guys are patient, articulate, professional and encouraging as coaches - they want to help people to be their best on and off the mats. Check them out!
Michael Jones recommends Lake Effect Martial Arts
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I’ve dropped in a few places and the first half an hour of class is always awkward. You don’t know anyone, you don’t know where the lockers are etc. This is the most welcoming place you can find. There are just good guys there. They shake your hand, they like and want to help to white belts- great place to spend your time, can't wait to come back.
Minhaz S. recommends Lake Effect Martial Arts
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Awesome place to train, great environment with supportive teammates that makes the academy feel like an extension of your family.
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“Since starting jiu-jitsu, I have spent most Monday and Wednesday nights getting choked out on a sweaty mat in the back of an old gym in downtown Chicago. Now, that may seem like an absurd way to spend free time, but for me, it has become something I look forward to every week. After training for over a year (with some breaks due to injury), I have learned many hard lessons on the mat. These lessons learned in the first few years of training jiu-jitsu are often referred to as “white belt lessons.” All beginners, or “white belts,” have had to undergo the growing pains of learning these lessons—there is no shortcut to mastery.
These years of trial and error are known for their difficulty and many white belts tap out of jiu-jitsu, quitting out of frustration and discouragement. I was no outlier to this trend. Although I did not quit, the frustration culminated after months of slow progress and wishing I was further along than I was. Many lessons were learned throughout the year—some easy, some excruciatingly difficult.
Of the many white belt lessons I learned during this period, one, in particular, became the antidote to my frustration. It became clear that in order to progress in jiu-jitsu, my ego would need to take a hit. All too commonly, white belts start jiu-jitsu with a slightly inflated ego, thinking that their strength and intuition will quickly move them up the ranks. It takes very little time for this idea to be crushed. At the moment of this realization, they either quit with a bruised ego in tow or take themselves down a few pegs and go back to work on the mat. For those that continue forward, their mindset surrounding the entire experience changes. Times getting smashed by an opponent into the mat become laughable instead of embarrassing. Times getting choked out become learning moments rather than sources of tantrums. Times spent wondering how you could hold your own with the majority of the room turn into times wondering if you can hold your own with just a single person in the room. As subtle as these shifts in mindset may be, these are the turning points in a white belt’s journey. These transitions may not change belt colors, but they are the first step toward success.”
Professor Michael Katilus, Professor David Schuster, Coach Cole Racho and LEMA student Neil Walker in Saquarema, Brazil for the Annual Saqua Jiu Jitsu Summer Camp.