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Hugo Hur

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

Daniel Ayd

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 reviewed 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.

Chris Kwilas

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 reviewed 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 reviewed 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 reviewed 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 reviewed 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 Siddiqui reviewed 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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Incorporate These Head-to-Toe Health Strategies for an Improved Daily Life

Everyone dreams of living a healthier and more fulfilling life, but it seems like only a few people ever achieve this goal. The key isn’t to find that magic pill or cure that will improve every aspect of your life within a few weeks. In reality, leading a better life is all about what habits you incorporate on a daily basis. If you’re having trouble implementing new habits, shifting your focus from the long-term to the short-term is a helpful perspective. Incorporate these head-to-toe health strategies for an improved daily life.


Exercise regularly. 


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Meditate every morning. 


Meditation is often misrepresented as a mystical practice that only has benefits for those dedicated enough to reach the elusive state of enlightenment. Modern studies have helped to dispel the enigmatic nature of this practice by showing its role in improving mood, boosting mental clarity, improving sleep, and more. The best part about meditation is that it doesn’t require any special equipment or expensive classes. You can practice meditation effectively from the comfort of your own home. Even a few minutes of mindfulness a day can improve your overall quality of life. 


Pay attention to your soul. 


In today’s health craze, everyone only talks about physical and mental health, but there aren’t many people speaking up about spiritual health as well. Paying attention to your soul is a simple, yet overlooked health strategy that can have a tremendous impact on your daily life. It’s all about listening to that intuitive voice inside you that always seems to know the best decision before all of the complicated rationalization and questioning begins. Your soul is what naturally guides you through and connects you with the world. Make sure to take a moment each day to reconnect with your soul and give an earnest effort to see what it’s trying to tell you. 


Implement a stretching routine. 


Stretching isn’t just useful for warming up before gym class or a big game; it’s also one of the more thorough head-to-toe health strategies that one can have in their self-care arsenal. Stretching comes with a long list of benefits including increased blood flow, a greater range of motion, lower risk of pulls and strains, and more. You can find hundreds of effective stretching routines online or create your own by combining your favorite stretches. Just make sure to diversify the poses to make sure all of your major muscles are getting hit. Take your time since rushing through this health strategy can lead to minor injuries. 

The most effective self-care routines are consistent and thorough. They include a variety of different strategies that impact your body, mind, and soul. Improving your daily life is all about taking care of yourself from head to toe.


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