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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!
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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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Professor Jarod Koopman

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach

Biography

What year did you start training and what was your attraction to BJJ?

I started training in 2004 under Kyle Saunders (Saunders BJJ) in Rochester, NY. I was drawn to BJJ for two reasons – I was a few years into my career as a Federal Agent and felt that from a law enforcement perspective, training should be a priority and a requirement. I went to several martial arts schools and then walked into Saunders BJJ in great shape, weighing 210 and got absolutely destroyed by a 150 lb. blue belt. I immediately paid for 6 months and began training 4 days a week. The other reason was the challenge – I just finished my college and professional lacrosse career and was looking for something to challenge me physically and mentally.

What do you most enjoy about BJJ and training at LEMA?

BJJ is endless growth – the advancements in the game, the creativity in movement and the mental competition becomes such an addiction. After 16-17 years training, I still find myself learning and trying to adapt all the time. Additionally, I have moved 7 times for my career – meeting so many amazing people over the years and LEMA has truly become a home after all that time. The comradery among our teammates is outstanding and I enjoy showing up to class and watching others grow.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My inspirations are my wife, my parents and my in-laws. They all work extremely hard to provide for their families, raised outstanding people with good morals/conviction and continue to educate themselves in areas of interest. I truly believe that it’s that strive for constant knowledge and betterment that keeps people young and healthy.

What are some of your achievements?

Some of my greatest achievements include my wife/kids, my journey in BJJ, a successful sports career, a ton of hobbies (never stop learning) and a rewarding profession for 20 years working impactful investigations focused on financial fraud, terrorism financing, cyber crime and identity theft. It’s satisfying to see criminals held accountable for their actions.

What is your favorite submission?

Bow and arrow choke – my game sets up to get there. Or the wrist lock – so easy, so stupid, yet so effective….

 

 

Certifications

Black Belt Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Jean Jacques Machado > Fabio Clemente > Jarod Koopman

 

Certified Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor and a federal law enforcement officer for the US Government