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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
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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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“Throwback Thursday”

We appear to live in a self-esteem culture. Not just one where self-esteem and confidence comes with self betterment, but where they are outright expected and shame becomes the ultimate original sin. “Being yourself” becomes the ultimate virtue, but not in the way it should.

 

Every human being should be loved, respected, valued, cared about and seen as an equal. However, that does not mean everyone deserves to be showered with admiration, attention and given whatever they want. That does not mean everyone deserves fame without reason. At the end of the day no one owes you anything in this world. You earn what you get.

 

There is no question the society we live in despises shame. I’m not so sure why? Shame is defined as: “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” That is why we have pain sensors and nerves. If we are to leave our hand on a hot stove or in freezing water, eventually we will lose it. This is what pain tells us, It says “Stop before it’s too late!”

 

Shouldn’t it be the same rule for everything else? We are always hearing that criticism that elicits shame should be avoided at all costs (i.e. “fat-shaming” and “slut-shaming”). Fair enough, no one should be insulted or ridiculed in an effort to help them; but, if we are truly someone’s friend, we know when it is time to step in and tell them when they are being foolish or just plain wrong. No one should ever insult someone for being overweight, but even without insult, you can’t escape the negative. One who is overweight may suffer in life expectancy, physical ability and stamina to do things with friends and family, health related causes (heart disease = #1 killer), as well as their own self-esteem, and general sexual attraction. As with “slut-shaming” which can affect a persons physical health, ability to maintain a stable relationship and most likely long term emotional health.

 

Pretending otherwise never really changes our conscience. It always knows. Everywhere we look we observe social networking addictions developing. Online Facebook and Twitter wars get more and more heated over opinions that really have no relevance over why we should hate someone. People get disappointed when they don’t get as many clicks on the like button as they thought of they received the last time. Everyone becomes an advocate without leaving the computer. When we feel the anxiety of slipping out of the spotlight, we invent Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday to remind people of what we did once or who we know/knew. And none of it ever has any validity to our worth as humans.

 

Those of us that train Jiu Jitsu have a beautiful ability to at least somewhat slip out of the cycle, at least for a moment. In my 12+ years in this sport I have observed some of the worst offenders of achievement affirmation addiction. But, I think one of the best things this sport offers is that for those two hours when someone else is trying to choke you unconscious, you can’t really think of anything else. It provides that reset. At least for a moment, before we take our post training picture.

 

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your achievements. Especially when you do something like drop 15 pounds of unhealthy body weight and permanently make positive lifestyle changes, if only for the reason of wanting to be the best version you can be every time you step on the mats. The ability to become austere and ascetic gives you a true sense of confidence to conquer your demons and anything about yourself that you want to change.

 

Personal affliction, at least for me has been the greatest driver of success. Many of the greatest at this craft have used a chip on their shoulder to achieve unimaginable heights. Keep in mind the best quarterback in NFL History was passed over by every team in the league, five times over. If you are unhappy with someone’s perception of you, use it to fuel that fire inside. Don’t stomp your feet and wait for someone else to pick you up and give you the affirmation you expect.

 

The “screw you, I’m gonna be me, Girl, stop apologizing” attitude will more often than not be more of a hinderance than a help. It is a modified life version of being uncoachable. Sometimes we have mistakes and sometimes we can do things better. Until we are willing to admit that though, we will keep making the same mistakes. Again. And again. And again.

 

Sometimes change will save your life. Sometimes shame will save your life. Sometimes pain will save your life.

Written by: Professor David  Szprygada