One Of My Favorite Places To Be

Josh J.
I've been a student of Omni Martial Arts since the first week they opened and I highly recommend it for everyone. I've trained in the MMA class, the judo class, the kickboxing class and the Brazilian Jiujitsu class (which is my primary focus over the past year) both gi and no gi, and in each class I've felt I've learned something significant and important. Sensei Julio has a broader view than most martial artists, holding black belts in different arts and trained in many different styles, and this openness to all different aspects of the martial arts and in life translates into an open and appreciative dojo, and moreover, Sensei Julio isn't just a person who only teaches martial arts, he also trains, competes and made the martial arts his life. Omni is not a belt factory, it's a place where one trains, learns and loves the process. Like many of the other students there, I've done other martial arts before arriving at Omni, I've been in and out of a lot of different dojos since I was a kid, and have many great learning experiences in most of them, but by far the best and most enlightening experience I've ever had has come via Sensei Julio and Omni Martial Arts. Sensei Julio has a great ability to not only lead and teach different systems of fighting arts, but also to SHARE that journey with you, and that's a rare, rare skill. There are a lot of great martial artists who cannot do this. The advantage to this approach is that not only does the student learn a lot about the martial arts, they also learn a lot about themselves and about life. This point of view, embodied by Sensei Julio, permeates the entire school, from the staff to the students themselves. Everyone is welcoming, everyone is supportive and helps each other, everyone there works hard and shares the joy in being able to do so with each other. The word family is apt, Omni Martial Arts is a dojo first and foremost, a special place where you work hard, sweat, learn and sometimes even bleed, but more than that, it's a family and a really great one at that. We're all brothers and sisters there, and that's it's one of my favorite places to be. Josh J March 2013

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