I’ve been going to GriffonRawl for about 1 year now. I was bored with my day to day workouts and felt I wasn’t getting any where anyway. Within 6 months of going to classes at GriffonRawl, I dropped 30 lbs. The workouts are intense from start to finish. No fancy equipment, no tai-bo. Just real, intense training from great instructors. I didn’t realize how bad of shape I was in until I started training here.
Our family has been going to GriffonRawl for over a year. I've taken boxing and various martial arts over the years from traditional martial arts schools to schools by another UFC veteran and GriffonRawl is by far the best school I've ever been to. The instructors are awesome and really want you to understand the techniques to be successful. The people who attend are very friendly and always helpful. The kids love the Jr. MMA classes and they learn useful, effective skills for self defense and competition. My youngest went to a kid's birthday party at a kids karate school in the area. They taught him some basic moves and he concentrated very hard to make sure he understood the moves to replicate them. When they were hitting the bags, I saw him use the techniques as well as the ones he learned at GriffonRawl's Jr. MMA class. When I asked him if he liked Karate, he said, "It was okay." Then when I asked him which school he liked better and why, he replied, "GriffonRawl because Karate just teaches you moves, but GriffonRawl teaches you how to fight." That's a second grader's version of saying GriffonRawl's approach of, "If it doesn't work, we don't teach it."
Jeff, Jacob, and Chase Lee
Beginning in March of 2002 I began a search for a Muay Thai school in the Cleveland area. Over weight and sluggish I thought I'd try Muay Thai, just for the workout. I attended an intro class on a Sunday morning. Unable to punch, jump rope and breathing hard after the warm up I never thought I could make it through the class. I made it and continued training at GriffonRawl for a number of years. I lost 50lbs, then added some muscle. Its just the best workout ever. Jason not only got me in shape but I became a fan of jumping rope. Jason then introduced me to Jiu-Jitsu, a whole new world opened up for me. I have my first MMA private on tape. I didn't know what the guard was, side control or a triangle. As Jason trained me we built a bond that led us to many great times. I have been fortunate enough to travel and train with Jason. Jason and I made trips to Team Quest, Next Generation, GriffonRawl Tampa, Master Toddy's and more. Jason and I have trained with Kit Cope, Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, just to name a few. Jason has always encouraged me to learn and train and I thank him for that! I even made the trip to California to see Jason in his first UFC. A love of warm weather made me decide to move south but I will never forget GriffonRawl. I have shared many good times and made new friends. So thanks J and everyone at GriffonRawl. It's been a great time!
Starting out as independent fighters training from basement to basement on a daily basis, we had heard about the technicality, leadership,and relentless work ethic that were presented at the GriffonRawl MMA Academy. My brother and I decided that we had to take our talents into a gym if we wanted to achieve our dreams, rather than a basement, to blossom as mixed martial artists. After checking out several of the area’s top MMA gyms, it was clear that GriffonRawl was the perfect fit for us. As soon as we walked through the front door, we knew we had a gym that we could call home. What makes GriffonRawl unique is the experience that the coaches bring to the table day in and day out. The best way to learn is following in the footsteps of those who have succeeded before you. Along with the experience,another aspect we admired was the hard work ethic displayed each and every training session. The results you want will be determined by the work and dedication you put into it. We have been at GriffonRawl for about three years,and looking back at that decision, it has been the best decision we have made.Our coaches and training partners have become our family. My brother and I have a dream, and GriffonRawl is the perfect place to help achieve that dream.
Joe & Sammy Callari - "Callari Killerz"
My son Andrew has been
attending the Jr. MMA Program at GriffonRawl for 9 months. He is a
competitive soccer player, who was looking to try a different sport
during the off season. He is a big fan of the UFC, so we found
GriffonRawl MMA Academy and gave it a try. The Jr. MMA program has
improved his quickness, balance, strength and mental toughness. It has
also improved his confidence in regards to defending himself on the
ground or on his feet. He has taken to all the Martial Arts that they
teach and has made GriffonRawl Jr. MMA his favorite time of the week.
Coach Chuck and Jason do a great job instructing the kids, making class
challenging and fun at the same time. The
facility is top notch and the people who attend are real friendly.
Andrew looks forward to continuing training at GriffonRawl and as a
parent I couldn't be happier.