Strong Heart Martial Arts Academy (SHMAA) is a place to become your own personal champion, break your own limits, make new friends, and build unmovable mountains of self-esteem and self confidence. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, SHMAA teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a grappling-centric martial art consisting of joint locks, chokes, and throws with an emphasis on making your opponent submit. Classes include calisthenics, learning techniques, practicing learned techniques, and live full-resistant sparring. Classes are open for all levels- from beginning level to expert. No experience is required.
Martial arts training has a wide variety of benefits beyond learning to defend oneself in physical conflict. Learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great and fun way to get (and stay) into great shape. Training will improve body awareness, balance, flexibility, strength, reflexes, and many more. Consistent training will also help melt stress as well as shape and focus the competitive spirit. Training can help one reach all of these goals and provide the piece of mind that only comes from hard work and sacrifice. At SHMAA, all are repected and welcomed.
Head Instructor Mike Martin is a second degree black belt in American freestyle karate, a brown belt in Judo, and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has trained and studied martial arts for nine years. Six of those years he has had the honor and pleasure to train children and adults of all ages (some as young as 4 and some as old as 64!). His students receive hands-on, focused training and work with him personally during each class. He strives to ensure that each student has complete understanding of techniques and their application. He loves teaching martial arts because of the positive impact it has on his students’ lives.