We use martial arts as a means for growth in all areas of our lives. Our students bring unique skills and backgrounds to the mat every week. Together, we hone our skills and share our experience. We're passionate about focusing our diversity into achieving our common goal: to become better martial artists, and thereby better people.
We believe that the practice of martial arts should always be functional. Our classes teach both the technical and street sides of combat, with an eye toward real-world self-defense. We train across the arts, utilizing stand-up, ground, armed, and hand-to-hand techniques. We explore personal strengths and weaknesses as we strive to prepare our students for whatever lies ahead.
While physical talent and stamina help, we have found that desire and willpower are the real keys to success. We invite students of all ages and ability levels to join us for a class or private lesson.
In Philadelphia on January 27th 2018, Mark Reding received his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from his friend and Professor Jared Weiner. Mark has been doing BJJ for 19 years. I have had an amazing journey. Would not change a single thing. Thank you to my teammates and students who have stood by my side from the beginning. Thank you to my wife and kids for their patience
Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Reding.
Mark, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started training in martial arts when I was 13 years old in 1991. After my first class, I knew I would be doing it the rest of my life. I never went to college. Upon graduation from high school, I opened my own school in 1996. In