2700 B E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

Akron, Mayfield & Twinsburg's Premier Source for Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Training

Specializing in Practical Street Self-Defense for All Ages

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Kids Martial Arts near Akron

Kids Martial Arts

At The Academy of Self-Defense, our Kids Martial Arts classes combine discipline, respect, self defense and leadership skills into one high-energy program. We offer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Minna-Jiu-Jitsu training. Available in Akron, Mayfield and Twinsburg.

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Kids Martial Arts near Akron

Teens Martial Arts

Our Teen Martial Arts classes are designed to keep your child challenged and help them build confidence in no time. We offer a blend of karate, jiu-jitsu, self-defense and more in our Minna-Jiu-Jitsu based classes. All experience levels are welcome. Available in Akron, Mayfield and Twinsburg.

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Kids Martial Arts near Akron

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Our team at The Academy of Self-Defense is proud to provide the highest-quality Jiu-Jitsu training. For the real world or the competition setting, we've got you covered. Our training is great for all experience levels! Available in Akron and Twinsburg.

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Kids Martial Arts near Akron


The Academy Of Self Defense specializes in street self defense. We teach Minna-Jiu-Jitsu, a combination of karate, jiu jitsu, savate, floor fighting, and Thai boxing techniques. We specialize in self-defense for the average person who wants to learn personal protection in the midst of their normal lives. Available in Akron, Mayfield and Twinsburg.

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Kids Martial Arts near Akron

Competition Martial Arts

Our team at The Academy of Self-Defense is comprised of Champions. We decided one of the best way to serve our locations was to help develop more distinguished athletes and martial artists. Join our Competition Martial Arts team for your chance at success! Available in Akron, Mayfield and Twinsburg.

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Our Martial Arts classes offer professional instruction that doesn't leave anyone behind. We're helping people all across Akron find success one step at a time. All experience levels are welcome! Join us at The Academy Of Self-Defense and get started on weight loss, lean muscle gain, self-defense training, and a healthier lifestyle. Available in Akron only.

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T'ai Chi Ch'uan/Qigong

Relax your mind and body while working toward important fitness goals with Tai Chi Classes in Twinsburg. Join us for this low-impact training system and take the time to focus on every aspect of your breathing and stress relief.

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Liz Fierman

We have been a Academy family for close to four years now as both my children attend classes. They love it and so do we. The instructors are phenomenal, especially with kids. We would not think about ...

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Carl Parr

I have been with The Academy For 9 and a half years. The head master of our school really cares for his students he has made the environment of the school essentially like another family I have learne...

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Stacy McGarvey

Great confidence booster! Highly recommend!...

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Justine DeVorss

My daughter started jiu jitsu this Summer and absolutely loves it! She walks out of each class with a new self-defense skill, a smile, and the confidence to practice what she learned. It’s a cle...

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Aaron Meadows

My son has been involved for 10 years. This place is top notch. The instructors are great and the combination of styles is unique....

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Robert F Osborne

Very good instructor and always working with the children and adults and teens...

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The Academy of Self-Defense

Whether standing up or on the ground we have you covered with Minna-Jiu-Jitsu and Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The Academy of Self-Defense can help you gain Confidence, Self-Esteem, Respect, and Discipline through the art of Minna-Jiu-Jitsu. Are you prepared? Do you know what to do if someone attacks you?

This is the aim of The Academy of Self-Defense. The Art of Minna-Jiu-Jitsu is Japanese for "All Arts," in recognition that it is a flowing combination of many arts and many styles combined into one system: For Practical Street Self-Defense.

Let The Academy of Self-Defense teach you how to defend yourself with as little or as much force that is necessary. Soke Steve Kovacs, Master Frank Charlillo, Master Tim Loomis & Master Dan Bralliar have dedicated over 50 years of their lives learning and teaching martial arts. The art of Minna-Jiu-Jitsu is a mixed martial art, specializing in practical street self-defense. Our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Program is a predominantly ground self-defense system which utilizes the curriculum and teachings from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu style.

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2 Week Starter Course - Akron

$ 49 / 2 Weeks


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2 Week Starter Course - Mayfield Heights

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2 Week Starter Course - Twinsburg

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We Specialize in Practical Street Self Defense!


  • Confidence & Self-Esteem

    Confidence & Self-Esteem

    Our team at The Academy of Self-Defense will help you become more confident than ever before as you make the journey from beginner to expert.

  • Discipline & Self-Control

    Discipline & Self-Control

    As you master new Jiu Jitsu techniques, you'll gain a sense of focus and discipline that will help you achieve bigger things in all aspects of life.

  • Self-Defense


    Being able to protect yourself and your loved ones is important. Whether you're here in Akron, Mayfield, Twinsburg or traveling abroad, we'll give you real self-defense skills to stay safe.

  • New Friends & Mentors

    New Friends & Mentors

    The martial arts are about more than just punching and kicking. They're also about community. Learn from the best instructors in Akron, Mayfield & Twinsburg and meet new friends!

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