Top Level Martial Arts
2674 North Haven Blvd
Cuyahoga Falls, Oh 44223

Jiu-Jitsu Weekly Update #2

Good Morning,

It’s time for out second Monday morning update. I’m going to be trying some things with this newsletter. A little bit of personal information as well as stuff regarding the school. I sometimes forget that people don’t get to know me as well as when we were a 40 member school. So I’ll be adding a little bit of personal info each week. If you hate it, let me know. I want this update to be useful to you and if it’s not, then I’ll adapt and keep it more streamlined. 

My Week in Review:

Last week was a crazy one for me as I prepped for the promotion day festivities. I could never get it all done without the help of our amazing staff. So please thank Ed, Tommy, Kendall, Logan, Brian, Jeremy, Amy, Rocky, Greg, and Mike. These people do alot of work that frees me up to teach and get stuff done in the background. They do a fantastic job and they deserve all the accolades. 

Last week we promoted 13 kiddos and 16 adults to new belts. Everyone performed well on their testing and the events went great. We had nearly 100 adult students in the room to celebrate their teammate’s promotions. Special thanks need to be given to all the parents who bring their kids every day and to the spouses out there who let put up with their husbands and wives coming here to better yourselves. I know its not easy to give up time with loved ones, so I have a great deal of gratitude for everyone involved. 

Mr. Winston Update:

Winston is my family dog. You may not know, but I am a sucker for dogs. Last July I lost my best bud in the world when we had to put down Buster due to kidney failure. He was 14 years old. Honestly, I didn’t want a new dog and wasn’t ready for him. But my children begged me so we rescued this Cockapoo and named him Mr. Winston. He was born in September and is a rambunctious little guy. He loves to fetch and play tug and is attached at the hip to my girls. 

Have you subscribed to the Top Level Jiu-Jitsu YouTube Channel?

Did you know we have a Youtube channel? It’s mostly me talking about topics people ask me about regarding jiu-jitsu. The primary videos on the channel are called Professor’s corner. But we have many older things from the days of “Black Belt Tips” and many funny videos as well. Give it a watch and consider subscribing. 

Here’s our lastest video:

This Week At Top Level

Kids Classes: This week your kiddos will be working on their punching combinations as well as the situp sweep and kimura. You can find those moves on your app under the Youth MMA Curriculum section. If you don’t have the app downloaded, I highly recommend you do. 

Adult Classes: We continue making our way through the 24 fundamentals classes this week with Lesson 3. The focus of that lesson is situp sweep and kimura. Defending standing headlocks will be the self defense lesson of the week. In open ranks classes we continue focusing on escaping from the mount position. My advanced class on Wednesday will be learning knee in and kipping escapes. 


Upcoming Events

Breathing for Sport Performance: Saturday, April 6th 930 to 1130
– With a degree in Exercise Physiology, 40 years in martial arts, and work with many elite athletes in my time; I find I take this skill for granted. I’ve learned and taught many techniques for controlling breathing over the years. Everything from learning to calm yourself to catching your breath, to stopping hyperventilation, and even proper breathing during movement. I’ll present this in a way that applies to jiu-jitsu performance specifically. If you ever find yourself out of breath when you shouldn’t, this is definitely for you. 

The cost is $20 at the door. 

Our address is 2674 North Haven Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Black and Brown Belt Gathering: The academy will be completely closed on April 19th through the 21st. I will be taking many instructors and team members to Crystal Lake, IL to participate in the annual Black and Brown Belt gathering of the Pedro Sauer Association. Any adult black or brown belts who want to attend are invited to do so. You can register yourself at 

Top Level BJJ Spring Camp 2024: It’s time to get registered. I need to have all the rashguard orders in at least 4 weeks prior to the camp date on May 17th. That means I need registrations in by April 17th. We have about 10 people currently registered and are hoping to see about 30 to 40 total. You won’t be sorry you came to this event. It’s an immersive 3 day experience. Learn from some of the best in the world and learn in a way that can truly affect your skills. Here’s the link:

People from any school are welcome, so please invite friends. 



I would like to recognize Brittany Mack. She, Nick Liston, and Louis Lee recently headed down to Columbus for one of the largest jiu-jitsu competitions in the country, “The Arnolds” is a Grappling Industries tournament held in a ballroom as part of The Arnold Sports Festival. Arnold himself was ringside for many matches as well. 

Brittany took first in her division, an impressive accomplishment. On top of that, she often travels to compete and always does so with poise and great sportsmanship. Give Brittany a hand!

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Quote/Story of the Week

People often tell me it’s difficult to get to jiu-jitsu sometimes; and I do get it. Work, family commitments, and sometimes motivation can sink us. I work here and own the place and there’s times I don’t feel like coming, so I understand exactly what you mean, maybe better than you think. But when those times come, I think of a conversation I listened to with Grand Cardone, a world-renowned entrepreneur. 

He recalls a moment when he was packing his things up to head out the door for work. His young daughter came in and said, “Daddy, why do you have to go so much.” He goes on to say it was a difficult moment for him. The emotional father in him wanted to just stop packing, cancel his day, and spend it with his daughter. But he knew this wasn’t the right response. 

You see, kids learn by watching us. We teach them what’s important by what we do. And teaching our kids about the value of health and hard work is extremely valuable. Moreover, teaching them that knee-jerk emotional reactions are unhealthy is perhaps more valuable. So Grant decided to tell his daughter, “When I come back, I’ll take a day off and we can have a day together. But hard work is important and staying healthy is important. The only way I know to teach you that is by demonstrating it and doing it.”

As I started my own journey to correct some poor health, I kept this story in mind. My own daughters asked why I had to go work out so often. I told her this, “Girls I love you more than anything. And I know that it’s sometimes tough for you to see me leave. But if I don’t take care of my health, I’ll be like my daddy and I’ll die young. I want to see your kids one day. By staying healthy, I’m trying to be around you for a long time. So what I’m doing is sacrificing an hour or two with you now, to get years with you later. Is that fair?” 

They both agreed its a fair trade. Look, if jiu-jitsu is just a thing you do, I get it. But if it’s truly important to you, your health, your well-being, explain that to your family. They will let you make the time. Just don’t forget to also schedule in that family time and never compromise on that either. 


As always, if you have any comments, concerns, gripes, or complaints just send them to me. I’m always happy to help you!

See you on the mats,

Bill Jones- Head Instructor, Professor
Top Level Martial Arts
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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