Martial arts

“Mankind has had 10,000 years of experience at fighting and if we must fight, we have no excuse for not fighting well.” 
- TE Lawrence

Edge Effect offers Boxing, Kickboxing and Judo for personal combat and self defense. Dedicated classes in each discipline are offered along with weekly technical sparring that allows techniques and scenarios to be practiced against pressure. Keeping/returning to the standing position is a priority in our program, although basic Judo newaza (mat work) is included. Private training for Boxing, Kickboxing and Karate (encompassing Okinawan Goju and Shorin ryu), is also available.

We also host Chinese martial arts programs from Blue Heron Healing Arts, and Japanese Jodo and Iado by Staunton Kendo. Please contact those schools for more info about their programs.

Students are expected to maintain good hygiene, and abide by the principles of mutual benefit and mutual respect. Abusive behavior will not be tolerated. 





Class Descriptions:


Boxing legend Jack Dempsey famously observed "he laughs last who hits hardest." With that in mind, we practice boxing and kickboxing with an emphasis on aggressive self defense and conditioning. Monday nights focus on Boxing, Wednesdays and Saturdays focus on Kickboxing (including knees, elbows, sweeps and throws). Each class includes technical development, partner drills, and timed rounds on the bags and focus mitts. Sparring drills are part of most classes. Conditioning aspects rotate to improve endurance, power, agility, and injury prevention. Loaner gloves are available for a trial class. Training involves controlled contact.

Required personal equipment:

  • 14-16 oz boxing gloves, hand wraps. Open-palm MMA style gloves recommended too.

  • Shin guards, mouth guard

  • CLEAN wrestling/boxing shoes if needed, barefoot is required for kickboxing




Weekly session focusing on drills and technical sparring to sharpen distancing, timing, targeting and defense with  progressive resistance. Class is not open to drop-in participation- participants need to be gym members or talk with the instructor beforehand.


Required personal equipment:

  • 14-16 oz boxing gloves, MMA style gloves, hand wraps

  • Shin guards, mouth guard, cup



JUDO - starting 1/4/21!

Judo is a martial art and combat sport known for its powerful throws, takedowns and fast-paced ground work. Dr. Jigoro Kano founded Judo as a modern art in 1882 after extensive training in classical Japanese Jujutsu. It's techniques are ideal for taking opponents to the ground while staying on your feet.  This class will practice core Kodokan techniques in a gi and in no-gi variations, with an emphasis on  standing self defense applications. This fundamentals class operates under the oversight of Field Spicer sensei of the Franklin County Judo Club.

Judo involves body contact and fallsStudents must demonstrate/learn good falling skills before participating.

We're seeking an experienced dan grade to lead this program!

Required personal equipment:

  • Blue or white Judo or BJJ gi, clean t-shirt or rash guard

  • Mouth guard recommended






In memory or Robert Miller

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