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Leading by Example: Gamidov Takes Gold at the Arnold

The Arnold Sports Festival, also known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, is an annual multi-sport fitness-oriented weekend expo. It was established in 1989 and is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger. The main event is held annually around late February or early March in Columbus, Ohio, United States by the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB). There are many events, tournaments, and competitions that happen outside of traditional bodybuilding. For example, Grappling Industries was one of the hosts for an exciting BJJ GI & NOGI tournament this year at the Arnold.

Grappling is one of the sports that took place over the festival weekend located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Grappling is a hand to hand combat sport that consists of gripping or seizing the opponent. Many of the techniques used are derived from disciplines, different styles of martial arts and that are practice. Jiu-jitsu is a part of grappling that encompasses all aspects of throws, ground, trips, sweeps and so forth. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a form of self-defense, martial arts, and combat sport.

To get involved with this type of training we look no further than Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

From Rio Pro:

We are Cleveland’s Top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, strategically located on both the east and west side of Cleveland. Established in 2009, our goal was to take regular people and teach them the beautiful art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a safe, clean, and professional environment. Over our years of experience, we have developed a structured curriculum that fits individual goals by separating programs by experience levels. Whether you are a professional fighter or someone who has never even put on a gi or a glove, don’t be afraid, we have a program for you!

Every minute inside our classes is planned to perfection to guarantee you perform at your best and achieve your goals. From the warm-up to the cool down, no minute is wasted as our world-class instructors push the pace of the class while still maintaining personal attention. Our attention to detail, when combined with our welcoming and positive environment, has allowed us to create more than a school, we have created a family.

ONYX Health Club 24/7 is proud to announce our expansion into the town many of you call home, Fairview Park! We have partnered up with Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to offer you a fully loaded gym and training school! Rio Pro will have a separate designated training section within the club.

The CEO & founder of ONYX, Emil Gamidov, began training at Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu back in March of last year. Emil combined his schooling along with traditional Personal Training at ONYX.

Emil Gamidov is currently a 3rd-degree white belt through Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Emil Gamidov has participated in three separate BJJ tournaments, receiving the highest honor of gold at each event! Not a single opponent has scored on Emil in all three tournaments.

At ONYX, we are motivated by challenge and lead by example!

You may not know it, but there are so many people out there who admire your consistency to work out, eat well, and take good care of yourself. If you have kids, they learn from you every day. Your friends pay attention to it. Your family members want to be like you. We each can set an example and be a leader. You have to show the way, be the positive change, and hopefully, others will follow. Gamidov did just that by representing ONYX at the Arnold Sports this past weekend in Columbus!

“Taking home first place is amazing, but inspiring others is the real reward.” - Emil Gamidov

So what are the Common Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

  1. Weight Loss
  2. Enhanced Coordination
  3. Focus Breathing Techniques
  4. Stress Relief
  5. Improved Outlook on Life

Studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) provides both physical and mental benefits. Students & individuals who have practiced at Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu commonly report feeling a deeper understanding of their body, mind, and spirit by simply training and practicing the martial art. This type of training helps to identify physical and mental strengths, limitations, opportunities and also enables an improved state of peacefulness.

As we advance in BJJ, we learn to control ourselves both emotionally and physically. Training and putting aside our egos trains us to hone our emotional control when we have a goal in mind. The more we do it well, the better we get at it, and the easier it is to do. In that way, BJJ helps us develop emotional control and clears the path for us to advance our jiu-jitsu practice.

People commonly accept that “mat time” also improves our physical skills and control. We develop greater kinesthetic sense, strength, and flexibility, as well as make cardiovascular gains. BJJ is much like chess, as it exercises us both mentally and physically. There are constantly changing variables, so even regular training partners can present different problems that have to be solved in sparring.

These benefits are not just realized or called upon in a time of mat training or real-life self-defense, individuals notice and feel a difference in their workplace and within their relationships. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu almost immediately produces positive psychological benefits for everyone. The release of endorphins and dopamine is responsible for improved overall mental well-being. In particular, this release can boost motivation and energy, and increase cognitive function.

Here are some frequently asked questions answered by our partners at Rio Pro BJJ:

ARE THE CLASSES JUST FOR MEN?

Classes at Rio Pro are mixed with both men and women, we also have a separate program just for kids. We ensure that no matter who walks into our schools that they will be more than comfortable inside our programs.

AM I TOO OLD TO START TRAINING?

You do not have to be in your 20’s to start training. The average age of our adult students is 30 with many students in their 40’s, 50’s, and even 60’s. Jiu-Jitsu can be trained safely regardless of your starting point. We are very proud to have the ability to serve all ages that want to learn.

WHAT IF I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE?

The large majority of students that start training at Rio Pro have absolutely no background in any martial arts whatsoever. All new students start off in a Fundamentals Program to learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concepts and techniques. Consider the Fundamentals Program similar to your first few days in school, the teachers have no expectations for you to already know math, history, language arts, etc when you are just starting out….Similarly, in our Fundamentals Program, we expect most new students to no nothing about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our Fundamentals program will cover beginner takedowns, submissions, escapes, concepts, etc to build a solid foundation of techniques.

WHAT IF IM NOT IN SHAPE?

Another common question, but you will be relieved to know that most new students are not in “jiu-jitsu shape”. What we mean is all new students get winded and tired training BJJ. That is mainly because it’s something new for your body to get adjusted to and we can not expect someone who has never trained before to come in shape for this sport. As you begin your journey training you will start seeing major changes to your flexibility, agility, speed, strength, cardio and mental awareness.

HOW OFTEN WILL I BE EXPECTED TO TRAIN?

That is completely up to you. Many of our students have busy careers, crazy schedules, kids and all other stresses that life can throw at you. So we don’t have any expectations when someone walks in our doors. Your training schedule is completely up to you. Although we have a large number of classes through the weeks the majority of students come 2 to 3 times a week. Some weeks you might come 5 times and other weeks you may come only once and that’s okay. We just try to recommend that you be consistent, whatever that may mean for your personal schedule.

WHO TRAINS AT RIO PRO?

Everyone! We have a very diverse group of students. Lawyers, doctors, pilots, plumbers, surgeons, police, FBI, teachers, bankers, students, etc. With the majority of students being working professionals, you can expect an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. We do not tolerate the typical tough guy. Everyone is here to have fun, get in shape, and learn something new.

ONYX, Rio Pro, or both?

Our unique partnership enables us to make special deals for our members who want in on the extra amenities. Feel free to try before committing. Our main goal is for you to find a healthy lifestyle that works for you. We have been working diligently to have our facility ready for the public and we are excited to invite you to our GRAND OPENING PARTY! On Saturday, March 28th from 10:30 am-4:00 pm we invite anyone and everyone to come and see this astounding space.

The first 100 people to pre-register on our Facebook Event will get an extra FREE personal training session with our Fitness Director and other first access goodies!

  • FREE personal training session with our Fitness Director!
  • FREE Zumba Classes happening all morning!
  • FREE catering for the event!
  • FREE supplement samples!

For this Grand Opening event, Rio Pro is offering tickets & will be hosting:

Multi-Time World BJJ Champion and current UFC fighter, Rodolfo Vieira!!!

We can't wait to see you at ONYX Health Club 24/7 in Fairview! We look forward to giving you a tour, taking photos, having fun, enjoying some freebies and even getting a workout in!

Reserve your spot on our event page HERE!

Location: 21649 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park, OH 44126
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 10:30 am- 4:00 pm

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