Hillcrest Academy of Martial Arts
Response to Cleveland Scene's 2006 "Best Place to Train for the UFC"
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This letter was sent September 29, 2006 to Cleveland Scene magazine.....

Dear Sir-

Hillcrest Academy of Martial Arts would like to thank Cleveland Scene for being mentioned in the "Best of Cleveland 2006" sports category "Best Place to Train for the UFC."  If you stop by a class at Hillcrest, you'll see people practicing forearm smashes, upper-cuts, Muay Thai kicks to the legs, knee strikes, guillotine chokes, armbars, joint locks, sweeps, and ground-work, etc.  This does, in fact, highly resemble what many people call "UFC" as seen on cable.  And the Scene writer is absolutely correct when he asserts that
"this system is built with one principle in mind:  pain."

HOWEVER, "UFC" implies competitive fighting (i.e., in the ring), which is not an emphasis at Hillcrest, and a more appropriate category for what we have been instructing for 30 years would be "Best Place for Street Self Defense."  For example, a significant amount of time in Goshin Jujitsu is spent on "parking lot defense" situations such as bear-hugs, a variety of grabs and strike defenses, as well as unarmed weapons defense (e.g., from a gun, knife, stick/bat, etc.)  A school that trains for competition may not focus on those subjects, whereas this is pertinent to an individual interested in street self-defense, our U.S. military, and/or law enforcement.

With respect to the comparison of other martial arts, the writer was no doubt trying to pay Goshin Jujitsu a compliment due to its effectiveness, but it is not the ethos of Hillcrest to speak ill of other martial arts as was stated in the article.  We recognize that people spend lifetimes enhancing their skills in various martial disciplines.  Some people, as well as certain arts, are more effective than others in specific combative engagements.  We are proud of our system being very well rounded and believe we can adapt to a multitude of real world encounters, but those systems which may focus on more specific strengths of their art can be equally devastating if one finds themselves on the receiving end of their arsenal.

We are humbled by your choice in us as a leading school in Cleveland.  Thank you for your time, and thanks for the mention.

Hillcrest Academy of Martial Arts
Jim Meola, Director
James Longs, Senior Instructor

This was in regards to the  "Best Place to Train for the UFC" category in the Best of Cleveland 2006 article.