Martial Arts Ohio proudly serving Kent since 2003

Martial Arts Ohio has Classes in Kent, Perfect for Kids, Teens, and Adults Martial Arts Lessons.

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

Jack Edwards, Martial Arts Ohio

Jack Edwards

Jack started training in 1994 in a system of Kuk Sool Won. He  achieved Blackbelt in 1998 and competed all over the United States in Kuk sool. Jack reached the rank of third-degree black belt in Kuk sool and began training in Brazilian Jujitsu in 2014. He achieved his Purple Belt in December 2021, after competing across the country in the IBJJF and ranked first place in his division. Jack has owned and operated Martial Arts Ohio Academy since 2003.

Gavin Edwards, Martial Arts Ohio

Gavin Edwards

Gavin has been training in martial arts since he was three years old. Now at 14 years old he’s a junior Blackbelt in Kuk Sool and has been training in Brazilian Jujitsu for the past seven years. He is a very accomplished competitor in both traditional martial arts and Brazilian Jujitsu; he holds national and state championships in the PKC.

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Matt Hayes

Matt is a blue belt with 3 strips, he’s been doing BJJ since the fall of 2018, lineage is Pedro Sauer and Ohio Brasa, been doing martial arts (Aikido, Bjj, Iaido, Kendo, Ninjutsu) for 10+ years, Blackbelt in Aikido, Orangebelt in Ninjutsu. Matt is  a local guy and good with people and kids, do martial arts to learn more self defense and more and myself and capabilities, goals are to get better and make Blackbelt, team goals are to make Martial Arts Ohio the place to learn and grow and help everyone get better

Camron Back, Martial Arts Ohio

Camron Back

Cameron is a Blue belt that has been training Brazilian Jujitsu Brasa for 3 years. He’s been instructing the children’s, Teen’s, and Cardio Kickboxing classes at Martial Arts Ohio for the past year. Cameron got into martial arts when he was younger. Martial Arts has always been of interest and he took a particular liking to Jiujitsu because of the environment and art of the sport. Teaching the younger generation is important to Cameron because he knows the importance of making it fun and engaging and wants to make sure they’re set up for a life long love for this art like he has. His goals are to continue training through the years past receiving his Black Belt and continuing to instill passion in others for this art.

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Jolene Barbutes

Jolene Barbutes has been training Brazilian Jujitsu at Martial Arts Ohio for a year and a half, and is an Ohio Brasa School White Belt. Jolene recently started teaching women’s Brazilian Jujitsu fundamentals in order to help foster the female side of the team at Martial Arts Ohio. Jolene started training because her husband and two sons had been training previously; she loved watching their classes and now enjoys training with her family. Jolene’s goal as an instructor for the women’s class is to help other women gain confidence in the gym environment and fundamentals of Brazilian Jujitsu, so that they feel comfortable coming to any of the classes that the gym has to offer, and getting to know the rest of the team.

Joseph Barbutes, Martial Arts Ohio

Joe Barbutes

Joe has been training in martial arts for four years and earned his blue belt from the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. He is currently a member of Team Brasa and has been teaching for one year. His goals include: earning his black belt, helping others to achieve their goals, and spreading the word about this wonderful community.

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