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  • Kids Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Pittsburgh!


    Check out our new website for Steel City Martial Arts!
    We proudly serve the Pittsburgh and South Hills areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, BJJ, Cardio Kickboxing and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Yelp Instagram ....

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  • Loyalty and Jiu-Jitsu – A Few of My Thoughts on the Subject

    I know that some people consider it an outdated concept, but loyalty is important to me. I try to be loyal in all of my endeavors, and I expect others to be loyal to me in return. I’ve been with one firm for almost 30 years, I stayed with my one and only Karate instructor from the age of 19 until he passed away when I was in my late 40’s, and I’ve been loyal to one woman longer than many of my teammates have been alive. She Looks the Same – Me, Not So Much . . . I also am proud and fortunate to be able to say that I have been training at Steel City Martial Arts under Sonny Achille for almost 11 years, that Sonny has been training under Professor Pedro Sauer ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - Can I Wear a Colored Gi to Class?

    Can I Wear a Colored Gi to Class?

    “So what’s the deal with gi colors – can I wear a colored gi?” We get this question all the time from newer students. (Usually it’s right after, “How long will it take me to make Black Belt . . . ?) Our answer is pretty simple. “You can wear whatever color gi you want – please just come to class and be sure to wash your gi after every class!” Yes, Grasshopper, Colored Gis Are Old School . . .
    We know that this question has different answers at different schools and that some instructors like their students to wear only white gis. We have no argument with that. But at SCMA we’ve never worried about the color of ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - The Pittsburgh Jiu-Jitsu Classic

    The Pittsburgh Jiu-Jitsu Classic

    Team SCMA attended the Pittsburgh Jiu-Jitsu Classic in Delmont, PA on Saturday, June 17th. A number of people competed, and Sensei, Santino, Don, and Levi were on hand to coach and cheer the competitors. Dave M. for the Win in No-Gi
    Most of our competitors were in the kids’ divisions, and everyone did well and had a great time. The Kids Showing Their Hardware
    Colby did a nice job competing in the Adult bracket for the first time, and not surprisingly Jake, Dave M., Dave K., and Big Bill made us proud in the Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black Belt matches, respectively. Big Bill for the Win
    Dave K on One of Several Trips to the Podium
    Students do not have ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - The Road to Black Belt

    The Road to Black Belt

    Anytime three or more Jiu-Jitsu students gather together, you can be certain that the issue of rank will come up in the discussion. There are only 5 basic belts in the Jiu-Jitsu rank system: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. And it’s generally recognized that it takes a lot longer to achieve rank in Jiu-Jitsu than in most other martial arts. If White Belt is the hardest belt to achieve in Jiu-Jitsu (because you have to get off the couch and into the school!), then Black Belt certainly has to come in a close second. On April 29th, Professor Sonny Achille proudly tied Black Belts around two very dedicated and sincere Jiu-Jitsu practitioners: Bill Krall and Joe Scott. Both Bill ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - 2016 Western PA State BJJ Championship Results

    2016 Western PA State BJJ Championship Results

    Photo by Jeannette Marshall Hergenroeder‎. She will be making photos from the event available soon, so keep an eye on our competition Facebook page! We had another great year at our annual tournament. Thank you to all of the competitors and for our referees and volunteers for helping the day to run smoothly. The results for the day are listed below or you can download the PDF version by clicking here . See you again next year! KIDS, TEEN GI
    KIDS BEG 6-7 , 40-55 LBS 1. SAWYER WILLIAMS , NEXT LEVEL 2. SEBASTIAN ROTHROCK, JUNQUEIRA 3. RYLEE MAJETICH, STEEL CITY MA KIDS BEG 6-7 , 63-75 LBS 1. MARK REED, UNIONTOWN FIGHT CLUB 2. KOLBE SHORR KIDS INTER6-7 , 48-60 LBS 1. JUSON DUBE, ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - Calling All Tournament Sponsors

    Calling All Tournament Sponsors

    The annual Western Pennsylvania Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships is nearly here. On Oct. 22, more than 300 competitors as well as their friends and family will descend on on Baldwin High School (our new bigger, better venue!) to chase the Pittsburgh area’s most prestigious competition titles. This our 10th event, and each year we have seen the tournament grow. In the last decade, jiu-jitsu in Pittsburgh has exploded with a slew of new gyms and new grapplers sprouting up around the city. The sport at large has grown as well, which means that we see competitors traveling from as far as New York, Canada, and New Jersey to take part in our event. For business owners, this is an ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - Press Release: Bully Prevention Week at SCMA

    Press Release: Bully Prevention Week at SCMA

    PITTSBURGH, PA—August 10, 2016—
    Steel City Martial Arts (SCMA), an award-winning martial arts school in Castle Shannon, is offering a free week of Bully Prevention classes to ring-in a new school year in partnership with local educators and local law enforcement. According to the Center for Disease Control, experiencing bullying puts a child at a greater risk for problems ranging from depression to reduced academic performance. Some studies report that as many as one out of four students will be bullied during their academic careers. “Sometimes we forget how hard it is to be a kid,” Santino Achille, instructor at SCMA, says. “Bullying has always been a ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - Bully Prevention Week FAQ

    Bully Prevention Week FAQ

    The response that we’ve seen about our first offering of Bully Prevention Week has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to the way our students represent our school when they are not in the gym training, we are blessed with a great reputation and people that are excited to talk about what we do. We’ve gotten a few questions about the program that we wanted to address really quick: Q: Can the kids come every day of Bully Prevention Week or just one day? A: Current students and new visitors are welcome to attend all three! Q: Are all of the classes in Bully Prevention Week the same? A: Nope! Each day we will cover something new, building a bit on what we learned in ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pittsburgh - Steel City Martial Arts - Calling All Tournament Sponsors

    Calling All Tournament Sponsors

    The annual Western Pennsylvania Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships is nearly here. On Oct. 22, more than 300 competitors as well as their friends and family will descend on on Baldwin High School (our new bigger, better venue!) to chase the Pittsburgh area’s most prestigious competition titles. This our 10th event, and each year we have seen the tournament grow. In the last decade, jiu-jitsu in Pittsburgh has exploded with a slew of new gyms and new grapplers sprouting up around the city. The sport at large has grown as well, which means that we see competitors traveling from as far as New York, Canada, and New Jersey to take part in our event. For business owners, this is an ....

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