**Dedicated to bringing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Central, PA - Penn State / State College Martial Arts**


 

Testimonials

We’re privileged to have so many students that have taken a few minutes to write a review for CPAMMA and tell everyone about their favorite things pertaining to their training at CPAMMA.  We strive to have the best training, facility and atmosphere in Central PA and it is our mission to serve our students.

There have been many success stories written on Google, Yelp, Facebook and others.  All of your wonderful comments have given us the inspiration to continue to improve everything pertaining to CPAMMA.  From our diverse class schedule, to the state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot facility to the seminars we offer.

Since 2005 we have been given well over 1,000 five star reviews that have inspired new prospective students to try out classes at CPAMMA.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing your CPAMMA Success story!

Our Accomplishments:

  1. The most accomplished instructors in Central PA.
  2. 1,000+ reviews and “recommendations” from other current and past students.
  3. The largest student base in Central PA (over 500+ students)
  4. Home to the highest ranked instructors in Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling, Jeet Kune Do, Kali and more!
  5. Produced dozens of champions in various arts.
  6. Rave 5 star reviews on Facebook,  Googleand Yelp

Here are a few reviews by our CPAMMA fans…

For a full list of our testimonials see our Facebook Page HERE.

Striking Arts
Women’s Programs
Youth Martial Arts


Striking & Mixed Martial Arts

“Ryan Gruhn is the definition of a professional. After having personally experienced a different sport (football) at the highest level, I can honestly say there wasn’t a coach I encountered in the NFL that conducted a more organized and well thought out practice than Ryan does. This statement is true even when he is instructing beginners like myself. His attention to detail and ability to communicate technique to all levels of athletes is very unique.”

~ Justin Kurpeikis
Former NFL & PSU Football Player
(Group MMA Class)

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“Ryan is world class trainer and a great mentor as well. Now that I’m training up here in Minnesota many of the same techniques and principles I practice everyday with Greg Nelson “a sought after world class trainer himself,” are the same principles I learned from Ryan while living in State College for this past year.”

~ Paul Bradley
(Professional MMA Fighter 10-1, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7, currently fighting for Bellator)

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“What impresses me most about Ryan Gruhn as an instructor is the way he combines training in the fundamentals with innovative fighting styles. He is always looking for new, cutting edge approaches to Muay Thai and Boxing and incorporating those approaches into the traditional styles. He is both a student and teacher of the martial arts, always researching, designing and incorporating new ideas and methods. He has an incredible ability to teach across number of levels and age groups, from beginners to up-and-coming top notch fighters. Ryan Gruhn is not only a teacher, practitioner and coach, but also a mentor. He trains his instructors to be teachers and assistants as well, a true testament to his devotion to the growth and continuation of martial arts. In addition, Ryan Gruhn has coached me in my last two fights, and the support and devotion of personal time and energy that he puts into his fighters is truly amazing. I am grateful to have him as a coach.”

~ Shirley Moody

Professor, Penn State University
(Boxing and Muay Thai) – Active Muay Thai Fighter

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“Ryan Gruhn constantly impresses me with his knowledge of the martial arts. He’s a true martial artist. There is absolutely no question that Ryan Gruhn is the real deal.”

~ Cory Rideout
Former President Penn State Judo Club
2nd degree Black Belt – Tang Soo Do
(Private Student – Self Defense, Muay Thai, MMA, Grappling)

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“Ryan has an amazing amount of knowledge, talent, and experience in martial arts. His instruction is world class and his martial arts classes are a great learning experience as well as a great workout. But above all of his martial arts credentials, he is the best role model anyone could have. Personally he’s changed my life in the past 3 years and I hope he does the same for future young adults. I’ve fought under Ryan and I can’t explain how prepared he had me both mentally and physically. I remember walking into the ring/cage thinking there was no way I could lose the fight. He has a one of a kind way of training you to do things that make you a complete, well rounded, fighter with perfect fundamentals. He went from being my instructor to basically my big brother. The future is very bright for Sifu Gruhn!”

~ Shane Finn
PA Golden Gloves Champion
Muay Thai Level 1 Instructor & Active Muay Thai Fighter

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“Ryan Gruhn has been an extremely helpful and competent MMA coach. I really appreciated that he stressed learning and mastering the basic fighting techniques before moving onto more advanced MMA styles. His demonstrations and explanations of the material were easy to understand and then apply. He brings an enthusiasm and energy to the class that motivates and pushes you to be your best. Participating in the MMA program at has given me tools that I will be able to utilize for many years to come. I plan on returning next semester to train and my hat goes off to the Ryan.”

~Steve S.
Penn State University

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“I have been interested in mixed martial arts for a couple years now, but was concerned that an MMA class would be full of tough guys and meat heads. I am more concerned with learning techniques and having an outlet in which to escape the stressful culture that is my professional life. During my first semester I have been thrilled with the environment that Kru Gruhn fostered from the first day of class. He made sure that we have a collective attitude where we help each other learn while enjoying each day of class. Kru Gruhn taught me that the human body is a unique machine, because the “harder you work it, the stronger it gets.”

~ Penn State Student
(Mixed Martial Arts)

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“CPAMMA is the best martial arts gym in State College Pa. Great teams in both BJJ and Muay Thai. I would hightly recommend this team to ANYONE in the area. The CPAMMA family is very welcoming to those with or without previous martial arts experience.”

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“I have been taking Muay Thai classes at CPAMMA for 4 years, and I can honestly say I can’t imagine going anywhere else! I have zero motivation to work out by myself, so taking group classes helps motivate me to push myself to the max with every workout. Plus, taking a class with mostly guys (although the amount of girls taking Muay Thai keeps going up…go ladies!) makes me try to be as good or even better than the boys ;-) Even after 4 years, I continue to learn something new with every class! The instructors are top notch as well! I have no doubt I will continue to take classes at CPAMMA until the grave”

~Chelsea Jones

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“My son is in the Mighty Mites and loves it. The class teaches him so much in addition to his favorite part (kicking). The instructors are amazing with this group of young children. His little sister can’t wait to join and we will be signing her up as soon as she is 3.”

~Alanna Burkhart Leicht

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“In the past few months, I have had the great pleasure of training with the folks at CPAMMA and I can safely say that this facility is the best I have ever attended. The instructors are one and all friendly, knowledgeable and patient. They truly want to see everyone succeed in their training and it definitely shows. I have met some great people in the other students as well and the facility is always clean and tidy, a welcome change from some other gyms I have been to! In short, I look forward to training at CPAMMA for a long time and I encourage any potential students to check it out.”

~John Yi

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“This was a truly amazing semester. I learned so much more here than I could have nearly anywhere else, it was easily worth the money and effort.”

~ Penn State Student

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“One of my favorite places to go! I am a little embarrassed to admit how little I knew about MMA, but so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. The best way to get your aerobic exercise with additional benefits such as….coordination, balance, core strengthening, learning an art, etc… Seasoned instructors, that are consistent, encouraging, and sharing new things. Their patience allows me to work at my own pace. Their attentiveness to form and learning is appreciated, no matter how many times they have to reiterate something. Recently someone asked me if I lift weights, nope I said, just a lot of jab crosses. Empowering on so many levels!”

~Linda Esposito

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“Sifu Ryan has does a superb job giving my daughter confidence in herself and teaching her that we should always strive to to do our very best according ones ability.”

~ Penn State Student

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“Great facility. Great instucters who teach and instuct to everyones ability (or lack of) I am also very impressed with the fun atmosphere enveloping the youth programs. Outstanding.”

~ Daniel R. Cutshall
(Local Professional)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Youth Martial Arts

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“A year ago, I would never have seen myself as an avid martial artist. The amount of experience present in Ryan’s teaching is unmatched and yet he manages to translates it perfectly for beginners and eventually into intermediate/advanced material. The teaching is very personal and you aren’t just a face in a crowd. The amount of dedication and willpower that you put into your training will always be matched by the instructors. Without a doubt, one of the best martial arts programs on the east coast.”

~ Ben Nargi
(Muay Thai, & Boxing)

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“I have had the pleasure of training with Ryan for many years now and he is the real deal. To get martial arts training remotely comparable to this you would have to live in New York or California or go overseas. To have a resource like Ryan Gruhn in State College is a goldmine!!! No matter whether you are training to be a fighter, learning to defend yourself, or just trying to improve your fitness level this is the man to train under.”

~ Henry (Hank) Moeller
(Jeet Kune Do)

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“I am a student at Penn State, and I have been training in Thai Boxing under Kru Ryan Gruhn for a year and a half. In addition, I have also taken boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and reality-based martial arts. The training is without a doubt the best available in the area, and I would recommend any of these classes to anyone who wants to improve his or her fitness, confidence, and self defense skills, as well as to those who would like to fight for sport. My favorite classes are Thai Boxing, the “king of the ring” of striking, and reality-based martial arts, which focuses on no-rules situations and weapon techniques.”

~ Jake Sibel
(Muay Thai & Reality Based MMA)

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“Ryan is my first and only boxing and Thai boxing instructor. I had been back and forth about wanting to try Muay Thai for a while up until I started training with Ryan. My only regret now is that I didn’t start sooner. For being someone who has the ability to whoop some ass if needed, Ryan is a very grounded individual who is approachable and willing to chat about anything. Although there are students in his class with varying experience levels, Ryan keeps it simple enough for the beginners yet also manages to challenge the veterans. His dedication and preparedness are evident from the emails I get throughout the day and night pertaining to new techniques and examples he finds on the internet. His classes are packed with information and conditioning to the extent an hour will go by in no time. Taking classes with Ryan is a great experience for those looking to increase their martial arts knowledge and also for those looking for a great workout.”

~ Gary Grayek
Penn State Student
(Boxing & Muay Thai)

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Dan O’Neill

“CPAMMA has been a home away from home for me over the past 5 years. I started taking classes in September of 2009, without a lick of martial arts experience. Since then I have compiled an amateur competitive martial arts record of 10-3 and achieved more than I could have hoped for. Sometimes things were rough… Battling injuries, losing fights, plateauing at a certain skill level for months at a time, getting tapped out by newcomers in front of my friends and training partners… it wasn’t always an easy journey. But I couldn’t think of a better group of people who I would have rather shared that journey with. Some of the most kind and caring people I have ever met have been the group of coaches and training partners at CPAMMA who have bled with me on the mats and picked me up and kept me going when I thought I was too tired to go on. I gave half of a decade of sweat and blood to those red mats, and in return I got a lifetime of pride and confidence and friendships that I will carry with me until I die. Unfortunately it’s time for me to move on with my life, and that means leaving CPAMMA behind. But in the story of my life, the chapter about my time at CPAMMA will undoubtedly be one that I look back upon with great fondness.”

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“An amazing gym all around. There are classes and instruction for all skill levels across many disciplines of martial arts. In short, there’s something here for everyone. The instructors are thorough, respectful, encouraging, know what to teach, and most importantly- how to teach. From the mats to the bags, to the bathrooms, the entire gym is always immaculately clean and sanitary. If you simply want to get in shape, learn to defend yourself, want to compete, or anywhere in between, this is the place to be.”

~Sean O’Brien

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“A great school with great instructors and a schedule that is more than accommodating. It’s like one big family that wants to see you succeed and grow. This place will spoil you for any other gym, dojo or classes!”

~Gary Scott

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“I can’t think of a better program to have my Son in. Everybody is wonderful and my Child has learned so many valuable life skills”

~Dee Verbeck Patterson

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“This gym is a great place to train for people at all different levels. I am very impressed with the environment of respect that is created by the phenomenal instructors and the dedicated students at CPAMMA. The availability of hours for classes makes it easy to find time to train even if you have a busy work schedule.”

~Jonathan Masters

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“It is a very safe and fun place for kids to get exercise. The instructors are fantastic and kids make new friends in the gym.”

~Melissa Gundrum

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Justin DeArmitt

“Best martial arts programs, best instructors, nicest group of people to train with! What else could you ask for.”

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“Ryan Gruhn,
Everyday I walk onto the mats knowing that I will leave a better fighter, because I am really learning from the best. The Muay Thai and Boxing classes have greatly improved my attitude, my confidence, and provided me with a release from everyday stress. The class is run very well, it is a lot of fun, and I really look forward to training for a long time.”

~Stephen Shurgalla
Penn State Student
(Boxing & Muay Thai)

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“Epic training with awesome instructors and training partners!”

~Joyce Stamm

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“The patience of Ryan Gruhn is amazing! The lessons they teach go far beyond the mat. Thank you.”
~Kate Branford

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“In the brief time I was at Central PA Mixed Martial Arts I was impressed with the organization of the classes; it is quite difficult to accommodate various levels of fighters simultaneously. I think the program is run well and Ryan takes the time to inspect each individual fighter’s progress.”

~ Scott
Penn State Student
(Striking & MMA)

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“Training with Ryan Gruhn has been the experience of a lifetime. In one year I have gone from knowing nothing about the art of boxing to being in love with the sport. It is because of Ryan that I have changed my lifestyle to be able to train 7 days a week. He has given me the confidence to know that I can step in the ring with anyone and hold my own. The special thing about training with Ryan Gruhn is the angles which he teaches. He doesn’t just teach conventional boxing but rather starts with the basics and then teaches you to build on them with tactics not usually taught by the average boxing instructor. I know that when I step in the ring I know more ways to accomplish my goals then the other man. I encourage everyone to work with Ryan Gruhn for even one day and not only will you understand what I am talking about, but you will be fully hooked on whatever art your trying to learn.”

~ Uri S.
Penn State Student
(Individual, Small Group & Fight Team – Boxing)

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“My son (age 7) has been a student for several years now. I would and do recommend it to everyone. The instructors, facility, and atmosphere are fantastic and second to none. I liked it all so much I started taking classes!”

~Agnes Berrena

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“Hey y’all! This is unfortunately a parting message, since I can’t make training fit in my schedule (unfortunate part of my grad school life – grad school eats everything). But I loved learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Jon’s class or in Alec’s. I had no prior experience in BJJ and I’m about eighty pounds overweight with a bad knee. The only difference that made was that seasoned rolling partners were nice and didn’t use moves that would hurt my knee. Everyone made me feel really welcome, helped me learn at my own pace, encouraged me to push myself (but not hurt myself) in every workout, and even taught me how to turn my extra weight into an advantage. This was the most positive gym/martial arts experience I ever had, and if my workload ever gets more manageable I’m definitely coming back. I really miss rolling around with a bunch of sweaty dudes! :) Thank you all!!”

~Beth Carroll

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“CPAMMA is thoroughly grounded in quality instruction and a positive learning environment!”

~Albert Paul

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“Only been training a month, already an incredible experience.  First off, the people. Every instructor is friendly, approachable and knows their stuff. Students are equally friendly and are all there for the same reason, to better themselves. It’s not a competition to see who hits hardest or moves fastest. Everyone is on an individual journey to improve aspects of their life and it shows in how hard they work.

Gym is super clean and organized and the costs compared to the level of instruction and results you see are without equal. In short: it’s worth it and CPAMMA is the real deal.”

~Tyler Long

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“My son just started the YMA program in July. CPAMMA staff is excellent with the kids and my son can’t wait for the next class. Best gym around. The rest of my family is considering classes now too!”

~Valerie Carfley

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“This is a great gym to either begin or continue your martial arts journey. All the instructors are polite, courteous, and knowledgeable. Their focus is on your continued growth through precision drilling and structured progressive sparring. While the focus is on growth, every aspect of training is permeated with a culture of safety. Preservation of your training partners is an idea constantly emphasized.

The gym members are also great. As a general rule they are all interested in learning and helping you learn. They will spar at whatever level of intensity you want while taking into account your experience level.

I consider CPaMMA a family I am a part of rather than a gym I belong to. I recommend them whole heartedly. Do not hesitate to join this gym and become a member of the family”

~Seth Canner

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“Highly qualified instructors, super clean facility, everyone is friendly and fun to train with, fight team brings home the wins, Youth Martial Arts program is unparalleled. Best martial arts training in central Pennsylvania for men, women and children, hands down! (Well, hands up if your in striking class)”

~Roy Schaeffer

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“I cannot say enough great things about CPAMMA! Ryan and all of the other instructors are very skilled and knowledgable about the material taught and the gym in general is a great environment! The best part of my week is by far training with my CPAMMA family! Thanks guys!”

~Tristen Gyrych

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“Top notch all the way!! From instructors to students and facility!! If your an adult or looking for a youth experienced or beginner everyone is family from the moment you walk through the door!!”

~Brian Yatchik

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“Thanks to all the guys Central PA Mixed Martial Arts for allowing me to join their classes and roll with the high level guys, detailed instruction and top class facility, thanks guys!”

~Craig Paul Tobin

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“I’ve been studying martial arts since the age of 7 and have been meaning to join an MMA gym for last 3 years. Due to other commitments I was delayed in my pursuit. When the month of May came around, it was my time to sign up. I had no intentions of competing in anything, just wanted to improve my skill and learn something new. 

For anyone considering something new or wanting to learn multiple styles of martial arts I would highly recommend CPAMMA. The instructor and assistant instructors are well rounded and know their stuff when it comes to many martial arts.

CPAMMA is well organized, well operated, and gives you a great workout!”

~Cody James

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“There are so many great things about this facility, the staff and the programs offered. Our 9 yo is continually learning about self respect, self confidence, respect of others, and the big one – that hard work pays off! Can’t wait for our little one to start exploring Mighty Mites!”

~Alyson Boehr

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“Our two daughters started at MMA last fall and my husband and I are so impressed with the staff. The students learn so much more than kicking and throwing punches. They love to come home and show everyone what they are learning – I love to watch the interactions of Sifu Ryan with the children – well worth the trip to State College from Penns Valley! After our 19 year old son watched his sisters during their class, he decided to join too!”

~Kathy Coursen

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“You guys really run a great program. The instructors are all top notch and seem to really want the students to learn. I don’t think I’ve even heard of a martial arts program attached to a full gym before and I’ve gotta say it’s an absolutely amazing idea. Keep up the good work!”

~Penn State Student

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“Ryan is one of the sharpest instructors and dedicated martial artists I’ve ever met. His motivation to teach is superb, and he readily adapts himself to all manner of students, regardless of skill level and background. His classes help keep me physically and mentally fit for my duties in the Air National Guard and have helped me look at fighting, self defense, and leadership in completely new ways. His enthusiasm and expertise, with open hands, grappling, and weapons is outstanding. Make no mistake, he’ll work you hard, push you to your limits and help you grow past them.”

~ Chris D
US Air Force Academy Grad, Class of ‘99
(Individual, Small Group & Group Class Student – Muay Thai/MMA, FMA)

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“Ryan was my first kickboxing teacher and was very approachable and easy to learn from. He broke down the basics so it was simple to understand how to take it step by step in the correct manner. He stressed that perfect practice makes perfect and he helped me improve from lesson to lesson. I am looking forward to continuing my training with him and would recommend his classes to anyone interested in learning a martial art. ”

~ Matt I.
Current Penn State Student

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“I have been extremely pleased with the Youth Martial Arts progam. I love how Ryan incorporates conditioning movement in a fun way so that the kids have no idea they are ”working out” and ”getting fit.” I am always impressed when it comes tp the time for the kids to concentrate and focus on technique. They are ready to learn. I wish more of these concepts could be used in school classrooms! Although, I do think it has carried over into my son’s school day, and he is better able to concentrate when he is regularly attending class.”

~ Matt K.
Current Penn State Student

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“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my instructor, Ryan Gruhn. Over the years I have been involved in many challenging sports activities including: trad rock climbing, marathons, freestyle wrestling and martial arts. The personal instruction I receive from Ryan Gruhn has been the best I have experienced in any of my endeavors. His teaching techniques and knowledge of the various forms of self defense and martial arts are truly impressive. Highly recommended.”

~ Ron Q.
Local Agency Director
(Private Student – Boxing, Muay Thai)

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“Ryan Gruhn not only knows his stuff, he knows how to convey it to his students. He not only makes sure his students learn the fundamentals of boxing, he teaches them aspects of boxing that are neglected by other gyms. After fighting with Ryan in my corner I can say two things with complete certainty:
1) There is no one else I would rather have in my corner.
2) He is right about everything he ever says in class.I do not believe there is anyone you can learn more from than Ryan because of his unique perspective and approach to teaching boxing. He will turn you into a truly well rounded boxer. I would never bet against one of Ryan’s fighters.
Thank You Ryan.”

~ Doug McMahon
Amateur Boxer (Doug’s Highlight Clip)
(Advanced Boxing Class & Small Group Lesson Student)

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“Coming from a grappling oriented background can make it challenging to learn and fully understand the mechanics and tactics of powerful standup martial arts. Ryan Gruhn knows what he teaches and is able to instruct it in a manner that made the transition very fluent. Ryan put me through vigorous training sessions and pushed me to a level that I had only been to during highschool wrestling. Constant pressure to know and fully understand proper technique will allow me to become a powerful fighter in the ring when Ryan feels that I am ready to do so. I believe I have become more aggressive with each session, constantly wanting more. My focus while training and outside of the gym have also increased dramatically. I felt the training and knowledge he was able to provide was well worth the hour and a half drive to and from State College every time I was scheduled. Ryan is by far one of the best insructors I have dealt with and highly recommend him to anyone looking for an amazing instructor able to take you as far as you can go.”

~ Lance T.
California University of Pa Student
Freestyle/Folk/Greco Roman Wrestler
(Private student – Muay Thai)

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“Ryan Gruhn is truly the most fun, knowledgeable, and devoted instructor I have ever seen. You will not only learn to become an excellent martial artist and athlete, but you will have fun doing it. Ryan keeps martial arts exciting with new material, while also drilling the basics for mastery. If you want to learn excellent martial arts techniques and do so without the big egos of most martial arts teachers, call Ryan. I have been a martial artist for over 15 years, and I have studied with many excellent instructors. Ryan is the best.”

~ Dr. Robert Jeanmenne
Nittany Dental Associates
(Group Class & Private Student – Kali-Silat-FMA-Dog Brothers, Self Defense)

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“Ever since I joined Ryan Gruhn’s FMA program, I’ve been wanting more and more to get into better shape. I wanted to do this so that I could expand my abilities and learn more of the Martial Art that I am taking. FMA is a great program and offers self defense for situations that could happen anywhere, any day, to any one. Also, If you practice until you get things down, it gives you more of a confidence in yourself that you will be able to overcome more and harder obstacles. Taking FMA with Ryan Gruhn has been a great experience and I would encourage others to join this class too.”

~ Michael Hartman
State High Student
(Group Class Student – Kali-Siliat-FMA-Dog Brothers, Self Defense, Boxing)

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“I signed up for Boxing on October 9th. To date (June 2007), I have honored my commitment by missing very few lessons, progressed into a second semester of Advanced Boxing under your instruction, and I have dropped an additional 45 pounds totaling a 26% body weight reduction within the last year! I can’t even explain how much my involvement has further boosted my self confidence and athletic ability, not to mention changed my life. Ryan – you are an amazing instructor. The camaraderie and respect you instill in everyone at Fitness is insurmountable. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to be a student under your instruction, and I look forward to many more lessons in the future.”

~ Luke A. Stewart
(Group Class Student – Advanced Boxing)

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“I have been one of Ryan’s boxing students for over a year. I am currently preparing to compete in the ring as an amateur boxer, having been thoroughly educated in boxing techniques, fitness, and strategy by the coaches at the gym. Ryan Gruhn teaches the advanced boxing classes, which are very physically demanding, and extremely educative. Through full contact sparring I have had the chance to test the boxing skills I have learned at the gym, and found that Ryan has taught me very effective means of protecting myself and executing aggressive ring strategy. Ryan teaches us some very intelligent boxing tactics, and hammers on our fundamentals until they come automatically. Having observed amateur boxing bouts involving fighters from many different gyms, I believe that Ryan teaches us superior, yet simple boxing technique that will make me a fearsome amateur boxer.”

~ Dave Vacco
Penn State Graduate Student
(Group Class Student – Advanced Boxing)

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“I started my first martial arts training with Ryan in various MMA group sessions. I started skeptical but realized after a few lessons that Ryan was a wealth of knowledge and that I needed to pay attention and as the sign in the gym says “absorb what is useful.” The atmosphere was very comfortable and I’ve never been afraid to ask questions. My experience was great and I’m looking forward to taking more classes in the fall.”

~ Brian J.
Penn State Student
(Small Group Student – MMA/Muay Thai)

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“Ryan Gruhn has been instrumental in my development as a martial arts practitioner. He brought an enthusiasm to the class that made you want to push your limits and also instilled in you the confidence needed to excel in the program. The program has opened doors for me and left me with the urge to continue training and pushing myself to peak performance”

~Steve S.
Penn State Student
(MMA, Muay Thai)

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“Ryan was extremely helpful. He knew everything and was an excellent teacher. I highly recommend taking classes with him!”

-Ryan Kirsh
Penn State Student
(Muay Thai)

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“I think your training curricula is extremely effective. Teaching us all fighting techniques briefly and following up on it throughout the semester. I work best with brevity and repetition, and you have been consistant in this approach. In the past two years, you have allowed me enough time to practice at home, and refine the grappling and sparring in class. I am doing things I never thought my body could do, and I believe with even more repetition, I will get even better.
Thank you.”

~ Josh
Penn State Student
(Individual Lesson & Group Class Student – Filipino Martial Arts)

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“Ryan Gruhn is a first-rate martial arts instructor that teaches you the technical skills, training methods, and psychology that you need for self defense. All of the techniques that Ryan Gruhn teaches have been battle-tested in real fighting situations, and he often provides insights from his personal fighting experience. Ryan Gruhn also makes the classes at the gym as realistic as possible while at the same time making them both safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

~ Sandy Breon
Local Professional
(Group Class & Private Student – Filipino Martial Arts, Self Defense, Grappling)

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“I feel confident learning from Ryan. I’ve had a couple trainers before him and I can honestly say I feel very good learning from him. It makes the lessons and learning so much more meaningful seeing the fact that Ryan’s technique is so smooth and practically flawless.”

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“Within the short time that I have trained with Ryan Gruhn I have learned a lot! I feel like I have a much better comprehension of martial arts, and I am looking forward to more training. I hope to compete one day, and I am confident I will get the best training possible by staying with Ryan. Thanks again Ryan!”

~ Rich

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“I would recommend Ryan Gruhn to anyone interested in training in the martial arts. Ryan’s extensive knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the martial arts and his gift for communicating all combine to create a superior training experience for his students.”

~ Steve Curtin
Local Resident – State College, PA
(Private student – Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do / MMA)

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“Ryan Gruhn’s level of instruction is incredible!  His ability to instruct, evaluate, and develop students has allowed me to advance quicker than I ever imagined possible. He breaks down every style and move into an easily understandable, memorable, and enjoyable lesson. I will continue to train under Ryan Gruhn for many years to come.”

~ Sean Moeller
Local Professional – State College, PA
(Group Class & Private Student – Filipino Martial Arts, Grappling)

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“Ryan Gruhn has impressed me with his knowledge of all aspects of practical martial arts. The one on one instruction I have received from private lessons has helped me tremendously and Ryan has made himself and his knowledge available to me just about whenever I ask. Any one interested in modern or traditional martial arts should absolutely seek to train with Ryan Gruhn.”

~ Ryan McManus
Computer Information Systems Major – PSU
(Group Class & Private Student – Mixed Martial Arts, Grappling)

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“I have to say that your professionalism is outstanding. It is obvious that you enjoy what you do and it shows at every lesson. I believe that you are an asset to State College and I truly enjoy taking classes from you. Your knowledge of the arts that you practice and the time that you spend developing the program is very impressive. The forum is simply amazing and I greatly appreciate it. You are a first class guy and it is a pleasure working with you.”

~ Anthony Dinallo
Local Professional
(Group Class & Private Student – Mighty Mites, FMA & Muay Thai)

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“Ryan Gruhn has given me a martial arts experience second to none over the past few years. His knowledge and dedication to all forms of fighting are impressive. Often, I’ll get emails at random times of the day/night from him with links to online training materials and video clips. For me, this is proof that Ryan Gruhn is truly dedicated to what he does. The flexibility of his scheduling is also a huge help – as a college student, I have irregular schedules that change from semester to semester. Ryan Gruhn has always found some way to fit me into a good class at a convenient time and day.”

~ Phil D.
Penn State Student
(Individual, Small Group & Real Contact Fight Team – Muay Thai)


Women’s Kickboxing

“After studying under Ryan Gruhn for a year, I have definitely noticed an improvement in my strength, endurance, general level of fitness, and knowledge of a discipline that was previously unfamiliar to me. Indeed, these changes were noticeable within the first 6 months of training. What I like most about the class is that it’s a perfect balance of cardio exercise and technical instruction.”

~ Lindsay Oaks
Penn State Student
(Women’s Kickboxing)

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“My daughter and I joined the women’s Kickboxing class this semester. I was a little hesitant because I am older but Ryan Gruhn is a wonderful instructor and very kind person. He is very informative and takes the time if you don’t understand a move. Its the same for the assistants in the class they possess the same helpful qualities as Ryan. It is obvious he has a gift for instruction. Everyone goes at their level within in class and its amazing. We get an awesome workout and at the same time have fun and are learning a martial art. Thank you Ryan for sharing your talents with us.”

~ Tina Martin and Amanda McKinley
Local Professionals
(Women’s Kickboxing)

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“I loved the classes, and Ryan was a great instructor who was patient with me and very helpful.”

~ Mandie Schofield
Penn State Student

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“I went to Ryan to prepare for Officer Candidate School in the United States Marine Corps and was introduced to Ryan Gruhn. He taught me the proper techniques of kick boxing and really helped me get into shape. The best part about Ryan is his patience and knowledge of martial arts. He actually had taught me everything that I was introduced to at OCS. I would highly recommend classes with Ryan. He will definitely take the time to teach you how to perform.”

~ Rebecca Gansca
Former Penn State Student
(Private Student – Women’s Kickboxing / Assault Prevention)

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“As a person to who all this is very new, all I can say is that I really wish I had started sooner doing classes with you. A great workout (very different to other types of exercise so you get to explore other muscle groups and different ways of using them), learned a lot (balance, control, endurance), and a lot of fun!”

~ Ioanna M
Former Penn State Student
(Small Group Women’s Kickboxing)

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“Ryan is an incredibly well informed instructor, and knows the material he is teaching us. Not only that, but he does a great job of conveying this information to his students, no matter their age or experience level. I have taken lessons with Ryan for about a year now, and have learned an immense amount, in addition to getting the best workouts I can imagine. All in all, my training with Ryan has been great!”

~ Nora Martin
State High / Penn State Student
(Golden Gloves State Champion – Boxing, Women’s Kickboxing, Muay Thai)

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“Ryan,
Past couple of years have been great knowing you as a person and as an instructor. You have taught me so much about a self-discipline in martial arts–mentally and physically. You definitely made me realize that martial art is a mental game, rather than “beating up someone else” (which many people think that’s what the martial art is ALL about). You have been my support to push my physical level to become a better fighter. After 3-4 years of working with you, it’s so hard for me to let go the bond that I have. I’m so glad that you were my first official boxing instructor! Thanks so much!”

~ Stephanie Kim
State High Alumni
(State High / Advance Boxing & Muay Thai)

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“Ryan Gruhn is a phenomenal one-on-one instructor! I started taking private lessons back in Fall 2006, and within the first few sessions I dramatically improved in form, technique, and skill level. His workouts are physically demanding and mentally challenging, but the results are well worth it! Thanks Ryan Gruhn!”

~ Katie Tavenner
Juniata College, Class of 2009
(Individual Lessons – Boxing / Women’s Kickboxing)

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“I love the women’s kickboxing class!  It is a great workout and I always leave dead tired.  Ryan and Jake are awesome, they are always very helpful and encouraging!! Thanks guys!!!”

~ Penn State Student
(Women’s Kickboxing)


Youth Martial Arts

“Ryan is an incredibly gifted teacher.  “Fun, friends, and fitness” isn’t just a slogan, it is a fundamental commitment that shapes every aspect of the learning environment.  After each class, when I asked my 5 year old what was her favorite part, she always responded: “Everything!”

~ Lynn Melander Moore
Local Resident
(Youth Martial Arts)

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“This Spring my five-year-old son and I started taking private family lessons with Ryan Gruhn. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed each lesson, and Ryan Gruhn makes each one challenging, educative and fun. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easily he makes the lessons appropriately challenging for both me and Owen, despite our obvious differences in size, coordination and athletic experience. I also was amazed at how well Owen could execute the various striking and parrying techniques we’ve been learning. Ryan Gruhn teaches and demonstrates these techniques in such a clear, simple and straightforward manner that it’s just as easy for Owen to understand it, as it is for me. His constant encouragement and diligent attention to helping us perform techniques to our best ability is invaluable. Not only has Owen been learning about his own physical capabilities, but the lessons also have focused on teaching him the values of respect, patience and determination. Perhaps above all, the combination of teaching, mild cardio and games make each lesson fun for the entire family.”

~ Matt Isham
Local Resident
(Family Privates Mixed/Youth Martial Arts)

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“Great facility. Great instucters who teach and instuct to everyones ability (or lack of) I am also very impressed with the fun atmosphere enveloping the youth programs. Outstanding.”

~ Daniel R. Cutshall
(Local Professional)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Youth Martial Arts

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“My son, Alex started in the Youth Martial Arts program after two weeks of the summer camp there. What impressed me at the start was the nurturing attitudes of the instructors, in particular, the head instructor Ryan Gruhn. All members of the class are encouraged in a positive manner whether they are performing a move with correct form or whether they are in the process of improving it. Regardless of whether Ryan has suggested a correction for the first time or the nth time, it is always in a tone of voice and manner that is encouraging and confidence building. In the class, all students are improving themselves and not competing with others. In terms of safety, all activities are well supervised with an strong emphasis on correct form rather than speed or power and there is no free form sparring at this level. We have been in the program for one year and through two belt testings and are as happy as from the start. The Youth Martial Arts program is an excellent program for building strong bodies and strong spirits. Furthermore, with its short 6 month enrollment program, I would highly recommend it to those looking to try out a marital arts program or some sort of fitness program for their child.”

~ Christine Lowe
Local Resident
(Youth Martial Arts Parent)

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“Emily enjoys attending class and showing her family what she has learned. It has made her more confident and more willing to try new activities. She is having a great time and getting physically stronger and improving her gross motor skills. In addition to learning the actual martial arts, she is also learning the life long skills of respect, courtesy, patience, perseverance, good attitude, cooperation and hard work. When I asked her to describe YMA she said it is a “lot of fun”. That answer says quite a bit. I hope she stays with this fantastic program as it will benefit her in all aspects of her life. Thank you for giving all that you do to this program.”

~ Karen Kelly
(Youth Martial Arts Parent)

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“I have been very pleased with the instruction that Ryan has given myself and my son. He is always very patient, courteous, and encouraging. More than that, he makes our lessons fun and something that we look forward to.”

~ Andrew Kleit
Penn State Professor
(Family Privates Mixed/Youth Martial Arts)

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“Ryan is a remarkable combination of gentleness and tremendous martial arts ability. He is extremely attentive to atmosphere in the classroom so that size, experience, or gender never get in the way of having fun and making progress. We’re so impressed with what our daughter has achieved working with Ryan through 8 belt levels. It’s a fantastic program.”

~ Lynn Moore
Local Resident
(Youth Martial Arts Parent)

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“Owen (as transcribed by Dad): “my favorite part of gym was playing “Ryan says,” because I liked trying to do the right techniques and trying to listen so not to mess up doing the wrong techniques. I also liked hitting pads and holding pads for my partners. I also liked all the warm-up exercises, like jogging and jumping jacks.”

~ Owen
(Youth Martial Arts Student – at six years old)

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“Dad: This was Owen’s second semester of martial arts. I was very impressed with the way Ryan added techniques to the childrens’ repertoire incrementally. By the end of the class Owen and I both were surprised by how much he had learned. It was a great experience for both of us, and I still have him practice some of the techniques with me at home.”

~ Matt
(Youth Martial Arts Parent)

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“Ryan is incredibly gifted at keeping kids interest. My kids come out with a smile on their face after every class even while they are getting stronger and developing balance, etc. I recommend the program to all of the parents I know.”

~ Local Professional

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“I have enjoyed my time training with Sifu Gruhn. I have known him for 4 to 5 years and trust his philosphy in training so much that i have enrolled my child. She is 7 years old and loves his classes.”

~Local Professional

 

 


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