Ephrata Martial Arts: Fitness and Fun for the Whole Family

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Ephrata Martial Arts: Fitness and Fun for the Whole Family

Posted on May 17, 2021 by Lisa Willwerth

Stay fit while having fun at Ephrata Martial Arts!

After spending a great deal of time at home within the past year, many people are looking for new hobbies to occupy themselves and their children. If you would like to learn something new while reaping physical and mental benefits, we suggest trying a martial arts class at Ephrata Martial Arts!

Ephrata Martial Arts originally opened in 1997 as Parker’s Self Defense, a studio specializing in teaching kung fu. In 2005, the school moved to its current location at 248 W Fulton Street, changed its name, and expanded its course offerings. Today, Ephrata Martial Arts is the largest and most successful mixed-martial arts studio in the area and has produced some of the best MMA fighters in the country.

Here are our top three reasons why you should try Ephrata Martial Arts!

Options for the Whole Family

No matter your experience level, there is a place for everyone at Ephrata Martial Arts! From their youngest students to their long-time trainees, the instructors at EMA are passionate about helping every student achieve their goals while having fun.

Classes at EMA are organized by age. Children are separated into three groups—Tiny Tigers (age 3.5-4), Little Warriors (4-7), and Young Dragons (8-13). Adults & teens (age 13+) are mixed into three specialized classes: Grappling, Striking, and MMA. Private self-defense classes are also available for those who prefer one-on-one instruction.

Physical & Mental Health Benefits

At Ephrata Martial Arts, its mission is “to build strong individuals and families, and a healthier community by empowering its students with the positive benefits of martial arts training.”

Physically, MMA is a full-body workout that increases strength, coordination, flexibility, and stamina. In addition to its physical benefits, though, MMA offers great mental benefits as well including improved confidence, stress relief, and resilience. Children who take MMA classes will also gain social skills, listening skills, perseverance, self-discipline, and following directions.


Knowledgeable Instructors

The instructors at Ephrata Martial Arts are not only dedicated to their student’s growth, but they also lead by example by continually learning and training themselves. Their passion and commitment to the sport, as well as their students, are unrivaled.

Coach Justin Press: Justin Press is the head instructor and owner of Ephrata Martial Arts. With over 35 years of MMA experience, he holds a Master of Sport in SAMBO, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a black belt in Jukido Jiu-Jitsu, a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a second-degree black belt in Kung Fu. He has trained with martial arts legends such as Rich Franklin, Vladislav Koulikov, Andre Arlovski, and Fedor Emelianenko.

Coach Angelina Press: Angelina Press has over 15 years of experience in mixed-martial arts instruction. She holds an intermediate rank in SAMBO, is a North American Grappling Association (NAGA) medalist, and has a black belt in Kung Fu. She teaches the Little Warriors group at Ephrata Martial Arts.

Master Vladislav Koulikov: Master Vlad teaches SAMBO seminars throughout the year at Ephrata Martial Arts. Born in Moscow, Russia, he began his training at the most prestigious SAMBO school in the world—SAMBO 70—before immigrating to the United States in 1996. Master Vlad has placed 3 times in the USA Open, represented Team USA in combat SAMBO in the 2008 World Championship, and won multiple NAGA and Grapplers Quest tournaments, among other achievements.

With class options for people of all ages and walks of life, EMA is the perfect place if you are looking to try something new while also supporting our local business community. Contact them to find a class that is right for you or your child!