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Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center

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We Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders
& Adults Reach Their True Potential!

Since 2016, Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.


4509 Taylor Lane, Heights, Warrensville, OH 44128

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Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center Owner

Hi, I’m Ghazaros Grigoryan.


I remember when I was child, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. I wondered if I had what it took to succeed and I wasn’t the most athletic or confident child - quite the opposite. Little did I know that beginning my martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of my life!

When I opened my school in 2016, I made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Warrensville Heights by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.

We Share & teach The Same Values You Teach At Home.

Our programs have a strong focus on personal development. The foundations of our morals, values and core character traits are formed in our early years. For this reason, the programs at Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center are an essential way to enhance the growth and personal development of young students of all ages. 

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You may have experienced boredom with your usual fitness routine or reached a plateau in your performance or physical fitness results. Our adult programs are the perfect alternative to a boring gym routine, as they help you develop into your maximum potential both physically and mentally by providing real life self-defense strategies in a fun, focused environment. 

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Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center

Our Facility

• 5,000 Square-Foot Facility With 16 Foot Ceilings
• 1,700 Square-Foot Dollamur Matted Area for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Men's & Women's Locker Rooms

What Makes Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center Different From Karate & Taekwondo Schools?

We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.

Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified and licensed to teach martial arts.

Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area for parents, as well as matted floors throughout.

Our Promise at Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center:

To Train in the
Highest Quality Martial Arts
Program Available

To Focus On
Personal Development
in a Positive Environment

To Offer Programs
Accessible & Enjoyable
by People of Any Age


Judo means ‘the gentle way,’ and it generally lacks the emphasis on striking common to other martial arts. It remains an effective means of self-defense, however, by relying on throwing and flipping a larger or more powerful adversary to the ground, then applying ground combat techniques to control an opponent once they are in a position of disadvantage.

Rather than relying on striking back, it allows the student to use his or her opponent’s strength against them, and subdue them without exerting undue—or unavailable—amounts of power and strength. Judo is meant to be conservative with energy, meaning that it shouldn’t take all of one’s strength to pull off moves to stop an opponent. It’s also meant to transform the student into a person more likely to contribute to society by emphasizing discipline and increasing focus.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a highly-effective form of self-defense, which focuses on real-life scenarios one might encounter and teaches students how to resist them. It uses leverage and the application of joint locks and chokeholds to defeat one's opponent. Originating in Japan, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became a popular martial art form in 20th century Brazil. Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant, taught Jiu-Jitsu to several men including Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie, who passed it on to their sons.

Jiu-Jitsu’s popularity spread to the United States in the early 1990’s after Helio Gracie’s son, Royce Gracie, used it to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Following Royce Gracie’s success using Jiu-Jitsu in UFC matches, it has become an essential skill in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).


One of the most fun parts of martial arts training is the ability to test your skills by competing in a tournament. Tournaments are not only fun for competitors, but they also become a great social experience for parents as well!

From sparring to forms to team demos, these awesome competitions are not only a place where our students can test their skills, but also a place where team spirit is built, fears are overcome, and character is developed. Most importantly, they are tons of fun!

One more reason you will love martial arts at Ararat Martial Arts and Fitness Center!

  • Ghazaros Grigoryan

    Ghazaros Grigoryan

    Owner/Head Instructor

    Godan 5th Degree Black Belt

  • Michael Mooney

    Michael Mooney


    Godan 5th degree Black Belt

  • Elyor Serikbaev

    Elyor Serikbaev


    Shodan 1st degree Black Belt

  • Vlad Linetsky

    Vlad Linetsky


    Shodan 1st degree Black Belt

  • Glenn Rini

    Glenn Rini


    Shodan 1st degree Black Belt