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TOP TIER MMA Classes


A community based on the love for the martial sciences as well as fitness and health, we are designed to cater to all skill levels and welcome beginners who wish to explore the world of MMA for the first time.

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TOP TIER MMA Classes


A community based on the love for the martial sciences as well as fitness and health, we are designed to cater to all skill levels and welcome beginners who wish to explore the world of MMA for the first time.

We offer exceptional mixed martial arts and fitness training for individuals of all skill levels through comprehensive approaches and techniques that maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

MMA & KICKBOXING

MONDAY - THURSDAY:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Open Gym Period
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Children's Class (Tues. and Thurs. only.)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Mixed Martial Arts

MONDAY - WEDNESDAY:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Women's Kickboxing

SATURDAY:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Conditioning Course
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Children's Class
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Women's Kickboxing
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Mixed Martial Arts

 

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

THURSDAY:
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Adult Class

FRIDAY:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Adult Class

SATURDAY:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Adult Class


MEN'S MMA

THE PURPOSE.
We strive to teach, develop, and enhance the technical aspects of MMA to each of our members empowering them to utilize and combine various fighting concepts as one fluid art. Each individual progresses at their own pace through the many aspects of the discipline which increases their MMA knowledge as well as their health and fitness level.

THE TRAINING.
Classes consist of encompassing all aspects of MMA that include boxing, kickboxing, take-downs, take-down defenses, submissions, submission escapes and counters, cage work and much more.  Students are encouraged and motivated through a fun and positive atmosphere where learning comes naturally.

THE RESULTS.
Classes promise to challenge you at all skill levels to make you a more complete MMA practitioner.  With a strong work ethic and the courage to push yourself, Top Tier MMA will help you to “become elite.”

WOMEN'S KICKBOXING

THE PURPOSE.
This class is designed to present the fundamentals of kickboxing as well as the benefits this discipline has on woman’s health.  We provide specific activities that focus on the technical aspects of kickboxing while also delivering a total body workout for our members

THE TRAINING.
Classes consist of a 15 minute warm up that includes a core workout designed to produce results through efficiency.  From there the class shifts its focus to the fundamentals kickboxing which includes foot work, bag work to develop proper punches, kicks, knees and elbows; focus mits, non-contact sparing and much more. 

THE RESULTS.
Our classes promise to bring an overall increase to your fitness level while having fun learning the techniques of Kickboxing.  With a strong work ethic and the courage to push yourself, Top Tier MMA will help you to “become elite.”


cHILDREN'S MMA

THE PURPOSE.
Our highly trained instructors focus on developing children in the technical aspects of MMA as well as encouraging them to grow as individuals who practice self-confidence, respect for others, mentoring, discipline and much more.  Children will not only benefit in these key areas, but will also increase their fitness level through the physical training that is designed to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.  The methods used to obtain these positive attributes are all designed to be fun for all skill levels!

THE TRAINING.
Classes consist of a variety of training methods that teach the students the basics of MMA and self-defense.  These methods include offensive and defensive techniques that encompass boxing, kickboxing, take-downs, submissions, wrestling, and much more.  Training also includes kid focused games and team building activities that promote fine motor skills and healthy competition.  At Top Tier MMA we create a safe environment where children can explore and grow their skills all while having fun!

THE RESULTS.
Our kids program promises to increase the fitness level of all who participate in these fun and challenging classes.  Children will learn effective ways to counter school bullying all while growing as individuals who respect others and understand the value of self-defense.  Come down and see what a positive difference Kids MMA can make in a child’s life!


BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

THE PURPOSE.
A lot of people would like to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the most effective pure martial art in the world.  At Top Tier MMA our instructor Brian brings a strong resume with a teaching system unlike any other in the greater Pittsburgh area.  Students who stick with this program will be amazed how quickly they will learn, and how much they will grow within the program.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for everyone.  

THE TRAINING.
A strong foundation is important in learning and so we carefully teach you simple but highly effective concepts starting your first day in class.  Over the next several classes you will understand what you need to practice, and we will build on what you have learned.  Everything is taught through easy to understand concepts.  Before long you will understand what needs to happen and will have incredible aha!  moments during your training.  While you are in class you will meet friendly people and build great friendships.  Your instructor will always be there to guide you through the learning process.  

THE RESULTS.
The best part about a training program like this is each person will grow in their own way in addition to developing a rare skill set that will be there when you need it.  Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu improves your ability to problem solve accurately and quickly, increases self-confidence, and transforms you into the best shape of your life.  Your instructor Brian Cowin is a veteran teacher and competitor and will guide you as far as you are willing to go.

THE INSTRUCTOR.
Brian Cowin (right) has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Wrestling since 2003, and was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu byMarcello Monteiro and James Terlecki in the Spring of 2016. Brian has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years pulling off big wins in 5 weight classes. Brian has consistently been able to compete against larger opponents, often giving up 100 pounds.

Brian has worked as a Bodyguard part-time for 6 years, and has trained two SWAT teams in Ohio on arrest tactics and use of force. He is known for working as Channing Tatum’s stand-in and double during the FOXCATCHER movie that was filmed in Pittsburgh. Teaching is Brian’s calling, and he has been consulting and training grapplers and MMA fighters before high profile matches throughout his grappling career. In September 2015 Brian started a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program in the poorest county in Ohio through a YMCA.

Within 2 months he built a competition team, and 8 months later this team traveled to two All Ohio Grappling Challenge tournaments to compete against more established Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teams. Despite the short amount of time training, Brian’s students won 17 matches by submission; often scoring at least 20 points per match. Brian believes he has a proven method of teaching students that will help them succeed and understand Brazilian Jiu Jitsu much faster than traditional methods. Come check out our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and meet a new member of our team at Top Tier MMA!

 
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OUR HISTORY


It started with two brothers and a barn.

OUR HISTORY


It started with two brothers and a barn.

In 1994, Josh and Justin Erdner began their perspective paths down the mixed martial arts world with two different disciplines...

Josh was involved with wrestling while Justin practiced Ishin Ryu Karate and Muay Thai Kickboxing. One fateful night, while at their good friend and neighbor’s house, they stumbled across a pay per view event like none other; The Ultimate Fighting Championship. After viewing the event they were amazed by the submission dominance displayed by Royce Gracie. They were determined to become complete mixed martial artists by adding this element to their arsenal. It was not long after this revelation that they constructed a cage in their parent’s barn and practiced daily. They gleaned information and instruction wherever they could find it including developing techniques on their own.

Whether it was traveling to New York to work with Mark Coleman or showing up at an unknown gym to be part of a Dan Severn seminar, the brothers expanded their MMA knowledge however they could. This led them to discovering a new MMA club being taught at the University of Pittsburgh by Hook n Shoot veteran Michael Willus. The three of them began training and teaching MMA and produced talent such as UFC season 8 champion Mac Danzig.

At this time the sport of MMA was on the rise. It wasn’t long before they began packing Trees Hall at Pitt as well as the now famous “Fight Barn” with students. They knew that one day the three of them were destined to own and operate a MMA gym and fitness facility.  With the birth of Top Tier MMA, this dream is now realized.

Josh Erdner

Justin Erdner

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BECOME ELITE.


Begin your training at Top Tier MMA today. Pick one of the packages below or opt to drop in and try us out. We're excited to meet you!

BECOME ELITE.


Begin your training at Top Tier MMA today. Pick one of the packages below or opt to drop in and try us out. We're excited to meet you!

Thank you for viewing our page! We wish to personally invite you to join our MMA and fitness family.  To get started please call (412) 766-3120.  If you call outside of our business hours please leave a message and one of our representatives will return your call promptly.