About Clarion MMA

Clarion MMA is a Martial Arts Academy located in Clarion, Pennsylvania.  The goal of Clarion MMA is to unite those of us in the Clarion area looking to further our fitness or martial arts education with some of the most knowledgeable trainers in the area.  We are currently looking for new members.  With over 20 classes each week our schedule is sure to have something you are looking for.  Whether you are interested in competing in Mixed Martial Arts, Karate or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments or are just looking for a great workout, we can help.  We offer a variety of martial arts and fitness classes.  Regardless of your age or skill level we are sure to have something for you!

Remember, everybody’s first class is FREE!



One time class – $7 per class

1 class per week – $25/month

2 classes a week – $35/month

Unlimited classes- only $45 per month

Class Descriptions:

Kid-Jitsu  (ages 5 – 12)- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and self defense tailored for youth.  We

teach takedowns, throws, grappling and submissions, but there is no punching or kicking

taught in this class.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu  (BJJ) – BJJ is a form of submission grappling.  There are two types,

with and without a gi (uniform).  In  both types we train to engage an opponent, take them

down to the floor and move into a position where we are able to force them to submit, or

“tap out”.


Kickboxing – A martial art from that uses punches, kicks, knees

and elbows while standing or clinched with an opponent.  Kickboxing classes are perfect

whether you just want an aerobic workout or if you want to learn how to be a competitive



Taijutsu (7 and up) – Shin Go Ju Ryu Tai Jutsu is a martial art that employs unarmed

combat that includes throws and strikes, as well as sword techniques, stick and staff

techniques, throwing weapons, stealth and more.  Taijutsu classes are perfect for those

who are looking for the discipline, respect and honor of the traditional martial arts.


Karate  (ages 8 and Up) –  Punches, kicks, and self defense techniques taught in a

traditional martial arts style.  This form of karate, Shotokan Karate, is divided into

three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring).


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) – To be an MMA fighter you need to do more than learn how

to strike and how to grapple, you need to know how to combine the different arts

effectively.  In a regular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class you won’t necessarily learn how to submit

someone that is punching you, or learn how to stand up from grappling because they

aren’t standard skills in BJJ.  In a kickboxing class you won’t learn how to kick or punch

with the thought that your opponent may try to take you down to the ground, that’s not

part of kickboxing.  MMA classes are for students that want to learn how to combine the

different arts and become a well-rounded fighter.   Our MMA 101 class requires no

experience or prior knowledge.


Judo  – is a martial art and combat sport where the goal is to throw, trip or otherwise take

your opponent to the ground and then immobilize or submit them.  We teach a variety of

throws and take downs as well as the proper ways to fall and land when being taken down.
Private Classes – Privates give you a chance to work on what you need work on.  This could

be overall fitness, a particular martial art, a certain technique or preparing for an upcoming event.

These are subject to instructor availability and cost $25 per hour, 6 for $100.

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Summer Camps 2016



Survival Camp
Monday July 18th – Friday July 22nd


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If the apocalypse happened tomorrow, would you survive?
Even though the premise is fiction, the skills we will teach are real.
This camp will combine the favorite elements of the Hunger Games Camp and Zombie Camp that we have run in the past.

Preparing for the end of the world as we know it, made fun!
In this camp you will learn: Building a shelter, Camouflage, Map reading, Self defense, Edible plants, Archery,

Thrown Weapons, Building a fire with and without matches, first aid, and more!

This week long camp is suitable for ages 7 to 14.



 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Camp

Monday June 27- Friday July 1st


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This week will be filled with everything Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We will talk about the history
and theory behind the art, plus dive into to hands-on lessons and training.  This is
suitable for anyone with an understanding of the basics.

Spy Camp
Monday August 1st – Friday August 5th


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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend this camp for a week of fun and learning.
Every spy should be able to adapt to a new identity and also figure out who the real bad guys are;each day we will play a different murder mystery game to put those skills to the test.

We will also get hands on experience with our spy skills such as: basic electronics (wiring alarms and difusing ‘bombs’),kitchen chemistry, throwing weapons, escaping kidnappers, and more!
We will start with the history of espionage, covering everything from ninja to spies during WWII.

We will also take a look at Hollywood’s version of spies.
Oh, did I mention laser tag. Lots of laser tag.
This week long camp is suitable for ages 7 to 14.

Survival Weekend

Dropped in the woods on Friday afternoon… and left there until Sunday! Imagine it’s just another school field trip, then something goes wrong! The group of kids must stay in place until help arrives, but it will take a couple of days before they are found. Armed with only their school backpack and a packed lunch they are stuck in the woods. Do they have what it takes to work together and build a shelter and a fire? Can they find more food? Do they know how to react to wild animals?

Obviously there will be adult supervision. We will allow the campers to be uncomfortable, but not unsafe. In case of actual emergency we will have tents for them and extra food.

If you are interested in this camp let us know, space is very limited and is best suited for those that have completed other survival camps. Applications for this camp are being accepted. Based on the number of applications received we will select campers to create one or two groups that are likely to work well together as a team. Dates to be determined.



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Clarion MMA
15726 Route 322
Clarion, PA 16214
P : (814) 221-0806
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Our regular instructors (click on the name for more information):

Leo LeFay – Clarion MMA Organizer, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kidjitsu, Army Combatives, MMA 101

Hillary LeFay – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Lead Instructor of our Womens Programs

John Miller – Karate, Tai Chi, and youth Judo instructor

Tim Quaill – Judo Instructor

Sensei Eric – Taijutsu instructor