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Amanda FrancesBlair Lukassen reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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My son is changing greatly in many positive ways. He absolutely enjoys his time here. I highly recommend this Martial Arts studio, professional and very good at what they do.

Juliana Santos Meneses reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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My daughter loves going here. It isn’t just about the ju jitsu they teach them discipline, manners and how to be the best version of themselves.

Andrea Silson reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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The coaches are amazing, when my son had a bad day at school coach Jay took him aside and talked to him and made him feel better. Both my kids just have a lot of fun and learn so much about themselves and how to treat each other and other people.

Pirashanth Kesavan

As a coach from another gym and organization and as an avid travel I have to say visiting Paradigm was a breath of fresh air. The quality of students is extremely high, however, this can be said about many gyms. A huge differentiator is the quality of the people. Everyone is kind, respectful, and friendly. This is exactly what you should expect when you think about martial arts. I have met people from Bradford that I have recommended this establishment to. You are in great hands with Kyle and Steve and the rest of the team at Paradigm. Keep up the great work.

James Hayes

Paradigm is a fantastic martial arts academy for the whole family!! The cleanliness of the facility is impeccable and the instruction is too notch. Highly recommend!

Steve Feeney

Paradigm is an excellent martial arts academy. The coaches are the best I’ve seen with kids (I have a 3 year old and 5 year old enrolled at Paradigm). They are extremely professional, engaging and caring in their approach and you feel like part of a family from day 1. I have also joined the adult classes myself, I recommend Paradigm 100%!

Gary Hatton reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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I trained under Kyle for 2 years and he was awesome. He is super knowledgeable and has a great way of teaching you and explaining the mechanics of techniques. He is also one of the best kids instructors around. Can't recommend him enough.

Keith Cooper reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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As someone older than most getting into jiu jitsu, I was very nervous. I was forever grateful to one man who took the time to not only teach me techniques, but help me understand what I was doing wrong, and gave me the tools needed for improvement. I've studied a lot of martial arts over the years, and I believe Kyle was the greatest teacher I ever had. Thank you, and best of luck!!

Mike Atkinson reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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Both Kyle and his brother are great instructors who definitely have a passion for jiu jitsu. They take their time and make sure you fully understand what's being taught and don't rush through the classes. Finally Bradford has a great martial arts studio for kids and adults.

Michael Lambert reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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Myself and my three little ladies partake in 3-5 classes a week. Could not ask for a cleaner, more professional looking facility full of awesome students and amazing coaches

Peter Garcia reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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Best kids program around my boys (4 &6)confidence level is night and day difference since they have started Jiujitsu with Kyle and Jason...we’re truly lucky to have a martial arts academy like this in Bradford

Jeremy Catalano reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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I've been training here since January and it's been a great journey, so great that my wife and son have joined me in my journey. Kyle and Jason are great coaches.

Derry Culhane reviewed Paradigm Martial Arts
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Kyle and Jay are amazing coaches and human beings. I have trained under kyle for four years and so have my daughters. Simply the best of the best, strongly recommend!

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Resilient Through Coronavirus Pandemic

Bradford business community is ‘resilient’ through coronavirus pandemic

Businesses are being forced to adapt to a changing environment because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The owners of Paradigm Martial Arts in Bradford didn’t hesitate to move their classes online when they closed their doors because of physical distancing requirements.

“We just knew we had to keep our students engaged,” said head instructor Kyle Stephenson.

Normally jiu jitsu is a grappling martial art, which would seem like a tough thing to move online, but Stephenson and his team was up to the task.

“We’re used to wrestling with each other. So, we’ve had to completely revamp our curriculum. There’s a lot of solo drills you can do in jiu jitsu as well but we also started doing some striking as well,” he said.

The online schedule for the gym is roughly the same as what it was doing before the coronavirus outbreak.

“My partner and I, we come to the gym and we stand in front of a camera and we talk with the kids and teach them the lesson from home,” Stephenson said.

The videos are live so the instructors can interact with their students, he added.

“We do a lot of interactive stuff too. So, we’ll get the kids to help us count out the repetitions or we’ll have them demonstrate a move,” Stephenson said. “They have a lot of fun with it.” Check out our Virtual Classes.

There’s been a drop in people attending classes online compared to in-person, but Stephenson is hopeful their classes will continue to keep students engaged.

“I’m super proud of all the kids for sticking through it and showing up to the classes. They are still able to progress even though they’re just doing it at home without a partner. There’s still so much you can do to build your muscle memory, your strength and endurance,” Stephenson said.

Paradigm Martial Arts isn’t the only business in Bradford adapting to changing times.

“We’ve got a pretty resilient business community here,” said Michael Kemp, economic development officer and marketing co-ordinator with Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Kemp said local businesses are doing innovative things to stay viable through the pandemic.

“Many people got online and doing e-commerce very quickly,” Kemp said. “Things like that are very encouraging. Very good to see that people are making the best of a tough situation.”

The town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has implemented several business relief programs including the deferral of Community Improvement Program loans for one year and free business consulting and assistance with government programs.

Town council also approved an emergency business sustainability fund at the beginning of April where $250,000 in total funding was made available to local small businesses.

“We launched that program within about two weeks of everybody going home with the coronavirus lockdown. We had the money 90 per cent distributed within three weeks,” Kemp said. Article