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Sumo Classes in Winter Garden

VI Levels is a MMA & Fitness Center Located in Winter Garden, Florida. We offer several on-going programs with multiple weekly classes for Kids starting at the age of 3. Choose from 3 of our on-going programs, for kids 3-5 years old we have Mighty Mites, our most popular program Youth is for Kids typically between 5-9 and our Teen program which the youngest can be about 10 years old. We don't focus so much on age but more skill.

We also have our Adult Program with Weekly classes and our Women's Self Defense Program. Along with our on-going programs you have a variety of Semi-Private and Private Programs to choose from. These programs are tailored to your needs and taught by one of our World Class or Celeberty Trainers.

About Sumo Classes in Winter Garden

Sumo, the Japanese art of “striking one another” is a martial arts style that encompasses full-contact wrestling where one rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force his opponent out of the dohyō (ring) or to the ground with any body part other than the soles of his feet.

Sumo originated in Japan, and it’s still only practiced professionally there today as it’s their national sport. While Sumo is referred to as gendai budo (modern martial arts), its roots date back to over 1,000 years ago. Prehistoric wall paintings indicate that sumo began as a ritual agricultural dance related to the native religion Shinto, and it was performed as a prayer for a good harvest. There’s also early documentation known as the Kojiki manuscript dating back to 712, which tells the story of how the Japanese islands were fought over in a wrestling match between the gods Takemikazuchi and Takeminakata.

The first documentation of sumo being used for sport can be found in the Nihon Shoki written in 720, describing a match that took place in 23 BC. The match ended in the death of one opponent, and until the Japanese Middle Ages, sumo (or the unregulated form of wrestling that would later become sumo) was often fought to the death as well. 

Sumo grew in popularity as entertainment for the emperors, as did its ceremonial and religious significance. Events known as the sumai no sechie or sumo matches, were held regularly at the Emperor’s courts, which is also where the first set of rules for the martial art was established.

Unlike most other professional martial arts disciplines, sumo has no weight or height classes, which can occasionally create significant mismatches. However, sumo isn’t solely dependent on a wrestler’s size as elements such as experience, speed, and agility are just as important. In the dohyo, there is no time limit (although most matches last less than a minute) and very few rules. Wrestlers can essentially do anything from slapping to tripping their opponent to win, however, they are not permitted to punch, strike sensitive areas, or pull hair. 

Contrary to popular belief, sumo wrestlers live an incredibly regimented lifestyle. They live and train together in stables from the age of 15, splitting any prize money with the rest of their stable. Their diet primarily consists of chanko nave(a high-protein stew), and they only eat twice per day. The rest of their time is spent training and mastering the 82 kimarites (winning techniques) that can be used to win a match, which include leg tripping, throwing, and pushing.

Additionally, wrestlers must wear the traditional mawashi (loincloth) while fighting. However, If the mawashi comes off, the wrestler is disqualified immediately.

Other traditions are still carried out during a sumo match as well, including the wrestlers clapping their hands to get the attention of the gods as well as tossing sacred salt to appease the god and stomping their feet to drive away evil spirits.

Six sumo tournaments are held yearly, and each lasts for 15 days with each wrestler fighting in one match per day. Based on a wrestler’s win-loss record by the end of the tournament, they are either promoted or demoted in their ranks. Once a sumo wrestler achieves the rank of Yokozuna, they can never be demoted. However, if they cannot uphold the expectations of this rank, they are expected to retire.

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On-Going Programs

We go the extra mile for the kids, but we don’t take forever to get there.

Within each program we offer a variety of classes, that meet multiple times per week. Each class within the program is designed to further advance everyone with our VI levels in mind.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 3-5
This mighty fun class is great for improving developmental milestones. Our Mighty Might's are given a platform of coordination, following directions and patience all while teaching the foundation of Self Defense.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 6-9
Our non-traditional, enhanced, Mixed Martial Arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program will give your child the mental and physical skills that will assist them in everyday life. All while increasing their enthusiasm and understanding of discipline.


Teen Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 10-14+
Our Teens Program is a continuation of our younger programs. Whether you are just joining us, or you have been with us from the beginning. Your teen will continue to develop skills designed to help them in the real world.


Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 15+
Whether you've trained before or you're ready to start a new chapter in life. Our Adult Program is a wonderful place for people who want to learn Self-Defense, have fun, get in great shape, all while under the watchful eye of skilled instructors.

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense Classes
Ages 6+
Our Women’s Self-Defense is a 5 Week Program that meets once a week for 90 minutes. This is Women's Self-Defense thats molded to everyday situations, that’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable.


Free Week Trial
Seriously, A Free Week!
We are currently offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL for Mighty Mites, Youth, Teen and Adult Programs. Simply sign up & select the first class you or your child would like to attend, completly FREE. Once you arrive for your class, we will handle the rest.

Semi-Private & Private Programs

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Our Semi-Private and Private programs offer individual and semi-individual classes that can meet multiple times per week. Helping you to form a habit that is life changing and healthy.


Fitness Classes
Ages 6 +
We offer Group and Private Classes to help get the results you desire. People who are looking for more personal attention, can hire one of our world-class coaches for Fitness & Cardio Training. Your challenge, become the best version of you!


Women's Self-Defense Classes
Ages 6 +
Women’s Self-Defense That’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable. Our Women’s Self-Defense program is based on the effective and efficient techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Molded to everyday situations.


Striking MMA Classes
Ages 6 +
Striking revolves around learning how to use your knees, legs, and arms to protect yourself or someone you love. Bringing in a foundation of Muay Thai, you'll become more comfortable and confident with your body.


Campus Defense Classes
Ages 16 +
Whether you're sending your daughter or son off to college. Or you're a current college student, learning how to get yourself out of tricky situations is a life skill. Train with our Celebrity Trainers to learn how to maneuver through life.


Model Muggin Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn what to do, and what not do, in the unfortunate event of a mugging. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, be prepared when the time counts. Protect yourself and your loved ones with confidence and skills to last a lifetime.


Family Safe Classes
Entire Household
Having the family know what to do in a worst-case scenario provides a foundation for everyone to work from. Your family will build upon what to do and what not do in the event of real-life emergencies.


Handgun Protection Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn how to use and control your handgun effectively and safely. Learning how you can safely manipulate and control your weapon will boost your confidence and abilities for those unforeseen times.


Handgun Manipulation Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn Handgun Manipulation. When faced with an impossible decision, what do you do? Learning how to break down those seemingly impossible feats, gives you the strength and confidence in yourself to come out on top.


Tactical Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 16 +
Tactical Jiu-Jitsu™ (TJJ™) is a blend of martial arts, military, and law enforcement strategies. It is a street-ready program for anyone who is serious about self-defense and personal protection.


Sports Conditioning Classes
Ages 6 +
Our Sports Conditioning Program is geared towards the athlete who is looking to enhance their workout.


MMA Conditioning Classes
Ages 16 +
Our MMA Conditioning Program is geared towards the MMA athlete who is looking to enhance their workout, learn new skills and enhance specific areas of their Defense & Offense.


Home Invasion Classes
Ages 6 +
Geared towars the entire household to provide skills and the knowledge on how to handle a home invasion.


Anti-Bullying Classes
Ages 6 - 16
One of our most popular programs, our Anti-Bullying classes are for ages 6-16 and provide the foundation to give kids the skills on how to handle bullies in modern day situations.


Mix & Match Classes
Ages 6 +
Looking for something but you're not too sure what? Why not try a little bit of everything? Or a lot a bit of something? Find your passion and do a sampling of all our privates and/or semi-private classes.


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