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Offering Mixed Martial Arts Classes in 5 Chicagoland
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So, you think you understand the excitement and exhilaration of Mixed
Martial Arts from watching shows like ‘The Ultimate Fighting Championship’ or ‘The Ultimate
Sure, the television had introduced millions to the exciting world of Mixed Martial Arts competition
but it will never get your blood flowing or make you “feel alive” like the real thing!
Like most of my
students who first walk through the door of Victory Martial Arts, you may be thinking that you have to be insane
to seriously train in MMA.
Hey, you probably have
a family and a good career or perhaps you just think you’re too old to experience the thrill and exhilaration of
Mixed Martial Arts competition.
And yes, with the
right discipline and determination, me and my staff at Victory Martial Arts can prepare a student to compete and
win at the top levels—but that’s not why most people come through my door!
They Come To Feel Alive…
Let me just be
brutally honest with you for one minute and if you think this is untrue or that I am wasting your
time, then I don’t blame you for moving on. But honestly, why are you here?
Why do you like
watching The Ultimate Fighting Championship—heck, why do you like watching a boxing match or a football
I’ll tell you
why—because it gets your blood flowing for a change!
We live in a society
that represses people’s natural instinct to physically compete for their survival. For thousands of years,
people were forced to survive the elements and constantly adapt.
Now, we are not really
challenged. We live day by day in quiet desperation for a challenge a quest so to speak. Something that will
force us to go confront our #1 ENEMY – Comfort.
Yes, comfort is the
culprit of the depression and the anxiety that most of us feel. We have trouble believing in our ability to
overcome because we don’t challenge ourselves regularly. Thus, we don’t have the faith that we will
But Now We Are… Domesticated
Look, none of us wants
to go back to the days when we had to hunt for our food every night and I sure as heck don’t want to give up my
SUV and start walking everywhere! But tell me that you don’t feel like something is missing in your life—can
you? Does watching a football game or a fight on television fill that void—or does it actually make it worse?
Most of the people coming to Victory Martial Arts aren’t looking to become world champion fighters—they are just
looking to reclaim their birthright and to FEEL ALIVE AGAIN!!
And hey—I am not even
talking to just the men because a lot of women come through my door looking for the same excitement and
confidence that comes from Mixed Martial Arts training. Honestly, this society has forced most of us to become
virtual robots where we have jobs we despise, bills that never end, and a life that just plain feels empty at
the end of the day—for both men and women!
Let’s face it: people were not meant
to be stuck in office cubicles all day, commute for an hour or more back and forth to work, and then return home
to sit on a couch to do little more than watch what life could be—instead of getting out there and living it!
I’m sorry—but while I love watching The Ultimate Fighting Championships on television—it doesn’t even compare
with going to the gym and actually sparring!
Why do you feel Unmotivated and
Have You Asked Yourself These Questions Lately?
Does it feel like the joy has been sucked out of your life?
Are you tired of being tired?
Are you ready to live life to the fullest?
Is it almost impossible to concentrate on attaining any of your
Have you lost sight of your goals?
Do you feel powerless to control your own life?
Do you feel like you are surrounded by nothing more than “familiar
Do feel like you can be in better shape?
If You Answered “Yes” To Any of the Questions Above,
Then Its Time To Join The Victory Martial Arts Family…
Read What Some of Our Students Are Saying:
"I found a home away
When I started training martial arts, I had no idea that it would lead to this. I
first began my training in 1999 around July, august and that's when I met the man
that would impact my life for years to come Dion Riccardo. Who knew that greatness
was right in my backyard in oak park at that time I was in high school as a junior
and I was just awe struck with Bruce Lee and when I found out he had a legit
martial art system I just had to study it and that's when I meet Mr.Riccardo the
moment I stepped through the doors of 1005 Madison street I knew I found a home
away from home. His confidence, poise and physical grace were and are second to
none. I later found out that what I wanted at the beginning was completely
different from what kept me there it wasn't just self defense anymore it was more
Scott Dixon age 26
Naperville mma-(331) 330-7501
confidence I have gained is priceless."
In the short time I have been involved in the class I have learned more practical
skills than I did with 3 years of tai-kwon-do. The classes have been geared towards my
line of work and have made me aware of the many dangers facing me in the street and how
to defend myself from them. The confidence I have gained is priceless. I recomend this
class to anyone serious about their job. It really makes you a better person
Yes, we are a family and that is
precisely whywe treat each and every member with the utmost
respectregardless of their size, skill
level, age, or sex.
Sure, some of our members are
indeed training to become professional Mixed Martial Arts Champions like the ones you see on
But for the most part, our family
consists of people just like yourself who simply want to learn self-defense, get into the best shape of
their lives, and to feel alive again while having some fun in a place where they feel
an active member in the Victory Martial Arts family, you can expect to learn secrets that will help you enjoy
your life more, including:
Staying Motivated and Focused To Attain Your Goals
Getting in the Best Shape of Your Life
Improving Your Ability to Cooperate and Get Along With Others
"Since I've been training at Victory I feel alive
My name is Cesar, I was a wrestler back in High School. I was one of the
greatest things that ever happened to me. It chang"The first class I showed
up to, I knew my search was over." I loved it and it changed my life!
Wrestling and my wrestling family was pretty much the only thing that kept me from
transferring schools. Unfortunately once I got to college, there was no wrestling
team or even a wrestling club. I've spent the last two years looking for something
to make me feel that way again. As Anthony B. put it last Saturday after team
practice, "This makes us feel alive."
This is when I stumbled onto Victory. The first class I showed up to, I knew my
search was over. I read what Master Dion wrote yesterday and I'm one to admit that
I don't take enough time to stop worrying about my life and problems. I will,
however, admit that whenever I step foot in school, whether it be class or
practice, I leave everything else at the door. Even when I've had a bad day and
worry that I'm gonna lose focus and think about other stuff. Since I've been
training at Victory I feel alive again. The whole experience is so motivating that
even though I feel myself getting in better physical condition, I still leave with
the same aches and feeling tired because I continue to raise the level of intensity
and push myself.
I felt so at home, that I even tried out for the competition team after only
four classes. I wanted that feeling so bad that I went for it and gave it what all
I had. To my surprise I was invited to join the team. The instructors are
phenomenal. They are great teachers who care about you and push you to do your
best. They encourage you to go that extra mile to better your technique. They are
also great to talk to and I consider them friends and family. It is because of
their encouragement that I motivate myself to push harder and give it my best
During my search for something to take the place of my wrestling experience, I
tried boxing and I tried Jiu Jitsu. But they were only classes offered at Depaul
and nothing compared to what we go through at Victory.
If people are looking to find a welcoming place were everyone
treats you like family then Victory is the place to be. If you're a
"retired" athlete and working out on your own just isn't cutting it, the workouts
at Victory will leave you wanting more. If you have a thirst for competition,
especially in a contact/combat sport then Victory is a great place to be at. If
you're tired of going through the motions of normal everyday life and want to
experience something out of this world, then check Victory out. I for one have had
to deal with these examples and more.
Every single one of these "challenges" have been met and and surpassed while
training at Victory. I truly believe that being at Victory will not only match, but
will go beyond my wrestling experience and once again be a life changing
experience. That's a lot to say after all the years I've spent on the mat.
Cesar Garcia firstname.lastname@example.org
"I don't make excuses anymore, I
feel better physically and I have been able to focus and expand my core
Hi My name is Paul Sepanovich and I would like to talk to you about Victory Martial
Arts. After a long and often intimidating search of Martial Art's schools I found
Victory Martial Arts by accident, but now I like to think it was fate instead of an
accident that brought me here. I have always been somewhat of a slacker my whole
life, never wanting to push my self to accomplish my goals. Whether it be going to
the gym, eating healthier or pushing myself in my profession, I've always had an
excuse to tell myself. After finally forcing myself I mustered up the courage to go
to the school.
My first time there I was extremely intimidated. Here's all these
people hoping and flying around practicing all these moves and combo's that I know
NOTHING about! Even though I knew nothing the staff and my fellow students
took the time and patience to explain and re-explain what I needed to do.
I have never felt so much comppassion and camaraderie before. This isn't your
everyday run of the mill type of school. Here you have people that really care
about each other and will do anything they can to help you go that extra mile. Even
though I have only been at the school a short time I can already feel the impact
that Dion and everyone at Victory Martial Arts has had on me.
I don't make excuses anymore, I feel better physically and I have been able to
focus and expand my core values and I thank you Dion and everyone at Victory
Martial arts from the bottom of my heart. If your looking for a no nonsense,
experienced group of people that really do care about you, the individual Then look
no further then Victory Martial arts. Thank you and I hope to see you in class one
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Let's Talk About What so Differnt About Learning MMA at Victory Martial Arts
What We Teach
Our Students learn Techniques and skills in the most effective
Martial Arts !!! Our Mixed Martial Arts Students learn the arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Western
Boxing and our core striking art of Muay Thai Kick Boxing.
The synergistic blending of these fighting methods into one curriculium is the reason
why some students drive up to 4 hours to come to practice
We are not just a Jiu Jitsu school or a kickboxing
Martial Arts instructs students to combine all the best martial arts styles into their own personal combat
Here is what is really unique about Victory Martial Arts that is
very rare, Our curriculum is governed by Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do.
Bruce Lee was the first Mixed Martial Artist. He combined arts
from all over the world and only used what was truly EFFECTIVE. He used no FORMS, NO FLUFF and NO FANCY STUFF
that doesn’t work.
The philosophy behind Jeet Kune Do is very
Using this principle, our highly trained staff will first
determine your current skill level and then develop a training program that will highlight your strengths and
dramatically improve any weak areas until you are a well-oiled machine ready to take on whatever this world
throws at you!
The Victory Mixed Martial
ArtsSystem will teach you to master all
three self-defense situations, including:
Striking and Counter striking
Ground and Pound Tactics
Submissions and Escapes
Takedowns and Defense
Combat Athletics (Strength and Conditioning for MMA)
Here is what is really unique about Victory Martial Arts that is very rare, Our curriculum is governed by Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet
Bruce Lee was the first Mixed Martial Artist. He combined arts
from all over the world and only used what was truly EFFECTIVE. He used NO FORMS, NO FLUFF and NO FANCY
STUFF that doesn’t work.
I have studied JKD for over 20 years and have been certified to
teach it publicly.
More about this later.
When you train at our Academy you can rest assure that the
skills that you are learning are second to none.
Let me explain.
Thier are a few differnt training experiences that you
may encounter, according to the feedback of students that have made Victory
thier home for taining.
You see they usually fall into one of four
A grappling/wrestling or Jiu jitsu school that doesn’t have a stand up
program or has an inadequate striking program.
A kickboxing school that doesn’t have a grappling program or has an
inadequate grappling program.
A school that is flat out lying to potential students and has no real
credentials to teach either.
A School with a bunch of super hardcore fighters who do way to much
sparring and don’t teach new students anything and push them into sparring before they are
ready and they get hurt.
We are proud of the
fact that we offer the highest level of instruction in both the grappling and striking
We teach our students to Master all ranges of combat. You’ll be
personally learning from best instructors and competitors in the area.
Our students also go through The Victory GPP Program
GPP stands for General Physical Prepardness. We have a time
tested progressive conditioning program to help our students to get in the physical and mental state that hey
need to posses in orderr to spar or just get in the best shape of thier lives. Better, Stronger
You’ll become a multi dimensional combat
MORE REVIEWS OF OUR MMA TRAINING PROGRAM
"As of today I have lost 65
My name is Tom bonadurer,i've only been training for a week at victory and i can
tell you I have never felt better psyiclly,and mentally than I have in a log
In 2004 the lord blessed me with three wonderful kids (yes triplets) and the
last 4 years my wife and I have dedicated all of our time, and energy into raising
them. In that time I let my health falter binge eating, not sleeping, worrying
about anything and everything, and 2007 was the worst my house caught fire and I
lost my job due to cut backs.
The begining of this year my wife and I decided to try to turn things around,
and one of those things was our health, we joined a weight loss program in febuary,
and as of today I have lost 65 pounds. I figured now was the time to try to get in
shape and stay in shape. I have always been interested in MMA, but could not find
the right training facality, they where either to far, or they seemed to be all
about money, or just not the right fit.
That all changed when I came across the victory web site, seeing the
testimonials and reading the deiscrption of victory from Master Riccardo, I was
hooked, I signed up right away, the next day I got a call and I was
in the gym the following monday. From the moment I walked in I knew this
was the place for me, anthony the instructor is fantastic he answerd all my
questions and made me feel right at home, the training has been hard and he helps
you every step of the way. When I come home after working out I feel
stronger phyically,and mentally, I have a sense of focus and A brighter outlook on
Everyone I have met from the staff to the guys I train with have been
very suportive and are willing to help the "new guy" out and I am very appreciative
of that, everyone here is family now. Someday I hope to work into
competing but for now I am happy to train hard stay focused and learn everything I
can to get to that point. Thank you Master Riccardo, thank you anthony, for this
fantastic program, and one hell of a workout.
Tom B - MMA Orland Park
"I'd like to
commend my instructors in helpingme
shed 18 lbs in such a short time."
I've been in the academy for 2 months and the training is unbelievable. I
started out just wanting to learn the sport to get into shape and now I want to be
a martial artist. Since I ve been training my stamina and endurance are high. I
havent felt this good since high school. I'd like to commend my instructors in
helping me shed 18 lbs in such a short time. Thank you. I would recommend Victory
Martial Arts to anyone wanting to get in great shape or just wanting to learn to
defend yourself using Bruce Lee's philosophy of Jeet Kun Do.
"I have went from
228 lbs to 202 lbs, not to mention better stamina, endurance, and
a very noticeable reduction in stress."
In June I decided it was time to change around my workout. Previously, I have
been going to the gym for about 15 years, the normal lifting and aerobic
Unfortunately, it has been hard to keep my desire and passion for the same type
of exercise. As a result, I looked online at as many martial art schools as I could
find. I saw many good reviews of Victory Martial Arts school so I decided to call
and get more information. I spoke with Sensei Buontaconti and decided to come in.
Since that day I have went from 228 lbs to 202 lbs, not to mention better stamina,
endurance, and a very noticeable reduction in stress. From the first day I walked
in the door, I have always felt welcomed and respected, by students and teachers
alike. This is very important to me because everyone one is here for different
reasons. When I was asked that question, I thought about it for a day, and it came
to me very clearly. I enjoy things that are difficult. The satisfaction of going to
class and learning is a real rush and I can't stop telling friends, family and
clients about my journey. I have been asked by friends and family about the person
that teaches the class that I attend and I have told this story more than a few
times to summarize the character of Sensei Buontaconti.
My second day of class I asked Anthony Buontaconti, how should I address him.
Very politely, he said you can do it one of the two following ways and it is my
choice: either as coach or Sensei. This was puzzling to me so I asked, "what is the
difference?" Sensei stated, a coach helps you to practice your skills and a Sensei
helps you to learn and guide through the development of them. This statement spoke
volumes to me on the character of Sensei Buontaconti. By this statement he was
telling me he will help in the way how I view my martial art experience.
Kevin - Oak Park
Are You Ready To “Feel Alive” Again?
I could definitely post hundreds of glowing
testimonials from our students and list page after page of benefits from joining the Victory Martial Arts
family—but just like TV — it just doesn’t compare with the real thing!
Instead, why don’t you just apply
to become a student at Victory!
How Do I Get More Info And Apply?
I understand you may not want any one
pushing you into enrolling in our academy.
Victory Martial Arts is a family—we want
you to make a quality choice, a well thought out decision for CHANGE!
In fact, no one should feel obligated or
under some sort of pressure to join when they walk through the door at Victory Martial Arts…
Simply fill out the form below and our New
Student Director will contact you, answer all of your questions and conduct a short 5-10 minute
We accept just a few students a
month and we want to make sure that we accept people that are commited to fully realizing thier personal
Because we are selective on who we
accept into our academy you can be sure that if you are attending classes at Victory Martial Arts Academy that
your training partners are as commited as you, that hey have the right attitude and are eager to learn as you
are, that's a dynamic atmosphere for GROWTH!
If you would like to learn more about Victory Martial Arts Academy and be considered to be a
Student please fill out the form below.
We offer a wide variety of class times. Generally,
classes are in the evening Monday through Thursday.We also offer classes on Saturday. We also offer a morning
schedule of classes.
In addition, private lessons with our instructors are available by
Will I get injured?
A common misconception about MMA training is that to learn effective MMA, you have to get into
wild and crazy sparring matches.
NOTHING IS FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
At VMAA, most of our students have families and jobs and can't
afford to leave the gym with black eyes! The grappling and sparring that is done at VMAA is done with utmost
control andonly when you are
You will only be allowed to spar or “roll live” in BJJ and
Grappling after an instructor gives you the “OK.” For MMA, you won’t be allowed to spar until you are invited
into the Combat Athlete Club and we accept you into the highest-level program (that’s right, you have to get
invited, fill out an application and get accepted before we even consider you sparring with us on the team).
Acceptance into this more advanced program is based more on your attitude than on your skill level. But first
everyone starts off on the introductory program and moves on from there.
The idea is to train smart and have fun. Only our amateur and
professional fighters do some hard sparring– but because they have to prepare for a cage fight. Safety is our
number one focus and we want everyone to experience all the benefits of training in Mixed Martial
Is thier a formal ranking system?
VMAA provides an organized curriculum for both the Victory Striking Class (stand-up fighting
& self-defense) and Victory Grappling (ground fighting & self defense) programs. Testing is done on a
monthly basis (not mandatory, but recommended).
Testing is a great way for you to track your
progress and also for our instructors to see what you need
to work on and what your strengths are, too (after all it’s our job to turn you into the best possible
student you can be).
Our ranking system is strict and only people deserving of being
promoted will earn it. Team Victory is all about setting goals, then working as hard as possible to achieve
those goals – with no excuses. We just love to see our students succeed!
What does the Facility Look like?
Amazing Facility – Dion Riccardo’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy’s are one of a kind. Some of our
Schools are over 5,000+ square foot facilities with large mat areas, a cage, multiple heavy bags, and much
Plus, we are the cleanest school in the Chicago area - we disinfect our mats everyday with
hospital grade disinfectant to ensure our students are training in the cleanest environment possible. We also
have a cleaning crew which cleans everything during the week.
We’re all about great service and having the cleanest and most pleasant atmosphere
How Much Does It
Our Basic Training Course is 3 months in length and consists of 36 classes. WE offer many
differnet training packages. You can expect to pay between $99 to $197 per month depending on the program you
Will I being going directly into a ongoing
When you start out at VMAA, you will be going through a special introductory course. In this
class, you will be learning from an organized curriculum that balances striking, takedowns, and ground
The classes are designed to work at a pace that beginners can
absorb. The beginner's class also takes into account that you may be totally out of shape
-one of its principal designs is to get you into good
shape and allow you to train harder in the next
We want you to develop the necessary fundamental skills and
conditioning in the most efficient manner possible and we’ve found that this is the best and quickest way for
our students to get maximum results in minimum time.
Who is Dion Riccardo and Why Do People
Seek His Training out?
Dion Riccardo started his training in 1984 at the AMAA where he studied under
Anthony Pellegrino and earned his black belt in Joe Lewis's Association of American Kickboxing. He
then went on to become the head instructor nad manager of the school before it closed in 1991.
Around 1985 he became a student of Ron Balicki. Ron accepted him as a private
student and Dion learned Kali, Jun Fan Kickboxing, Thai Boxing, Silat and Shooto from him and went
on to be the first certified instructor that Ron produced.
IN 1989 Dion was sponsored by Ron to earn his Instructorship under Dan Inosanto
in Kali/ Silat and Jun Fan. He was just 16 years old. Ron had took him on approx 104 seminar hours
under Guru Dan's Instruction and traveled across the midwest following him with Ron.
IN the 90's Dion trained with Paul Vunak, Rickson Gracie and Wellington Diaz.
Much of his training then centered around the ground game. He also went out and trained with BJ
Penn. He spent much time on the road teaching seminars, private lessons and law enforcment.
In 1998 he opened his first school and started to bring in and travel to the best of the
best MMA Coaches. Shawn Tompkins (Many UFC & WEC Fighters Under his
tutlage) Pat Miletich ( UFC Champ and trainer of Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver,
Tim Sylvia), Greg Nelson ( Brock Lesnar and Sean Sherks coach),
Erik Paulson (Called the Genius of MMA - trains Josh Barnett,
Cub Swanson), Andre Pedinarias (Jose Aldo's Coach).
He recruited Simone Diouf ( 2 time French national Kickboxing champion)to
pesonally teach him French Kickboxing and earned his white glove rank.
He also went back to his homeland of Japan where he was born for a month of
training at the famous Shooto and Mma school - The U File Camp and Tamura Kiyoshi and Ryo Chonan
(Ryo Beat Anderson Silva young in his carrer with a crazy heel hook).
In 2008 Dion visited "The Pit" and trained under John Hackleman and Chuck
Liddell. He also recieved an Instructor creditential when he was there. Today, Dion keeps a tight
schedule of maintain his 5 locations and growing, creating the monthly curriculiums for classes and
fight teams, teaching and training his staff, teaching Seminars at his affliate schools and running
Dion Riccardo brings in World Class UFC superstars to his acadamies for his students and
coaches. Dion is pictured here with Chris "Lights Out" Lytle.
He is known to be one of the toughest UFC fighters in Mixed Martial Arts History.
Master Riccardo & Victory Martial Arts
Has Been Featured on...
Here's what Pro Coach and Founder Of
Team Tompkins Said about Dion Riccardo and Victory Martial Arts Academy... Watch it Now!
Listen to What Veteran UFC
Chris " Lights Out" Lytle
had to say
How About What Veteran UFC
Jeff "Big Frog"
Curran had to say
Training with Victory & Dion
If you would like to learn more about Victory Martial Arts Academy and be considered to be a
Student please fill out the form
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