Those who come to know Palladino Martial Arts will develop a sense about us that makes them comfortable in our presence. When someone becomes part of Palladino Martial Arts, they are more than clients or customers--they are our family. When someone looks at us, whether from the inside or the outside, we like to know that they see us not just as a school, company, or business organization, but as what we actually are--the Palladino Martial Arts family.
When you become part of the Palladino Martial Arts family, you are more than just a customer, more than just a client. We at Palladino Martial Arts take you personally, and we will work to see you develop mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Palladino Martial Arts demands a safe working-learning environment within our facility. As a member of our family, you are assured that there is no taking advantage of or roughing up of novice or less experienced students in our gym. We go to the farthest reaches to ensure the prevention of injuries, physical or emotional. There is no nagging. There are no put-downs. This is a comfortable atmosphere, especially for women and for working professionals. We help to empower people, and women are a very big part of that. All students, regardless of age and gender, are treated with the utmost respect by the instructors and by the other students. Everyone within the Palladino Martial Arts family is a winner.
Coach Duane was a successful high school wrestler*, who later worked as an assistant high school and middle school wrestling coach. His senior year of high school he joined a local fight club, Pittsburgh Submission Fighter’s Club (PSFC), a decade before the Brad Pitt movie “Fight Club” was even released. At this point he had begun to study boxing under Coach David Palladino. In college he studied Shotokan Karate and Judo outside of the PSFC. This was before the first Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view aired.
As an active member of PSFC for ten years, training in then what was referred to in some circles (among other things) as “mixed-martial arts submission fighting”, he was also introduced to jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai. He competed in the 90’s in submission grappling tournaments and competitions under Great American Mat Endeavors (G.A.M.E), as well as in modified no-holds-barred (NHB…the precursor to MMA before it became a “legitimate” sport) tournaments and competitions under revised Pancrase rules (based on the pro league in Japan at the time) under the Hook ‘n Shoot promotion, which was then based out of Evansville, IN. As a member of PSFC, he helped to train, coach, and corner teammates in submission grappling and true NHB fighting events. He later continued his boxing and kickboxing (as well as combat boxing and combat kickboxing) tutelage under Coach David Palladino.
As a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He is currently the Data Management Quality Control Manager at Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services, where he has been employed since 1995.
*Coach Duane wrestled in high school, and served as an assistant high school coach, under the instruction of Coach Veryl Long (Carrick H.S., Pittsburgh). Coach Long was a PA state high school wrestling champion at Trinity H.S., a U.S. Army All-American wrestling team member, and a first-team alternate to the 1960 U.S. Olympic wrestling team. At Iowa State University, he was a Big 10 wrestling champion, 3-time NCAA All-American, and NCAA champion in 1965 at 147lbs.
Coach John was a successful high school wrestler in the same high school program as Coach Duane under head coach *Veryl Long (Carrick H.S., Pittsburgh). He later worked as an assistant wrestling coach at West Mifflin Middle School. He has competed in several Navy intramural freestyle wrestling tournaments. He received Basic Security Training while working door security for many years. Coach John was also a long time member of the Pittsburgh Submission Fighter’s Club, and has a well-rounded background in kickboxing, combat kickboxing, submission grappling, and combat grappling.
Coach John served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Hospital Corpsman (medic). After his service was over, he worked as a paramedic for various agencies in the Pittsburgh area. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and is currently employed at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh (Oakland) as an electrophysiology (EP) nurse. Coach John is working towards a master’s degree in nursing.
*Coach Long was a PA state high school wrestling champion at Trinity H.S.; U.S. Army All-American wrestling team; U.S. Olympic team alternate in 1960; at Iowa State University he was a Big 10 wrestling champion, 3-time NCAA All-American, and NCAA champion in 1965 at 147lbs.
“If you're interested in learning the proper way to punch and kick, as well as some self defense moves, this is your place. If you want to do dancey, zumba-like kickboxing, find another gym. Coach Duane is focused on proper technique and training everyone to work to their full potential based on their current fitness level and knowledge of punches and kicks. This is a contact class ... not person to person body contact, but wraps/gloves and hitting mitts. Again, see my previous comment about it not being a rah-rah let's kick and punch jazz hands class. You'll get a great workout and build strength, speed, and agility in the process. It's a great stress reliever -- you actually get to hit something (I imagine people's faces on the mitts) and making contact helps build strength more than just punching air. If you want to feel empowered and strong, definitely do some sessions at Palladino!” Patricia I. (age 32)
"I wanted to write because I took a lesson at Palladino Martial Arts today. I was impressed with how they presented the information for learning different ground techniques, I am not an excellent ground person, but I learned a new technique today that I hope to perfect. Their fighters carried a degree of grit and willingness to work for the win, for the amount of time they have spent doing the separate pieces of MMA, they exhibited knowledge of what to do correctly in a submission situation. They both went for the kill, and executed. Also, the way Palladino being taught to wrap hands was a bit lofty at first, but after having them on I wanted to learn how to do it. It will take time, but it is worth learning. Thank you. I recommend Palladino Martial Arts." Jarrell B. (age 24)
“Great lesson. Good coach and instruction :)” Ying-Ying S. (age 40)
“Good lesson. Step by step demonstration and practice!” Serene C. (age 13)
“Coach Duane was a great instructor. He asked my level of knowledge beforehand and tailored the class to the students' skill set. I plan on returning for more classes. It was a lot of fun too.” Angela A. (age 27)
"The instructors are well rounded and very experienced...I highly recommend this Martial Arts School!" Rich P. (age 41)
“Just starting training here and I love it so far! They can accommodate beginners and advanced students in the same class. I would highly recommend checking it out!!!” Lindsey J. (age 27)
"Coach Duane is great! He is focused on teaching the proper technique to Martial Arts. He lets everyone go by their own speed and fitness level. The class is fun and a great way to challenge yourself. I will be back and have been recommending to my friends." Lydia H. (age 31)
“I've been going to Palladino Martial Arts for a little less that a year now. The coaches are great and the class sizes are small, so you get lots of one-on-one time while training. I'm a professional so the evening classes easily fit into my schedule. I also like like that the attitude of the coaches and the students is very laid back, not a bunch of alpha males trying to prove how tough they are. Just time well spent learning techniques and getting a good hard workout.” Matthew S. (age 37)