“The difference between a fighter and an instructor is that an instructor needs to find a way to make the technique work for everyone.”
“Do the best you can with the body that you have.”
— Sonny Achille on Teaching Martial Arts
Sonny Achille is one of the pre-eminent martial artists of his generation. He has studied and practiced martial arts for over 35 years, and has been actively teaching martial arts for over 20 years. Among his many titles and accomplishments are:
Sonny is a nationally recognized teacher, coach, referee, and tournament promoter. His teaching style is unique and extremely popular. His students are well known for their technical skills and their respectful approach to the martial arts and life in general. Students of all ages, all walks of life, and from throughout the tri-state area (and beyond) study martial arts with Sonny.
Martial arts professionals and experts recognize Sonny as the “martial arts teacher of teachers.” In fact, more martial arts school owners come to Steel City Martial Arts to train with Sonny than to any other facility in Western Pennsylvania. Rest assured though, that you don’t have to be a martial arts expert to be the focus of Sonny’s teaching skills. He devotes the same time and energy to a 7-year old child learning how to tie a white belt, as to an active duty police officer who is practicing a complex technical move.
Sonny is a born and bred proud Pittsburgher, with extended family throughout the area. Steel City Martial Arts is one of the friendliest businesses in Pittsburgh. Walk through Sonny’s doors and you’ll be greated like family from day one.
Finally, Sonny is a well known grappling coach and mentor, mentioned anytime that grappling and jiu-jitsu is discussed in Pittsburgh. Sonny himself has a long and storied competitive history, beginning in the mid-1970’s and continuing as recently as 2007. Sonny never placed lower than 3rd place in any competition that he entered.
But, unlike some other instructors, Sonny’s focus is not on himself – it’s on his students and instructors. Most of his students are interested in the martial arts lifestyle, fitness, and practical self defense skills. He devotes the individual time and energy to ensure that every student can achieve his or her goals.
Stop by and meet Sonny Achille, and learn for yourself what makes Steel City Martial Arts so special.