With two separate facilities, Jay Bell offers a variety of fun and fitness options but there's one overriding priority — safety.
"Our focus first is on safety," he said. "If you add strength on top of poor movement it's a recipe for disaster."
For about two years, Bell, a 1992 Simsbury High School graduate, has operated Gracie Farmington Valley in the Mill at Tariffville. It offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts forms for children and adults.
For Bell, one of the advantages to owning both has been the ability for people to take advantage of several classes and combinations. There's even a family plan under which all members of a family can use both facilities for $300.
Parents, for example, could work out at the fitness facility while their children take a karate class. Mom or dad can also use both facilities.
"That's been pretty cool," he said. "It offers a little bit for everybody."