“Averill’s Martial Arts Academy is not a gym. It’s not an exercise studio capturing a flash-in-the-pan gimmick. It’s a haven for those who want to tackle the physical and mental challenge of learning a martial art—whether that’s traditional boxing, kick boxing, or Tai Chi—in a safe, professional, and respectful environment. The more remarkable thing is that Coach Paul and Chrys bring decades of combined experience to the table, and are able to impart that knowledge without pressure or force, tailored to the goals and experience of each and every participant. And that holds true if you are a 15- year old savant on the path to the Golden Gloves, a woman focused on real-world self-defense, or an older student who wants to stay healthy while gaining a skill. The reason it all works is that more than adept trainers, rigorous coaches, and technical experts, both coaches are at heart true teachers, driven by a desire to educate, help, and meet everyone who crosses their threshold in a genuine way where they are.”
Franz M (2 Year Student)
"After coming to Averill's for 6 years, I had to move to Massachusetts for work. The energy at Averill's was life-changing for me, and something that I continue to desire and appreciate. I still make the drive to train at Averill's at least once a week; the travel is a small price to pay for the great atmosphere"e that I have found here.
Many thanks to the Coaches Paul and Chrys Averill for their wonderful gym" - AJ
"I joined Averill’s martial arts for fitness and fun; I would never have expected it to save my life! I was violently accosted in eastern Europe. In defending myself, I broke my wrist and sprained my ankle, but ultimately I am alive. Without the years of training at Averill’s I’m not sure I would be here today. I can’t stress enough the extent to which this training prepares you for the everyday life and then whatever it throws at you." - A
“In the six years I have studied Chin Na with Sifu Averill I have enhanced my skills and abilities which have made me a more confident person. As a police officer this training has been paramount to my safety and the ability to take control of a situation quickly. Chin Na combines hand to hand combat, strengthening along with agility and coordination-things that I need daily in my job.
Sifu Averill’s discipline, integrity and compassion in helping you achieve your goals are never ending. I would highly recommend Averill’s Martial Arts to anyone looking to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well being.”
-Bill B, (Police Officer)
" I have been training in the Martial Arts since the early 80s . In that time I have studied Mu Tau, Uechi Ryu and Aikido. For the past 10 or more years I have trained with Sifu Averill in Chin Na, kick-boxing, Tai Chi and recently have started Kung Fu. The great thing about training with Sifu.Averill is that he encourages exploration. There is no "This is better than that" or traditional over modern. All systems and styles are respected and there is a real willingness to look at and incorporate what works from all".
"Sifu Averill's Knowledge of the Martial Arts is truly inspiring. His ability to teach and his patience with students such as myself who are new to the more Traditional Chinese Arts has made my continuing studies exciting and challenging and I look forward to many more years of training".
-David D, Student
“From the moment I shook hands with Sifu Paul & Simo Chrys, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was in the hands of professionals who had no interest in propagating pseudo martial arts, rather, whose sole interests were imparting the invaluable knowledge of practical self defense and sharing the artistic beauty of martial arts”. “The world is a right scary place and Averill’s predicates it programs and training on that very fact. Every class you walk away from will leave you with confidence on your growing ability to handle a wide variety of real life scenarios, and not just ones where your aggressor just happens to grab your wrist just so. This notion is reflected even more in the fact that classes are non discriminatory towards ranks so students aren’t limited in what they learn based on rank”. “Integrity and old fashion hard work are at the heart of Averill’s. I can offer my personal guarantee that you will not find a finer school to train at nor finer, more down to earth people to train with. Training with Sifu Paul & Simo Chrys has been nothing short of an honor and a privilege”.
Jeff B. Student
"Working with Paul has changed my life, it's given me direction, focus and the discipline to help me grow a successful business and have successful relationships with people".
"My time spent working with Paul and the guys in class are some of the best times of the week and I always look forward to it and really miss it when I can't make it". "I highly recommend anyone training at Averill's Martial Arts Academy, and can tell you the kids I work with at my facility who come from Paul's school are some of the nicest and respectful kids and a pleasure to spend time with".
-Brian S, Personal Trainer (Brian's One to One Fitness)
"Averill's Martial Arts Academy is the BEST around! In the course of almost five years, Paul Averill has taught my kids respect, self confidence, self defense, in a healthy, safe atmosphere. Not only are Mr. and Mrs. Averill their instructors, but their friends as well. I highly recommend Averill's Martial Arts!"
-Kate M., (parent)
"The big difference between Sifu Averill's academy and other martial arts dojos is that Mr. Averill takes his business very serious. [Martial arts] has changed my life significantly for the better. I would not be the person I am today."
-Josh G., (student)
"Thank you for all you do for Charles. He has made real social and other progress over the years and I credit you for a strong, steady, and positive influence on him."
-Janet H, (parent)
"We are grateful that you are such an important part of our lives and such a key person in helping us to raise a healthy kid!"
-Lynn T., (parent)
"We can not be happier with the instruction you two offer to our son and the other students at Pathfinder [Academy]. Zack really enjoys it and asked me if he could email you to thank you for being tough on him :-). You do a great job, and we have been impressed all along".
Kerriann B. (Parent)
Hi mr. averill and mrs.
mr.& mrs averill thank you for teaching me lots moves.
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When people ask me how Averill's Martial Arts has changed my life, I show them this picture. While the physical transformation is obvious, it's the metamorphosis of my mental and spiritual development that has truly changed my life.
When I walked into Averill's for the first time I was petrified! Chrys didn't leave my side for my entire first class because I'm sure my anxiety was palpable. I also remember Chrys saying that if I stuck with it, I'd be a good boxer. Well, that was all that I needed to hear! I soaked up everything you both have ever said to me since. When you said throw 1,2's at the bag until my punches were snappy, I stayed for hours in the gym doing just that. When Paul would walk by and say “you just keep getting stronger don't you?", I thought, damn right! And it’s because of both of you!
I could go on and on about what you both mean to me, but I'd rather just continue to work my ass off and SHOW you both what an incredible impact you've had on my life!
You both have many gifts but your ability to give people their lives back, well, that's something that is truly rare and I'm so incredibly grateful. Thank you both!
Kai Calo reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
So, I used to go to Averill's maybe over 6 years ago or so, but I can say this Martial Arts Academy was the absolute best I've ever been to. I no longer live in NH but I wish I did just for this place. My time at Averill's gave me the most amazing skills and love for kickboxing/Muay Thai/martial arts. My physique was exceptional and I felt so good in my body and my progress. I loved Averill's and honestly haven't been able to find the same quality Martial Arts Academy since being a student there. Miss you both, Chris and Paul. You guys will always stay in my heart!
Amanda Ashley reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Averill’s is more than just a “gym”
Ever since joining I’ve been treated like nothing less than family. Chrys and Paul genuinely care about their members and work very hard to build your skills and confidence. Their motivation to help others is truly inspiring. The other members at this academy are warm and welcoming and I’ve met some of the most dedicated people here. I wouldn’t trade this place for anything. Thank you for all you guys do!
Jenny True reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Just signed up for classes. What an amazing, comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. They take what they do very seriously. I can't thank them enough for being so gracious. Can't wait to see you all Monday!!!
Leah Marie Palmer reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Love the environment. The coaches really care about seeing you succeed personally, and everyone in general is very friendly. More of a family than a gym
Melissa Thorpe reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Literally just started taking classes within this past week. It has been a ball so far and a fun way to work out! Never a dull moment and the instructors are friendly and there to help you work on technique. These are no-joke classes that teach proper form and technique - well worth the money!
**Edit: 2/24/16 - I have been with Averill's for a year now and have LOVED it! They have been super helpful when it came to needed to adjust the number of classes I take each week and the instructors are very, very knowledgeable in what they teach. If you are looking for a great workout, look no further! You get exercise and learn self-defense at the same time
Jennifer Risi Philbrick reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
My son absolutely loves it here. I can't say enough great things about Averill's and how great the instructors are! I'm very impressed.
Jennifer Brennan reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
If you are thinking about checking this place out, please do! Chrys and Paul are wonderful and supportive coaches (and they're funny, too ... I spend a lot of class laughing in between trying to catch my breath). The boxing class is an awesome workout and it's addictive, too. I'm missing classes this week because I'm traveling for work, but can't wait to be back! Averill's is the best.
Mike N Carroll reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Great gym !! Amazing coaches and great people definitely one of a kind couldn't be happier to be apart of it !!
Joe Raso reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
I've been at averills for almost 3 weeks now and this place is the absolute truth. Both coaches are super personal and awesome at what they do can't wait for my first fight.
Joseph Gialluca reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
If you want a challenging workout that never repeats itself, and is never boring, Averill's is the place for you. Coaches Chris and Paul are top notch and really know there business. And they make it fun!
Andrea J. White reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
My son has been taking the youth boxing class for a few months now & he absolutely LOVES it! The coaches are amazing with the kids!
Ty Neveux reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Fantastic knowledgable instruction from coaches who have had experience in the field. The gym is a great atmosphere and produces an amazing environment to better yourself as an athlete and a martial artist. Anyone who has the will to learn and improve will flourish under the guidance of Averills.
Bethany Ackerson Klein reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Great people, great workout. Coaches are very helpful an supportive of all levels of training no matter age or level of experience!!! Would not train anywhere else!!
Matt Polovick reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
Actual teachers of the sweet science are harder and harder to come by. They will spend the time to teach you, not just a great workout.
Brenda Lockwood reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
10 stars would be more like it! Chrys and Paul keep me wanting more…
Danny Betts reviewed Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC —
The best decision you'll ever make.
There are all sorts of great reasons people start taking classes at Averill’s. These include improved fitness, weight loss, to build or improve Boxing, Kickboxing, Grappling or Tai Chi skills, to meet people, build confidence, improve speed, strength and stamina, and learn great self-defense skills. Though I have experienced ALL of these benefits (and more!), none of these were the reason I started at Averill’s. My ONLY reason for signing up initially was to have more time and a shared experience with my son Nathan.
We started at Averill’s over the summer between Nathan’s Junior and Senior years in High School. Like many young adults, Nathan had dipped his toe into the party scene, and I was nervous that he would choose a path that would lead him to an unhealthy lifestyle moving forward. As soon as we began at Averill’s, Nathan’s attitude towards his body and physical well-being changed. He took every class and workout seriously, working hard to improve. After the first week he signed up for unlimited classes, and rarely missed a day at Averill’s. Instead of worrying where Nathan was after school, I knew he was at Averill’s, and striving to better himself under their expert guidance.
I have seen incredible increases in Nathan’s self-esteem as well as his mental and physical strength. He has gained respect, confidence and self-discipline to a whole new level. He started taking Kickboxing classes along with Boxing, and almost immediately recognized that he liked Kickboxing even more than Boxing. Under the care and guidance of Coach Chrys and Coach Paul, Nathan developed a drive to improve and a passion for keeping himself healthy and strong. Because of Averill’s, he has established healthy habits and a dedication to fitness that will be with him for the rest of his life.
As I said in the beginning, my only reason for starting at Averill’s was to share the experience with Nathan. I’m 5’2” and an insurance agent by trade, and if I were to identify with any group, I’d be labeled a runner or an equestrian. If you met me, you wouldn’t think “Wow –I bet she is a boxer!”….but you would be wrong. I LOVE boxing. I love the classes, I love sparring, I love the fitness aspect, the confidence I’ve gained, I love the sport, and I truly love my time spent at Averill’s. I have made some wonderful friends who I cherish. The Averills are outstanding coaches, and make you want to perform at your very best every day. They have helped me achieve a higher level of fitness than I ever thought possible, and empowered me to have an “I can do this” attitude, not only when I am at the gym but whenever I face a new challenge. I am 47 year old who has never really even been in a good argument (never mind a fight!) in my entire life. Now I spar on a regular basis, and would someday love the chance to be training for my first amateur fight.
As Nathan prepares to leave for college in another week, I know that he’s heading off not only with the skills to defend himself if necessary, but also with the confidence, self-esteem and courage to face whatever challenges life hands him. This is in large part because of the training, coaching and kindness provided by Coach Chrys and Coach Paul. While Nathan’s away at school I look forward to improving my skills and fitness, and when he comes home we can share some more time at Averill’s – our favorite place.
Around this time last year, I was attempting to step outside of my comfort zone and decided to try a trial class at Averill's Martial Arts Academy LLC I watching how advanced everyone looked and how uncoordinated I was. I was unsure about signing up, as I can sometimes be a perfectionist and didn’t feel that I was up to their standards.
Coach Chrys called me after, asking if I wanted to sign up. I finally gave in and signed the paperwork to be a participating student.
Putting the pen to the paper that day was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve completely fallen in love with the sport and I feel so blessed to have a small family at the Academy who I feel support me to my fullest.
Coach Paul and Coach Chrys- you both have been a huge inspiration to me. You’ve seen me on my best kick-ass days and you’ve seen me at some of my lowest- both days you treated me with kindness and respect. You always have your ears open when I need someone to listen to me and you help me to focus my mind, time and energy on positive things.
One quote that really stuck with me this past year was when Coach Paul said: “Where there is weight, there is power.” We were practicing 3 & 4 on this day, and I took that quote and applied it to my everyday life. Bad day? Where there are positive thoughts [weight], there are positive outcomes [power]. This includes mind over matter. The more weight I used for my hooks, there more power I had in my punch- this applied to everything in my life and I now live by this quote. I’ve put a lot of my weight with people who care about my well-being and success, and it’s brought a lot of happiness into my life.
Thank you, Coach Paul and Coach Chrys, and to my fellow Academy students, for having faith in me when I have the least faith in myself. Thank you for correcting my mistakes and encouraging my success. You have all changed my life in so many ways; I not only feel physically stronger, but mentally and emotionally I am the strongest I’ve ever been. There are not enough words in the dictionary to express to you how much I love and appreciate you, so I hope that the stronger I become, the more I can SHOW you the difference you’ve made.
“Where there is weight, there is power.”