Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Martial arts creates strong-bodied and strong-minded individuals, from children to teens to adults of all experience levels. Classes at Sun Hang Do Martial Arts geared toward kids aged 4–6 implement exercises that foster focus and positive attitudes. Introductory programs teach students basics such as blocks, strikes, and board-breaking techniques. And the Master Club program teaches weapons sparring and self-defense techniques.
The first years of a child’s life are some of the most formative, with kids quickly learning the mental and physical skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. The instructors at The Little Gym help foster this growth with their signature brand of positive, nurturing activities, using scientifically based methods to help kids confidently master the basic skill sets needed to jump-start their successful lives. They tailor their classes by age group and activity type, helping babies as young as 4 months build motor skills and language development while instructing kids as old as 12 years old in karate, dance, and resisting the urge to tattle. Each of the classes incorporates three dimensions of learning, mixing physical movement with brain-challenging exercises and activities that build kids’ confidence away from parents.
Along with his team of certified instructors, fifth-degree kick-boxing black belt Cory Wachal harnesses his more than 20 years of teaching experience into a stranglehold to imbue students at Wachals' Martial Arts Academy with the discipline to master kick-boxing, mixed martial arts, and Machado brazilian jiu-jitsu. In kick-boxing classes, students learn techniques that blend moves from karate, muay thai kick-boxing, and american kick-boxing. In mixed-martial-arts sessions, teachers run through offensive and defensive manoeuvres that guard against tap outs or deadly tap-dance attacks. In addition to training adults, Wachals' Martial Arts Academy teaches self-defense to children while emphasizing the supporting pillars of respect, hard work, and focus.
Grappling upon a history that spans eight decades and 300 locations worldwide, the instructors at Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu carry on the Gracie family's tradition of brazilian jiu-jitsu. In 1925, Carlos Gracie Sr. opened his first school in Rio de Janeiro, popularizing the combat art as a competitive sport. He then passed on his knowledge to his brothers, who went on to thrive in Brazil's combat circles, and would eventually inaugurate his son, Carlos Gracie Jr., into this "gentle art." Gracie Jr. grew up immersed in brazilian jiu-jitsu, honing his skills and values while grappling with his father, uncles, brothers, and cousins, all of whom were some of the most influential fighters in brazilian jiu-jitsu's history. Dedicated to upholding his family's legacy, he opened Gracie Barra in 1986 to share his passion for the sport with students of all experience levels and backgrounds.
Specializing in group and private instruction in the ways of brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai kick-boxing, his instructors teach not only combat techniques, but also the values of self-respect, discipline, and integrity. Throughout the pristine studio, students of all ages train in circles or spar with one another to perfect their moves, writhing on target pads like snakes slicked in butter. The instructors foster a free-form network of friendship and support, and teach students to channel the self-confidence acquired in class throughout every aspect of their daily lives.
Early in the morning, on February 2, 2012, WKX Gym burned to the ground. It was a big setback, but one that the staff fought back against like a phoenix in boxing gloves. Through the hard work of its owners and trainers, WKX reopened at a different location just a little more than a month later.
Similarly, WKX's instructors motivate their students to push through challenges as they build skills in MMA, boxing, and muay thai kickboxing classes. To help students get the most out of their training, the gym even hosts special seminars lead by accomplished fighters.