As CEO and chief instructor of Condition and Competition Kickboxing, Ed Carpio draws from a victory-studded background of competitive fighting. Though he came to the art of Chinese kickboxing (also called sanshou) at 21, later than many greats, he rose through successive bouts to become a national lightweight champion. Ed then turned to training others with his expertise, remaining devoted to his sanshou students throughout his sporadic returns to the ring, a study in judo, and a government summons to deflect an impending asteroid.
CCK preaches acceptance and positivity through programs for all ages, from toddlers to adults. Its gym has been highlighted on one of KRON 4's "Best of The Bay" segments for casting a familial air over martial-arts learning. Bordered by camouflage-painted walls, guests can launch strikes at bags, pads, and partners during kickboxing courses, or focus on classical conditioning with weights and fitness machinery.
Weak bodies are whittled into lean, muscular fighting machines as instructors at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teach the martial arts styles used for UFC competition, self-defense, and overall conditioning. Men, women, and kids train in the company of students such as professional fighter Cain Velasquez and instructor Daniel Cormier, a former Olympian. AKA splits its MMA, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing classes among four facilities, with group-training sessions and private professional sessions taking place in modern training studios with heavy bags, speed bags, and Olympic-grade mats. The Hillside location also features a professional-size ring for sparring or marriage-proposal practice, and the two-story AKA headquarters on Realm Avenue highlights an MMA cage, TRX suspension room, and cardio theater stocked with StairMasters and Jacobs Ladder machines.
Students grapple their way across 112 Swain tatame-style mats, which cover more than 2,400 square feet of space inside Heroes Martial Arts. The studio specializes in teaching Brazilian jujitsu courses, including classes that introduce students to the fundamentals and incorporate judo. In addition, instructors help students gain self confidence and an arsenal of self-defense moves during youth antibullying classes. A separate fitness area hosts free weights, a rowing machine, pull-up bars, and weighted popsicle sticks.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, yoga straps, yoga mats, and boxing gloves
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 45?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We get to know each student personally; they are not just dollar signs. Each client becomes part of the IMC community, where they are surrounded by an outstanding support group of staff members and other students. Also, our instructors live healthy lifestyles; they practice what they preach.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Rewarding, challenging, and fun?but most of all, inspirational.
The term martial arts generally refers to Eastern-born fighting techniques, but not at Three Sixty Training. In addition to jujitsu and MMA, the martial-arts studio offers kajukenbo, a martial art that originated in America. The practice weaves together five styles of combat into a single mode of self-defense learned largely through bag work, sparring, and grappling. At Three Sixty Training, instructors teach their unique brand of kajukenbo, incorporating a strong emphasis on boxing and jujitsu.
Signature service: Traditional taekwondo martial arts
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Learn self-defense and a healthy attitude through certified instructors