At Heroes Martial Arts, visitors can hone their roundhouse kicks and power-packed punches to build strength, decrease reaction time, and reinforce defense skills. A one-week pass allows students to attend any group class on Heroes’ schedule by simply walking in. A cabal of experienced martial arts instructors meld judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and wrestling into a confidence-boosting bouillabaisse of butt-kicking techniques that provide an excellent full-body workout and an efficient method of opening pickle jars. Additionally, the top-notch facilities are comprised of 4,700 square feet of cardio machines, weights, mat-lined floor space, a shower, and 20-foot vaulted ceilings.
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.
The punching bags at Milpitas Boxing and Fitness sometimes take the form a psychiatrist's couch. They absorb the emotions and reflect the triumphs of the professional fighters, children, and average gym-goers that treat them to regular pummelings. Milpitas welcomes guests of all backgrounds to wallop the equipment inside the sunny yellow walls of its gym, where instructors lead classes on boxing, kickboxing, Zumba, and general fitness. As they supervise spars inside their onsite ring or help kids to make waves with battling ropes, they encourage the simultaneous development of teamwork and personal growth. One-on-one sessions can also target more specific goals, such as learning how to throw in the towel with your non-dominant hand.
The term martial arts generally refers to Eastern-born fighting techniques, but not at Tribull Mixed Martial Art Centers. 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 Tribull, instructors teach their unique brand of kajukenbo, incorporating a strong emphasis on boxing and jujitsu.
Academy of Self Defense gives students the skills and training they need to build a stronger body and learn real-world combat systems. Its krav-maga and mixed-martial-arts programs teach punishing strikes and defensive moves. Fighting-focused fitness classes tone the body through a mash-up of kickboxing, TRX, and kettlebells. Students also may pound away at the facility’s sea of 8-foot-tall heavy bags.
Months and months of training go into a mixed-martial-arts bout—just ask Unlimited MMA’s staff. Owner and head coach Rudi Ott is a former middleweight sanshou champion in the International Kickboxing Federation and International Shotokan Karate Federation, and Brazilian jujitsu coach Leonardo Sexias is a Gracie Barra black belt with 13 years of teaching experience. It’s no surprise, then, that Unlimited MMA's specialty is sanshou and Brazilian jujitsu, though it also offers muay thai, kickboxing, mixed-martial-arts, and CrossFit classes. All of the classes are intense and a majority of them combine self-defense and good old-fashioned sweating, which are usually only combined when someone’s mad at their oven. The workouts take place throughout the week at Fitness For 10 health club.