Squalls of kicks and punches descend upon Elite MMA and Fitness each day as trainers at one of the largest MMA facilities in Texas infuse dormant muscles with a heaping dose of thunder. Classes for ages 16 and up combine the principles of combat with the rigors of intensive conditioning in workouts that appeal to fighters of all skill levels. As minds tone their gray matter by contemplating the workout possibilities of an 18,000-square-foot facility, instructors send bodies through a 50-minute gauntlet designed to shatter somnolence and heighten adrenaline to imminent-telemarketing-call levels. Closed fists collide with chiseled stomachs in Body MMA classes that take advantage of more than 5,000 square feet of mats and more than 30 punching bags. Alternatively, students improve their stamina and self-defensive statures in Cardio Kickboxing classes.
At Kim's USA Taekwondo and Gymnastics (Lewisville) and Kim's Taekwondo Institute (Amarillo), students hone their technique in martial arts and soccer with the help of experienced instructors and supportive class environments. Students who attend Kim's Lewisville location can also hone their gymnastics skills. Afterschool martial-arts camps are not only physically beneficial and fun for kids, but they're also convenient for parents—kids are picked up from their elementary school and transported via van or magic carpet to Kim's studio for camps. Themed birthday parties round out the menu of offerings at this 25,000-square-foot facility.
With fitness classes designed to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour, Extreme Martial Arts Amarillo helps to tone and tighten bodies while simultaneously improving self-defense skills. Instructors guide groups through sequences of Brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing, and no gi grappling moves, as well as Extreme Martial Arts sessions that combine the techniques. Martial-arts gloves are available for purchase onsite.
Nelson and Barbara Harvey are certified in krav maga, haganah, bodyguard training, and pressure-point control tactics. Essentially, they're certified in self-defense. At their school, Harvey's Karate Tae Kwon Do Center, they share their tactics during lessons for nearly all ages. They schedule karate classes for youngsters and more intense krav maga and bodyguard training for adults and child stuntmen.
Ravage CrossFit?s workouts combine strength training, gymnastics, and metabolic exercises to whip bodies into shape. Certified CrossFit coaches work with clients of all fitness levels, beginner through advanced, and even offer special classes for kids and kangaroos.
"You fight like a girl!" would be considered a compliment at Paulsen's Family Martial Arts. In fact, being able to fight like a girl is the main goal of aptly named Fight Like a Girl self-defense classes, taught by the certified instructor, Diane Paulsen. But self-defense classes represent just a small portion of the sparring techniques taught at Paulsen's?go jiu bujitsu, a hybrid martial art, is at its core. A blend of karate, judo, and jujitsu, the MMA method teaches every aspect of combat, from strikes and kicks to traps and locks.