At Legion Training Center, a staff of professional judo artists, marines, and black belts help students of all ages boost their self-esteem, strengthen their bodies, and learn to defend themselves with martial-arts training across a variety of disciplines. The clean, sleek space combines the hard-hitting jujitsu, boxing, and muay-thai-kickboxing classes of a martial-arts studio with the rewarding self-improvement of a modern gym. Students tone muscles and burn fat with kettlebell and MMA yoga classes, or learn to fend off attackers or spar with worthy opponents with kickboxing, judo, and wrestling courses.
Krav maga is the official fighting style of the Israeli Army, but it seems like US Armed Forces members are enjoying it too. Marc Delnicki and Mark Messare, who served in the US Army and Air National Guard, respectively, draw on decades of martial-arts experience to teach Kelevra Krav Maga’s students how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Using modern, practical fighting techniques, their krav maga classes impart self-defense skills while also providing an intense, full-body workout. Marc and Mark also lead kids' martial-arts classes, and KFX fitness classes that use scientific research and anatomy knowledge to design workouts.
When it opened in 1978, The Court Club held only racquetball, squash, and handball courts. But as the fitness scene evolved, so did its facilities. Today, the club promises more than just on-court competition. It also offers group fitness classes, cardio and weight-training equipment, personal training, and rock climbing.
The instructors at Side Kicks Family Karate aren't just about helping their students progress in belt colors—they aim to help them progress in life. In their martial-arts classes, which combine Japanese fighting styles with kickboxing and basic grappling, they not only teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves, but also how to cultivate self-discipline, self-esteem, and strong character in and out of the dojo.
"A black belt is just a white belt who never quit," say the encouraging senseis of Leclerc's Martial Arts. Masters of the Korean fighting art of tang soo do, which melds the traditions of shotokan karate, subak, taekkyon, and kung fu, Leclec's teaching tactics don't just instill students from ages 3.5 and up with defense skills. They also boost discipline, concentration, and moral, which make disciples crave new pants to match their ascending belt colors, and fuels them with desire to join their tournament teams. That positive attitude permeates all of their martial arts and cardio kickboxing classes, in which adults and children achieve their weight-loss goals and bond over their new-found flexibility.