Jonathan Hewitt and his wife Lana founded a martial arts program for kids. But they hope Life Ki-do is teaching a lot of other skills too, from discipline to self-respect. They've instructed students ages 3 to 19 at the center for more than 20 years, passing on those life skills as well as abilities in karate, Russian systema, and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Each member of the staff brings something to the mix, whether it's skill in one style of martial arts or a background in child psychology. They all put their teaching abilities on display in the classes, which are supplemented by camps.
At River Place Country Club, a championship golf course designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Kite, winner of the 1992 U.S. Open, invites golfers to launch balls over sand bunkers and twisting creeks that wend their way through the landscape’s hilly contours. The course’s superintendent draws on experience at Baton Rouge Country Club and Colonial Country Club, as well as a degree in Plant and Soil Systems, as he ensures that the greens and rolling Bermuda grass fairways are more carefully manicured than a prize-winning pet wooly mammoth. The course’s PGA professional instructors are on hand to improve individual games, and a driving range lets players practice at 15 hitting stations.
Adjacent to the course, eight lighted tennis courts abut a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse with an outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center, and locker rooms whose dry saunas and whirlpools melt tension quicker than butter melts on the calves of a sprinter. The Grille invites clubgoers to sup on steak or seafood, and a pair of outdoor decks let guests drink in scenic views.
Course at a Glance:
Martial Arts, Karate, Thai Kickboxing, and Jiu Jitsu for kids and adults. Private and semi private lessons are also offered. Sports cross training for adults and kids. Weapons classes teach the use of everyday objects to use to defend yourself.
Del Sol Martials Arts & Fitness began not in a sweaty gym where young athletes learned to love exercise, though that is a chapter in its story. Its true origin lies in a kindergarten classroom where Thomas Leverett and Claudia Castro first met. The pair attended every year of school together, eventually celebrating when Thomas earned the title of Sifu and began his own Mantis-style kung fu school, and again when Claudia became a certified yogi. She joined him to start teaching, and together their family reached out to others to train them in fitness, discipline, healthy lifestyles, and 20-year courtships.
Today, students flock to their gym to study Northern Shaolin Seven Star Praying Mantis–style kung fu, a lineage for which Sifu Leverett is an official guardian. Claudia guides students through the equally ancient traditions of Ashtanga- and Vinyasa-style yoga. The duo even offers private cooking classes to teach how to create delicious, healthy meals or light stovetop burners simply by lifting up another stove and placing its already lit burners on them.
Impact MMA Fitness welcomes exercisers of all ages and skill levels to participate in a variety of kickboxing and fitness classes. The gym's class schedule boasts a large number of morning, afternoon, and evening kickboxing classes. Intensive muay thai classes emphasize skills and conditioning and are taught by a trainer experienced with UFC fighters. Other classes include various boot camps and strength and cardio training.
Premier offers World Class martial arts training and classes for ages 4-6, 7-12, Teens, and Adults. Children learn exciting and fun martial arts skills while building Self-discipline and Focus. Our MMA Curriculum for teens and adults includes American Kickboxing, Bushidokan Karate, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Jiu Jitsu.