Brazilian Jiu-jitsu could be considered the black sheep of the martial-arts family. Instead of relying on raw force and strength like many disciplines, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu uses leverage and precise movements to land blows and defeat opponents. That?s why students at Gracie Barra?s 300+ locations worldwide come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu often inspires entire families?mom, dad, kids, and security blankets with faces drawn on them?to get in shape and learn the art of self-defense.
Signature service: Youth Fitness & Athletic Training
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: First time clients should arrive 10 minutes early to meet the trainer and fill out proper paperwork.
The head coach at Ace's Jiu-Jitsu Club, Mikal Abdullah can trace his lineage directly to legendary jiu-jitsu instructor Mitsuyo Maeda. Abdullah has become an exemplary teacher and fighter, earning medals in several disciplines internationally and training students who have earned gold medals in national competitions, not just the ones behind their cousin's garage. At Ace's, both kids and adults can acquire the fitness conditioning and discipline that only martial arts can teach, whether it's via Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, or MMA classes.
In the most impressive of martial arts moves, bodies fly across a 1,700-square-foot mat at Cavalo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where students train to become Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters. Classes cater to all skill levels with exercises designed to use leverage and submission holds to subdue an opponent.
The place formerly known as South Congress Athletic Club now greets exercisers with a new name, a fresh infusion of energy, and a staff of passionate trainers. Ignite Fitnez has everything you could ask for from a gym, including plenty of airy space for weightlifting and one-on-one coaching sessions. To slow down their pumped-up pulses, members can enroll in yoga classes that relax the mind and body. Other classes include kickboxing, martial arts, and weight training. And there's even more to be found right outside the gym's doors; the location is just a short distance from hiking trails lined with boulders begging to be thrown.
Capoeira is part martial art, part dance, and part music lesson—also making it a great workout. During classes, the highly accomplished Mestre Rodrigo Zerlotti gathers his students into a circle where they sing and play musical instruments to help set the speed of the showdown happening in the middle. There, two capoeiristas show off their moves, often demonstrating scything kicks or unexpected takedowns. They also incorporate tumbling and acrobatics into their combative dancing, which they use to dodge their opponent's attacks or deflect invitations to start a conga line.
Mestre Rodrigo started his capoeira practice at age 13 in Brazil. A devoted practitioner throughout his life, he moved to Texas in 1990 and began putting down the roots for Capoeira Evolução before achieving the mestre (master) level in 1996. Today he continues to train contramestres (apprentices) of the art and teaches his beloved capoeira to the local community.