With more than 20 years practicing martial arts, Martial Way Academy's Larry St. Clair and his team of instructors coach beginner kickboxers of all ages into confident fighters. Trainers forge rock-hard physiques and sharp reflexes over the course of a five-week progression program, with techniques culled from Filipino martial arts, Thai kickboxing, jeet kune do, and vale tudo. With a ratio of one coach to every 10 students, personal attention and mathematical truths guide one-hour sessions. Fists and feet diligently pummel hanging bags and handheld pads to perfect a new, basic combination each week, eventually advancing to specialty takedowns and pinkie-swear sneak attacks. Tigers Youth group sessions give pintsize kickers the chance to earn a white belt while developing character and self-defense skills.
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.