A student of martial arts since 1974, Master Tim Elliott employs the skills he has acquired to help boys and girls build confidence, strength, and discipline. A supportive faculty of black belts and orange girdles call mini kickers to the mats from 9 a.m. to noon for introductory lessons in the Korean martial art of Tae Soo Do. The low student-to-teacher ratio of 6 to 1 ensures that trainees develop a reverent attitude toward their developing talents along with nuanced instruction in self-defense. Legs brace bodies as feet soar during standing, jumping, and spinning kicks; arms rocket forward in various grabs at undefended wrists and ice-cream cones. The camp concludes with a graduation ceremony and a certificate to celebrate each student's increased flexibility, confidence, and passing resemblance to Jean Claude van Damme.
The family-oriented United Kung Fu marital-arts studio teaches the ancient practice of Kung Fu to students aged 4 to 94. They offer a variety of programs, from basic training and conditioning to embarking on the long, rewarding path to self mastery. Black-belt candidates will have the chance to master one of a number of Kung Fu forms, plus weapons training, and self-defense work. Every program focuses on the tenets of discipline and respect, and every class is taught by an experienced, patient instructor.
At LA Boxing instructors with amateur or professional fighting experience lead classes that not only build strength and endurance, but can also mimic actual boxing bouts. Students don 16-ounce gloves and approach 150-pound punching bags for the signature LA Boxing Workout, burning approximately 800–1,000 calories per hour. Trainers keep class sizes small for optimal results, and offer private training for individualized attention. Members can also take advantage of the gym's free weights and cardio and strength machines or play human slingshot on the ropes of the boxing ring.
The very first ATA Martial Arts opened in 1987, its 25 years of existence encapsulating the training of multiple generations of martial artists. Students trained, grew, had children of their own, and enrolled their kids at the same martial arts school they enjoyed as youths. The program of classes grew and evolved as well, starting with a foundation in taekwondo and growing to incorporate other styles and mixed martial arts training. The teachers now tone bodies using renowned MMA fighter Matt Hughes’ personal cage fitness regimen.