Four levels of classes—Pee-Wee, Junior, Teen, and Adult—teach students how to karate chop their way through life. Instructors teach self-defense techniques and work to transform bodies into better shape. Individuals can earn eight belt colors while learning humility, self-control, and integrity.
When American Karate Studios' Jim Clapp was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum's Hall of Fame in 2008, his role as head instructor was one of the many reasons why. His team of black-belt instructors lead classes in karate, kickboxing, and filipino stick fighting, teaching both kids and adults focus and discipline.
Before Josh Hayhurst owned ATA Martial Arts, he trained with its parent company: American Taekwondo Association. The association, which dots the country with more than 1,500 schools, puts its instructors through rigorous training in order for them to teach new students the skills and discipline of the martial arts form. Now, Hayhurst and his cohorts lead students of all ages through a wealth of programs. Tiny Tigers Taekwondo boosts concentration skills in youngsters, and Karate for Kids builds on skills such as self-control and leadership. Teen and adult sessions challenge with self-defense moves while instilling discipline, and summer camps combine martial arts routines with classic camp activities such as making karate belts out of campfire tindling.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
With an aim toward avoiding that moment when you stare at endless rows of weights and cardio equipment and don’t know where to begin, the passionate fitness experts at Studio Fit have assembled a roster of group fitness classes that can help clients achieve their goals. On specialized wood flooring that helps protect knees and feet, students groove during Zumba classes or build muscle and core strength during BodyBlast. Studio Fit regularly updates its schedule with new classes so that clients can always try something new and keep their bodies guessing.
A 25-year veteran of the fitness industry and star of the 8 Minute Abs workout series, Jaime Brenkus knows a thing or two about what it takes to get in shape. His Slim & Fit program doesn't rely on strange diets or fad workouts to help clients get in shape—instead, it's centered around good nutrition, modifying harmful behaviors, and finding time-efficient workouts. At locations across the country, slim coaches help clients stick to their customized nutrition plans, and fit trainers encourage them through cardiovascular training and body-sculpting workouts. The Glenn Mills location is owned by 10-time marathoner Mike Bullinger—who loves to research new exercises for clients—and his wife, Ann Bullinger—a Doctor of Pharmacy who helps people live healthier as a slim coach.