The instructors at Saldivar Martial Arts Leadership Academy aren't exactly new to teaching students the passion, discipline, and integrity of martial arts. The studio itself has been open since 1986, and its four instructors have a combined experience totaling more than 60 years. Matt Saldivar, a 5th degree black belt, is among them. Together he and his wife Amy Saldivar?a third degree black belt and instructor?co-own the academy and bring 25 years of experience to their business. The duo leads not only intensive muay-thai sessions for adults, but also after-school programs and summer camps for kids as young as five. The studio's class list is just as beginner-friendly, since it separates pupils by their level of experience and their ability to quote the best lines in The Karate Kid.
Judo is one of the grappling arts, which means that it has no strikes and uses no weapons, unlike karate or tae kwon do. Judo was developed in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a comprehensive method of physical education, and it continues to provide exercise, entertainment, and self-defense knowledge today. For fun or competition, Universal Judo provides instruction and enjoyment to practitioners of all skill levels and ages. Call ahead to schedule your first visit.
"I will use my new ability with the respect of a deadly weapon for I am a weapon." So goes the oath sworn by students at Korea-America Tae Kwon Do Association, where instructors guide them through their chosen martial-arts discipline. In addition to Olympic-style tae kwon do, hapkido, and kumdo classes for all ages and ability levels, the center offers a Pure Fitness program especially for women.
Using the moves and techniques of martial arts, the certified instructors at Ashcrafts Martial Fitness help their students get into the best shape of their lives. Through Ashcrafts' kickboxing, tae kwon do, and MMA classes, kids, seniors, and adults can learn self-defense and grappling moves while they burn fat and build lean muscle. The no-nonsense gym features heavy bags, strength-training equipment, and a padded floor to maximize training exercises.
The owners of Pottery Painting Pleasures opened their doors to make art accessible to everyone, providing all necessary supplies and cleanup services. In the azure craft haven, myriad ceramics, such as vases and plates, wait to be rendered unique by kids, adults, and seniors. Themed sessions include senior mornings, Tots and Pots, and Friday-night College Night, which includes a brief overview of Organic Chemistry 101.:m]]
Street-style self-defense techniques underpin the martial-arts classes at Corpus Christi Family Martial Arts Academy. Both adults and kids attend junjou ryu jujitsu-karate classes, where they learn methods to avoid physical conflict, ways to defend themselves from attack, and how to take down a Roomba that's suddenly gained sentience. Besides getting students into better physical shape, these courses also impart self-discipline and confidence on the students, all while promoting a safe environment. Sparring rules, for example, dictate the wearing of full protective gear and the presence of a black-belt instructor.