At Davis School of Martial Arts, Master Charles Platt and Master Jeri Carson and a team of certified instructors share decades upon decades of wisdom while teaching students four traditional forms of martial arts. One of these forms is traditional karate, wherein circular blocks are used to deflect and control attacks. Another, okinawan kobudo, uses weapons. Aikido, based on a philosophy of harmony and nonviolence, promotes flexibility and inner strength over raw physical force. And where aikido favors defense, aiki-jutsu's similar techniques tend toward offense. No matter the art, though, the staff layer their lessons atop the school’s unchanging pillars of manners, peace, drive, courage, and self-improvement.
The black-belt mixed-martial-arts instructors at Storm MMA want to help their clients break free from workout boredom. Offering programs for kids, adults, and advanced students, Storm MMA teaches self-defense, discipline, and respect while helping participants burn calories. Students work as teams while using tae kwon do, muay thai, and boxing moves to get faster and stronger.
At Practice CrossFit, trainers shake bodies out of muscular slumber by leading weight training and cardio exercises from gymnastics and rowing to running and jumping. Exercisers work through routines customized to their experience levels and abilities, ensuring a workout as safe and challenging as a padded Rubik's cube. Practice CrossFit's resident former competitive bodybuilder and college basketball player, Chastity Sloan, runs women through intensive boot-camp classes. The courses focus on aerobic and muscle-building exercises, with demanding workouts that raise heart rates like kidnappers raise ransom rates with demanding lists of demands. The gym holds women-only boot-camp classes Monday and Wednesday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for a schedule of CrossFit classes, which run Monday–Saturday.
At Salsa City Fitness, experienced instructors lead classes that range from upbeat Zumba sessions and booty barre to kids classes, line dancing, and Piloxing, a combination of Pilates and boxing exercises.
Dance sessions whip clients into shape using line and belly dancing, while Zumba Fitness sessions incorporate additional aerobics into the Latin dance workout.
Delaware Fit Factory is unlike any factory you've seen. For starters, there's no heavy machinery to take up space on the floor. The studio's instructors instead use the expansive space to their advantage, leading CrossFit and krav maga classes that focus respectively on functional fitness and real-world self-defense skills. Though the programs themselves don't change, the intensity of the workouts is individually scaled and the actual exercises vary constantly. Children looking to build the muscles necessary to tear through thick stacks of homework can check out the KidFit class, which involves fun activities such as running, jumping, and throwing.
The Oriental Martial Arts College (OMAC), founded by Sr. Grand Master Joon P. Choi? a 10th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo? has been teaching the Moogong-Ryu system of martial arts since 1963. All of the dojang's Instructors have experience training and teaching multiple martial arts and are certified by WUMA.
OMAC offers classes for all ages, beginning at age 3 to 70-plus, all of which are designed to improve health and fitness, help with weight and stress management, and bring a harmonious balance to everyday life. Classes include Little Tigers (ages 3?6) classes for kids and youth (7+), taekwondo, hapkido, gumdo, fitness and healing arts like power tai chi, action yoga and kimoodo healing art, to advanced black belt training with Grandmaster Choi throughout their multiple Central Ohio locations. OMAC has more than 35 branches worldwide.