No Joke Mixed Martial Arts coaches children's mixed martial arts classes that allow kids to improve their goal setting, concentration, confidence and self defense skills, and increase responsibility and self-discipline. For adults, open sparring opportunities allow fighters to hone their skills in a safe, controlled environment. Self-defense classes provide top-notch instruction to protect both kids and adults.
At his two gyms in Bloomingdale and Rockford, Elite Defense Systems' chief instructor Matt Numrich leads practical, defense-oriented classes focused on jeet kune do, the hybrid martial art and philosophical system developed in 1965 by Bruce Lee. Jeet kune do focuses on efficiency and personal development, guiding students through a mixture of more than two dozen arts.
Though Elite Defense Systems offers one-on-one training, group lessons for men, women, and children are recommended for their sense of community, their varied sparring partners, and their chances for students to combine into a five-piece battle robot. Including Matt, the gyms have a staff of only three instructors and three assistants, allowing for a closer student-teacher relationship.
Young Masters Martial Arts and Fitness Studio splits its studio space into halves that focus on martial arts and fitness techniques. The martial-arts studio is led by three master instructors trained in tae kwon do, karate, judo, and qigong. The fitness studio whips bodies into shape with kettlebells, ropes, and TRX suspension training. Those who prefer to boost their inner body and spirit may enlist in Tai Chi classes, an ancient Chinese discipline that incorporates meditation and deep breathing into a series of continuous exercises. During sessions, instructors promote Tai Chi's therapeutic benefits, which includes reducing stress, promoting balance and flexibility, or easing pain.
The instructors at United Elite MMA preach a well-rounded approach to physical and mental fitness. Inside their 5,000-square-foot facility, pupils of all ages learn MMA, Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling, and boxing in a manner that simultaneously builds skills for strength training, conditioning, and self-defense. Participants benefit from the use of a full-size MMA cage, a full-size boxing ring, and 1,500 square feet of mats.
Chuck Masny describes himself as an “eternal student of the martial arts,” always learning more about his chosen disciplines despite the black belts in Goshin jiujitsu and American karate that already encircle his waist. Chuck brings his insatiable appetite for refinement to his classes, encouraging his students to ask why a technique is performed a certain way or to adjust motions to suit their unique physiques. This allows students to determine what mix of fitness exercise and self-defense training best suits their needs.
Chuck’s youth programs focus on developing not only the physical fitness skills that will grow into combat ability, but also the mental skills important to a child’s scholastic success. Kids practice listening and self-discipline and engage in a “bully-proofing” program in which they learn how to deflect insults by mentally transforming their bodies into rubber. Adult classes swing the focus to the practical underpinnings of self-defense, studying why and how certain moves and combinations work to arm students against real-world violence. Chuck also schedules cardio-enriched kickboxing classes, which incinerate calories in a furnace powered by flying fists and feet.
MMA Underground is a training ground and fitness facilty for students who want to get into the best possible physical shape. The center is helmed by head coach Oscar Olivares Sensei, who brings with him a long list of achievements and venerable lineages in both stand-up fighting and ground fighting. Oscar Sensei believes that anyone can achieve their fitness goals, be they weight loss, muscle gain, or competitive fighting readiness, if the drive to succeed is there. So, he and his other instructors fuel this drive in a spacious Mixed Martial Arts facility, where clients will find a padded floor, hanging bags, and dummies waiting to punched, kicked, and jabbed during group classes or personal training sessions. Along with kettlebell and Xtreme Cage Fighter Workout classes, MMA Underground also offers mixed martial arts classes and programs for all ages.