Though both martial arts and visual art are creative in their own right, there are few places where the two converge. At FightKore, staff and instructors blend the training and tenets of MMA, Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and karate with a house clothing line inspired by Venice Beach street art. On the open gym floor, experienced coaches lead students in creative conditioning exercises, augmenting traditional workouts with twists such as the addition of medicine balls or dumbbells. They also introduce basic and advanced martial-arts skills on padded jujitsu mats and a dedicated boxing ring.
Master Lonny Louie, the owner of Fitness Innovations & Tae Kwon Do (FIT) has been teaching martial arts for more than 35 years. He and the FIT crew understand that different students have different needs, so they have developed multiple programs to accommodate athletes who want to train for competition, fun, or fitness. Instructors hold tae kwon do classes that equip students with self-defense and combat techniques while also focusing on discipline, respect, and confidence. They also hold kickboxing and fitness-kickboxing classes, which use muay thai principles to help students defend themselves and burn calories.
Bryan Kastl, operator and co-owner of Hercules CrossFit, muscled his way to certifications in Olympic lifting in 2009. But he has studied fitness and physiology since the early ‘90s, when he became a certified personal trainer through Hayward State University. Co-owner and certified trainer Lesha Kastl also lifts at an Olympic level, but she favors movement-based workouts including Muay Thai boxing, Pilates, and runway-overthrowing Ms. Fitness competitions. Both Lesha and Bryan have studied massage therapy to supplement their expertise of internal musculature. Bryan even sought the guidance of a chiropractor to learn injury-specific techniques such as active-release technique.
The Kastls area also both Level 1 CrossFit trainers with certifications in CrossFit mobility and gymnastics, which they rely on during CrossFit classes comprised of nonspecialized, functional exercises. Weightlifting and gymnastic-ring work, for example, are selected because they can be easily adjusted according to fitness level and directly improve mundane tasks such as hauling groceries or catching trapeze swings to work. As a result, the workouts are remarkably inclusive, and the Kastls have guided energetic kids and those struggling with physical ailments toward strength and cardiovascular health. Lesha's background in sports nutrition enables her to design dietary programs that boost performance and bolster the effects of exercise.:m]]
Chelsea Martin dabbled in ballet, jazz, and salsa before she truly began to experiment with dance. Belly dance proved to be the catalyst for her evolution—she studied under several experts and performed with ensembles throughout California, mastering the sinuous moves enough to hold her own classes and blend in at snake family reunions. When hip-hop entered her repertoire, Chelsea didn't want to split her energy between the two styles. Instead, she blended them, inventing Belly Dance Funk techniques that she also teaches in addition to Zumba routines. With multiple upcoming showcases and a tireless passion for choreography, Chelsea plans to continue shaping and sharing her signature moves.
Once guests step through the doors at Anew Day Spa, they begin a mini vacation from mental and physical discomfort. By the time they are ready to walk back out and return to their lives, clients will have topped off their stores of relief and tranquility. In between, they can opt to sit in chairs and relax as relief cascades from sore shoulders and backs, or let therapists pore over their whole bodies as they decompress on massage tables. During reflexology sessions, a trained therapist applies liberating pressure to the feet to relieve pain all over the body and thank toes for teaching children how to accurately identify different kinds of piggies.