Ralph Latimer, the head of Phoenix Rising Kung Fu San Soo, is devoted to kung fu?so devoted that he has even practiced it underwater.
It was his only option at the time, because he was in the Navy and working aboard a submarine for four months. What's more, his boat was a compact one, with little room for martial-arts practice. He decided to train in the submarine's largest open space, which meant practicing kung fu atop a nuclear generator.
Today, Latimer?an eighth-degree black belt?shares that unyielding passion for kung fu with his students, through classes that emphasize the art in martial arts. Though the lessons serve practical self-defense purposes, as well as muscle-toning ones, Latimer and his team focus more on technique and discipline, spurred on by the etymology of the phrase kung fu itself. The Chinese phrase translates roughly to working man, and it has craftsman connotations, much like the phrase lanyard braider in English.
Winner of the 2009 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick award for Best Martial Arts Class, the trophy-hoarding instructors from Cheatwood’s Family Martial Arts enlighten pupils of all ages in the art of self-defense. With its smorgasbord of classes, the dojo specializes in everything from kids’ karate and anti-bullying to adults’ kickboxing and extreme body makeovers, all without the hassle of spirit possession. Between them, instructors Troy and Chris Cheatwood and Jim Butin have won world championships in kickboxing and continuous sparring. Cheatwood’s furnishes all necessary equipment for each class, and today's deal also includes either a uniform or gloves, tailored to the physical demands and psychic brainwaves of each class. Alongside lessons in throws and submission holds, children’s classes promote self-esteem by instilling young karate choppers with a sense of confidence and self-discipline.
An accredited member of the American Taekwondo Association, The Summit Martial Arts helps instill discipline and respect through fitness and martial arts classes geared toward all ages. Chief instructor Dominique Jackson helms the program, using his experience as a black belt and four-time state champion to train students at work and open stubborn pickle jars at home.
The Summit's classes foster positive values starting at a young age with the Tiny Tigers program for kids aged 4 to 6, which stresses motor skills, paying attention, and following directions. Karate 4 Kids continues training for kids up to age 13, with lessons that focus on a different value each month, such as self-esteem and self-control.
Krav maga. Brazilian jujitsu. Muay thai kickboxing. These three disciplines form the base of the curriculum at National Martial Arts, where instructors teach a hybrid brand of martial arts and help students of all ages develop the focus necessary to achieve their physical goals. Called the art of eight limbs for using the hands, feet, elbows, and knees, muay thai covers a variety of striking techniques that help build all-around strength and endurance. Gracie-style jujitsu incorporates grappling techniques that teach students how to subdue opponents with flowing holds, while Krav maga instills self-defense techniques.
CMA OKC doesn't just train its students to be physically fit; it trains them for life. At this welcoming martial arts school for both children and adults, a high value is placed on teaching students self-control, discipline, and respect while also teaching them muay thai, American karate, self-defense, performance martial arts, and jujitsu. Learn to punch, kick, and spar at the school during classes with certified and experienced instructors.
Most Popular Service: Self Defense
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Century Martial Arts
Pro Tip: Be confident and coachable.