The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."
This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.
For more than two decades, coach Jeff Burger has been teaching?and learning?martial arts all around the world. As a 5th degree black belt in multiple disciplines, he brings a wealth of knowledge to students at K.I.C.K. Karate. There, students of all ages and experience levels can kick, punch, and box their way through the rainbow of belts in disciplines that include Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, and Karate designed specifically for kids.
Tapout Boston's astonishingly well-appointed digs swell with muscle-molding equipment and a slew of trainers skilled in a variety of pugilistic recreations. A select team of martial artists teach their protégés the finely honed craft of painting masterpieces of victory across the gym's 2,200 square feet of sparring and wrestling surfaces, using the fist-flurries of muay thai and jiu-jitsu to punctuate instructional lessons and grammatically incorrect road signs. Discover a worthy boxing opponent in the ring, spring into the 22-foot caged octagon's medley of grappling and pummeling, or debate the probability of a grand unified theory from caged battle podiums.
For almost 20 years, the locally owned and operated Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs have been providing gym goers with a cheerful neighborhood ambience and expansive, immaculate facilities packed with state-of-the-art equipment, including the finest cardio, strength training, and free weights from Precor and Cybex. Whether you pound these machines so that you can one day fight them when they become self-aware or are just craving classes such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and spinning, you'll be met by a friendly staff that strives to make your gymsperience a positive one. As a result, you'll love coming back to Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs and never dread the time spent getting your body fitter, faster, and more nudity-compatible.
As the head coach at the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) studios in both Boca Raton and Boston, Joao Amaral boasts a resumé that includes training law-enforcement departments and winning in tournaments such as the Brazilian national championships. At the Boca Raton facility, Joao and assistant coach Matt Janzer lead group and private classes that include both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu; the former is a grappling technique that aims to give smaller people the leverage to take down a larger assailant, and the latter is more like traditional wrestling. BTT's muay thai classes, featuring a style of boxing often used in cross-training with jiu-jitsu instruction, can be adapted for those interested in competitive fighting or for those simply looking to get fit or learn self-defense.