Instead of the same last name, Family ATA uses the art of songahm tae kwon do as the link between its members. With leadership academies in Spring, Texas, and Boulder City, Nevada, the facility empowers its students to become more disciplined by strengthening both body and mind. Highly trained instructors at each location provide one-on-one attention at every class, enabling students to have fun and advance confidently through the ATA ranks and booby-trapped mansions. In order to provide the proper education, Family ATA breaks its programs into several age groups. The Tiny Tigers program, for instance, gets kids kicking from the age of 3, and the adult mixed-fitness program challenges grownups with nonstop workouts that combine music, cardio, and different styles of martial-arts techniques.
The experienced Sensei Sandoval runs the show at Ageless Shotokan Karate, where he welcomes women, men, and children to learn martial arts. Shotokan karate classes teach kids the fundamentals of the sport and help adults improve fitness, confidence, and self-defense skills. In addition to karate, students can take kickboxing, dedicated self-defense, and even Zumba classes.
Under the direction of Master Leland Brandon, Brandon's ATA helps students of all ages hone their martial-arts skills. Master Brandon has practiced Tae Kwon Do for decades, so long that he's watched as his students opened schools of their own. Classes at Brandon's ATA include Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, and fitness kickboxing.
After battling pros in the ring for nearly 30 years, Tim Lane quit his knockout quest to teach commoners how to confidently repel unsanctioned attacks. In Xtreme Couture's decked-out facility, mixed-martial-artist Lane counsels students in how to defend themselves against assailants and friends’ pet lemurs through a sequence of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on tutorials. Each two-hour seminar sharpens general awareness of surroundings and zeroes in on deterring and disabling larger assailants. Upon completion of the class, students walk away with bottles of pepper spray, certificates, and greater self-assurance.
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.