Aside from covering your body with pepper and entering the fetal position, the human knows a limited number of self-defense techniques. Today's side deal educates you in the Japanese martial art of aikido with eight classes, a month's worth, at Washington Aiki Kwai for $40. With two classes a week—Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—you'll work with instructor John Kanetomi to learn to defend yourself while not inflicting pain on your attacker, thus making you a benevolent almost-victim.
Parkour Visions teaches aspiring traceurs_—the French word for parkour practitioners—how to overcome physical obstacles. Though the sport's origins are a bit fuzzy, it has achieved a wider audience thanks to the many parkour videos uploaded to Youtube as well as the popularity of the television show _American Ninja Warrior. These all highlight the purpose of parkour: to improve speed, strength, and coordination while learning how to move efficiently through your environment. At Parkour Visions's three locations, seasoned traceurs teach students of all skill levels and ages how to safely execute basic movements and landings, and, as a non-profit organization, they pay it forward by working with parks to help maintain their grounds and encourage safe outdoor training.
Despite immigrating to North America, Mestre Curisco and Contra Mestre Lua Branca chose not to leave their native Brazil entirely behind them. The duo founded Capoeira Malês—a community-run, non-profit organization—as a way to share Brazilian cultural traditions with the Seattle community. One of these traditions is capoeira: the movement-based Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance. At the studio, students build strength, flexibility, while also honing their confidence and self-control during each class. Capoeira is only one of the center's offerings, though. It also features samba classes that introduce attendees to the Afro-Brazilian dance while accompanied by live music.
The skilled instructors at Krav Maga Eastside Training Center lead students through practical, stress-reducing workouts that hone real-life self-defense skills. As the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israel Defense Forces, krav maga teaches simple principles that correspond to instinctive movements, training participants to protect themselves against chokes, grabs, weapons, or overly aggressive handshakes from mayoral candidates. Three one-hour group classes educate participants in the basic krav maga skills, and a three-hour Rape Prevention or Intro to Krav Maga course prepare students physically and mentally to fight off would-be assailants. The five-week krav maga self-defense course gives a small group of enrollees a thorough introduction to defensive combat techniques, and includes hand wraps to support and protect flying fists as they throw punches and compete in bare-knuckle Whac-A-Mole tournaments. Call ahead to schedule your first class.
While there aren't many reviews for Seattle Tae Kwon Do's birthday party experiences, CityVoters give Seattle Tae Kwon Do's martial arts school and instruction an average of 5 stars, while Judy's Book reviewers give a 4.9-star average.
After his high-school and college sports careers ended, Nathan Schroeder was bummed out, but hardly done with being active. He turned to boxing as a means to keep his body at rope-coil consistency. Nathan also immersed himself in CrossFit, which added the strength-building component that his cardiovascular punching workout had been lacking. After building an impressive list of certifications—including Level 1 CrossFit instructor, USA Boxing coach, and nutritional therapist practitioner—Nathan opened Ballard Barbell and Boxing Club, where he shares his blend of boxing, functional fitness, and nutritional strategies with all skill levels.
Nathan's class routines change daily to boost each student's strength, stamina, speed, and agility—not to mention the sheer explosive power of their punches. Boxing combinations share time with CrossFit elements such as Olympic weightlifting, prepping his most advanced students to wield barbells as hidden weapons in the ring. Kettlebells, sprints, plyometrics, and gymnastics also play a role in the regimen.