Over the last 24 years, Chris Herzog has been in and out of the ring, competing in kickboxing, judo, and Russian sambo competitions, just three of the combat styles in which he holds an instructional certification. Joined by 16-year boxing veteran Wally "The Weapon" MacDonald—nicknamed for his ability to set off airport metal detectors with his mind—the two provide comprehensive instruction in many styles of martial arts popular in professional fighting today.
The academy divides its programs into classes focused on learning a particular skill. Striking packages focus on the essentials of muay thai and Western boxing, while grappling packages draw from Brazilian jujitsu, judo, and Russian sambo. The ironfisted instructors even tailor their classes to kids, teaching character development and confidence.
No matter your fitness goals, Elite Fitness and Martial Arts probably has a class just for you. This studio offers a host of classes for participants of every skill level—from beginners who want more exercise to professional martial artists who must re-earn their black belts after years of laundering turned them into gray belts. The class schedule includes slots for kickboxing, jiujitsu, Zumba, wrestling, and mixed martial arts amongst others, and each session maximizes its students' results by combining top-of-the-line equipment with dedicated instructors.
The founders and owners of New Era Martial Arts, sensei Joe LaVallee and deshi Robin Markowski, opened their academy to help others discover the life-changing effects of practicing martial arts. At this school, children and adults alike can get fit while gaining mental discipline and confidence. Using a combination of styles and techniques pulled from kickboxing and muay thai, as well as Brazilian jujitsu, each class teaches students self-defense, grappling, and sparring moves.
At Rochester Fitness Martial Arts, a team of fitness instructors and martial artists help their students build strength and self-defense skills with a range of all-ages classes. Kickboxing, tai chi, and kung fu comprise their traditional martial-arts offerings, whereas various self-defense classes—such as the bully-proof or adult self-defense workshops—teach real-life applications for defensive techniques.
At Master Chong's World Class Tae Kwon Do, instructors teach discipline and self-defense skills in classes for kids, adults, and families. Following the principles of founder Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong, teachers help students develop not only technical martial-arts skills but also leadership abilities and mental focus.