The dedicated instructors at Kids Love Martial Arts teach children the techniques of self-defense styles such as karate and tang soo do. But they are just as focused on imparting lessons on discipline, focus, and confidence. The studio's websites shares stories of youngsters who were constantly distracted in school or picked on by their peers. The teachers always prescribe the same medicine: a few weeks in Kids Love Martial Arts classes. The physical aspect of the training engages the youthful participants, but it's the less tangible results that can help them positively channel their energy and confidently stare down the karate-practicing monster under the bed.
When American Karate Studios' Jim Clapp was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum's Hall of Fame in 2008, his role as head instructor was one of the many reasons why. His team of black-belt instructors lead classes in karate, kickboxing, and filipino stick fighting, teaching both kids and adults focus and discipline.
Four levels of classes?Pee-Wee, Junior, Teen, and Adult?teach students how to karate chop their way through life. Instructors teach self-defense techniques and work to transform bodies into better shape. Individuals can earn eight belt colors while learning humility, self-control, and integrity.
Before Josh Hayhurst owned ATA Martial Arts, he trained with its parent company: American Taekwondo Association. The association, which dots the country with more than 1,500 schools, puts its instructors through rigorous training in order for them to teach new students the skills and discipline of the martial arts form. Now, Hayhurst and his cohorts lead students of all ages through a wealth of programs. Tiny Tigers Taekwondo boosts concentration skills in youngsters, and Karate for Kids builds on skills such as self-control and leadership. Teen and adult sessions challenge with self-defense moves while instilling discipline, and summer camps combine martial arts routines with classic camp activities such as making karate belts out of campfire tindling.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.