Certified personal trainer and global martial-arts competitor Zak Lee roundhouse kicks through the geographic barriers that separate him from his students. During his online courses, he pulls from 30 years of martial-arts and fitness experience—accrued at studios throughout the world—to transform newbies into kick-smart experts. The curriculum, provided through the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers, accredits and prepares users to teach kickboxing and martial arts, with a focus on leadership skills and technical proficiency. Lee’s sessions detail proper alignment for kicks and punches, discuss how to string the two together to build different combos, and outline the best maneuvers for punching a piano in half. Each class also includes guides on building drills, conditioning exercises, and sample workouts for equipment-based or equipment-free kickboxing.
Sifu Rick Ostrander and his staff of black-belt-wearing instructors teach self-defense techniques and bolster self-confidence in students as young as 3.5 years old. In addition to karate, the academy offers Kick-Robics, a kickboxing class that burns up to 800 calories per workout.
It's safe to say that Sasaki Kenpo Karate's staff of world- and national-champion black belts knows what its doing when it comes to martial arts. The instructors—many of whom have trained national and world champions themselves—pass along their knowledge to kids, teens, and adults during martial-arts classes that teach basic skills alongside discipline and sportsmanship. Some of the instructors even began as Sasaki Kenpo students themselves.
Along with martial-arts classes, instructors lead Kamikaze Conditioning classes and personal-training sessions, both of which focus on toning bodies and blasting calories.
At West Coast ATA’s martial-arts center, they offer a positive, nurturing environment. Kids build self-esteem and self-confidence through the Karate for Kids programs, and teens and adults learn discipline and strengthen muscles through traditional martial-arts and combat-fitness classes.
The seasoned instructors at Tang Soo Do University know that the best martial-arts training in the world won't compensate for a lack of practice. That's why they've filled their 6,000-square-foot studio with all the punching bags, kicking shields, and padded floor space necessary for students to hone their techniques. These practice tools come in handy after and during classes, allowing students to throw full-on strikes and take-downs without risking injury.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are located right above RoadRunner Sports. Follow the drive to the upper level parking.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our clients remain motivated because of our excellent trainers. People of all skill levels can achieve great results.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have many active members with Parkinson's Disease. Research has shown that forced intense exercise can help people with Parkinson's delay, reduce, and sometimes reverse their symptoms. Non-contact boxing is an intense exercise that directly addresses the issues that people with PD deal with: balance, strength, flexibility, and mental focus.