Though it was only founded five years ago, Title Boxing Club has already set up franchises in 26 states and helped numerous members shed unwanted pounds. Its exclusive focus on boxing and kickboxing helps participants avoid being overwhelmed with the array of disparate workouts often found in many gyms, such as running on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike, or being chased around the weight room by tickling trainers.
Led by Ryan Hardy, a certified krav maga instructor for 14 years, instructors guide clients through workouts where they slam 6-foot bags with fists and legs for 45 minutes. Alternatively, Combat Cardio classes incorporate more cardio and drills alongside fight techniques.
There aren’t many fighters who can say that they have their own day. Then again, there aren’t many fighters like Richard Lord. Known as the godfather of Austin boxing, he ran the boxing circuit as a professional boxer and fought a number of rounds in the old Austin Coliseum. A powerhouse presence for more than 30 years, Richard Lord has trained world-champion combatants, including Jesús "El Matador" Chávez and Anissa "The Assassin" Zamarron, and organized the first all-female boxing match sanctioned by U.S. Amateur Boxing, Inc. Looking at all of his achievements, it’s no surprise that the Austin boxing community marks its calendar for March 31, Richard Lord Day.
Inside his gym, he trains reigning prizefighters right next to first-timers in his old-school yet welcoming boxing gym. A team of amicable boxing trainers helps aspiring pugilists to pare off pounds quickly, float like butterflies, and sting like adult-contemporary singers during sweat-soaked sessions that cover form, rhythm, and timing.
Harry Shaw didn't found a combat-focused gym because he likes to beat people up—though he is a level-six krav-maga black belt. Rather, he hoped to run a venue where his community could learn to feel both healthy and safe. He and his staff of certified instructors lead self-defense and exercise programs in a judgment-free zone, training students ranging from 7-year-old kids to law-enforcement personnel.
Their krav-maga classes teach the reality-based strikes and escapes of the Israeli Defense Forces' official combat system. In sessions for children and adults, coaches demonstrate how to swiftly and instinctively guard against attacks from offenders both with and without weapons. Combat Fitness courses draw from UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten's MMA system, which mixes fighting drills with cardio workouts more effectively than biking through a boxing match.
A member of the World Seido Karate Organization and the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, Sun Dragon concentrates on bodily and spiritual empowerment. Donning a spiffy new uniform (a $60 value) and an optional pine-tree air-freshener necklace, Groupon customers can work up a sweat during a month of unlimited classes (up to a $105 value). Sessions take place on weekday nights and Saturday afternoons and accommodate all ability levels.
The Miura bulls were among the most prized of all Spanish fighting bulls, valued for their speed, strength, and intelligence. When Master Miura was looking to name his martial arts dojo, he was drawn the animal that shared his name, the most famous of whom was Perdigon. A student of the martial arts since age 14, Master Miura uses the fighting arts as a vehicle for imparting discipline, dedication, and self-confidence to his students. He helps them build a strong foundation in muay thai before moving on to grappling arts or jiu-jitsu. He also offers women’s kickboxing sessions and CrossFit-style conditioning classes, where students exercise their whole body and without being charged extra for long legs.