During Vince Velez's 20 years of teaching martial arts, he discovered what he believes to be the path to becoming a great martial artist: possessing a desire to be well-rounded and a dedication to learning. To that end, he created Lakewood Martial Arts Training Alliance, where he shares his passion for martial arts with students of all abilities and ages. Starting at age 3, children can begin their journeys toward greatness, learning skills including balance and coordination and values such as discipline and self-confidence.
His adult classes, on the other hand, focus more on shedding pounds, perfecting technique, and defending one's self without bribing a local strong for protection. In Kempo karate, he leads students through the forms, self-defense techniques, and sparring sessions needed to master the art. To help students round out their education, he also offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which emphasizes grappling techniques.
Core Fusion Fitness models its facility after a day spa, from its chic aesthetic to its mix of private and shared spaces. Instead of manicure stations and private treatment rooms, however, there’s a room with Pilates machines, a space for stationary bikes, an open gym area with punching bags and a boxing ring, and a spacious studio with high ceilings to facilitate dumbbell juggling. Busying themselves in these areas are the facility’s fitness instructors, who schedule a multitude of group classes. They lead traditional yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and cycling along with more fight-focused sessions, such as kickboxing and muay thai.
360 Combat Club conditions both competitive and recreational fighters with classes taught by a decorated staff of martial artists. Kickboxing sessions sharpen fight-time reflexes as students work to master kicks, punches, elbows, knees, and painfully awkward handshakes in each 60-minute session. Rather than focus solely on cardio, 360’s fighters spar with heavy bags to simulate a real opponent while flattening overzealous curves and ushering in lean, toned muscles. Each class corrals between 15–30 students, with more than one teacher or Olympic-trained kangaroo overseeing larger-sized sessions. Both locations require that students provide their own pair of boxing gloves for any kickboxing session on the Orange County or Long Beach class schedule.
Since Brad Wenneberg donned his first martial-arts uniform in 1971, it’s become his business attire as well as his athletic wear. After studying many forms and disciplines, Wenneberg opened his own school, American Marital Arts Academy, to teach Goju-Ryu to a new generation of students. That commitment continues through to the present, with more 10,000 students, including dozens of black belts, served over the past twenty years. Like many traditional martial artists, the instructors spend as much focus on mental discipline and self-confidence as on physical fortitude, skill, and splitting firewood for the winter. Shihan Wenneberg insists on a holistic approach, encouraging students to improve their social skills, perform better in school, and get into better shape to complement their training.
From Insanity sessions taught by certified Insanity instructors to Zumba, Fitness Revolution's exercise classes span the entire spectrum of energy output. Which means no matter students' preferred level of exertion, they can find a session that suits them including dance-centric Zumba toning class.
Each class at StudioFit is unique because each of the certified instructors choreographs an exercise routine set to a custom mix of heart-pumping music and lights. They welcome students of all fitness levels for spinning, cardio-kickboxing, and Zumba classes held within a spacious mirrored studio. In spinning classes, exercisers straddle stationary bikes as they pedal along to different resistances. In kickboxing, they make their ways through boxing techniques that fuel cardio workouts. In Zumba classes, dancers move to Latin-based rhythms and music, shaking their hips and performing cardiovascular dance moves more fun than the power-walking man.