Emerald Smoke MMA stands as Chicago's only mixed martial arts-exclusive gym, fully equipping its training grounds with professional-grade gear alongside a regulation-size octagon cage. A sprawling six-day spread of group classes offers up a sparring smorgasbord robust enough to make Steven Seagal weep tears shaped like tiny fists. Soak up MMA fundamentals in a course of the same name, picking up a range of fighting techniques culled from kickboxing, boxing, and wrestling traditions. Or, hone skills in specialized jiu-jitsu and muay thai kickboxing courses, focusing on striking forms, core work, and stamina. Students can opt to round out their body-intensive fitness carte with a brawn-nursing core or yoga course, which employ deep breathing, stretching, and muscle milk bottles to tranquilize tendons left tender by their martial melee.
Michelle's House Cleaning Service uses environmentally friendly products and customizes every cleaning to the client’s cleanliness needs. Upon entering, Michelle and her insured and bonded crew of affable cleaners immediately set to work obliterating dust-bunny habitats in the kitchen, bedrooms, living room, and bathrooms. During the three-hour home makeover, blinds shed their winter dust coats, mirrors reflect surroundings more sharply, and microwaves rid themselves of the remnants of experiments proving that heating a Chris Gaines CD won't make the music any hotter. Michelle's House Cleaning Service brings all its own cleaning supplies, so no homeowner need scour cabinets for scouring pads.
With 30 years of martial arts experienced under her black belt, sifu Katalin Rodriguez Ogren opened Pow! MMA and Fitness more than 14 years ago. Featured in dozens of new stories, magazines, and TV segments, Katalin guides her impressive staff of highly trained instructors who teach between 40 and 50 weekly classes. Over 7,000 square feet provide ample space for heart-pumping sessions, including krav maga, kickboxing, and Brazilian jujitsu, and the space is also fully equipped with a boxing ring for competitive practice or recreating scenes from Rocky but with scarecrows. Pow! also boasts a host of amenities, including private bathrooms, lockers, showers, and a members' lounge.
Manchu soldiers set out to destroy the Siu Lam Monastery more than 250 years ago, but luckily for martial-arts practitioners, the Buddhist elders inside escaped. One of them was Ng Mui, who, while in hiding, created the self-defense style known today as wing tsun. Instructors at Wing Tsun Kwoon, which is a branch of the Carson Wing Tsun Academy, teach students to reduce their victimization by exuding confidence. They also teach pupils how to defend themselves if they come under attack by someone trying to steal the jewels set in their bellybuttons. Wing tsun practice boasts more than the benefit of self-defense; it can also tone muscles, torch calories, boost flexibility, and improve balance. In the spirt of the Carson Wing Tsun Academy, it focuses on helping its students on their own personal growth, development, and actualization.
Valko Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy K.O.'s stale fitness routines with a full schedule of martial arts- and fighting-based classes, including jujitsu, wrestling, and muay thai kickboxing. The facility's instructors each bring varied and vast experience to the mat, helping students climb from no belt to black belt right at the academy. In addition to daily group classes, Valko also offers one-on-one sessions and private lessons for circles of friends.
Long before the UFC turned mixed martial arts into a caged spectacle, Kensho Martial Arts founder Roger Luri was melding myriad fighting styles into a coherent method of self-defense. Thirty years of teaching martial arts have shown him that, in a self-defense situation, trained fighters will resort to whatever moves and faked tuberculosis symptoms come the easiest. Instead of inculcating a rigid structure for kicks and punches, he devised a technique that allows students to draw from multiple influences. These include disciplines such as karate, kickboxing, jujitsu, and Western boxing.
Luri built his self-defense technique from his broad experience scrapping in multiple styles. In the 1980s, the seventh-degree black belt developed an iron grip over judo and kickboxing. Since then, Luri has developed mastery over Thai and French boxing, for which he received the Silver Glove from the French Federation of Boxe Francaise Savate.