Since 1986, eighth-degree black belt Don Booth and his team of instructors at Premier Martial Arts have been helping clients fend off attackers and calories. They schedule everything from self-defense?minded classes such as krav maga to fitness-minded classes such as Cross Kick, which combines CrossFit with kickboxing and kick the can. They tailor the workouts and lessons for their youth programs, which welcome youngsters as young as 3.
Drawing inspiration by old-school boxing gyms, Striker Fight Center’s training facility comes decked out with heavy bags and speed bags for teaching a various forms of martial arts. The instructors here, such as Steven Broughman—a former MMA fighter, ranked muay thai Instructor, and a black belt in jiu-jitsu—have taught Western boxing for decades. The classes offered here reflect their experience, ranging from wrestling and boxing to judo.
At Total Boxing, students study under experienced athletes and instructors, learning the swift leg strikes, powerful blocks, and delicate balancing skills of muay thai. Adults and children alike hone their agility, strength, and speed during invigorating lessons, safely sparring with other fighters, or practicing fist and footwork on the gym's ample collection of specially designed training bags. In addition to perfecting a blinding flurry of high-kicking feet, visitors to Total Boxing turn abs and core muscles into rippling sinew, and learn effective self-defense strategies. The part-gym, part-dojo operates with its own in-house graduated belt system to mark students' progress and development, shunning the meaningless belt-doling and cupcake-gifting of corporate academies. Other classes include the core building of Pilates, the chokes and locks that make up Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and the functional workouts in boot-camp classes.
Clad in crisp white uniforms, the students karate chop and high kick their way across Caywood Karate?s mats. The youngest age group, 4?6 years of age, focuses on improving gross motor skills. Adult classes concentrate on breaking through boards and airplane wings in a single punch.
Across the colorful mats of God's Warriors TKD, students follow along with instructors on their journey toward mastering the disciplined motions of Tae Kwon Do. Groups gather during classes, where teachers work with students individually to help hone in on form, strengths, and Jackie Chan's signature parade wave. Students train hard, regularly gaining new belt rankings and traveling to national and state competitions to show off their skills in sparring and traditional and creative forms.
Chu's Martial Arts imbues students with confidence and self-defense skills through martial-arts lessons taught by black-belt instructors. Tae kwon do classes teach techniques officially recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation, passing a 2,000-year-old torch onto a new generation of martial artists. Judo lessons teach throwing techniques, balance, and speed, and hapkido sessions cover pressure points, evasion, and up-close combat situations.