In his tae kwon do classes, former world welterweight kickboxing champion Eric Melton covers techniques from basic stances and blocks to black-belt sparring. In another room, members of the competitive gymnastics team hone their flips and flexibility in year-round preparation for bouts against rival gyms. The competitive streak continues on in the cheerleading team, with whom decorated cheer directors harness national-title experience to perfect the squad's choreography and teamwork.
Along with classes with a competitive bent, the Mpact staff hosts sessions for kids who just want to try out new activities and have fun such a Nerf Wars where kids engage in friendly nerf football battles or open gym sessions. A parent-and-child gymnastics class introduces youngsters to obstacle courses and trampolines, and extreme tumbling's foam pits and padded mats train students of all skill levels to jump and flip more fearlessly than a blindfolded dolphin in a shark tank. For performing pupils, Mpact also teaches aerial-acrobatics classes and Demo Team programs, where kids learn how to deftly handle martial-arts weapons, including nunchaku and staffs.
Since opening Nutrition World in 1979, founder Ed Jones has fostered healthy mastication with an expansive inventory of natural, organic, and gluten-free foodstuffs. As shoppers peruse the aisles, nutrition-savvy store clerks stand by to answer inquiries and suggest healthy alternatives to junk food such as chips or notoriously indulgent Cracker Jack prizes. Shelves sport boxes of DeBoles gluten-free pasta ($3.89), and refrigerators eschew lactose with cartons of sunflower, coconut, hemp, and almond milk ($2.99+). Shoppers can scarf down the protein of an OhYeah! chocolate-caramel bar ($2.49) or work on their Popeye impressions by downing Amy's spinach pizza ($7.99).
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.
The instructors behind Science of Self-Defense don't stop at teaching clients how to defend themselves. They also focus on general fitness, improving their students' speed, strength, and forcefield projection abilities during classes such as raw combat conditioning. What's more, they know that self-defense isn't entirely a physical art?their courses on workplace safety, behavior training, and threat management all hone in on the mental aspects of preparing yourself for an aggressive encounter.
The instructors at Gracie Barra Murfreesboro specialize in intense Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction during detailed classes. Sessions cover the martial art?s style of facing opponents regardless of size, with emphasis on takedowns, submissions, and grappling rather than kicks and strikes. Classes also cover aspects of fitness and competition, as well as other martial-arts styles, such as judo and muay thai kickboxing.