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Steve Hall began training in martial arts at the age of 11 and went on to receive a black belt in jiu-jitsu from Master Royce Gracie, son of the style's founder. This particular belt was rare; at the time, he was the ninth person in the world to ever receive a black belt from Royce Gracie. Hall now leads Fight to Win Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, of which the Denver location is an affiliate. In turn, he's passed his skills on to Jon Plyler, a black belt who is the owner and instructor at BJJ, Inc. Fight to Win Brazilian Jiu-jitsu of Denver, NC. Like Hall, Plyer also received his black belt from Master Royce Gracie.

The gym runs programs for students aged 4 and older, teaching young pupils the most basic moves and mental discipline of martial arts and preparing older students for amateur and professional competitions. That's a realm in which Plyler is very active—he's studied both gi and no-gi wrestling and is certified as a referee by US Grappling and the North American Grappling Association. The team also boils the form down to the fundamentals of self-defense for those who simply want a few moves with which to protect themselves. Plyler is particularly familiar with those techniques, as he is a law enforcement professional and trainer.

1806 South Nc 16 Highway
Maiden,
NC
US

Some people are born with a misplaced overabundance of self-confidence, as the popularity of karaoke bars can attest, but most develop the trait by accomplishing feats they never believed they were capable of. The black-belt-wearing, championship-winning instructors that helm ATA Karate’s 6 locations seek to foster that self-confidence by teaching students the art of self-defense in its many forms, including tae kwon do and Krav Maga. With a client base ranging from toddlers to adults, the ATA staff keeps people empowered and fit by demonstrating effective ways to properly punch, kick, and look cool in slow motion. In addition to teaching martial arts, instructors host leadership programs that show kids how to avoid the perils of peer pressure and adults how to maintain order in their lives. They also cover topics such as dealing with bullies and eliminating child abductions in a series of regular workshops.

139 Cross Center Dr
Denver,
NC
US

Planet Ballroom’s studios offer a glimpse of a bygone era, when gentlemanly dancers whisked their partners across dance floors amid elegant decor and soft hanging lanterns. Professional dancers lead both private and group classes within these rustic halls, guiding couples through the steps and proper techniques of social dances such as the waltz, tango, salsa, and swing. The seasoned instructors also conduct fitness-focused classes, leading teens and adults through energetic workouts of cardio Latin dance, ballet, and Pilates. Every Friday night the studio opens to students for an evening of dancing, socializing, and hatching plans to flash-mob the local DMV, and throughout the month, instructors also invite dancers back for a variety of dinner-and-dancing events.

19824 West Catawba Avenue
Cornelius,
NC
US

Turning Pointe Music & Dance is like a garden for artistic talents. Their instructors start cultivating dance students when they're just 3 years old, and as they progress, the fledgling dancers move on to more and more advanced techniques. The curriculum includes a four-level pre-professional program with technique classes that cover the finer points required of a well-rounded dancer. Turning Pointe Music & Dance's experts also teach music, and they work with adults during dance and fitness classes, such as Pilates.

19615 Liverpool Parkway
Cornelius,
NC
US

Steve Halloran, one of two owners of FastFit Boxing, has more than 12 years of fighting and fitness experience. The other owner, Lisa Halloran, is a nutritionist. Together, they combine their knowledge of the body to help clients get into the best shape of their lives. They utilize the principles of boxing and kickboxing training during 30, 45 and 60 minute classes that start when you walk in the door. no class times. Clients of every skill and fitness level soak up self-defense techniques while toning muscle and burning calories.

19911 North Cove Road
Cornelius,
NC
US