Self-defense is at the core of each technique taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. Whether students are practicing kung fu or MMA, they'll learn how to successfully defend themselves against intimidating opponents who may be larger in size or wearing a superhero cape. Kickboxing classes add an element of cardiovascular fitness, tai chi sessions slow down the moves to a meditative pace, and grappling lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to take someone down to the floor. Instructors also spend one-on-one time with students during personal-training sessions that focus on perfecting punches and kicks.
Fourth-degree master instructor Sal Convento passes along his 28 years of martial arts experience to a new generation of fighters. The staff teaches students ages one and up everything form basic coordination and discipline to advanced self defense techniques both unarmed and with traditional weapons.
Equilibrium is important in yoga, which relies on both mental and physical exercise. The instructors help balance strength and finesse, aided by the fact that they come from such varied backgrounds. The diverse group discovered yoga after playing traditional team sports, travelling in India, and practicing medicine. They recognize that no matter how often someone might meditate or practice postures in candlelight, which clients can do in hatha yoga or candlelit flow classes, occasionally, that same person wants to punch something. In that case, the studio’s kickboxing classes, which combine authentic fighting techniques with body-weight exercises and stretching, are an ideal option.
When the founders first envisioned what would become the Hale Holistic fitness studio, they already had balance on the brain and hoped to integrate agricultural self-sufficiency. To do this, they created an urban rooftop garden in the middle of the city, where they harvest organic veggies to create antioxidant-packed smoothies or make travelling cornucopia salesmen feel better about their job. Any produce that’s not straight from their rooftop, they’ve sourced from local, sustainable farmers. Because they’re so confident in the power of smoothies to improve health and pair with yoga, they give one to every client who attends a class.
In the long and storied history of jiu-jitsu, only six men have won two titles in the Absolute Division?the division that is open to any and all weights. Alexandre Ribeiro, co-founder of University of Jiu Jitsu, happens to be one of those six men. A six-time World Jiu Jitsu Champion, "Xande" received his black belt from his equally decorated brother, Saulo, who co-founded the school and wrote the widely acclaimed training manual Jiu-Jitsu University.
Alongside a roster of talented instructors, the Ribeiro brothers share their immeasurable wisdom at the University during a wide array of classes. They're especially well-versed in beginner, bully-proof, and self-defense tactics. Some classes are even designed for kids as young as 5, the age when most children begin submitting their applications to become a superhero.