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.
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).
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.
The instructors at National Martial Arts work diligently to help students young and old build self-defense skills, confidence, and a strong work ethic via martial arts. Children as young as age 3 begin their journeys through martial arts, and adults can choose from lessons in MMA, kickboxing, circuit fitness, and krav maga sessions, which focus on real-world self-defense techniques.
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.