At Connecticut Martial Arts, classically trained martial artist and fifth-degree tae kwon do black belt Master Steven Doyon leads a team of instructors who teach both the physical techniques and the philosophy of martial arts. Fitness-kickboxing classes teach participants to punch and kick as they shed weight. Muay thai kickboxing classes focus on the martial art's core techniques in intense lessons. Kids' martial-arts lessons teach youngsters to defend themselves against bullies as they acquire discipline and focus.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Punching bags are inherently rebellious creatures. That’s why Kickaro’s Martial Arts & Fitness keeps them in check with a dynamic array of martial-arts and fitness classes. The club’s skilled instructors offer safe, no-contact sessions, ideal for teaching hand-eye coordination and self-defense, as well as scorching calories. The schedule is diverse, with classes for adults, children, and pet cocker spaniels of all skill levels.
No matter how you prefer to work out, Prime Time Fitness promises the proper fitness tools. That commitment encompasses cardio equipment and free weights, fitness classes such as spinning and cardio kickboxing, and personal training with coaches who specialize in getting postnatal bodies back into shape. Exercisers can reward themselves with a protein shake after a workout or simply enjoy the alone time that onsite childcare affords.
Cannon Ridge very well may be one of the only places in Connecticut where a person can, under one roof, practice the deadly hand-to-hand combat maneuvers of Krav Maga, earn their pistol permit, learn how to save someone’s life with CPR, or catch up on their favorite cable TV show while kicking back on a leather sofa in the Wi-Fi-equipped lounge. Within this 6,000-square-foot facility, an eclectic crew of trained professionals lead a well-rounded selection of self-defense classes, First Aid training courses, and fitness sessions such as boot camp and cardio kickboxing.
When Paul Melella, Jr. was seven years old, he was the target of a neighborhood bully. Eventually, Paul’s mother enrolled him in martial arts classes. For six months, Paul secretly studied the art of tae kwon do, until one day, he finally had the courage to stand up to his bully. Not only did the boy stop picking on Paul, they became good friends. In fact, Paul was even the best man at his wedding years later, where he helped out by cutting the cake with one swift roundhouse kick.
Paul established the Carmel branch of United Martial Arts Centers in 1996 to help others attain the same self-confidence and lifelong benefits that he found practicing martial arts as a child. Today, Paul is just one of UMAC's many professional instructors who lead programs for children, adults, and families at five different locations. Despite their different addresses, each of UMAC's locations sports the same positive atmosphere and spirit that comes from students working together toward a common goal.
Since 1991, more than 140 students have walked out of American Institute of Tae Kwon Do with a black belt. This signifies mastery of traditional tae kwon do, the martial art on which owners Neale and Erika White focus their classes. Through tae kwon do, they aim to instill humility, self-discipline, and confidence in their students as they strengthen their bodies.