Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.
At age 7, Jung Oh Hwang began practicing martial arts in South Korea. As a young man he represented his home country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he earned a silver medal in Judo. At Hwang's Martial Arts, Grandmaster Hwang and his staff make it their mission to promote happy and healthy lives in their community.
For the past 15 years, Grandmaster Hwang, his students, and his supporters have dedicated both time and money to supporting the lives of the HMA students and positively impacting the larger community. Hwang's has raised more than $750,000 for the local community and has a named playroom in the new St. Matthews Kosair Children's hospital.
Lex Fitness owner and exercise physiologist Jeff Brown does more than merely lead a class or workout session. With over 12 years of experience under his belt, he and a trio of trainers motivate clients who want transform their lives outside the gym, adopting healthier lifestyles with next-level exercise regimens and good-nutrition. During the complimentary initial consultation with a trainer, clients divulge their fitness goals, from losing weight to defeating a cheetah in a foot race. The trainers then evaluate the client’s medical history and scope out physical terrains with body-fat testing, measurements, and cardio and strength tests. Clients then tackle a fitness plan tailored to their specific needs, building muscles with free weights and strength-training equipment, carving lean physiques in boot-camp classes, and torching calories on cardio machines backed by flat-screen TVs.
All classes take place at a new exercise studio, open seven days a week. With over 20 classes taking place a week at all times of the day, each session involves high-intensity cardio and strength workouts from college-educated trainers. Exercises include lunging, jumping, sprinting, and push-ups.
Safety comes first at Martial Arts USA, where students of all levels practice tae kwon do, judo, jujitsu, and hapkido on official Olympic judo mats. The instructors are led by Grand Master Yeong C. Jeon, a 15th-dan, 25-year teaching veteran. Under Jeon's guidance, the teachers instill physical fitness, self-discipline, respect, and focus to help students of all ages overcome their mental obstacles.
The instructors at Hung Sing Martial Arts practice a form of kung fu known as choy li fut, which blends hand-and-arm techniques, quick footwork, and nimble full-body movements. The speed of the style makes it ideal for martial-arts lessons as well as cardio workouts, enabling participants of all ages to reach personal fitness goals while learning self-defense and discipline.
Although Lexington is almost 7,000 miles away from the Korean peninsula, you wouldn't know it from the training sessions at Lexington Taekwondo & Jiu Jitsu Academy. Here, adept masters teach their students the ancient art of tae kwon do, the precision kicks and fast strikes of which make it as hard to defend as it is graceful to watch. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes focus on grappling and ground fighting to show students how a smaller person can defeat a larger opponent through leverage and superior technique. Of course, these experts don't limit themselves to two disciplines; other classes introduce kids to karate, or train students in the art of martial weapons including the bo staff and nunchaku.