You never know when someone might try to sneak up on you, but you can learn how to protect yourself. Just ask the instructors at Kickboxing Broward, who have found a way to combine an intense cardio workout with practical self-defense training. The studio's kickboxing classes turn exercise into a form of multitasking; students tone their muscles while learning how to take down opponents or suspicious-looking piles of wood.
At Dynamic Family Martial Arts and Fitness, the team of instructors shepherds students from novice level to expert level in various styles of karate. Rob Hartman, the head instructor and a fourth-degree black belt, teaches American?kenpo, a self-defense system more powerful than building a replica Great Wall of China just north of your house.?Aaron Rajman is the in-house mixed martial arts coach, incorporating Brazilian jujitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, submission wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing into his lessons. Yoshihiko Shinzato, meanwhile, draws on 41 years of experience while teaching shorin ryu karate, a style known for its natural breathing breathing?and its?curved, not-perfectly-direct?movements.?
Select classes focus more on fitness than karate mastery, too, such as?Charlie Morgan's WKF fitness kickboxing.?And Tammi Hartman, a third-degree Reiki master and holistic health counselor, helps students lead healthier lifestyles through nutrition advice and healing practices, while also serving as director of after school services.
At Renzo Gracie Training Center, which was named after Brazilian jujitsu master Renzo Gracie, mentor of UFC champions Matt Serra and Ricardo Almeida, students of all skill levels sculpt stronger, leaner bodies with high-energy classes. The academy’s training center equips athletes with climbing ropes, wrestling mats, and punching bags for classes in boxing or muay thai. HyperFit classes pump hearts with high-intensity conditioning drills to improve strength, agility, and speed as martial-arts courses teach students defenses against common street attacks and weapons such as guns, knives, and trebuchets. The studio also facilitates cross-training efforts by hosting clinics on topics such as yoga, running, and intergalactic pole vaulting.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
Cristiane Barbosa Timoteo, the founder of High Energy Physiotraining’s Physiotraining Fitness and Martial Arts World Center, helps athletes of all ages and fitness levels rehabilitate their muscles while motivating them to whip into shape through physiotraining. Blending a specific combination of physical-therapy techniques with muscle training, Cristiane works to ease patrons' chronic lingering pain while simultaneously toning and strengthening their muscles. A certified personal trainer guides each patron through resistance training with free weights and machines, inciting muscles to develop rapidly to repair damage and increase performance. Building strength in numbers, Cristiane’s partner Giulio Timoteo leads group Brazilian-jiujitsu classes that educate students in the dynamic combat technique, while toning their bodies and fostering a community of disciplined fighters.