In July 2013, Scott and Heidi Moore achieved the title of godan, or fifth-degree black belt. Since they have over 50 years of experience combined and have acted as coaches and participants in countless competitions (including the Olympic trials and Paralympics), the belts were well-earned. At Denver Judo, they and a team of first-, second-, and third-degree black belts teach the art of judo to practitioners of all ages and abilities, including those who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. The martial art focuses on throws and grappling as opposed to punches and kicks.
James Hiromasa is an authority on krav maga, the self-defense technique that's used by the Israeli Defense Forces. He's on the krav maga advisory board, he regularly trains krav maga instructors, and he has received two krav maga certifications from the Wingate Institute in Israel. His wife, Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa, also punched her way to two krav maga certifications from Wingate, and earned a CrossFit certification to boot. Together, they've pooled their krav maga, martial arts, and fitness expertise to not only open Colorado Krav Maga, but expand it to four locations. For an idea of the size of the operation, the duo and their staff's krav maga, CrossFit, and martial arts programs collectively combine for more than 55 classes each week, or one for every member in an orchestra.
The 10,000 square feet of space at Easton Training Center is well outfitted for a variety of classes that balance fitness, self-defense, and respect better than battling off a gang of thieves hungry for your Aretha Franklin albums. The fitness center can host additional exercising after class and a locker room equipped with showers brings workouts to a fresh ending.
To involve more of the community in their center, the staff expanded their class schedule to include intense group fitness classes, such as cardio kickboxing and crossfit.
With the help of Cheyenne Fencing and Modern Pentathlon Center, students can become world-class athletes. As a three-time Olympian, its coaches are uniquely positioned to train up-and-coming fencers and pentathletes. Whether pupils hope to compete in fencing alone or study the pentathlon's five elements?fencing, shooting, running, horseback riding, and swimming?the center's offerings provide an excellent introduction. In fencing classes and camps, beginners pick up basic skills, such as coordination and footwork. As they progress, they learn the details of blade work and strategy, preparing them to face down competitors and maleficent trees. Pentathlon students add to those skills with lessons in the other four sports, improving their strength and stamina in preparation for competition.
The trainers at Gym-Synergy temper their students' bodies for more than just fitness. They combine more than 40 years of training experience in mixed martial arts and fighting styles such as Kenpo to guide students toward self-preservation. Lessons in the Filipino Kali method, for instance, teach students how to defend themselves with their hands, sticks, swords, and knives while stressing the importance of acquiring intelligence and discipline. Students can also learn techniques for self-defense in tight spaces, while sitting down, and against multiple attackers. Cardio-kickboxing classes, on the other hand, focus on the body's endurance and composition, using the method's kicks and punches more as aerobic exercise than as instruction for what to do to the next donut you see.