Though the sword may seem an instrument of division, at SBM Wellness Center, it’s a uniting force. Here, kendo and wellness classes for men, women, and kids blend swordsmanship with cardiovascular exercise. This combination promotes fitness while instilling the mental discipline necessary to execute sharp cuts with explosive energy.
Grand Master Brandon Richards, PhD is an 8th-degree Black Belt awarded the 2013 Grandmaster of the Year by the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. At Seattle Tae Kwon Do, he joins a team of veteran instructors with world championship and Olympic team trial medals under their multi-degree black belts. So it’s no wonder that the school was voted Best Martial Arts by King5 Best of Western Washington in 2013. Whether in advanced adult classes or Tiger Cubs sessions for toddlers, the instructors strive to instill a black-belt mindset in every lesson they teach, stressing perseverance, focus, and discipline. Beyond tae kwon do, classes in Thai kickboxing whip bodies into shape with practical self-defense techniques, from blocking punches to bear-hugging schoolyard bullies.
Multiple fitness disciplines converge at Studio 4 Athletics. The heritage-style facility that was ranked number one in the Best of the City Gym/Fitness Studio category by the Victoria News houses two floors and eight training areas, each dedicated to a distinct purpose. The cardio area whirrs with the sound of treadmills and ellipticals, and the strength-training area clinks with the sound of free weights and functional-training equipment. In a cycling room, trainers lead a stationary Tour de France. Other studios play host to yoga, dance fitness classes, and boot camps. Within a boxing ring, instructors teach students how to duel their way to tighter forms, or mix fighting and creative movement into art forms known as capoeira and slap-hopscotch.
For more seating information, see the seating map. Arena-section tickets will be located in sections P, J, V, and D, with alcohol permitted, and sections R, S, and T, with alcohol prohibited. Floor-seats will be in rows 5 and 6 and do permit alcohol.
With multitudes of muscle-melding classes focused on kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts, and more, Island MMA forges powerful bodies and meticulous fighting technique within their modern facility. Professional fighters work as instructors and apply masterful experience and peerless motivation to teach every calorie-burning course, encouraging ring rookies to meet fitness goals. Student expectations are met whether they are seeking a cardio workout, intense technique training, or the power to face malicious neighbour-cats. Special classes extend to women-only kickboxing and children's self-defense. Equipment is required, but the facility does provide loaner supplies for novices in need.
It's a fairly common image from the Middle Ages and from fairy tales: an armoured knight on horseback, riding triumphantly into battle wielding a sword. Today, of course, such a sight would have shocked witnesses almost immediately—unless they're at Academie Duello. A centre for European swordplay and Western martial arts, Academie Duello has revived centuries-old scenes similar to the one above. It teaches students ancient battle techniques, but does not re-enact epic duels or the well-documented silly-string wars that ensued when swords broke.
The 5,000-square-foot facility extracts skills and weapon information from authentic combat manuals and primary-source texts. Its instructors turn that knowledge into an in-depth curriculum, which today provides both adult and children's programs. Most of those programs also help students stay fit, as they replace weights and treadmills with longswords, shields, and rapiers. To immerse themselves further into knighthood, students can check out Academie Duello's museum, which preserves an ever-growing collection of weapons of war, armour, and fight books.