Inside the Evolution Martial Arts studio, multiple black belt-holder Ryan L. Cook draws from 23 years of martial arts experience to lead classes through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves. Students can also opt for cardio-kickboxing classes that burn calories while toning the body, and kids aged 3-5 can build confidence and motor skills during Little Ninjas classes.
Simply knowing how to land a kick or a punch is one thing. Having the discipline to use those skills effectively in a real-life scenario is another thing altogether. The instructors at 1 ATA Martial Arts draw on years of training to teach children, teens, and adults the complete meaning of martial arts such as tae kwon do and kickboxing. As one might expect, the classes emphasize physical training in a safe environment, but they leave room to focus on mental growth as well.
Though they're populated by a variety of students from every walk of life, trainer Gemmalyn Crosby likens her kickboxing-infused fitness classes more to personal-training sessions than group exercise. She challenges athletes to bouts of high-intensity interval training through boxing and kickboxing drills, plyometrics, calisthenics, core exercises, and resistance training, aiming to help them burn calories and boost strength. Gemmalyn ensures that no two workouts are the same, so students can keep their minds focused and their muscles guessing as they tone their bodies with the Punch's slew of professional fitness equipment. To soothe muscles after intense workouts, visitors can opt for a deep-tissue, neuromuscular, or sports massage in Punch Performance Center's in-house massage studio.
Chris Sutton’s vast knowledge of self-defense and fitness stems from his extensive martial arts training, as well as a law enforcement career that pitted him against ruthless criminals. At two locations, Chris and his fellow instructors teach students how to combat both attackers and stale fitness routines, including with C.O.B.R.A., a 10-week reality self-defense course designed by Chris. They also offer classes in kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and after-school karate for kids.
The muted thud of a 16-ounce boxing glove connecting with a 150-pound punching bag signals the start of class at LA Boxing. Its boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes not only breed expert fighters, they also burn calories at a dizzying rate (up to 1,000 per hour). By incorporating a workout regime into each class, boxers cross-train in a way that arms them against attacks as it boosts their level of fitness.
At Core Jeet Kune Do, instructors teach a functional fighting system that has been refined and battle tested for over fifteen years. Shaun “Ming” Rudie and Phillip “Thunder” Richardson teach a multi-disciplinary brand of fighting that integrates elements of kickboxing, boxing, ground grappling, and defense against armed attackers or overenthusiastic aunts. Classes emphasize an awareness of one’s surrounding, mobility, and adaptation to the realities of fight-stress through detailed instruction and live sparring.