At Shinn’s Tae Kwon Do, Master D.S. Shinn—who is a 7th-degree black belt and has been teaching for 19 years—and his assistant instructors lead adults and children in martial-arts classes. The instructors offer a combination of tae kwon do and hap ki do, teaching self-defense techniques that also bolster physical fitness. The experienced and credentialed instructors also offer family classes where parents and their children can practice together.
At Ladies Fitness, women earn slim physiques and a healthy sweat with personalized workout regimens that can include fitness classes, personal training, and exercise on the center’s equipment. Trained instructors lead more than 30 classes each week, keeping workouts from going stale with fun, diverse sessions such as step aerobics, Zumba, yoga, circuit training, and kickboxing. The gym’s personal trainers push members toward their individual fitness goals, whether it’s to shed pounds, develop muscle mass, or build a machine that will transport them to a time when they were more athletic.
A five-time American Taekwondo Association World Champion, senior master Von Schmeling, began Victory Martial Arts to teach pupils confidence and leadership skills while imparting martial-arts techniques. Classes capped at 30 students, with at most 10 students per instructor, cover disciplines such as general martial arts, krav maga, and self-defense for thwarting assailants and heavily armed spiders. Budding martial artists hone their craft alongside loved ones in family sessions or practice maneuvers in age-specific sequences for kids, teens, or adults.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Stone Gym's trainer takes a no-frills approach to boxing. Devon Stone grew up around boxing and now teaches the sport along with kickboxing and the all-important skills of striking and counterstriking, a must-learn for mixed martial artists and professional match lighters. The floor-level ring dominates one end of the no-nonsense gym, where a row of hanging punching bags separates the boxing arena from the weightlifting zone.
Professional MMA fighter and title holder Augusta “Ice Ice Baby” Tindall has a 3–1 pro record, a 5–1 amateur record, and he calls The Training Compound his training home. But students don’t have to be pros to take advantage of the vast array of programs offered at The Training Compound. Instructors lead classes in styles such as mixed martial arts, judo, submission wrestling, and jujitsu for kids and adults. The Training Compound welcomes students of all skill levels, whether they want to train for fun, fitness, or the cage.
At Hensel Kenpo Karate, head instructor Mark Hensel and his team educate students of all ages and levels in the art of kenpo at their new location in the heart of Downtown Saline. The classes are built around a family-oriented dojo that focuses on self protection, character-building, and physical fitness for kids and adults. A branch of karate, kenpo use rapid, multiple strikes and low kicks to dismantle assailants from head to toe. By himself, Mark boasts a black belt in kenpo, as well as background in jujitsu, judo, and muay thai kickboxing—all three of which he integrates into his own teachings. In addition to kenpo, the facility which features an open sunlit training area, also teaches its protégés protective methods during kickboxing fitness classes and multipart self-defense seminars.