Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
Power duo Angelo Nunez and Cary Williams-Nunez opened their first Prime Time Boxing Club location in 1998, determined to spread their love of fitness and boxing to one small group at a time. Today, their boxing fitness empire extends to three gyms that been spotlighted by such reputable publications as the New York Times, Men's Fitness, and Shape. Angelo, Cary, and a team of encouraging trainers lead 45-minute fitness classes that build boxing skills from the ground up and increase stamina through an intense combination of basic jabs, bobbing and weaving, and sashays that best show off Americana shorts. The boxing aficionados train students aged 13 and older, with younger classes focusing on overall cardio and playing nice with pendulous speed bags.
At Folsom MMA, students train like professionals regardless of whether they hope to step inside the competition octagon or just build a better body. During lessons, students grapple, jostle, and roll over 2,000 square feet of Dollamur wrestling mats, with octagon-style fencing around the sides to simulate real MMA conditions. Instructors educate in all the popular fighting arts, including muay thai, jujitsu, and no-gi submission grappling, and help participants build mental toughness and burn calories. In the past, the gym has even hosted heralded fight star Chuck Liddell, who stopped by to greet the community and share tips, such as what color toenail polish opponents find most intimidating.