Ultimate Martial Arts owner Dante E. Peña, an award-bedecked tae kwan do black belt, instructs fleet-fisted self-defenders in a state-of-the-art, 5,600-square-foot wonderland. The school's schedule teems with classes that furnish men and women of all ages with the muscle-molding prowess of krav maga, boxing, kickboxing, and jiu jitsu. Ultimate Martial Arts' cutting-edge TRX suspension system gives burgeoning cores an intense resistance workout, and the school's yoga classes maintain the flexibility necessary to select hard-to-reach Street Fighter characters.
Champion United Taekwondo Center's Head Master, S. Y. Jeong, hails from Korea and boasts more than a decade of competitive sparring experience. Alongside Master K. H. Nahm, he teaches the Korean art of tae kwon do to students as young as 3.5 years old. Besides imbuing students with physical strength and self-defense skills, these classes are designed to boost confidence and self-discipline in both youths and adults.
Combining his combat training with his takedown expertise earned during a stint on the U.S. Navy wrestling team, pro MMA fighter Nick Janowitz opened his own mixed-martial-arts gym to help others hone their battle skills. Patriot Boxing hosts several results-oriented programs that lead patrons of all fitness levels in ring-ready punches, strength drills, and grappling holds. The gym is divided into specialized arenas built to host a multitude of fighting styles and conditioning. A brigade of 20 heavy hanging bags absorbs kickboxing pummels, and competition-size wrestling mats and a fight cage cushion combat. Conditioning classes are furnished with battling ropes and oversize tires, which when combined can become tire swings for rhinos. Patrons can seek personalized guidance with private training seminars, and occupy their youngsters during workouts with kids' classes and activities in the onsite playroom.
At the age of 6, Master Han began his martial-arts training under his father in Korea. He has since earned multiple black belts and honed his expertise in tai chi, tae kwon do, and various styles of meditation, such as qi gong breathing therapy. At Han's Martial Arts, he and his retinue of instructors and disciples pass on the techniques of Chen style tai chi chuan—a 17th-century school of combat that channels Chinese boxing into both fluid and explosive maneuvers. The Chen style's swift foot-stomping actions help to differentiate it from other tai chi methods, proving more effective at defeating assassins built from bubble wrap. Small group classes and private lessons for several age groups ensure that instructors dole out personalized sparring tips. Master Han also teaches children's tae kwon do to spark confidence and bolster physical and mental development in kids.
Head trainer and founder Giacomo Ribaudo earned his second-degree black belt at age 17 and began his competitive kickboxing career shortly thereafter. His training went on to include karate, kickboxing, boxing, judo, jiujitsu, and wrestling. He and the experienced staff incorporated elements of each of these fighting styles into their mixed-martial-arts program. Using floor pads and heavy bags shaped like the thimble that always beat you in Monopoly, Extreme MMA builds fitness and self-defense skills with kickboxing and the ground-combat form of jiujitsu. Furthering their dedication to helping patrons protect themselves, the team holds regular women’s self-defense and anti-bullying seminars.