Krav Maga is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. It has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the United States. It's a simple, effective self defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques & realistic training scenarios.
After training at the feet of Mike Lee Kanarek—founder of the HaganaH self-defense program named for the military based organization—Colin and Kaz Rhoads decided to spread the gospel of their teacher’s real-world fighting system. Adapted from Israeli military training, it strips confrontations down to their key elements and then trains students to decisively act to disarm their attackers. Instructors teach students to attack an opponent’s weak points while defending themselves, and they employ repetition to build pupils' instinctive responses and take-no-prisoner tickling skills. As certified personal trainers in their own right, Colin and Kaz also integrate elements of circuit and strength training into their workouts, blending combat sessions with TRX, kettlebells, and high-impact conditioning to produce a well-rounded warrior.
Nowadays, the term “martial arts” conjures up images of flashy Hollywood kicks, championship trophies, and prismatic collections of ranked belts. Many often forget, however, that the martial arts are tools for self-defense. The instructors at McKenzie Martial Arts eschew the glamour and instead focus on teaching students how to protect themselves, encouraging participation from the entire family. They lead kids, teens, and adults through a range of disciplines, including Bruce Lee’s street-level jeet kune do, Gracie jujitsu, and weapon-centric Filipino kali and escrima. During each lesson, they’ll equip students with gloves and padded weapons and let them put their newfound skills to use in a ring or mat-covered training room. Family members, meanwhile, can watch their kin square off by meditating to the point of omnipresence or simply nabbing a spot in the comfortable viewing area.
To support the pursuit of a leaner physique, the certified instructors at Fitness Link look to the "three pillars of health": performance, movement, and nutrition. Group classes heighten the performance of the whole body as students jab at punching bags, dangle from Trx cords, and cycle through cardio intervals.
To address the mechanics of movement, the studio's experts examine the body as a single unit, rather than an unruly flock of bones tied together by rubber bands. They aim to correct unsustainable movement patterns to prevent injury as bodies work themselves into shape.
Fitness Link's nutrition programs bolster fitness efforts with counseling, shopping guides, and food journals; supplements from Hammer and HealthForce deliver neatly packaged nutrients from muscle to muscle.
The acrobatic arm of the River Road Park and Recreation District, Gymnastics Northwest offers classes and parties for tumblers aged 18 months to 16 years. Reflex beams, rings, a pommel horse, and an in-ground trampoline await first timers and astronauts-in-training for weekly classes and events. Open-gym sessions run on Fridays for acrobats up to age 8, and Action Nights see junior jumpers aged 6–12 bound on the spring floor and feed the vaulting horse every third Saturday of the month.