Trapped against the ropes? Pinned on the ground? Faced with multiple opponents? It doesn't matter the scenario, the instructors at Academy of Self Defense teach ways to defend yourself in any situation. Some of their classes, such as Thai Boxing or MMA, focus on the skills adults need to succeed in the ring. Others, such as Systema—a martial art form developed by the Russian special forces, train students how to rely on natural instincts to ward off attackers in the real world. Kids' karate classes, meanwhile, not only cover self defense moves, but also character building techniques that carry over into schoolwork and home life. The coaches also lead a fight team, which includes two professional fighters, ten amateur fighters, and one guy who knows where to score really colorful shorts.
Throughout his wrestling career, Bryan Harney got his hands on some notable awards–he earned Illinois's Athlete of the Year commendation in 2003 and went on to compete at Michigan State University. As the founder of Southside Knockout, he shares his expertise with other aspiring fighters. He assembled a staff of wrestlers, boxers, muay thai fighters, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu experts—including former MMA professional Jay Estrada—to offer a comprehensive combative education to his gym's members. Outside of martial arts courses, attendees devour calories in speed- and strength-conditioning courses, swinging kettlebells, or outrunning the gym's boxing kangaroo.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists usually burn a significant amount of calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the one-month trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill (all three subject to availability).
A Center for the Martial Arts - Soseikan Dojo is one of the best Martial Arts Centers in the southwest suburbs. Offering classes in AIKIDO, Iaido, Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Asian Bodywork Restoration Therapy, Kenpo (Karate), Silat, Tai Chi / Chi Gung, Japanese Language and Total Body Boot Camp. Open 7 days a week.
Chicago Boxing Club enhances strength, endurance, and self-control through invigorating boxing, wrestling, muay thai, and jujitsu classes led by professional instructors. More than 3,000 square feet of training space houses all the necessary equipment to complete full-body workouts, and professional trainers work to instill proper training techniques in students or bitter discarded teddy bears. Cardio machines and weights surround the facility's two championship boxing rings, where students hone speed and self-defense methods in boxing classes or tactical leverage maneuvers in jujitsu classes. Muay thai classes fine-tune flexibility and balance with fast, high-kicking techniques, and youth boxing classes keep kids in shape during off-seasons from writing symphonies or defeating chess robots.
Martial-arts expert and exercise guru Prentiss Rhodes fills the minds and fists of his students with wisdom and humility through martial-arts training and kettlebell classes. After working in chiropractic rehabilitation clinics training pro athletes, Prentiss went on to master martial arts such as hapkido, haganah, and tactical knife fighting. Prentiss is fascinated by the functional movements of the body and has worked with students with many medical conditions, from MS to stroke. Prentiss incorporates all aspects of fitness into his practice, stressing not just strength but also mobility and flexibility, which come in handy during arm-wrestling tournaments to determine who will be the new county treasurer.
Founder Collin Williams brings a longtime passion for mixed martial arts to Emerald Smoke, a fight-sport-training and fitness facility open to men and women of all abilities. His squad of experienced instructors leads private lessons or group classes in punchy pursuits, such as MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and George Foreman Full-Contact Grilling. Classes lasting 45–60 minutes meet Monday–Saturday, as outlined in the schedule. The gym's regulation-issue octagon cage is often filled with Everlast-gear-clad fighters, its training and mat areas regularly host body conditioners, and those who prefer to sweat solo use the weight and cardio equipment.