The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.
Chung Do Kwan is one of the oldest styles of Kwan and was a precursor to Taekwondo. The style trains students to achieve their potential through focused concentration and disciplined instruction. It rolls all aspects of training in the martial arts into one powerful package. Every lesson will leave you with a complete workout of the physical, mental, and spiritual corners of your bodily triangle.
The experienced instructors and certified trainers at Fitness I Like are on a mission to help their clients think of fitness as a way of life. They offer fast-paced, energetic classes such as boot camp and line dancing. Class-goers can tone muscles, burn fat, and build strength in a laid-back group setting.
Academy of Fighting Arts instructor and 5th-degree black-belt Clinton Murphy can shatter several objects with his bare hands, from coconuts to concrete blocks. It's a skill known as "breaking," and Murphy claims that it's just as mental as it is physical. This and other martial-arts skills have led to appearances on ESPN2, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Discovery Channel. At Academy of Fighting Arts, he teaches his students how to hone their own mental focus and martial-arts techniques, emphasizing good form and discipline over brute strength—just as he does when he's preparing to break 14 slabs of concrete in a stack.
When teaching a class, Murphy's martial arts style of choice is American-Filipino Kun Tao. This mix of pressure-point strikes, grappling, and joint-lock throws is ideal for close-quarters fighting. Murphy covers these maneuvers as well as escrima, or stick-fighting, in his adult sessions, whereas kids' classes focus more on teamwork and basic drills. He also hosts four-week self-defense seminars for women, which demonstrate how to effectively escape and subdue an assailant.
Though the exercise equipment at Gold’s Gym beeps and whistles just outside the Ringside Fitness boxing classroom, the focus of Ringside’s students is set on the punching bags before them. Over the thwack of fists and feet hitting the bags, an instructor calls out instruction and motivation, drawing insight from years of training and experience in the ring.
On other days, it’s professional boxers or martial-arts experts lead students through techniques and conditioning exercises. In addition to Ringside’s training classes, the instructors conduct lessons dedicated to self-defense, competition tactics, and how to punch pizza dough to make a crisp, flaky crust.
It's hard to top the resume of AmeriKick Martial Arts sensei Bob Leiker. A six-time NBL World Champion, he has defeated so many notable opponents that he was inducted into the Legends Hall of Fame. As if that weren't enough, he created a fighting style of his own called sen shu do ryu—a fusion of his knowledge of jiu jitsu, karate-do, tae kwon do, okinawan go ju ryu, and american kickboxing. Outside of the ring, he has served as a governor's appointee to the Kansas Sentencing Commission and the official martial arts instructor for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Still, Bob prefers to talk about his students' successes. AmeriKick's martial arts classes teach not only karate techniques and kickboxing maneuvers to students of all ages and fitness levels, but also self-confidence and the drive to improve oneself. In youth karate classes, students learn to de-escalate potentially hazardous situations, and adult karate sessions teach participants to take defensive action against would-be attackers. Through these lessons, students learn to apply the focus they use in the ring to better themselves outside of it, from tackling personal challenges to staring down textbooks until they turn their own pages.