Manny Cabrera holds a fourth-degree black belt, and he's not shy about sharing his knowledge with others. He and his trained staff at Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Centers are eager to demonstrate the ins, outs, and high kicks of tae kwon do and krav maga to students of all ages.
Adult programs focus on self-defense and fitness, with a dedicated Krav Maga program that includes free nutritional guidance. Kids' programs don't just teach youths to defend themselves against rogue gym-class punching bags. The center's classes, summer camps, and afterschool programs instill kids with ambition, discipline, and respect for themselves and others.
At Punch Boxing for Fitness, visitors experience an entire boxing match without having to dodge a single punch. That's because the gym's workouts are staged in three-minute rounds where exercisers jab heavy bags, shadow box, and boost their heart rate by jumping rope. One-minute breaks let them catch their breath in between toning muscles and building cardio endurance, not to mention mastering proper punching technique. Punch Boxing for Fitness' expert trainers shape each hour-long training session around beginning and advanced boxers alike; in fact, many pros, including Roy Jones, Jr. and Winkey Wright, have trained there.
TITLE Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear from Title Boxing, LLC owners David Hanson, Tony Carbajo, and John Rotche. Hanson, Carbajo, and Rotche provided the gym?s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has spread all over the nation.
The Carrollwood and Brandon locations both boast dozens of 90-pound heavy bags built into floor-to-ceiling black metal frames. Drumrolls of punches and kicks resound from these inanimate foes as patrons burn calories and learn self-defense moves during hour-long boxing and kickboxing fitness classes. When the workout's over, they head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide a safe haven for viewing merchandise.
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Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.
Owner Rusty Solomon leads groups of children and adult martial artists in classes that teach karate, MMA skills, and kickboxing. In addition to bolstering self-defense skills and improving his pupils' striking skills, the instructor also helps students develop self-discipline and confidence as they get into shape.
Rebecca Wood and Ryan Deichert combine their passions for empowering fitness styles at a studio where students of all skill levels can learn self-defense or relaxation techniques during their workouts. Rebecca began teaching yoga in 1999, creating a signature alignment-based Iyengar-style yoga that she personally teaches to each instructor she employs. Instructors guide students through poses such as bends and inversions, incorporating posture-buoying props and instructional pop-up books when needed to relieve mental and physical tension. Ryan taps into more than 15 years of Brazilian jujitsu training to teach amateur martial artists of all sizes and fitness levels how to safely extricate themselves from dangerous situations or escape from overeager bear hugs.