Inside the 1,300-square-foot training area of Estero Martial Arts & Fitness, experienced and certified instructors teach classes for children and adults. Their curriculums include mixed martial arts, martial-arts drills for children aged 3–6, kickboxing, and aikido. The facility also hosts a pro shop for equipment, as well as an observation area with seating for onlookers.
Classic meets modern at Finish Strong Martial Arts. Traditional hand-painted scrolls and a handwritten nafuda kake student roster board greet guests when they walk in, and the walls are hung with photos of past and current instructors. But the studio also has two professional-size karate rings, a spacious area for parents to watch and wait, locker rooms, and a pro shop. The MMA classes cover techniques such as aikido, judo and jujitsu, and karate.
Growing up in his native Brazil, Rodrigo Ramos started studying the arts of karate and judo at an age when most kids were still struggling with multiplication tables. A martial arts practitioner since the age of 9, Ramos brought his love of combat with him when his family moved to the United States. He brought his Brazilian heritage, too, eventually becoming a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiujitsu. Now, as the owner and chief instructor at American Top Team, he shares his knowledge with the next generation of martial arts masters. In this spacious facility, he and his staff train students of all ages in disciplines ranging from kids martial arts to MMA and Brazilian jiujitsu. They also oversee more fitness-based training, helping students get in shape through CrossFit and kickboxing.
Inside the Evolution Martial Arts studio, multiple black belt-holder Ryan L. Cook draws from 23 years of martial arts experience to lead classes through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves. Students can also opt for cardio-kickboxing classes that burn calories while toning the body, and kids aged 3-5 can build confidence and motor skills during Little Ninjas classes.
American MMA’s staff accomplishments include being a three-time world kickboxing champion, winning fifth place at Ms. Fitness USA, earning a fifth-degree black belt, and fighting in mixed-martial-arts matches. They bestow students with their knowledge during kickboxing and jujitsu classes. Other fitness-related workouts include Zumba and Pilates. Specialty kids' fitness classes improve gross motor skills, self-esteem, and discipline practices that can carry over into schoolwork or the top level of Tetris.
Vertical enthusiasts test their anti-gravity gumption against Red Dragon’s 14'x14' climbing wall during open-climb sessions six days a week. Divided into three sections for beginner, intermediate, and advanced scrabblers, the multifaceted wall can introduce an element of danger to first dates or partnered physics study sessions. After an experienced instructor explains safety precautions and basic belaying techniques, each novice scaler straps into a rental harness before going aloft to explore myriad handholds and footholds. Alternatively, a 6'x16' roof section challenges more advanced grips, while bouldering courses and a wall-to-ceiling climbing rope help mix up routines for regular customers or easily bored spiders.