The expert instructors at Zion Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness believe that students can pursue the principles of fitness and sound personal defense at any age. Under the watchful eye of their gi-clad sensei, kids as young as five learn the underpinnings of Brazilian jiujitsu, building their self-confidence more effectively than replacing their glasses with a visor that reads "you're a champ!" on the inside. Older students often continue their study of jiujitsu, or expand their self-defense arsenals by branching off into kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Those just looking to shed a few pounds can enroll in the center's targeted training programs, which are dedicated to weight loss and body sculpting.
The trainers at Natural Talent Martial Arts and Fitness collectively hold more than 45 world titles. Armed with competition experience and years of training, they introduce kids and adults to the core values and principles behind martial arts. Beginning with students as young as 3, they offer kids karate classes that focus on cementing combat techniques while also instilling respect, honor, discipline, and self-respect into each pupil. They train adults in mixed martial arts and fitness kickboxing, and also hold Zumba classes for fitness-minded fighters.
Sixth-degree black belt Joshua Hong took his first tae kwon do class at the age of 4. Nowadays, at Eternal Martial Arts, he and his staff teach tae kwon do to four-year-olds. Their knowledge and passion for the Korean martial art shows during their Little Ninja classes, their kids' summer camps, and their martial-arts-themed birthday parties, which feature cakes cut by knife-hand strikes.
The programs aren't reserved for youngsters only, though. The facility also features classes for teens and adults, including high-intensity fitness classes.
Dr. Joe McDaniel has tried a little bit of every style of martial arts out there. His career spans more than 50 years, starting in 1961 with a stint as a boxer among the pugilists of Detroit. Since then, his fists and feet have traveled the proverbial globe, helping him earn a sixth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, senior-instructor certification in the Filipino martial art known as kali, and a silver glove in French savate, a form of kickboxing. Today, he uses his immense store of training to guide students of all fitness levels through a variety of martial-arts classes, introducing them to the quick strikes of muay thai, the cerebral strategies of boxing, and rhyming between-kick trash talk of kickboxing.
Soothed sighs and breathless chatter fill Alvin Health & Wellness Center, attesting to spa services and heart-pumping fitness classes. Stones for back massage soak up warmth as aromatherapy oils fill the air, and massage artists pack together algae mud wraps. The staff also leads cardio-kickboxing and fitness-boot-camp classes to better bodies as well as minds and self-defense classes that teach pupils to fight off overly aggressive car-wash mascots.
At FIT Athletic Club, the sounds of clattering weights, whirring treadmills, and friendly chatter fill the gym from dusk to dawn. These energetic sounds play out over state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment and high-end amenities such as a steam room and sauna. Members who tire of going it alone enjoy unlimited access to more than 300 group classes each month. After a tough workout, FIT Athletic Bar's smoothie selection gives exercisers a nutritious way to refuel, and the bar’s free WiFi lets them check email, update social networks, or Google the best ways to snag the available treadmill for a date Saturday night.