Whether they're striving to unwind after a stressful day or working toward confronting a bully, all students at The Chi Institute of Martial Arts are taught the importance of self-actualization from the start. Founded by Grandmaster Kwan Jang Nim R.S. Chontas?who began his martial-arts training in 1976?classes urge students of all ages and experience levels to work to their full potential, whether that's shooting for a black belt or learning tactics for defending themselves against sexual predators. The school also offers restorative hatha yoga, wherein practitioners can work to better their minds and bodies while releasing stress and tension.
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Equipment: ATA Punching bags, target pads, Revgear tombstone pad for krav maga
Students should bring: Workout clothes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Alway stretch
A team of dedicated instructors impart discipline, focus, and physical strength to kids and adults alike during Wall to Wall Martial Arts's wide range of fitness and martial arts classes. Students master grappling and throwing techniques in Judo lessons, learn vital self-defense skills in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu courses, and build strong cores and limbs while burning calories in Muay Thai kickboxing classes.
For the instructors at Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness, learning martial arts is just as much about building community leadership skills as it is about punching and kicking. Committing to this belief, they train students of all ages and experience levels in classes held from morning to night. These programs introduce the range of Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay Thai kickboxing, and submission wrestling techniques—the diversity of skills imparted ensures students don't also have to test which ones their in-laws know. For students 14 years and younger, the studio offers Skillz: a martial arts curriculum for children further attesting to the studio's ability to accommodate a variety of clients.
Blacklist's coaching team is helmed by Brazilian jiu jitsu black-belt Tim Credeur, whose dedication to his craft earned him the nickname "Crazy." He isn't the only dedicated one—all of Blacklist's instructors have competed in gi and no-gi jiu jitsu grappling events, and some in professional kickboxing and MMA tournaments. To instill their passion in students, they allow Blacklist's most experienced trainees to represent the gym at MMA events. They also empower top students to lead some of the studio's classes.
Along with a cornerstone philosophy that fitness should be fun, Star Fitness Center boasts modern training equipment and a lineup of certified personal trainers, including a NASM-certified head trainer. Feet can race on a selection of cardio machines, including Nautilus treadmills, ellipticals geared with individual entertainment centers, and Schwinn indoor cycles that take bikers on a stationary journey more fun than the virtual segway ride at Disneyland. Increase strength by lifting free weights or operating contraptions from the XP Load line, or use peer encouragement as a legal performance-enhancing elixir in classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and yoga, each led by certified group-exercise instructors. Dedicated trainers shepherd patrons toward workout ambitions, guiding bodies through two hour-long sessions that accelerate results with individualized routines and advice. On-site childcare is available, and initiation fees are waived for those who wish to join after the month is over.