At John-David Shackelford's eponymous MMA training facility, the former fighter and his team of instructors teach mixed martial arts to kids, teens, and adults. Their classes include everything from Brazilian jujitsu and muay thai kickboxing to judo and wrestling. For those looking to to bulk up, improve their conditioning, or copy and paste their six-pack all over their body, the facility also offers fitness classes.
As cardio kickboxing became a fitness phenomenon, the underlying self-defense aspects of the workout began to fade into the background. Memphis Fitness Kickboxing’s team of professional fighters seeks to rekindle the fundamentals that form the foundation of this martial art. With backgrounds that include college wrestling, MMA competition, and full contact staring contests, the team members bring a fighting background to each physical fitness class.
At two convenient locations, each studio consists of multiple heavy bags suspended from the ceiling, which allows students to train side-by-side on their own bag. The high-energy workouts are suited to any fitness level as instructors encourage guests to train at their own pace.
Krav Maga differentiates itself from other martial arts by emphasizing the importance of self-defense techniques based on real-world threats and situations. When faced with a threat, individuals need to be able to remove themselves from the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is where Mid-South Krav Maga's relatively simple, yet highly effective means of neutralizing an aggressor become valuable self-defense tools that can be learned and applied by men and women of virtually any age and fitness level.
Head instructor Patrick Terry believed in the potential of the system so strongly that he spent weeks studying Krav Maga in Israel, the country where it was invented and refined. He brought this training back to the United States, intent on empowering students by teaching them to protect themselves from various acts of aggression, including everything from punches and kicks to headlocks and unsolicited knock-knock jokes. Although the self-defense classes do have the added benefit of bolstering attendees' strength, stamina, and flexibility over time, Mid-South Krav Maga also offers fitness-focused workouts that can use heavy-bag work, interval training, and cardio work to get visitors in-shape.
Midtown Taekwondo's chief instructors Steven and Tara Miller, both of whom are sixth-degree black belts, lead a team of martial-arts experts. Relying on their skills and a spacious facility, staff train students as young as 4 years old in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Junior, all-ages, and adult-level classes help students develop fitness and self-defense skills as well as self-esteem and discipline. The studio also keeps school-age students supervised?and helps them with their homework?through an after-school pick-up program. But whatever the class, all students are held to an oath that encourages respect for authority and has them promise to build a better world.
In a 4,000-square-foot studio filled with natural light, Urban Fitness Kickboxing's instructors teach kickboxing, muay thai, jujitsu, and mixed-martial-arts classes. They also lead groups through Body Focus classes that tone muscles and burn calories with kettlebells and calisthenics routines. Onsite showers wash away sweat after workouts.
Instructors who boast first-, third-, and fifth-degree black belts pass along their knowledge of tae kwon do at Wright's ATA Martial Arts. Young and old alike join their classes, looking for physical fitness, self-discipline, safety skills, or tastes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles life. The studio also teaches cardio kickboxing and krav maga, the official self-defense system of the Israel Defense Forces.