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.
Julio Anta first told his father that he wanted to be a professional martial artist and bodybuilder at age 7. He dedicated the next several decades of his life to mastering his craft, immersing himself in disciplines including judo, kung fu, and tae kwon do. However, solitary training just wasn’t cutting it. Julio was compelled to share his understanding of self-defense and physical conditioning, and soon, a studio was born.
As the owner of Anta's Fitness and Self Defense, Julio empowers his students with a combination of practical self-defense classes and inspiring fitness-based workouts. The studio embraces a number of diverse martial arts, and uses a modern understanding of fitness and physiology to teach the timeless techniques and philosophies that define each style.
The schedule features these self-defense sessions along with fitness-oriented classes that tone muscles and improve cardiovascular health with Pilates techniques, kettlebell workouts, and games of Red Rover in the studio's wind tunnel. Additionally, the instructors offer programs for children and teenagers that nurture budding self-control and confidence in a supportive environment.
Throughout Jim Sayih’s career, he’s helped people from all walks of life get in shape. He’s created fitness programs used by the US Secret Service and SWAT teams. He's chatted with President Bill Clinton about the childhood obesity epidemic and dedicated himself to mapping out classes, exercises, and lifestyle plans. And Jim was so inspired by the races he's run while pushing his son Michael, who has cerebral palsy, that he organized Michael's Special 5K Run/Walk, where runners pushed riders in wheelchairs.
Today, Jim shares that lifelong love of fitness through Broward County Adventure Boot Camp. He and Rhonda Core—an American Council on Exercise–certified trainer—give their clients the extra push they need to get in shape. The boot-camp routines constantly change to keep participants engaged and muscles from rebelling. On any given day, students might be practicing Pilates, doing yoga, overcoming obstacle courses, or going on a hike. Before new attendees start camp, the trainers invite them in for an evaluation to answer any questions, take a few measurements, and record their body-fat percentage so their results can be more easily tracked over time.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.