At MMA & Sport, anyone can turn their bodies into lean, muscular fighting machines under a team of qualified and experienced instructors. Founder Kyle Sefcik is a professional mixed-martial artist as well as a fitness guru and mogul, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu 8th-degree black belt Pedro Sauer honed his craft in his native Brazil under the Gracie family?the originators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and inventors of the delicious knuckle sandwich. Pupils practice hard-hitting self-defense techniques during Krav Maga classes, or build core muscles with Muay Thai kickboxing courses. In addition to learning martial art skills, members can build better bodies with sessions of yoga, fitness bootcamp, and sports conditioning.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Within Yamasaki Academy, seasoned martial artists engage students in a way tailored to their particular athletic capacity. To do this, they follow a vigorous signature exercise program that incorporates technique, sparring, competition training, and overall conditioning. Whether choosing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, judo, strength and conditioning, boxing, or mixed martial arts, classes are available for pupils of all ages, genders, and fitness levels.
A virtual United Nations of self-defense, Infinite Fighting Concepts teaches Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, Israeli krav maga, Japanese judo, and good old American boxing, kickboxing, and MMA all under one roof. Mats abound in the 6,000-square-foot facility, transforming more than two-thirds of the space into a fighting arena complete with boxing rings and mixed-martial-arts cage panels. A fully equipped weight room consumes the rest of the space, with an arsenal of speed bags, climbing ropes, and weightlifting equipment. Group classes led by the center’s accredited instructors teach various fighting techniques to wannabe Jean-Claude Van Dammes before setting them loose to safely spar with one another. For those just looking to break a sweat, Infinite Fighting Concepts offers boot-camp classes amped up with striking drills. Kids aged 6 or older can bolster their health and self-esteem during jujitsu classes for their age group, take on boxing lessons at age 10, or head to the onsite playroom to unwind with a movie, video game, and the latest edition of Forbes.
For Fred Petit, martial arts wasn't just a great form of exercise—it helped him reclaim his body. The founder of Fitness and Performance was overweight when he started training, but he eventually lost 40 pounds. Motivated, he immersed himself deeper in martial arts and fitness, earning his personal-trainer certification and opening Fitness and Performance to inspire others to get into shape. Now, he offers MMA workouts and kickboxing classes that boost endurance, burn calories, and tone midsections, rendering T-shirts with six-pack graphics obsolete. He also provides a weight-loss program that blends fitness and healthy eating.