At Bay Area Fight Academy, a blocky and modernist exterior of white stone and glass contrasts with the graceful, organic craft practiced within. Under a pair of United States and Filipino flags, students might perform the simultaneously brutal and beautiful dances of kickboxing, jujitsu, or muay thai. A mixed-martial-arts class for children helps increase fitness and self-confidence, unlike a mixed-culinary-arts class, which only results in hamburger-flavored ice cream.
For more than 30 years, the senseis behind Martial Arts America have filled the minds and fists of students as young as 4 years old through adulthood with the focus, discipline, and confidence that comes from studying self-defense. The instructors lead five martial-arts forms—tae kwon do, eskrima, jujitsu, krav maga, and CDT training, which stands for compliance, direction, and takedown—helping patrons strengthen their bodies and minds. This multidimensional program trains students in defensive tactics such as strikes, grappling, throws, rolls, and using fighting sticks to protect innocent civilians from rogue baseball-pitching machines.
At One World Self Defense And Fitness, students can take either CrossFit classes or attend self-defense classes such as krav maga and jiu-jitsu. The 10,000 square-foot facility has more than enough room to offer both class types. As an added convenience, you don't have to worry about working up a sweat during classes because the facility's locker rooms have showers and plenty of sweat-absorbing strangers' clothing.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
FTX Martial Arts & Fitness, formerly known as Muaythai Fitness, promotes cultural and knowledge sharing and learning. The trainers offer coed adult classes and kid-focused programs, which help develop self-discipline, scholastic achievement, and self-confidence. The space is dotted with 7-foot heavy bags, which are designed to weather the repeated impacts of sharp knees, elbows, and tongue-lashings from the coaches for always losing fights. Varied mat spaces are designed to host specific benefits to both striking and grappling arts, empowering students to stitch together a complete MMA education as they train in muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, TRX, and strength and conditioning.
For a martial art, aikido is quite peaceful. The Japanese combat style eschews the drilling strikes and violent choke holds that characterize mixed-martial-arts fighting and handshakes between vikings for a martial-art form that flows around opponents, craftily using their momentum against them to throw off their balance and bring them to the mat. Instructor Anthony Campagna leads a team of instructors with more than 25 years of experience to instill students of all ages and skill levels with the confidence and sense of calm that has made the form a popular form of self-defense for nearly a century.