With six locations across South Florida, Kickboxing Miami-Dade helps students hone their reflexes and tone their bodies through fun, high-energy training sessions that blend traditional workouts with martial arts. Pupils meet like-minded new friends as they burn fat through intense aerobic activity; build lithe, powerful muscles; and beat up hordes of invisible bad guys. Fitness-kickboxing techniques help clients break out of familiar workout routines, whipping them into shape by fully engaging their bodies and minds.
Freerunning, an offshoot of parkour, takes parkour ideas and adds creativity and acrobatics. Both are taught at the aptly named Miami Freerunning and Parkour Academy. Led by a team of instructors that boasts 10 years of combined experience in both disciplines, as well as backgrounds in martial arts and stunt work, the academy welcomes students of all levels to its obstacle-ridden and mat-filled gym.
Arena Combat Sports teaches punishing Muay Thai strikes and swift right hooks in a supportive environment where students are free to learn with or without physical sparring and contact. During boxing circuit training, students thwack heavy bags, hoist kettle bells, and jump rope while Jiu jitsu students grapple sans gi on the ground. Arena also offers junior MMA classes, which introduce younger students to the fighting arts while building confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills.
The experienced instructors at K-Total Martial Arts all share a common background: they each hail from Korea and attended a university for tae kwon do. They use their experience to help children as young as 3 build confidence and endurance, though teens and adults also can get in on the strength-building action. Additionally, the studio sends champions to compete in tournaments and provides instruction in hapkido––the martial art favored by Steven Seagal.
Even seasoned martial artists like Master Ze Com Fome have difficulty stamping a label on capoeira. The Brazilian art form combines an arresting flurry of martial arts and dance movements, techniques that Ze has been mastering for more than 25 years. At Capoeira Artes Das Gerais Miami, he introduces students to capoeira basics, from the percussive music created by spectators' hands, feet, and hiccups to the noncontact attacks and counterattacks used to trick your opponent into defeat.
Sol Box Fitness Club keeps itself lean: inside, you won't find crowds gathered around rows of shiny new equipment?the focal point of the room is the full-sized boxing ring, surrounded by cement floors and walls covered in professional graffiti. That's by design; the studio is a place where you come to focus solely on technique and fitness. During semi-private sessions, trainers teach students actual boxing techniques and proper body mechanics, such as how to throw punches, land jabs, and dodge t-shirt cannons. All the while, there's a soundtrack of funk, jazz, and hip-hop to keep up the energy levels. Above all, the atmosphere emphasizes hard work, positive energy, and lots of sweat to produce results?everything else comes secondary.