A good MMA fighter appreciates the importance of balance—a false move on the mat can signify the end of a tournament, whereas a stable hold can ensure one’s victory. At American Top Team West Palm Beach, instructors cover these aspects of grappling in a variety of classes. Marcos “Parrumpinha” Da Matta, a fourth-degree black belt and winner of several championships, demonstrates the joint locks and chokeholds of Brazilian jujitsu. Meanwhile, Joel Garcia teaches the jabs and kicks of muay thai kickboxing, which also come in handy for creating air-circulation holes in your house’s walls.
However, the gym also endorses balance in its programming. To offset the fast-paced maneuvering of MMA, Adam Henkel hosts Ginastica Natural—or "Natural Gymnastics"—classes. These routines consist of fluid movements and measured breathing, which lets pupils know which one of their lungs is the dominant one. Finally, whether they are promoting confidence during children's classes, or pushing a client to complete a challenging CrossFit WOD, the staff prioritizes emotional balance. Its lessons include equal parts passion and control, stressing safety and discipline in addition to positive energy.