Chuck Masny describes himself as an “eternal student of the martial arts,” always learning more about his chosen disciplines despite the black belts in Goshin jiujitsu and American karate that already encircle his waist. Chuck brings his insatiable appetite for refinement to his classes, encouraging his students to ask why a technique is performed a certain way or to adjust motions to suit their unique physiques. This allows students to determine what mix of fitness exercise and self-defense training best suits their needs.
Chuck’s youth programs focus on developing not only the physical fitness skills that will grow into combat ability, but also the mental skills important to a child’s scholastic success. Kids practice listening and self-discipline and engage in a “bully-proofing” program in which they learn how to deflect insults by mentally transforming their bodies into rubber. Adult classes swing the focus to the practical underpinnings of self-defense, studying why and how certain moves and combinations work to arm students against real-world violence. Chuck also schedules cardio-enriched kickboxing classes, which incinerate calories in a furnace powered by flying fists and feet.
At Ballistic Fighting Methods, parents and teachers train alongside law-enforcement agents as they learn Bruce Lee’s personal martial-arts system, jeet kune do. Adults learn practical, real-world self-defense skills, and antibullying seminars teach conflict resolution and martial arts to children. Instructors build cardio-kickboxing classes around real boxing and kickboxing techniques, so students learn how to harness a fierce right cross while simultaneously sculpting and shaping a stronger body.
MMA Underground is a training ground and fitness facilty for students who want to get into the best possible physical shape. The center is helmed by head coach Oscar Olivares Sensei, who brings with him a long list of achievements and venerable lineages in both stand-up fighting and ground fighting. Oscar Sensei believes that anyone can achieve their fitness goals, be they weight loss, muscle gain, or competitive fighting readiness, if the drive to succeed is there. So, he and his other instructors fuel this drive in a spacious Mixed Martial Arts facility, where clients will find a padded floor, hanging bags, and dummies waiting to punched, kicked, and jabbed during group classes or personal training sessions. Along with kettlebell and Xtreme Cage Fighter Workout classes, MMA Underground also offers mixed martial arts classes and programs for all ages.
Young Masters Martial Arts and Fitness Studio splits its studio space into halves that focus on martial arts and fitness techniques. The martial-arts studio is led by three master instructors trained in tae kwon do, karate, judo, and qigong. The fitness studio whips bodies into shape with kettlebells, ropes, and TRX suspension training. Those who prefer to boost their inner body and spirit may enlist in Tai Chi classes, an ancient Chinese discipline that incorporates meditation and deep breathing into a series of continuous exercises. During sessions, instructors promote Tai Chi's therapeutic benefits, which includes reducing stress, promoting balance and flexibility, or easing pain.