The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Martial Arts believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That’s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can’t be resolved through traditional coup d’ètat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as kenpo karate and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian jujitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate has won Krem’s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.
Help kids increase focus and self-esteem while building character with a fun and active Karate for Kids program. An experienced and safety-minded staff of instructors guides tykes through four group classes (a $50 value) that promote friendship, perseverance, and confidence. Based on tae kwon do, the classes teach awareness skills and self-defense techniques. A personal training session (a $50 value) provides attentive one-on-one instruction, and a uniform (a $45 value) gives youngsters the appropriate garb for their newfound skill set.
International Fitness' 48,000-square-foot facility boasts a bevy of fitness opportunities for clients of all ages, including group classes, athletic courts, and cardio and strength equipment. Guests can engineer their own health-boosting regimen from the gym's selection, opting to build lean muscle on TechnoGym equipment or sweat off stress during daily group classes, including Zumba, yoga, and boxing. As parents squeeze in a workout on cardio equipment or catch a pick-up game on the full-length basketball court, their kids can burn off excess energy in karate lessons or play under the watchful eyes of pro sitters in childcare. Serious athletes can sculpt physiques during personal-training sessions, and health-conscious exercisers can log their daily intake, count calories, and gush over their secret food crushes on the health club's virtual dietary journal.
Though they have impressive resumés, the instructors at Northwest Kenpo Karate—a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists—don't flaunt their trophies and black belts. Their focus always remains on their students and on their own continuing education, whether they teach kickboxing, ground fighting, or kenpo karate. The school has been coaching adults and children in these arts for 13 years and continues to emphasize the strong character traits that the styles embody. Students absorb lessons in respect, discipline, and self-control in addition to those in self-defense strikes. For children especially, the confidence and leadership skills that develop with martial-arts training can benefit lifestyles at large. The family plans at Northwest Kenpo Karate therefore encourage households to hone their techniques as a unit, building up skills for the sparring mat and the combat portion of nanny auditions.
The multifaceted fitness facility Bodies in Motion keeps every family member active with its fitness programs, martial arts classes, and children’s activities. With Open Motion sessions, kids zip down the racing wave slide, tackle a high-ropes course, or dart around outstretched hands during refereed games of Capture the Flag. Toddlers build cognitive abilities and skills in group music classes, and Strong Totz programs teach kids how various sports work. For example, on week one, kids might learn to be soccer players, and on week two, they might learn how to negotiate a multimillion-dollar sports contract.
While kids play, parents blast calories during classes such as aerobic kickboxing and extreme conditioning or cement their trust on high-ropes courses for couples. Parents and kids refuel after a hard day of motion at the onsite Sandella's Flatbread Café, which staves off hunger pangs with healthy food, including quesadillas, paninis, and wraps that are just the right weight to fool any gods looking to take firstborn children.