The experienced instructors at TM Martial Arts aim to help their students strengthen more than muscles in their hapkido, tae kwon do, and self-defense classes. They prize the character development and cognitive benefits—such as self-confidence, perseverance, and improved concentration—that people can experience with regular practice. That said, their American kickboxing and Ultimate Fitness programs blend strength training with sparring drills to help students reshape their bodies and embrace fitness for the rest of their lives, no matter their age or starting level.
UFC competitor Clay Guida's job is to lock himself in a cage with a sinewy monster who is just frothing to roundhouse, uppercut, and strangle him until he can't move anymore. More often than not, he's the last one moving. With four knockouts, 15 submission holds, and nine matches called by the ref, Clay's winning record—and his allergy to getting knocked out—speak to the well-rounded approach to strikes, grappling moves, and defensive techniques he teaches his students.
Whether he's training fighters for the ring, kids to stand up to bullies, or hearts to pump right in MMA family-fitness classes, he maintains a comfortable and controlled environment. Martial-arts classes, striking workshops for women, and children’s programs take place in Clay’s 6,500-square-foot facility lined with shock-absorbing Zebra and full-wall mats. Students spar in full octagon and boxing rings to simulate real-world blood sport and hammer home their techniques on a plethora of striking bags and pads. For people who want the fitness without the fighting, his exercise sessions take place in a separate strength-and-conditioning area filled with kettlebells, weights, ropes, treadmills, sandbags, and tires.
Believers that stress plays a major role in modern illnesses, the staffers at Harmonic Way Group Fitness & Wellness aim to help clients manage their anxiety levels by offering a rounded menu of services that include group exercise classes and massage therapy. Fun-loving instructors guide students through regimens such as Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and circuit conditioning, and therapists treat patients to bodywork treatments in the form of sports massage, chair massage, or therapeutic table massage.
The studio boasts a colorful theme, from the red tiles interspersed throughout a bright-blue floor to the walls, which range from purple to aquamarine and lime green. Around the studio logo emblazoned on the wall, students and teachers leave their mark with hand-scrawled messages, drawings, and favorite mathematical algorithms.
At Tiger Kwon’s Martial Arts, aspiring fighters have the unique opportunity to learn a martial art directly from its founder. Grandmaster Kwon, a ninth-degree black belt with more than 68 years of experience, combined elements of tae kwon do, hapkido, and kickboxing to create his own system—Kwon Mu Do—which he teaches alongside a team of fellow instructors. Other classes offered at the studio include Zumba dance fitness and Turbo Kick cardio kickboxing.
Attend classes at Randori Jiu-Jitsu and you'll be learning from instructors with impressive resumes. Half of the studio’s staff holds a black belt in either Brazilian jiu jitsu or judo, and one member, Leandro Valdes, actually holds both. The team also includes professional MMA fighter Bobby “The Wolfman” Moffett and ISSA-certified Master Trainer Michael Milani. Together, these seasoned instructors share their knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu, mixed martial arts, judo, baking a bundt cake that won't get stuck in the pan, and kickboxing during classes at their studio, which is accredited by the North American Grappling Association.
Per its name, Family Martial Arts designs its classes to accommodate fighters of all ages—the youngest students, in the "Tiny Tigers" program, are just four years old, and the adult classes impose no age limit. When it comes to fitness, every student benefits from the classes, which tone physiques and impart key self-defense strategies better than telling everyone that The Rock is your dad. For developing kids, however, there are more holistic advantages, too. The non-violent drills build motor skills and coordination, but perhaps more importantly, they build focus, which can lead to improved school performance and decreased hyperactivity.