The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.
At Title Boxing Club, professional boxers, kickboxers, and mixed martial artists may lead the classes, but their goal is fitness, not fighting. They push patrons to strengthen their bodies from head to toe during one-hour sessions, instructing them to pummel 100-pound bags with jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks. They encourage members to hit the bags as hard or soft as they like and to move at their own pace, so the classes accessible to all fitness levels. During one-on-one training sessions, trainers use custom routines of weightlifting, cardio, and sparring to show students how to float like a butterfly and sting like a venomous butterfly. They also develop custom diet plans and exercise routines to help clients meet their fitness goals.
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Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
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Recommended Age Group: all ages
Brass Boxing and Fitness's curriculum combines fitness and martial arts, catering to members interested in each category with a broad array of classes. Fitness classes often take exercises from the fighting ones, and fighters often use the more-fitness focused sessions to help them get in top shape. In both classes, instructors focus on good form above all, making sure students learn healthy, proper ways to perform martial arts moves so that they can sustain an intense workout or compete at their best in the ring, even if "Eye of the Tiger" isn't playing the background.
Of course, that's not to say every class is the same; each session retains its individual focus. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor, for instance, focuses on techniques that he uses to compete in international tournaments. The youth mixed-martial-arts teacher centers instruction around anti-bullying techniques, as well as the principles of discipline, kindness, awareness, and toughness.
At 9 Round Mission, nine is the magic number. The boxing and kickboxing gym provides a full-body, trainer-assisted workout in 30 minutes using nine different workout stations, all of which were developed by a professional fighter. The first two stations are dedicated to strength training. At the next six stations, members strike 100-pound heavy bags and speed bags, rather than taking out their aggression on defenseless duffel bags. The ninth station is dedicated to strengthening members' cores.
In addition to this varied workout, members can take advantage of 9 Round's nutrition program.
At Kempo Fitness, Glen Bartlett and his staff help students of all ages build confidence and lean muscle through martial arts. The studio's flagship program, Kempo karate, draws from nearly 500 years of tradition and focuses on a graceful combination of circular and linear movements. Other classes merely use martial arts as a jumping-off point. Cardio kickboxing, for example, distills the discipline's rapid-fire punches and kicks into a workout that's even more challenging than fitting boxing gloves on your feet.
After a stint on the Junior Olympics sprinting team and dip into the limelight on the UK television series Gladiator, Jonquil Baugh refocused her passion for physical prowess into helping other people achieve their desired level of fitness. She puts her extensive experience to use by providing individuals and small groups with personal training suitable for all fitness levels.
During 30- and 60-minute group classes, trainers lead workouts that incorporate functional, strength, and cardiovascular exercises. Students cycle through a range of routines, interspersing interval-style workouts that involve brief periods of intense exertion with longer periods of sustained, less-strenuous activity. See the class schedule.