If you want to learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu the way the Gracie family wanted it taught, go to Carlson Gracie Miami Jiu Jitsu. There, Michel "Buiu" Porfirio Pereira, who has received certifications from both the American and International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federations, teaches classic Brazilian jiu-jitsu to youngsters and adults. If you're a member of the Gracie family who wants to branch out, the martial arts studio also offers programs such as muay thai kickboxing, capoeira, and self-defense, which teaches students how to neutralize attackers.
Students should bring: Water, towel or exercise mat, 5-pound weights if desired for toning
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We encourage clients to think positive, exercise daily, eat healthy, dance more, and be happy.
The instructors at Lee Koon Hung Kung Fu practice Choy Li Fut—a type of self-defense that’s developed to defuse and defend against real-world encounters. During classes, they simulate various types of situations, teaching students how to defend against armed aggressors and multiple opponents. Students soak up self-defense expertise even when simply looking to shed calories in the studio’s cardio kickboxing classes or get centered with tai chi lessons.
A gym designed exclusively for women, Lady of America offers its members accoutrements that coed gyms can’t. For starters, all of the weight-training equipment is sized for females and equipped with 5-pound weight increments, allowing for more useful adjustments than the typical machinery. Beyond the weight room, the open gym offers plenty of cardio machines, including treadmills, bikes, and elliptical trainers. In order to personalize workouts even further, members can also meet with one of the club's trained and certified personal trainers, or talk food with the onsite dietitian. When solo training starts to get lonely, the gym’s group fitness classes challenge muscles while building camaraderie during sessions such as Butt Lift, Step It Up, and Zumba. While members sweat, their children can play at the onsite daycare center—
for an additional fee—
stocked with plenty of toys and miniature Stairmasters.