As an expert in kung fu and tae kwon do, Louis Charron had learned to wield his body as a weapon. After a time, however, he felt that his martial arts repertoire had ceased to expand—how was he supposed to respond on a dime to dangerous situations if his technique couldn't adapt? It wasn't until he began to specialize in krav maga that he experienced a combat system that continuously evolved, honing rapid-fire reactions to real-life scenarios. Louis dedicated himself to mastering the same self-defense maneuvers utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces, and today runs Close Combat and Fitness as lead instructor and the Louisiana State Director for the International Krav Maga Federation.
Inside the training facility, Louis teaches students to build from the body's natural movements and ward off armed and unarmed attackers, demonstrating tactics for offense, defense, and evasion. He maintains that fostering a positive mindset can create the best sense of security, second only to the confidence that comes from wearing brass knuckles on your hands and feet. That sense of security can particularly benefit youngsters, who gain the confidence to ignore bullies and the self-discipline to succeed in their studies. Guests of all fitness levels can benefit from his lessons, which have been featured on WWL-TV and Cox Sports Television Fitness 411 for their growing influence on the martial-arts scene.
For more than two decades, the professional framers at Cannon Framing & Artworks have converted photographs and works of art into tasteful wall displays with matting, protective glass, and frames in classic or contemporary styles. The staff helps clients choose colors that complement a painting’s blues and greens, simple mouldings that draw the eye toward the photos inside, or thick baroque frames that distract police inspectors from noticing stolen Mona Lisa_s. While waiting for the framer to take measurements, peruse the store’s gallery of paintings, posters, and sports memorabilia, many of which reflect owners Kay and John’s enthusiasm for for collegiate sports and pro football.
At Crescent City Boxing, one-hour workouts torch up to 1,000 calories. Led by professional fighters, each session incorporates fundamental boxing moves that help relieve stress and increase strength in beginning through advanced students. Pupils practice their jabs and kicks on more than 20 bags inside the 3,000-square-foot gym, which reserves a 2,500-square-foot matted area for jiu-jitsu and karate classes. Those sessions are Crescent City's most demanding, culminating in mixed-martial-arts workouts inside a bag-equipped cage. One-on-one training is available, though instructors keep their group classes small so every student receives personal attention.
Krav maga is a functional self-defense regimen that's used by the Israeli Defense Forces, but anyone with an interest in self-defense can learn it. At Street Smarts Krav Maga, experienced instructors teach students how to defend themselves against strikes, chokes, grabs, and weapons. Street Smarts' other training programs are similarly based in functional fitness, including TRX suspension training, yoga, and heavy rope training.
A 6th-degree black belt, Patrick Lee oversees Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International, where his tae kwon do–focused teaching staff includes numerous black belts ranging from 1st degree to 5th degree. Instructors lead adult tae kwon do classes in which students master basic striking and moving skills as they sweat off pounds and build strength and flexibility. Beyond Tiger-Rock's tae kwon do curriculum, students can jump into YogaFit classes or the intense interval training of Kisado.