Shihan Mike Downs, head of Defensive Arts Dojo, isn't just a sixth-degree karate champ and active member of the Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association. He's also a chiropractor, and that double life as a doctor and a sensei adds richness to his instruction. Like Mike, there's more to Defensive Arts Dojo than mastering kicks and punches. It's a discipline of the mind and the body, and a boosting of self-confidence that permeates their gregarious, yet challenging, lessons. Fighting classes include the defensive techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, kendo and iaido swordsmanship, and Ground Zero courses for thwarting domestic foes. Physical fitness seekers can let their inner warrior loose in Warrior Fitness programs that meld core exercises and cardio training with MMA techniques, and yoga classes enhance flexibility and strength while vanquishing stress through exercise and relaxing meditation.
At Master Chong's Tae Kwon Do, Grandmaster Sun Chong?a former head coach for the US National Tae Kwon Do Team?and a team of talented instructors help students kick and punch their way across cushioned mats. Kids as young as 4 don crisp white uniforms and learn basic martial-arts techniques while improving their focus and self-control. Adults, too, can learn self-defense skills, burn calories, and boost their confidence in an encouraging environment. The instructors also hold classes for the entire family so kids and parents can build camaraderie while chopping their way through blocks of wood and sheets of metal.
At Master Chong's World Class Tae Kwon Do Centers, instructors teach discipline and self-defense skills in classes for kids, adults, and families. Following the principles of founder Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong, teachers help students develop not only technical martial-arts skills but also leadership abilities and mental focus. Additionally, the center holds birthday parties for kids in groups of up to 20; parties include pizza and drinks, and instructor demonstration, and a beginner's class for all attendees.
Sifu Robert A. Gott started his career in martial arts in 1971 and since then has accrued experience in a spectrum of techniques. To share his love for martial arts, he invites guests to Red Dragon School of Martial Arts Inc., where he and his team of instructors teach kung fu, tai chi, and qi gong. They also teach strength and conditioning through high-intensity athletic workouts.
For the founders of Kung Fu Tea, kung fu isn't just a martial art?it's a way of life, a drive to constantly better oneself and push limits. Though this might seem like a lofty inspiration for a tea company, it's a testament to the staff's passion for their craft and dedication to creating drinks based in authentic Taiwanese recipes. Perhaps that's why, since being founded in New York, the franchise has spread to more than 40 locations in North America alone?not to mention branches in Southeast Asia and on all 62 of Saturn's moons. At each location, fresh fruit and teas form the base of frozen and chilled drinks?from a red bean-herbal jelly milk tea to a taro slush to a frozen caramel macchiato.
Pride Martial Arts' signature MMA classes blend elements of muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and tae kwon do into fast-paced workouts open to ages 4 or older. Regardless of experience level, the sessions teach fighters techniques for punching, kicking, and other self-defense essentials, but they also encourage something more holistic, which the veteran teachers dub "the black-belt lifestyle." Achievable for students of any level, it hinges on discipline, hard work, and both mental and physical health?life skills that are helpful outside the dojo, too.