At Wholistic Fitness, women from all walks of life strive for mind-body wellness through a variety of healing services, including psychotherapy, fitness classes, personal training, massages, and health counseling. A team of dedicated fitness instructors leads the studio's dynamic workouts, helping students sculpt lean physiques, confidence, and thumb wrestling muscles in boot-camp-style classes or yoga sessions. Wholistic Fitness keeps licensed acupuncturists on staff who aim to treat a slew of ailments, from headaches to anxiety, with the non-invasive, ancient Chinese healing method, as well as a licensed massage therapist who soothes muscles with custom massages and hot-stone treatments. They also have physical therapy services that specialize in women's pelvic floor conditions. From the comfort of a private therapy room, a clinical psychologist kindly helps women and teens cope with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, or daily stress.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.
On red and blue mats, bodies fly and legs strike as trained fighters face off for bouts. Leading these sessions are The Sky Martial Arts's instructors, who teach students how to punch, kick, and hurl opponents while maintaining an inner calm and strength. During training, students also build valuable skills in areas such as respect, cooperation, focus, self-control, and confidence. The Sky Martial Arts' program for children ages 3-5 focuses on basic defense skills and life lessons including discipline and social interaction, while Tae Kwon Do classes teach children ages 6-13 or adults aged 14 and up how to use their bodies as weapons and gain color coded belts to reflect their skill levels.
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