At age 11, Tony Genova faced an inescapable problem: bullies were making his life miserable. Looking for help, he found his way to martial-arts classes—and he was a natural. Only three years later, he was a black belt in karate. Now a fourth-degree black belt, he seeks to pass on the self-discipline and respect he learned through his classes at Texas Karate Center. He and his team of instructors teach kids and adults of all ages and abilities, including classes designed for kids with special needs.
Six principles guide courses at American Masters Martial Arts. These principles—which include politeness, bravery, and respect—ensure that students come away not only with martial arts skills but also with a sense of character and integrity. Instructors specialize in seven martial arts styles, and while some courses are sports-oriented, others focus on self-defense. Whether learning hapkido, tai chi, tae kwon do, or personal safety techniques, students earn a well-rounded education that encompasses both physical and mental goals.
Former UFC and Pancrase champion Guy Mezger passes on his accumulated martial arts knowledge to students through his instructors at Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club. He and his staff teach six different competitive fighting disciplines, such as boxing, judo, and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. They blend their disciplines with fitness and practical self-defense techniques, arming students with a valuable skill set that encourages a healthier lifestyle. They also teach kids, building confidence through measurable achievements such as belt advancement and wrestling matches.
We aim to transform everyday kids into extraordinary leaders by motivating them to achieve EXCELLENCE through PERSISTENCE and SELF-DISCIPLINE, instilling a RESPECT for their authority, and imparting the CONFIDENCE to live a life of INTEGRITY while experiencing the joy of discovering their unique CREATIVITY.
It doesn't take much creativity to enter an altercation with fists swinging, or to blow off steam after a long day by screaming at the nearest mailbox. But these aren't the most effective ways to resolve conflict. Enter aikido. Known as the Japanese martial art of the peaceful warrior, aikido teaches creative solutions for resolving conflict and avoiding stress. These solutions stem from aikido's graceful movements, which rely on the body's internal energies rather than its physical strength. At Aikido of Denton's expansive dojo, instructor John Thompson teaches students of all ages to use aikido to increase their coordination, flexibility, awareness, and sense of inner peace.