The staff at Velocity Martial Arts swears by the martial arts as a nonacademic method for gifting kids with the tools they need to become successful and productive adults. As they learn combative moves in capoeira, Brazilian jujitsu, and kickboxing classes, they also learn to temper themselves and have respect for fellow students. Led by mixed-martial-arts Master Charles Panoyan, the school's instructors accept students of almost any age. That means even adults can learn body-conditioning exercises and self-defense moves that will serve them well on the street or when being pelted with mashed potatoes during a raucous board meeting.
Pompano Fitness’ 33,000-square foot fitness center encompasses everything members need to complete a challenging workout—from Hammer Strength machines to free weights, elliptical machines, and Stair Masters. Certified group fitness instructors lead classes in yoga, circuit training, and Zumba, and clients will find they don’t have to wait long, if ever, for machines, since there’s a dizzying fleet of treadmills and bikes lined up in rows. A staff of certified personal trainers offers customized workouts and nutritional counseling to members, answering fitness questions and counting abs au gratis on the floor as well.
Equipment: MMA, UFC
Students should bring: Bottle of water, gloves, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Self-discipline, confidence, determination—these are just a handful of the many attributes students gain from studying martial arts. It's no different at Amerikick, the national chain of martial-arts schools where youngsters, teens, and adults immerse themselves in classes that develop both physical prowess and strength of character. The Little Dragons program instills focus and coordination in children ages 5 to 7, and the Karate Kids track incorporates a character development program into its Judo and Kung Fu lessons. Adults have their pick of kickboxing and Amerikick Fitness classes, both of which help participants shed pounds, tone limbs, and learn self-defense moves that come in handy when fellow sports fans try to high-five them too aggressively.
Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson is an International Kickboxing Federation world champion, a fifth-degree black belt in japanese shotokan karate, and a survivor of more than 70 bouts in the ring—yet, one of his most influential titles is "father." With two kids clinging around his waist like a squirmy fanny pack, Shannon started brainstorming a way to channel his boxing and kickboxing training into a quick, effective workout that even those who are busy or out of shape could tackle. The result was 9Round, a 30-minute routine of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance moves divided into a circuit of nine stations. The ever-changing series of workouts maximizes morale and results and minimizes boredom.
His trainers launch the workouts every three minutes, motivating exercisers through each station—which might include jumping rope or pummeling speed bags. Online nutritional counseling supplements the workouts, teaching patrons how to construct and eat healthful meals instead of falling back on old habits, such as snacking on cheese sculptures.
At Haastyle Martial Arts Academy, instructors focus on teaching their students safety and proper technique, while maintaining a positive, non-competitive environment. Their style of choice is the Counterpoint Tactical System—a discipline with roots in Filipino martial arts that covers armed and unarmed training, as well as kickboxing, grappling, and ground fighting. By demonstrating focused strikes, locks, and throws, the black belts on staff enable students to carry their lessons over from the classroom to the real world.
The academy offers sessions for students as young as 3 years old, among them are junior and adult programs that include a fitness element, channeling the resistance of bodyweight to tone muscle. As they progress through different class levels, students learn to fight with sticks and other weapons in addition to their fists and their pointiest elbow. The curriculum even includes a Doce Pares stick-fighting program, which draws from other styles such as Aikido and Judo.