A ninth-degree black belt in karate, Tony Nunez has proudly empowered thousands of women in the eight years since he founded Women Kickin It. As reported on Fox40, "Nunez is giving women something he wishes his mother had." After watching his own mother succumb to the crippling effects of domestic abuse, Nunez made it his life's goal to ensure not only that his students are equipped with survival techniques when faced with an attack, but also that they are building and nurturing their feelings of self-confidence and self-worth.
His classes provide a fun, safe alternative to standard self-defense techniques, such as firing pepper spray or breathing fire, while increasing mobility and body confidence. A low-key, welcoming environment facilitates training for women of all experience levels and body types, whether they sign up for group classes, one-on-one instruction, or sparring sessions with Tony.
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
High-energy music sets the stage at Inspired Fitness, where instructors lead students through easy-to-follow choreographed dance routines during dance-fitness classes. The popular Zumba class is a total-body workout, while other classes focus on specific parts of the body, such as FAB?s abs and glutes workout. If it's too hard to choose just one workout, Inspired also offers Combo classes that meld Zumba with TNT or FAB sessions.
Go is Japanese for hard, ju means soft, and the phrase goju ryu refers to a type of karate, pioneered in 1930, that uses both types of movements. "Hard" generally refers to closed-hand attacks. "Soft" generally describes open-handed and circular motions used in defense or grappling, as well as the aggressive throwing of cotton balls. To say that Sensei Tibon is an expert in this form of Okinawan karate might be an understatement. He estimates that he's trained hundreds of athletes who went on to win national and international competitions, and his own trophy case isn't exactly lacking, either. Sensei Tibon has also lent his martial arts and instruction skills to an array of outreach organizations. On the mat at one of his studio's multiple locations, however, Sensei TIbon directs his focus completely to the lesson at hand, which can be anything from a weapons class or beginner classes for kids aged 4 to 12.
Head trainer and owner Louie Concepcion and his team of instructors at Concepcion Academy of Martial Arts teach everything from traditional arts such as taekwondo to fighting styles of the modern age, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. While studying the science of combat, Concepcion recommends that students remain aware of their comfort levels and limits. Louie likes to use the phrase "No pain, no gain," but thinks its a maxim for seasoned athletes rather than beginners. For those new to martial arts, he instead advises, "Come with a relaxed attitude and and open mind for training [and] learning."
Equipment: 8ft. Striking Bags, Focus Mitts, Thai Pads, Kicking Shields
Students should bring: bottle of water, comfortable workout clothing
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Lance Pimentel spends a lot of time focusing on boxing technique in his gym; it's called BoxFit Elite Training, after all. But he spends just as much time cross-training his students to give them physical proficiency across the board and help them to perform any exercise or daily task with ease. He mixes Olympic-style weight lifting, gymnastics, and plyometrics into his lessons while he jumps rope and swings from rings right alongside his students.