So much more than just teaching kids self-defense, martial arts develop invaluable real-world skills such as respect, self-discipline, and understanding every reference in The Karate Kid. At ATA Martial Arts, instructors work with kids as young as 4 years old to begin developing the skills and mindset necessary to move through the rainbow of belts.
Round One helps students amp self-confidence and obtain valuable self-defense skills with a six-day schedule of classes led by a training staff of decorated fighters, including the 2011 IKF Welterweight Kickboxing champion and kickboxing national team coach Brad Fowler. In kickboxing sessions, students learn the basics of a fighting style that works the whole body, including hidden muscles masquerading as spare Silly Putty. Boxing classes lay fighting framework by teaching the sport’s fundamentals before instructors oversee moves and ensure proper technique. Both class styles ameliorate students’ health by boosting lean muscle mass, aiding in stress relief, and stoking metabolism without the hazard of swallowing a firework. Fighters of all fitness levels attend both beginner kickboxing and boxing sessions, and the gym suggests that each fighter supply his or her own boxing gloves and hand wraps, although they stock a small supply of community gloves.
Platinum Mixed Martial Arts teaches MMA-style self-defence and fitness training to people of all ages and ability levels, including kids as young as 4. They wield this experience when teaching boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling disciplines. To facilitate learning in a safe and properly equipped environment, the staff makes use of a 5,000-square-foot facility that includes a large mat area, heavy bags, and a full-sized MMA cage for staging competitive matches.
Within the blue-and-white training room of Midnightsun Martial Arts, expert instructors lead youngsters and adults through a variety of classes, each with a different aim. For instance, iaido teaches students strength and speed, kempo teaches stamina and power, and kobudo—the study of ancient Okinawan weapons—teaches relaxation and aids in detoxification.
Whether taking advantage of weight equipment or sweating up a storm in a group fitness class, Woodstock Health & Fitness equips its members with all the tools they need to get in great shape. With direction from a team of personal trainers, exercise newcomers caneven get a handle on an effective workout routine during one-on-one sessions. Gym memberships include full access to the facilities, as well as group cardio bootcamp, Pilates classes, and the right to walk around flexing your arms at strangers.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.