Combining up-to-date teaching techniques with the age-old customs of martial arts, Northampton Karate offers students of all ages a focus on Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu style karate for improving health, fitness, and confidence in a friendly atmosphere. Experienced instructors guide their apprentices on board breaking and beard-accumulating journeys to enhanced athletic performance and disciplined behavior. Tiny fighters can take their first roundhouse kicks with Northampton’s kids' classes (ages 5 to 11) and youth program (ages 12 to 15), and adults can bridge the generation gap through well-placed jabs with their respective classes. Check out the schedule to determine which class best fits the color of your karate girdle.
Manchester Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu follows the teachings of the Gracie family, who derived their own style of jiu-jitsu after learning the ancient Japanese version of the art. Jiu-jitsu's practice allows for a physically weaker person to defeat a stronger opponent through the use of superior technique and skill. Manchester Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers classes to kids—who learn both self-defense and self-confidence—and adults alike.
Raised on the streets of Holyoke, Paul Cichon draws on his own experience and life story as he uses boxing to instill character, discipline, and determination. At Manchester ROCS Boxing Club, Paul and his fellow trainers teach the fundamentals of the sweet science to children from all ages and backgrounds. Paul’s fighters have earned 11 national titles while learning respect and self-motivation in a nurturing environment.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe seven-day access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering workout rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
With more than 35 years of training under his black belt, Master Dominick Violante inspires his students to develop their character during martial-arts classes at Avon Kempo & Aikido Academy. Rather than fueling aggression, consistent martial-arts practice can boost overall confidence, discipline, patience, and respect—not just in the dojo, but also at school, on the street, and in plywood factories.
For some, like Mission Fitness owner Matt Mund, fitness comes easily. Matt starred on basketball and softball teams throughout his youth, and won his first weightlifting contest in college. But that doesn’t mean Matt, or his team of certified personal trainers, only welcomes equally gifted athletes to their personal-training sessions and three group fitness classes. To the contrary, personal training caters specifically to your goals, whether they’re to lose a hefty chunk of weight or tighten up already sculpted muscles. Likewise, boot campers each move at their own pace through challenging circuits, and bodies of all shapes burn calories via different styles including boot camp, boxing, and yoga.