Bikram Yoga Shelton's certified instructors lead 90-minute classes that take place within a sultry practice space with 58% humidity and temperatures that reach as high as 103 degrees. In the therapeutic heat, they help students of all abilities achieve deeper, safer stretches and detoxifying perspiration. They walk their pupils through two breathing exercises and a powerful sequence of 26 standing and seated poses in each class to challenge muscles more effectively than bench-pressing a chakra. Each posture helps unleash torrents of oxygenating circulation throughout the body, promoting healthy organ function as the sustained stretches bolster stamina and flexibility. After class, students can rinse themselves in the onsite showers and retrieve any restless spirit animals they stashed in the studio's lockers.
When he was 5, Gustavo Larrea took his first martial-arts class, embarking on the long journey that would eventually lead him to open Larrea Mixed Martial Arts. But he wasn't content with only a second-degree black belt in shotokan karate and kickboxing; instead, he kept learning, studying Brazilian jujitsu under Renzo Gracie—a member of that sport's first family—and being tutored in mixed martial arts by pro coach Keith Trimble. He and his staff seek to pass on what they've learned through kids' martial-arts classes that teach respect and discipline and kickboxing fitness classes that use punches and kicks to vanquish calories. Their jujitsu and MMA classes ensure students have the confidence to enter the octagon cage that guards their TV remote. No matter the fighting style, instructors ensure that students proper technique, build lasting endurance, and learn the life skills of goal setting, concentration, leadership, and self-discipline so integral to all of the martial arts.
Equipment: Full-service fitness facility attached to dojo for training.
Students should bring: A positive attitude and a personal goal.
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Set goals for yourself and together we will achieve them. Smile big and enjoy.
The instructors at Budokan Martial Arts Academy adopt a holistic approach to fitness and martial arts, with a philosophy rooted in moral character, ethics, sportsmanship, fair play, and nutrition. Though they share this common goal, the instructors’ resumés couldn’t be more diverse—instructors include a Vietnam combat veteran, a Gracie-trained Brazilian jujitsu coach, and trainers who specialize in judo, tae kwon do, and muay thai kickboxing. They hold group classes for adults and kids, as well as personal-training programs that evaluate each fighter as an individual to develop their strengths and weaknesses.
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