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.
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.
In the 1989 classic Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler declared kickboxing "the sport of the future." At Fitness Kickboxing's four locations, the future is now. Unlike Lloyd's quest for combat excellence, the students at these gyms dedicate themselves to a more peaceful goal: physical fitness. Instead of sparring with an opponent, they take their frustrations out on heavy bags, striking and kicking their way toward increased fitness and decreased poundage.
At Ryu's Martial Arts, though instructors cover the proper form and technique for throwing accurate punches and swift kicks, their main focus is on teaching self-discipline and control. Through the tae kwon do martial-arts system they help students build confidence, separating classes according to age and skill level and adjusting lessons to students' needs.
Zumba is the coalescence of what Tropix Dance & FitnezZ Studio has to offer: dance and fitness classes. But this studio is more than its headlining Latin-dance-inspired workout. It also provides classes for adults and kids in such disciplines as salsa, ballet, belly-dance cardio, Piloxing, and bachata.