AKR Academy’s martial-arts and fitness classes fine-tune physiques using fun and effective workouts held in a positive, family-friendly environment. Incorporating principals of interval training with Latin dance steps and hip-hop beats, the one hour, high-energy Zumba class leads students through an easy-to-follow routine that torches calories and shrinks rebellious waistlines without the use of old-timey corsetry or magic-bean-soup diets. Appropriate for fitnessiers of any age, shape, or size, Zumba lets practitioners prance away pounds to rhythms from around the world, from merengue, salsa, and mambo to calypso cadences and excerpts from Kenny G's brief divergence into reggae.
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
You won't find any treadmills at Beastmode MMA & Fitness. Instead, you'll find all the gear fledgling MMA fighters, CrossFitters, and boxing enthusiasts need to build strength and endurance. Here, members work out alongside professional trainers and fighters who challenge them with sparring sessions, kickboxing moves, and lots of push-ups. The results: sleeker physiques, defined muscles, and reflexes quicker than those of a cat at a mouse convention.
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.
Since being founded by Sensei John Smartt in 1986, New School Aikido has become a prime spot to learn the ins and outs of aikido. Unlike some martial-arts disciplines, aikido teaches students to defend themselves without transforming into an aggressor or a giant bald eagle. Students can learn the traditional Japanese technique from New School's team of black-belt instructors, who schedule classes for adults, teens, and kids as young as 4.