For the instructors at Seigler's Karate Center, martial arts is about more than drilling strikes and forceful take-downs; it's about building confidence. With that philosophy in mind, the team aims to help people of all ages—from preschooler to retiree—overcome "I quit" attitudes with lessons emphasizing self-discipline and empathy. They exemplify martial arts' fat-burning benefits with cardio-kickboxing classes, focused workouts designed to shrink jean sizes while instilling self-defense techniques in students.
Tami, a trainer at North Augusta Martial Arts, leads groups through high-energy boot-camp sessions that quickly burn away calories. In addition to encouraging slimmer, svelter physiques, the classes improve cardiovascular health and endurance.
Columbia Martial Arts and Fitness provides a wealth of martial-arts knowledge at its spacious studio. Adult programs train students in everything from Brazilian jujitsu and MMA to combat submission wrestling and Bruce Lee's legendary jeet kune do. Youth programs begin with martial-art fundamentals and work to build self-confidence and teach self-defense.
Capital Karate's seasoned team of five instructors—with more than a century of experience combined —instills new students with the focus, confident self-image, and self-control needed in a martial arts pupil. Owner and 4th-degree black belt Michael Bank ensures that his school imparts kids with important life skills, including respect, discipline, and perseverance, as well as improved motor skills and balance that can help in extracurricular sports. Adults and teenagers can use the classes to get the blood pumping during cardio-style kickboxing sessions or simple self-defense lessons. University of South Carolina students looking to take a breather from wrestling their sentient pile of chemistry books can let loose in the karate studio, which is only about five minutes drive from campus. Interested martial artists can check out the complete Capital class schedule to find a suitable time. Call ahead to schedule a class.
To weather his career as a master sergeant and a decorated Special Forces combat veteran, Shihan Randy McElwee needed a solid grasp on combat maneuvers. Nowadays, the retired McElwee teaches the pragmatic self-defense skills that got him through battle at his martial-arts studio, American Black Belt Academy. The school specializes in the official hand-to-hand combat system of the US military: Gracie Brazilian jujitsu. The system’s standing and ground moves harness leverage to take on larger opponents as well as help participants neutralize surprise attacks. For a broader focus, students can opt for an integrated martial-arts fitness workout, which combines jujitsu with muay thai kickboxing and Japanese shotokan karate. Regardless of their specificity, all of the studio’s classes enhance focus, self-confidence, and courage when the laundry room’s light goes out.