Distinguished by belt levels that range from red to a fifth-degree black belt, instructors at Indiana's Premier Family Center lead students of all ages through karate classes. The classes focus on a balance of common sense, self-defense, and fitness, helping students get into shape while learning basic maneuvers.
In his formative years, Alan Stockman was into chess and competitive cycling. He had tried martial arts but it never stuck. But while living in Brazil in 1997, he had a revelation studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Luiz Filho. He found that the martial art combined the strategy and mental discipline of chess with the physical discipline of cycling, a combination that has had him hooked ever since.
Now a black belt, Stockman brings his passion for martial arts to Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu. An affiliate of the Carlson Gracie Team—the originators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—the center teaches adults and kids ages 4 and older the grappling and ground-fighting techniques integral to the art. Whether exploring the fundamentals or more advanced tactics, practitioners learn to use Jiu-Jitsu as self-defense, in MMA competition, or to restrain a jaywalker from breaking the law.
Family owned and operated since 1977, the expert instructors at Adamson's Karate Studios help students from preschool to adulthood build discipline, confidence, and athleticism using the art of karate. At eight locations, instructors guide students through a series of kicks and punches as they improve their fitness, confidence, discipline, and ability to chop stacks of boring homework in half.
Bolstered by a blur-fisted team of instructors with a range of backgrounds from high level athletic competition to law enforcement, Krav Maga Worldwide’s head instructor Jeff outfits muscle-memories with the skills to blast back attackers.
The martial art bases its moves on instinctual defensive motions, transforming them into devastating strikes and practical techniques for disarming modern attackers who tend to carry weapons such as guns, knives, and folding chairs. A suite of four classes usher the spindle-shanked neophyte through moves that scale up, building on the same basic defensive maneuvers that law-enforcement organizations and militaries around the world—including the Israeli Defense Force and the United States Marines—employ. Always providing the most modern techniques, the studio also helps keep tots off a bully’s atomic-wedgie list with classes for kids as young as 3 years old.
Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.
At age 7, Jung Oh Hwang began practicing martial arts in South Korea. As a young man he represented his home country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he earned a silver medal in Judo. At Hwang's Martial Arts, Grandmaster Hwang and his staff make it their mission to promote happy and healthy lives in their community.
For the past 15 years, Grandmaster Hwang, his students, and his supporters have dedicated both time and money to supporting the lives of the HMA students and positively impacting the larger community. Hwang's has raised more than $750,000 for the local community and has a named playroom in the new St. Matthews Kosair Children's hospital.