Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques.
Tammy of Believers Fitness is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with experience in a range of fitness modalities. She specializes in a little bit of everything, from Zumba and Pilates to kickboxing and boot camps. She also leads R.I.P.P.E.D. classes that focus on resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, and endurance. Tammy is passionate about helping individuals of all fitness levels, and she can also design workout plans for organizations such as businesses and churches.
At Competitive Edge Karate, the martial-arts classes aren?t just about learning how to kick, punch, and block. Instructors also focus on helping students improve their self-esteem, discipline, and x-ray vision. Of course, the intensive classes here involve plenty of high kicks and technical maneuvers, too, imparting effective self-defense skills to children and adults alike. Alternatively, adult fitness-kickboxing classes whip bodies into shape with full-body workouts.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times differ depending on the studio: Midlothian classes take place Mondays at 8:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Richmond classes take place Monday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Chesterfield classes take place Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
Combat Sports Center sprawls across 10,000 square feet of space—and it doesn't let an inch go to waste. An elevated, regulation-sized boxing ring hosts rounds of sparring, and a pair of separate workout areas give MMA fighters a chance to practice grappling techniques on premium wresting mats and striking on firmer combo mats. Gym members can work on their form with a variety of bags, including speed bags, a wall-mounted hook and uppercut bag, and six-foot banana bags. Combat Sports Center offers a variety of small group fitness classes including CrossFit, TRX and Combat Conditioning which combines cardio and circuit training and one-on-one Personal Training. Even with all of its training space and equipment, Combat Sports Center's most valuable commodity is knowledge. It's combat conditioning class instructors boast decades of combined experience in various fitness fields. They lead adults through classes in Muay Thai kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and boxing, and they teach younger students the fundamentals of karate and wrestling.
If the floor mats at Premier Martial Arts of Chesterfield could talk, they would have some exciting stories to tell of little kids learning to flip, adults grappling on the floor, and punching bags absorbing hits. Instructors at Premier Martial Arts lead students 3 and older through a variety of classes designed to teach them self-defense moves while getting in shape. Each teacher earns the right to lead classes only after having gone through an intense training process and participating in continuing education every year. With the help of the studio’s diverse curriculum, students eventually learn how to fight with their legs during kickboxing and how to defend themselves with Israeli Defense Forces techniques in krav maga.