The instructors at Ultimate Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Fresno must pass through an entire college of martial arts training to be approved to teach. For every year as a full-time instructor, they also complete 40 hours of additional training—a process that helps them stay up-to-date with the latest self-defense and nutrition research. All of this training makes them the perfect candidates to guide children as young as 4 and adults as old as 64 through the center's intensive, progressive martial-arts programs. Classes cover physical and mental conditioning in styles such as children's karate, or muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and mixed martial arts for teens, adults, and ninja turtles.
The American Kickboxing Academy, a mixed-martial-arts fitness center, sculpts the torsos and minds of everyone from tykes to elders with a potpourri of disciplines. Choose from a variety of classes that run 60–90 minutes from early in the morning to late in the evening, six days a week. Break out striking knees and elbows with muay thai kickboxing classes or try Brazilian jiu jitsu to vanquish opponents of any stature, from Bilbo Baggins to Andre the Giant, with a series of quick and effective strikes and maneuvers.
White Tiger Martial Arts Academy, a multi-discipline school, sculpts the minds, character and bodies of everyone from young children to grandparents. Choose from a variety of classes that run from 30 minutes (ages 3-5) to 60 minutes six days a week.
Fresno Kickboxing Academy schools young fighters in the subjects of muscles, speed, and coordination during a four-day, noncontact MMA sports-training camp. Kids ages 8–17 train in the 12,000-square-foot private sports gym under the watchful eye of a staff of expert instructors, which may include former wrestlers, MMA fighters, or extras from The Karate Kid. During each three-hour session, coaches lead students through a warm-up and nutrition discussion, as well as workouts based on muay thai, American-style boxing, jujitsu, and wrestling. The fully equipped facility boasts an Olympic-size mat, complete weight room, and professional punching-bag rack, good for finessing fist throws or practicing do-si-dos. Check the schedule for dates.
It’s easy to see the imprint of Body & Soul Fitness founder Jade Reyes on his studio’s class curriculum. His specialty in dance aerobics is displayed in exotic-dance and Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes. And his training in kickboxing informs not only classes in the same discipline, but also body-combat classes, which feature high- and low-impact moves to challenge exercisers of all fitness levels. He also specializes in spinning and knows much about massage therapy and relaxation, which explains why yoga is on the schedule and drinking Mountain Dew and screaming Van Halen lyrics is not.
Former jiu-jitsu world champion Samir Chantre now teaches his craft at Team Endure Martial Arts and Fitness. Adults, children, and family pets learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques while building self-esteem and a sense of discipline. Team Endure also travels to churches, schools, and camps to help motivate kids and teenagers.