Sensei Bobby Benner has been practicing martial arts in some form or another since childhood. A third-degree black belt in Matsubayashi-Ryu karate, Bobby extols mental discipline and physical fitness at Narragansett Bay Budokai, where he instructs kids, teens, and adults. Elsewhere in the studio, students can find cardio, boot-camp, and kickboxing classes, which help boost fitness, as well as Brazilian jujitsu sessions, which teach self-defense tactics to take down an attacker or stave off a particularly pushy used-car salesman.
We are a Premier Martial Arts School that for the last 25 years has helped thousands of local parents and children to be healthier, happier, and safer through the study of this self defense system. We take pride in our ability to promote Confidence, Self Control, courtesy, and Perseverance in every aspect of life.
At USA Karate, which formed in 1990, a team of black-belt instructors leads more than 25 martial-arts classes every week, teaching students proper karate techniques as well as self-discipline. The schedule includes both adult karate classes and kids' classes for students as young as 4.
It's tough to make Zumba—a dance-inspired cardio workout set to upbeat music—feel any more festive. Still, the certified instructors at Vital Spark Fitness & Wellness Studio have found a way. They host Night Style Zumba classes, turning on the studio's black lights and donning neon bracelets that outline arms as they wave in time with twirls and steps. Along with Zumba's resonating beats, the experience lends the studio a pumping, nightclub vibe.
Even without black lights and glow sticks, though, the staff strives to make every type of workout an engaging one. The schedule includes more than one take on popular yoga and Pilates techniques, including PiYo and Yogalates. They also lead cardio-kickboxing drills, boot-camp routines, and the interval-training exercises of Tabata.
In 1990, Christina Rondeau fell in love. With martial arts, that is. After earning her black belt and competing in amateur karate and martial arts tournaments all over the United States and Europe, Rondeau decided to go pro. She travelled the globe as a member and coach on the USA WAKO kickboxing team, and went on to win the women's lightweight title. Rondeau continued to feed her athletic hunger with a switch to pro boxing and appeared in numerous print media and television shows, including The Maury Povich Show.
Having achieved fame and glory, Rondeau took on a new fight: she wanted to help women and children defend themselves while gaining indomitable confidence. She has authored books, created instructional DVDs, and opened Rondeau’s Kickboxing. The women-only, 24/7 gym garnered Rhode Island Monthly’s readers’ pick for Best Fitness Center in 2010, due in no small part to its empowering blend of fitness and martial-arts-based classes. Rondeau also promotes safety in her community by participating in events geared towards ending violence toward women and girls and teaching local schoolchildren how to defend themselves or pass a math quiz without using weapons. She also coordinated a box-a-thon to help line the shelves of a Rhode Island food bank.
Eight Limbs Studios helps train and transform students through exposure to thai boxing. Instructors teach the fierce punches, elbows, and knee-strikes of muay thai, or “the art of eight limbs,” to adults and children. Instructors also help students shave off pounds through wrestling workouts and up-tempo, contact-free fitness-kickboxing sessions. True to the sport's fighting focus, participants are trained to fully participate in the sport of muay thai.