Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Martial arts creates strong-bodied and strong-minded individuals, from children to teens to adults of all experience levels. Classes at Sun Hang Do Martial Arts geared toward kids aged 4–6 implement exercises that foster focus and positive attitudes. Introductory programs teach students basics such as blocks, strikes, and board-breaking techniques. And the Master Club program teaches weapons sparring and self-defense techniques.
The first years of a child’s life are some of the most formative, with kids quickly learning the mental and physical skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. The instructors at The Little Gym help foster this growth with their signature brand of positive, nurturing activities, using scientifically based methods to help kids confidently master the basic skill sets needed to jump-start their successful lives. They tailor their classes by age group and activity type, helping babies as young as 4 months build motor skills and language development while instructing kids as old as 12 years old in karate, dance, and resisting the urge to tattle. Each of the classes incorporates three dimensions of learning, mixing physical movement with brain-challenging exercises and activities that build kids’ confidence away from parents.
As a third-degree black belt with nearly two decades of experience, Sensei Brian Purves boasts enough expertise to train advanced martial artists. But he chooses to spend the majority of his time teaching kids’ classes at Westwood Karate. Pupils between the ages of 6 and 12 master karate’s self-defense techniques under the sensei’s direction; some even continue on to compete in tournaments. Sensei Purves also leads kick-boxing classes for adults, corralling kickers in a space that evokes the vibe of an empty warehouse with industrial-looking lights instead of shimmering disco balls that would distract minds from the task at hand.
At Titan Mixed Martial Arts, chief instructors and professional martial artists Ken Tran and Nabil Salameh foster new generations of fighters. Their schedule of daily classes includes separate sessions for children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of disciplines, including jiu jitsu, muay thai, and MMA.
Along with his team of certified instructors, fifth-degree kick-boxing black belt Cory Wachal harnesses his more than 20 years of teaching experience into a stranglehold to imbue students at Wachals' Martial Arts Academy with the discipline to master kick-boxing, mixed martial arts, and Machado brazilian jiu-jitsu. In kick-boxing classes, students learn techniques that blend moves from karate, muay thai kick-boxing, and american kick-boxing. In mixed-martial-arts sessions, teachers run through offensive and defensive manoeuvres that guard against tap outs or deadly tap-dance attacks. In addition to training adults, Wachals' Martial Arts Academy teaches self-defense to children while emphasizing the supporting pillars of respect, hard work, and focus.