Robbie Wiseman earned his black belt in kenpo karate at age 11, going on to earn an International Kickboxing Federation world-championship belt. He found that the discipline gleaned from kenpo helped him in school and beyond. Through Rock Athletics, he shares the same philosophies that bettered his life with students, inviting parents and children to train side by side and to learn time-tested techniques for improving focus or dealing with bullies.
Beyond kenpo-karate training, the gym also offers fitness boot camps and cardio-kick-boxing classes. Whether you're studying martial arts or just getting in shape, the fully matted 8,700-square-foot facility provides ample space to work up a sweat or play pickup games of Cirque du Soleil.
At Michael Foley's Academy, talented instructors train practitioners aged 5 and older in Gracie jiu-jitsu, kenpo karate, kickboxing, and wrestling. A friendly atmosphere ensures students of all levels feel welcome to bristle their inner porcupine via a variety of self-defense and competition tactics. Both men and women partake in a sweat-inducing, skeleton-putty sculpting schedule of classes offered at least five days a week, morning through evening. Protective gear is provided for the kickboxing class but must be purchased after a month of use for the kenpo karate and jiu-jitsu classes. To learn more about the academy, visit the FAQ page here.
Core Fitness & Spa tones and tightens patrons with a full slate of core-centric classes in the fields of Pilates, yoga, and TRX suspension training. In Pilates classes, a friendly, trained instructor leads students through conditioning exercises designed to strengthen and stabilize their body's centres while building long, lean muscles, releasing pent-up tension, and establishing proper muscle use. Hatha flow yoga, meanwhile, combines poses, breath control, and relaxation as a means of bringing bodies, minds, and the scales of justice into balance. First inspired by U.S. Navy SEALs conditioning, TRX suspension training uses a versatile set of straps dangling from the ceiling to perform hundreds of leveraged body-weight exercises, which sculpt sinews simply and effectively. Core Fitness & Spa offers morning and evening classes as well as a once-every-17-years option for cicadas. Consult the schedule for times and dates.
Before beginning his illustrious teaching career in St. John's, sensei Graham Burt trained extensively with sensei Nakazono in England. It wasn't until 1965 that he crossed the pond and began teaching the martial art throughout St. John's. Sensei Derm, who holds a sixth-degree black belt and is a certified Shihan, is the chief instuctor today, and the studio's current instructors still teach its signature throws and joint locks to dedicated students. The Aikido Institute of Newfoundland teaches a traditional form of the martial art, and make efforts to maintain a high level of technical standard and the Aikido spirit.