At Krav Maga Plano, tough-minded instructors impart street-ready self-defense techniques to help students of all ages cultivate strength and self-confidence. The studio specializes in krav maga, a self-defense system perfected by the Israeli army and adopted by more than 250 American law-enforcement agencies. During indoor and outdoor classes, participants learn to survive in hostile conditions, whether foiling attackers in an alley or deflecting tomatoes during a standup-comedy bit. Built from simple moves and natural instincts, the technique builds speed, agility, and aerobic endurance during striking practice, ground-defense drills, and heavy-bag workouts. In addition to leading krav maga sessions, the faculty teaches martial arts such as tae kwon do, Brazilian jujitsu, and traditional classes such as fitness-focused boot camps and extreme baton twirling.
Black Megaformer machines line the sunny studio as trained instructors guide students through core-strengthening Pilates classes. Drawing inspiration from the strength and flexibility of bamboo, the instructors format the classes to push all muscle groups to capacity. They strive to achieve muscle failure, a process that stimulates a great number of muscle fibers and steps up the body’s metabolism. In addition, the instructors teach students to perform slow and controlled movements at a consistent level of tension in order to build the most muscle possible. They place emphasis on the rest needed to reap maximum benefit from the session, encouraging new students to stick with two or three classes a week in order to avoid overloading and metamorphosing into a muscle-bound butterfly.
Peak Body's trainers tone bodies in 45-minute bursts, alternating between cardio kickboxing and resistance training. The reason for this is simple: they use kickboxing to build endurance and flexibility before switching over to resistance training, which builds muscle and strengthens the core. The result is a complete workout, which the trainers supplement with nutritional coaching. Their advice in this regard makes sure that students have all the energy they need without having to swallow too many batteries.
Q&A with Scott Wilkinson, Owner and Lead Instructor of Impact America Martial Arts
Tell us about your business.
Impact America Martial Arts was founded by [myself], Mr. Scott Wilkinson, a 6th degree black belt. The name is the mission. We intend to "Impact America" with martial arts. We have a strong emphasis on character building. As a matter of fact, we put the character building first and martial arts second. Everything that we do at IAMA is about improving performance, improving behavior, improving thought processes; we use martial arts as the tool to get the point across.
What sets your business apart?
Our focus on character development. Many schools view the traits that martial arts are known for—things like discipline and respect—as byproducts. Our martial arts are strong, as well. With improved character comes improved performance and an increased desire to do well, not because someone is telling you to do better, but because you "choose" to. It's who you are. We raise curiosity about how awesome a student "can" be.
How would you explain the decor or vibe of your business to someone who has never been there?
We have been described as "Warm and inviting" . . . [and] professional. We have a 3,300-square-foot facility, parent viewing area, safety mat on 3,000 square feet, a water fountain, a student staging area and an incredibly knowledgeable staff. Our staff is literally our family. My wife and sons all teach and help run the business. I guess you could say we have a "family" atmosphere. We are laid-back and treat everyone with respect. We are not harsh. We understand that walking in the door takes courage. We respect and reward that kind of thing. The first class experience goes like this: A student gets out on the floor to try the class. The instructor gives them a white belt, just for getting our there and trying. We work on class protocols (saying yes sir/ma'am and no sir/ma'am), We work on five hand techniques and one kick. By the end of the class, the student earns a stripe. They get a reward for showing courage and the willingness to "try." We keep things as warm and inviting and we reward anything that resembles improved character or behavior.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
We know the difference that martial arts made in our (the instructors) lives. Our entire view of the world and people changed by participating in martial arts. We wanted to pass that on in order to make a difference. We wanted to "'Impact America" the same way we have been impacted. We wanted to feel like we are doing our part to make the world a better place.
Like many boxing gyms, 9Round echoes with the steady ring of bells and buzzers. They go off every three minutes, in fact, but rather than signalling the start of a round, they signal the start of a workout session. The trainers devise nine exercise stations every morning, and then run the circuits every three minutes from open until close. The day's workout is never the same, but each one encompasses fundamental similarities. For instance, every session starts with strength training, challenging clients' muscles with heavy weights. Next, patrons move to tackling heavy bags, speed bags, and double-end bags for the bulk of the workout, honing boxing and kickboxing abilities such as power, hand-eye coordination, and speed, all of which help a person to effectively disarm and dismember a pi?ata. The final station always works the core, enhancing regular crunches and twists with the addition of medicine balls and weights.
Equipment: 9Round Speed Bag, Heavy Bag, DoubleEnd Bag, Horizontal Bag, Wrecking Ball Bag, TRX Suspension Harnesses
Students should bring: Workout Clothes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot