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.
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 piñata. 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
Jay Wilson boasts 28 years of experience as a kickboxing, Muy Thai, and Kempo Go-Ju Karate instructor, and has logged even more time in the ring as a fighter. In 2004, he battled his way to the title of K.I.C.K. World Champion with a combination of impressive striking skills and lightning-fast takedowns. Now, he shares his knowledge with students as the head instructor at Jay's Kickboxing.
With a third-degree black belt in Kempo Go-Ju Karate, he leads a variety of classes from Muay Thai to Fitness Kickoxing. While each one teaches defense and attack techniques, fitness sessions focus on the cardiovascular benefits of martial arts, increasing your heartbeat to where it can knock someone out when they lay on your chest.
Handicap Accessible: yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: not offered
Most popular offering: Kickboxing Fitness
Pro Tip: Classes are for students of all ages, men and women, from beginners to competitive fighters.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Both veterans of the full-contact karate circuit, coaches Bill Flowers and Jerry Byers sought to impart the hard-won lessons of their fighting days to new generations seeking discipline and self-defense skills. So in 2006, they combined their expertise, creating the KO 101© Martial Arts & Boxing Gym as a doorway into their lifelong passion.
Coach Flowers holds belts in three forms of karate and 12 championship titles, achievements complemented by coach Byers' belt rankings in seven different martial-arts styles, including black belts in three schools of tae kwon do. In their gym, students train for both personal enjoyment and healthy competition, ultimately taking to the ring to spar against one another once the punching bags have run out of lunch money.