Blood & Iron Martial Arts' principal instructor Lee S. Smith and senior instructor Nicole Smith both love a good fight, whether with fist, knife, or sword. Mixing manuals penned by the masters of antiquity with a little modern combat science, the duo resurrects European styles of weapon fighting ranging from the Italian rapier and dagger to the German longsword to Single stick and German messer. They pack their weekly schedule full of two-hour classes, spending the first 90 minutes imparting the basics of balance, footwork, and body alignment needed to add a 3-foot metal extension to one's arm. They leave the last 30 minutes open for sparring sessions for authorized students, since application is the best way to master a skill and the world’s last dragon retired to Florida in 1986.
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.
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.
Early in the morning, on February 2, 2012, WKX Gym burned to the ground. It was a big setback, but one that the staff fought back against like a phoenix in boxing gloves. Through the hard work of its owners and trainers, WKX reopened at a different location just a little more than a month later.
Similarly, WKX's instructors motivate their students to push through challenges as they build skills in MMA, boxing, and muay thai kickboxing classes. To help students get the most out of their training, the gym even hosts special seminars lead by accomplished fighters.
At Infinite Martial Arts, a team of instructors trains students in the art of self-defense as though they will one day have to use it. The instructors understand that, on the street, all tournament rules fly out the window. That’s why, during kickboxing and MMA classes, they simulate real-world encounters, such as knife attacks, in addition to teaching the fundamentals of punching and kicking. Staging these encounters helps students of all ages build the confidence—as well as the physical fitness—to answer such unforeseeable confrontations.