Trainers designed House of Ryu to be a mecca for athletes interested in fitness and martial arts. Inside the 20,000-square-foot gym is housed custom equipment such as a 65’x35’ mat for muay thai, boxing, and standup fighting, and a 24’x24’ regulation-sized boxing ring. On the mats, trainers guide students in various martial-arts and fitness disciplines including Alliance muay thai, Kevin Randleman’s Monster Wrestling, jujitsu, boxing, muay boran, strength and conditioning, fitness camp, and cardio boxing and kickboxing.
In more than 25 years of devotion to martial arts, Nick D. Blomgren has trained top kickboxers and MMA contenders. At One Kick's Gym, he and his staff bring their experience to children and adults of all experience levels, specializing in classes for kids aged 8–12. Lessons cover techniques and conditioning as well as life skills such as self-confidence and discipline.
David Inman, the black-belted head instructor of Champion Martial Arts, has a vision. When he's not focused on taking down attackers, Inman imagines a world in which martial arts is accessible to students of all ages and athletic abilities. He's doing his part to make that world a reality, offering classes in disciplines such as tae kwon do and krav maga, the latter a self-defensive art used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Other classes, such as fitness kickboxing, use martial arts as a starting point for a fun and effective workout. Inman and his team also offer classes for kids, giving them the courage necessary to stand up to bullies and rip their homework in half right in front of the teacher.
After battling pros in the ring for nearly 30 years, Tim Lane quit his knockout quest to teach commoners how to confidently repel unsanctioned attacks. In Xtreme Couture's decked-out facility, mixed-martial-artist Lane counsels students in how to defend themselves against assailants and friends’ pet lemurs through a sequence of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on tutorials. Each two-hour seminar sharpens general awareness of surroundings and zeroes in on deterring and disabling larger assailants. Upon completion of the class, students walk away with bottles of pepper spray, certificates, and greater self-assurance.
Aluja Bramble, the founder of Cardio Kings Fitness Boxing, has more than 30 years of experience with fitness and boxing. The son of WBA Lightweight Champion Livingstone “Pit-Bull” Bramble, Aluja has trained with renowned boxing greats such as Janks Morton and Jacob “Stitch” Duran, and he designed the program at Cardio Kings to use boxing principles to help inspire athletes to stay healthy. Aluja's group classes and one-on-one sessions focus on health and conditioning as athletes burn calories with a mixture of aerobic exercises, bag drills, and pad work.
Under the direction of Master Leland Brandon, Brandon's ATA helps students of all ages hone their martial-arts skills. Master Brandon has practiced Tae Kwon Do for decades, so long that he's watched as his students opened schools of their own. Classes at Brandon's ATA include Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, and fitness kickboxing.
Shine Alternative Fitness helps all types of fitness goers achieve health goals. Named one of the 20 “Coolest Clubs in America” in Shape magazine’s 2013 Gym Awards, the center’s founders are both Cirque du Soleil veterans: Dima Shine, a solo artist in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, and Russ Petroni, Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production manager.
The duo’s passion for performance arts shines through in each of their classes. In their Aerial Arts courses, for example, students develop upper body, core, and grip strength while wrapped in silks that hang from the ceiling. Meanwhile, antigravity classes have students striking balancing poses while suspended in the air by silk hammocks. To round out their coursework, the team also offers an array of more traditional gym classes, from boxing sessions to Zumba, ballet, and hip-hop.