At Master Chong's World Class Tae Kwon Do, instructors teach discipline and self-defense skills in classes for kids, adults, and families. Following the principles of founder Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong, teachers help students develop not only technical martial-arts skills but also leadership abilities and mental focus.
Shihan Mike Downs, head of Defensive Arts Dojo, isn't just a sixth-degree karate champ and active member of the Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association. He's also a chiropractor, and that double life as a doctor and a sensei adds richness to his instruction. Like Mike, there's more to Defensive Arts Dojo than mastering kicks and punches. It's a discipline of the mind and the body, and a boosting of self-confidence that permeates their gregarious, yet challenging, lessons. Fighting classes include the defensive techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, kendo and iaido swordsmanship, and Ground Zero courses for thwarting domestic foes. Physical fitness seekers can let their inner warrior loose in Warrior Fitness programs that meld core exercises and cardio training with MMA techniques, and yoga classes enhance flexibility and strength while vanquishing stress through exercise and relaxing meditation.
In 2004, Warren Lee was a high-school teacher by day and a muay thai kick-boxing private trainer on the side. But demand for his private lessons grew, and eventually the one-man business blossomed into a full-time combat fitness business. Today, Lee runs Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai (TKMT) Academy at three locations, all of which provide friendly atmospheres for students to work up a sweat, shed stress, and learn self-defense. The staff credits its unintimidating and professional attitude with helping to draw an almost even split of male and female students—a rarity in martial-arts gyms.
All three locations feature pristine facilities and include men's and women's changing rooms and individual showers, as well as a boxing ring, grappling mats, thai pads, heavy bags, and an assortment of training equipment. The staff of committed instructors includes Ajahn Amnat Yodkwain, a former professional fighter and muay thai master who has trained in Thailand's combative arts since the age of 7. All of the academy's instructors possess CPR and first-aid certification and participate regularly in professional development. In order to join the team, they must also pass a series of rigorous tests designed to challenge their skills in muay thai, general fitness, and kicking cookie jars off the top shelf.
OpenMat is a gym for everyone. We warmly welcome beginners and you will never feel intimidated or forgotten here. OpenMat has a structured beginners curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of BJJ, Muay Thai and MMA so whether you've trained for 10 years or you've never trained a day in your life, You're Welcome here!
The seasoned strength and conditioning coaches at Bang Fitness energize clients of all fitness levels with an explosive schedule of exercise classes, earning them the title of Best Gym in Now magazine’s 2011 Best of Toronto awards. Olympic lifting increases coordination with skilled bar-lifting techniques such as the "snatch," and weighted sleds, battle ropes, and kettlebells bolster muscle mass. Instructors cultivate fun in mixed-martial-arts group strength and conditioning classes, and circuit training fortifies the body with an ever-changing lineup of heavy objects to push, pull, press, and caress. Instructors work to keep exercises varied and productive, sharing personalized feedback and tips for preventing injuries. Nestled among coffee shops and boutiques, the gym invites exercisers to strengthen arms in between shopping marathons and coffee-bean chugging contests.
For Paul Brown, combat arts have been a way of life more for than 30 years, leading him to become the second-highest ranked fighter in the Canadian Lightweight Division and to train with the likes of Paul Biafore and Phil Carra. He boiled down his boxing knowledge to a simple fitness class to introduce the sport to beginners, which he now teaches at his personal studio, Paul Brown Boxfit. Other disciplines offered include jeet kune do—the martial art and philosophy developed by Bruce Lee—and muay thai, a form of kickboxing that makes use of the elbows and knees as well as fists and feet. They teach the expanded array of classes in the ample room in their new studio, which sits steps away from the Wellesley subway station, close enough to be convenient but far enough away to recapture fleeing punching bags before they board the train.