Heiwado translates to “the way of peace and harmony,” and the students at this dojo don’t go looking for trouble. Instead, they focus on challenging themselves—getting into shape through rigorous martial-arts-flavored fitness and self-defense classes. Students soak up techniques developed by Sensei Antrone Kelley, who has whittled away the arbitrary elements of karate, muay thai, and kickboxing and combined the useful remainder into a refined fighting form, effective in the ring or on the street.
LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Experienced personal trainers are ever-present at 360 Fitness's 11,000-square-foot facility, where they create workout plans and lead an array of group classes. With yoga, Zumba, and Power Plate Acceleration Training at their fingertips, everyone from gym neophytes to off-season athletes can benefit from the gym's offerings. After their workouts, guests can sign up for a massage, check out the full-service locker room, or hang out in the steam room with a bag of carrots as a fun way to prepare their afternoon snack.
Professor/Grandmaster YB Kim and his exemplary instructors are talented and personable; they specialize in working with children. Each child is taught at an individual pace and is never pushed to "Keep Up." This method of teaching allows children to achieve their greatest potential.
Sean George, owner of C3 Athletics, discovered muay thai while strolling past a gym in Thailand. After two and half weeks of daily training, the once overweight corporate bond trader had shed 25 pounds and found a new passion. Upon returning home, he established C3 Athletics to re-create the authentic, rigorous training environment he had first fallen in love with. Along with a team of current and ex-fighters, Sean helps molds fighters by introducing them to diverse curriculum of muay thai, jujitsu, mixing, and mixed martial arts training.
Since 1991, more than 140 students have walked out of American Institute of Tae Kwon Do with a black belt. This signifies mastery of traditional tae kwon do, the martial art on which owners Neale and Erika White focus their classes. Through tae kwon do, they aim to instill humility, self-discipline, and confidence in their students as they strengthen their bodies.