What's the use of self-defense if you're not nimble or strong enough to deploy the moves properly? Sifu Gus Gates answers that by incorporating fitness into his Shaolin kung fu training. When he's not teaching kung fu's village style to kids, teens, and adults, he's overseeing group fitness classes designed to improve strength, flexibility, and balance—the three keys to winning a presidential logrolling contest. For more concentrated doses of exercise, his team of personal trainers schedule one-on-one workouts.
James Deirmendjian had a decorated career as a brazilian jujitsu practitioner, winning martial-arts competitions and teaching submission grappling. He's parlayed that success into opening Fight Fit Training, where he helps clients get fit through boxing and kickboxing training, kettlebell workouts, and traditional lifting.
The Israeli Martial Arts Academy, Dennis Survival Reality Based Self Defense & Martial Arts (Often referred to Hisardut) is the most Authentic Israeli Martial Arts School in Southern California featuring classes in all major aspects of Israeli Self Defense and Martial Arts.
Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.
But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.
Tom Bloom's distinguished martial-arts career began more than 30 years ago when he was a student at Chuck Norris Karate School. Similar to the school's namesake, Bloom would spend the next three decades fostering the sport of martial arts. He co-captained the USA Karate team from 1984–88; received black belts in tae kwon do, hapkido, shippalgi, and kung fu; and helped train more than 300 students and 1 ostrich to black-belt-level status. Today, Bloom and his staff continue carrying the torch by leading martial-arts and fitness classes for students of all ages.