At Stafford Mixed Martial Arts, muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu are tools toward building stronger mental attitudes, self-discipline, and confidence. A Pan-Am champion by age 14, chief instructor Liam Kerrigan emphasizes proper form and a positive philosophy as he molds fighters ages 4 and older. Sharing his experience from fights at the amateur, professional, and international level, Liam also offers training jeet kune do, the fighting system designed by martial arts pioneer Bruce Lee.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Professor Josh Madama learned the techniques he teaches directly from UFC Champion Matt Serra himself. Madama trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu for more than 15 years, eventually earning his black belt from Serra Jiu Jitsu in Long Island. Now he passes along these lessons via hand-picked, dedicated instructors who are passionate about demonstrating proper takedowns, armbars, and escapes in classes including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, MMA, wrestling, and conditioning. Each class builds upon the last so that students grasp solid basics in addition to high-level sequences that emulate real-life scenarios. Students master self-defense and gain confidence as they learn how to overcome larger, stronger opponents.
Though the instructors at Freestyle Martial Arts Academy focus on teaching students proper martial arts techniques, they strive for more. They motivate students of all ages to whip into shape while performing karate kicks, capoeira moves, and tai chi positions, while also instilling important life values. Along the way, kids develop self-esteem, discipline, and a sense of respect. Beyond breaking a sweat in martial arts classes, adults can burn calories in heart-pumping salsa, bachata, and Zumba classes.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
With a passion for the martial artistry of muay thai, owners Tom and Tracy Dowd opened a facility dedicated solely to it. The pair also wanted to open the discipline to all ages and fitness levels, so they now lead classes for kids, teens, and adults atImpact Muay Thai Kickboxing. The fighting style not only imbues participants with self-defense techniques, but also helps them lead healthier lifestyles while losing weight and toning muscles.