As a former corrections officer, Victor Lashley’s career often immersed him in life-threatening situations, putting his self-defense skills to the test outside the safe confines of a gym. To empower others with the ability to fight back while getting fit, he now teaches myriad forms of martial arts at ICAT Triple Threat Training Center. He trains patrons in MMA grappling, Kali, and his own method Defensive Concepts, which blends kicking and close-range striking techniques from muay thai, Kali, and boxing into a fast-paced striking art that earned Lashley a state certification as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. With the aid of his fellow instructors, he helms boot-camp classes and one-on-one personal-training sessions that devour calories. Nala—a boxer-breed pooch—serves as the gym's mascot, security guard, and head instructor of drool-based self-defense techniques.
As a member of Black Belt Schools International, Karate 4 Kidz of Newtown offers kids, adults, and teens the latest in self-defense techniques and exercise science. Chief instructor Jay Cruz has been training internationally in martial arts for more than 25 years and uses his knowledge and experience to help build students' confidence and physical abilities. Cruz specializes in muay thai and other types of kickboxing, and he also offers resistance-band classes, karate for kids as young as 3, and sessions designed for special-needs children.
At Premier Martial Arts, students of all backgrounds train in self-defense, combat sports, and martial-arts-based fitness. Kids ages 3–12 earn colorful belts to mark not only their mastery of martial arts techniques, but also their demonstrations of character. Teachers also provide belt-free training for adults in arts like Krav Maga—developed for the Israeli Defense Force—and kickboxing, which incorporates both Western boxing techniques and the knee and elbow strikes of Muay Thai, the official fighting form of Thailand’s postmen. To supplement each fighter’s striking game, the instructors offer classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which uses throws and takedowns to bring fights down to the ground, where joint locks and choke holds can be applied to great effect. They round out the combat curriculum with the weapon techniques of Kali, a lightning-fast form of stick and blade fighting that hails from the Phillipines.
This blended training methodology arms students for self-defense as well as kickstarts careers in professional fighting. Elite affiliates include such UFC names as Kurt Pellegrion and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.
The dance and performance-art instructors at Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios strive to help students enhance their physical fitness while discovering an appreciation for creative expression through dance and martial arts. The journey toward an art-enriched existence begins at the infant stage with Mommy and Me dance and fitness classes, where mothers and tots enjoy mat-based tumbling and yoga. Once kids reach age 2, Living Arts further cultivates their love of dance with classes such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Adults can get their groove on as well by studying line dance or Zumba, or learn martial arts during karate and kickboxing sessions.
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As the chief instructor at Aikido of Center City, seventh-degree black belt Donovan Waite helms a five-teacher team. Each instructor has years of experience, and they share their discipline with students of all ages. Donning traditional garb, students and teachers meet up in the brightly lit, all-white dojo to study this 20th-century Japanese martial art.