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Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location. Click to check the class schedule for the Omaha location.

8812 Blondo St.
Omaha,
NE
US

Wu shu kung fu. Literally translated, it means, "the skill of stopping violence or harm." For more than 5,000 years, this ancient practice has helped people find balance, reduce stress, and enhance fitness. At Dragon Arts Kung Fu and MMA, instructors teach this martial art, which can lead to greater well-being and mental focus. Classes are designed for students ages 6 and older, and include programs for those seeking great workouts as well as those with ambitions to battle it out in the UFC. While imbuing students with agility and fists of lightning, they've also witnessed other benefits many may find surprising, such as quicker healing after injury, a better work performance, and quitting smoking.

2632 N 84th St
Omaha,
NE
US

At Sempai Judo Academy, fourth-degree judo and jujitsu black belt Jason Reinders and his staff specialize in the Japanese martial art of judo. During a typical judo match, contestants rely on takedowns, pins, and submissions to either beat their opponents or impress them so much that they burst into tears of joy. The team actually teaches or is inspired by a range of martial arts styles like jujitsu, ninjutsu, and tae kwon do. Judo classes here are also available for kids.

4463 S 110th St
Omaha,
NE
US

The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.

7502 Maple St
Omaha,
NE
US

When Christopher Geary began teaching martial arts back in 1994, he didn't even have a facility in which to do so. Instead, he used a schoolyard. Christopher had just returned home from the Marine Corps and brought with him skills in the art of kenpo karate. Today, as a 10th-degree black belt, Christopher does have his own facility—and he teaches every class that takes place there.When he isn't schooling students on the mats at Geary's Kempo Karate (Omaha NE), Christopher can be found volunteering his wisdom and teaching self-defense techniques around the community.

4865 Center Street, Suite 5
Omaha,
NE
US

Champion Sport Karate embraces the five character-boosting tenets of tae kwon do?courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit?to effectively imbue their students with martial-arts know-how. Guests absorb combative techniques in the 10,000-square-foot facility during kickboxing, tae kwon do, sport karate, and afterschool programs. Youngsters aged 3?7 can spar safely at Little Dragons and Kicking Tigers classes, which sharpen motor skills as well as discipline, confidence, and the ability to cut their own sandwiches in half with a hand chop. All sessions weave fitness elements into their routines, coordinating jabs and jumps that tone muscle while fending off surplus calories.

1712 Charleston Dr.
Papillion,
NE
US