At Sylvania Family Karate, third-degree black belt Randy Kopke teaches Okinawan goju ryu karate to an array of fist sizes. During his adult and youth karate classes—the latter of which can accommodate ages as young as four—he helps improve students' discipline and focus while teaching them to adopt a more positive attitude. To simplify matters, he outfits each student with their own karate uniform.
At Japan Karate Academy, karate isn't the only art students learn—the veteran instructors also teach kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and traditional sword work. Helmed by Master A. K. Geelani, a martial artist certified by the World Karate Federation, the team of sensei also integrates strong values into their self-defense classes, such as perseverance and discipline.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Jim Mitchell and John Roberts—both fourth-degree black belts—instill a sense of physical and mental pride in their students during martial-arts classes. They tailor classes to fit the group of students, whether it's kids or adults. The pair also teaches cage-fitness classes, which deliver a high-energy workout with a t-shirt.
Professional MMA fighter and title holder Augusta “Ice Ice Baby” Tindall has a 3–1 pro record, a 5–1 amateur record, and he calls The Training Compound his training home. But students don’t have to be pros to take advantage of the vast array of programs offered at The Training Compound. Instructors lead classes in styles such as mixed martial arts, judo, submission wrestling, and jujitsu for kids and adults. The Training Compound welcomes students of all skill levels, whether they want to train for fun, fitness, or the cage.