Many studios teach the art of social dancing, but often omit teaching the art of being social. The instructors at TC Dance Club ensure that guests spend as much time kibitzing as they do foxtrotting by hosting classes and open-bar club parties. Between soirees, they teach group and private lessons in dances such as ballroom, Latin, and swing, expediting the learning process by emphasizing the similar patterns across the range of styles. Dancers can dazzle their peers with their newly acquired fancy footwork during Friday night parties, Saturday socials, and member dance shows.
The studio transports students into an elegant dance-hall setting with softly lit chandeliers and a glowing fireplace. The expansive floating dance floor is surrounded by dining tables, sofas, and built-in bar, where patrons can mingle and pontificate on the evolution of the macarena.
The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.
It's hard to top the resume of AmeriKick Martial Arts sensei Bob Leiker. A six-time NBL World Champion, he has defeated so many notable opponents that he was inducted into the Legends Hall of Fame. As if that weren't enough, he created a fighting style of his own called sen shu do ryu—a fusion of his knowledge of jiu jitsu, karate-do, tae kwon do, okinawan go ju ryu, and american kickboxing. Outside of the ring, he has served as a governor's appointee to the Kansas Sentencing Commission and the official martial arts instructor for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Still, Bob prefers to talk about his students' successes. AmeriKick's martial arts classes teach not only karate techniques and kickboxing maneuvers to students of all ages and fitness levels, but also self-confidence and the drive to improve oneself. In youth karate classes, students learn to de-escalate potentially hazardous situations, and adult karate sessions teach participants to take defensive action against would-be attackers. Through these lessons, students learn to apply the focus they use in the ring to better themselves outside of it, from tackling personal challenges to staring down textbooks until they turn their own pages.
Kosama's Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with distinct workouts across each week. The combined conditioning effects of kettlebell swings, kickboxing jabs, and yoga poses, among other exercises, banish calories as they streamline the body "from the core out" during group sessions. Instructors take an all-inclusive approach to health, building physical strength, mental focus, and wholesome eating habits, such as adding a parsley garnish to Cadbury crème omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build.
A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
As its name implies, Welcome Mat Elite presents a friendly, supportive atmosphere for getting in shape and learning the martial arts. Fittingly, the training center lacks the machismo and vicious henchmen often found in globogyms and chain dojos. The coaches bring to the mat a wealth of championships, belts, and professional experience. On a mission to instruct—never to showboat—they help students build their bodies and minds with everything from the wholesome after-school education of kids' kodokan judo to the light weight work and circuit-training techniques of boxing strength training.
The academy's curriculum focuses on functional strength and useful self-defense strategies gained through shingitai jujitsu's three-fold regimen of mental and emotional maturity, technical skill, and physical fitness. Whether they're practicing throws and ground-fighting moves during friendly grappling contests or sweating and kicking during cardio boot-camp classes, students at Welcome Mat constantly challenge themselves to be better both in body and mind.