Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.
At age 7, Jung Oh Hwang began practicing martial arts in South Korea. As a young man he represented his home country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he earned a silver medal in Judo. At Hwang's Martial Arts, Grandmaster Hwang and his staff make it their mission to promote happy and healthy lives in their community.
For the past 15 years, Grandmaster Hwang, his students, and his supporters have dedicated both time and money to supporting the lives of the HMA students and positively impacting the larger community. Hwang's has raised more than $750,000 for the local community and has a named playroom in the new St. Matthews Kosair Children's hospital.
Morris' Martial Arts Training Center's knowledgeable and certified instructors lead students of all ages in a variety of martial disciplines. Krav maga lessons train people from all walks of life in the same system used by the Israeli Defense Forces, emphasizing instinctive movements and realistic training scenarios, which help students to keep their cool when faced with a carving-blade-wielding turkey on a dark November night. Instructors cover topics such as conflict prevention and avoidance, as well as dealing with punches, kicks, and strikes, defending against armed attacks with blunt and sharp objects, and disarming firearms.
Tri-State Athletic Club is a place to belong, a place to get fit and to meet friends who care about an active lifestyle as much as you. It is a community of people who want their fitness experience to be something more than a workout.
Continental Defense Group trains students in a variety of martial-arts techniques, including Burmese boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and Russian sambo. In the takedown class, opponents blend elements of wrestling and judo into sparring matches, and the studio's self-defense course incorporates the same techniques the military uses to train soldiers.
Aftermath Personal Training was created by former Special Forces member Richard Reisz. Richard draws upon his eight years of military experience to lead personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes that focus on discipline, accountability, and structure. After assessing each of his client's goals and abilities, Richard helps them get in shape and ultimately lead healthier lives.