The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.
Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.
Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.
Karate for Kids USA is a martial-arts school for both children and adults that puts an emphasis on physical fitness and building confidence. Offering traditional sessions taught by experienced instructors, Karate for Kids USA teaches discipline and respect. Belt programs and fast-moving classes help keep students' interest. Clients can burn calories, gain strength, and bully-proof themselves.
On any given day, students glide their way across the studio floor inside Dance Express Productions. In addition to their fitness classes, instructors help budding dancers learn the techniques of classical, contemporary and cultural dances. The studio’s belly dancing program welcomes all skill levels, from beginner- to performance-level students. Dance Express Productions is also the home of two performance ensembles that perform primarily for charitable events. The facility's fitness instructors are certified by the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) and also hold specialty certifications in yoga, Silver Sneakers, and CPR.
Impact Fitness's personal trainer and weight-loss specialist strives to change every person he works with. He helps his clients shape and tone their bodies into the best shape of their lives with 40-minute high-intensity workouts meticulously designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups. Rather than boring themselves with endless hours on the treadmill or circuit machines, gym-goers wake up their muscles with functional exercises that employ kettlebells, Plyo Boxes, Slam Balls, Battle Ropes, and doomsday devices. The variety of workout types adheres to busy schedules and hectic lives of students, from team-building corporate training to athlete training to Muscle Up Mommy and Me sessions.
Rows of poles span from pink ceiling to sleek, wood floor inside Allure Dance’s women-only studio. Wall-to-wall mirrors enable ladies to keep an eye on their form as they climb, spin on, yell at, and dance around poles. The talented and encouraging instructors also teach lap dancing, exotic dance, burlesque, hip-hop, Zumba, and self-defense skills—all of which aim to strengthen clients physically and mentally.
Signature service: Martial Arts and Functional Self-defense
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: We train first and foremost for street self-defense, with a focus on building complete self-defense athletes and having fun.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
My approach is different than others, because I developed and trained people in functional hand-to-hand tactics for the U.S. Army Rangers and the 82nd Airborne Division. I served 24 years in the military and my tactics and curriculum have been used in real world situations.
We're dedicated to giving students the highest-quality martial arts training in disciplines such as Jeet Kune Do, Kali-Escrima-Silat (Filipino martial arts), Thai Boxing (Muay Thai), Combat Submission Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We feel that change is necessary through constantly searching for ways to improve one’s martial arts abilities.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I am a Full Certified Instructor under Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee's Protege), and hold a black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started training in martial arts at the age of 5. I've developed my curriculum over the years, and founded Combatives Unlimited in 1995.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am an Affiliation Representative for Erik Paulson Combat Submission Wrestling for Jacksonville, FL.