UFC Gym’s four fight-centric Denver-area gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Family Martial Arts Center’s instructors meld ancient techniques with modern fitness to boost students’ physical health and personal success. Under the tutelage of an experienced kickboxer, feet fly to the beat of radio hits in each 45-minute cardio kickboxing class, preparing athletes to excel in high-stakes hopscotch throwdowns. Students train in both self-defense and dance, focusing on toning muscle groups and increasing flexibility as they throw jabs and kicks at punching bags and rev up heart rates with energetic moves in the spacious studio.
The instructors at Tanny Academy of Martial Arts work with students of all ages and experience levels, from the 7- to 12-year-olds who enroll in kids' tae kwon do to the adults who show up for high-octane kickboxing workouts. Other students learn the art of combat in Muay Thai, whose hand-strikes derive from mixed martial arts and the hand-puppet remake of Bloodsport. The studio also offers women's self-defense classes, where ladies can learn evasive and defensive techniques as well as tips for awareness and safety.
Competitive Edge Mixed Martial Arts' skilled and dedicated instructors help students turn their bodies into streamlined fighting machines with high-intensity fitness boot camps. These sessions include krav maga classes for practical self-defense and kickboxing courses taught by professional martial artists. Adults can turn their cores and limbs into sleek muscle with fitness kickboxing and boot-camp classes, while kids work through martial-arts drills to boost their athleticism and learn to solve challenging moral dilemmas to sharpen their character. Students of all ages can take self-defense, weight-loss, or mixed-martial-arts courses, where they safely spar with one another, punch heavy bags, sprint, lift, and kick their way to good health and self-discipline.
The martial-arts masters at Peoples Kenpo Karate believe that martial arts is more than a fitness regime or fighting style, but a way of life. They infuse their classes with self-discipline and a strong work ethic while teaching students of all ages and skill levels with programs for both kids and adults. For adults who want a more interesting way to work out, conditioning-kickboxing classes combine high-intensity interval training with muay thai and kickboxing moves in order to start melting away fat. Mixed martial arts classes, however, focus on a range of martial-arts striking and self-defense skills using moves from jujitsu, judo, muay thai, and doce pares (filipino stick fighting).