Martial Arts in Northwest Philadelphia

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Taoist founder and philosopher Lao-Tzu had some wild thoughts about water. For him, it was a living metaphor for perseverance, wearing away stones over time. Water and Rock Studio was built on the belief that both fluidity and strength are necessary for total wellness. Founded by Japheth Brubaker, a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer, the fitness studio offers training in everything from CrossFit to Krav Maga, as well as yoga classes and customized one-on-one sessions.

8109 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.

8501 Henry Ave.
Philadelphia,
PA
US