With instructors who hold second- and fifth-degree black belts, it?s safe to say the students are in good hands at Maximum Impact Karate. Senseis Tim Rosanelli and Ester Sabidussi help kids and adults alike kick and punch their way up the rainbow of belt colors, each of which signifies a new karate level and Care Bear trait. But the classes aren?t just limited to karate; students also burn calories with fitness kickboxing, yoga, and boot-camp challenges.
We are a large Martial Arts organization with several locations in PA. Chalfont, Abington, Elverson, Hatboro/Horsham, Harleysville and Mechanicsburg. Separate age groups for students starting at 3 Yrs old. We have no contracts, EVER!
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Family owned and operated. Located on Easton Rd. 1 mile south of the Willow Grove Mall.
Urban Defense Center founder Master Lawrence Whitaker developed his studio’s signature self-defense program to arm students with practical-minded moves that prepare them for dangerous street situations. Students learn to spar, take down an opponent, defend against weapons, and escape from the shadow of a suspicious-looking skyscraper. Students also train their gray matter, pre-empting potential legal repercussions for defending themselves by studying concepts such as reasonable grounds and probable cause. Alternatively, Tai-Fit sessions shuttle through a series of punches, knees, blocks, and kicks with the goal not of emulating a fight but of torching calories instead. Fighters can pursue either track with a personal trainer who pays closer attention to form and technique than a beauty contestant does during the Simon Says portion of the pageant.
For the instructors at East West Team Martial Arts Philly, karate has always been a family affair. Master John McGonnigle Sr. earned his first black belt at age 16. His son and fellow instructor, John Jr., began to learn martial arts moves when he was two, imitating his dad while rolling around in his playpen. And Madison McGonnigle has gone from a student in the school's Little Ninjas program—geared toward 3–6-year-olds—all the way to becoming its teacher.
The McGonnigles put all of this expertise to use during their classes, in which they teach students of all ages the strikes and blocks of Shotokan karate, as well as the self-defense maneuvers of Krav Maga. All-in-all, they believe learning martial arts not only improves physical strength and the chances of defending yourself against dangerous wooden planks, but also character. Though they focus on rehearsing swift kicks and punches, each lesson also emphasizes values such as respect and teamwork.