It's safe to say that Sasaki Kenpo Karate's staff of world- and national-champion black belts knows what its doing when it comes to martial arts. The instructors—many of whom have trained national and world champions themselves—pass along their knowledge to kids, teens, and adults during martial-arts classes that teach basic skills alongside discipline and sportsmanship. Some of the instructors even began as Sasaki Kenpo students themselves.
Along with martial-arts classes, instructors lead Kamikaze Conditioning classes and personal-training sessions, both of which focus on toning bodies and blasting calories.
At West Coast ATA’s martial-arts center, they offer a positive, nurturing environment. Kids build self-esteem and self-confidence through the Karate for Kids programs, and teens and adults learn discipline and strengthen muscles through traditional martial-arts and combat-fitness classes.
Certified personal trainer and global martial-arts competitor Zak Lee roundhouse kicks through the geographic barriers that separate him from his students. During his online courses, he pulls from 30 years of martial-arts and fitness experience—accrued at studios throughout the world—to transform newbies into kick-smart experts. The curriculum, provided through the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers, accredits and prepares users to teach kickboxing and martial arts, with a focus on leadership skills and technical proficiency. Lee’s sessions detail proper alignment for kicks and punches, discuss how to string the two together to build different combos, and outline the best maneuvers for punching a piano in half. Each class also includes guides on building drills, conditioning exercises, and sample workouts for equipment-based or equipment-free kickboxing.
Sifu Rick Ostrander and his staff of black-belt-wearing instructors teach self-defense techniques and bolster self-confidence in students as young as 3.5 years old. In addition to karate, the academy offers Kick-Robics, a kickboxing class that burns up to 800 calories per workout.
Instructors at Paragon Jiu Jitsu & Kickboxing channel personal sparring experience into Brazilian jiujitsu, kickboxing, and boxing classes. Jiujitsu classes ease exercisers into fitness and the ability to physically overpower unmanned fire-hydrant hoses with beginner, intermediate, and advanced tiers of Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, and submission wrestling maneuvers. Fists slam heavy bags and feet pummel targets in kickboxing, which fuses Western-style boxing and muay thai kickboxing for a blood-pumping workout that, when combined with jiujitsu, makes for an MMA-medal-winning brew. Tiny tendons spring into action in kids' classes and MMA summer camps, arming tykes with self-confidence and the ability to quickly take down invisible frenemies.