Master Todd Bradley has been teaching martial arts since 1986, but like his team of well-trained Kempo instructors, he never stops learning. He instills this same drive in his students at Champions Karate South, where classes boost physical fitness and self-esteem. Although the studio trains students in various international martial-arts styles, it specializes in teaching the strikes and fancy footwork of kempo, jujitsu, and the close quarter combat training of krav maga.
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.
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).
A member of the 1996 Olympic fencing team. A three-time NCAA champion. A former top-ranked fencer in the United States. With those myriad career achievements behind him, Tom Strzalkowski now trains the next generation of fencers at Fencing Academy of Denver. Along with his fellow instructors, Tom designs programs for both adults and children of all skill levels. During group and private lessons specializing in sabers, foils, or épées, the coaches teach fencing fundamentals such as identifying target areas and performing basic lunges. Sessions aim to improve stamina and nimbleness, and also cater to each student's personal goals, from competing in national tournaments to rescuing a significant other from swashbuckling pirates.