The expert instructors of Takemusu Mixed Martial Arts lead students of all fitness levels through a variety of classes. They teach children discipline and bully avoidance through martial-arts classes and help adults advance through the belt levels with classes for all levels in techniques that include tae kwon do, jujitsu, and wooden-sword training. In addition to classes that focus on technique, they also offer group fitness classes and personal training to help keep students in peak fighting condition.
Having spent many years in the dance and fitness industries, Vanessa Berry knew precisely what to look for in her staff members when she opened Kick Dance Studios more than 10 years ago. Today, staffers include those who have trained at distinguished organizations including the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Broadway Dance Center.
But as proud as she is of her team, Berry is doubly so of her students, including her award-winning dance team. Her facility's two studios constantly bustle with the moves and grooves of highly organized dance classes, which include ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theater, and acrobatics.
The indoor pool at Five Star Aquatics serves as a classroom for swimming lessons. In its 90-degree waters, certified instructors teach students to float, breathe rhythmically, and ultimately grow gills. Besides minting new swimmers, instructors lead classes for competitive and casual athletes, as well as individuals with limited mobility.
Other instructors at Five Star Aquatics teach dry-land classes such as yoga and Zumba. To further enhance vitality, massage therapists welcome clients into a private room for bodywork sessions that relieve aches and restore peace of mind.
Sensei MJ Singh shares the benefits of his extensive martial-arts training with students both young and old. During his karate for kids classes, Singh provides high-energy fun for tykes as they master not only self-defense, but also self-discipline, which may give them the fortitude to complete schoolwork and staring contests against teddy bears. For teens, he blends the techniques of western boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jujistu, and muay thai into a comprehensive mixed martial-arts class. He also welcomes parents to train alongside their kids. If adults seek a full-grown fitness regimen, they can enroll in cardio-focused fitness kickboxing classes or take krav maga self defense, which was developed for and by the Israeli Defense Force.
As a former corrections officer, Victor Lashley’s career often immersed him in life-threatening situations, putting his self-defense skills to the test outside the safe confines of a gym. To empower others with the ability to fight back while getting fit, he now teaches myriad forms of martial arts at ICAT Triple Threat Training Center. He trains patrons in MMA grappling, Kali, and his own method Defensive Concepts, which blends kicking and close-range striking techniques from muay thai, Kali, and boxing into a fast-paced striking art that earned Lashley a state certification as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. With the aid of his fellow instructors, he helms boot-camp classes and one-on-one personal-training sessions that devour calories. Nala—a boxer-breed pooch—serves as the gym's mascot, security guard, and head instructor of drool-based self-defense techniques.