Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of song, dance, and ritualized fighting that is centered on a physical game called jogo de capoeira. Like Spock and Kirk forced to fight by a threatening tribunal of bearded men, two players dance around each other in the center of a circle, exchanging movements of attack and defense in a constant, heart-pumping flow. Both players attempt to control the space by confusing their opponent, although no intentional contact is made or harm done—unlike sticks and stones with hurtful words carved into them. The observers in the circle play a variety of traditional Brazilian instruments and sing, setting the pace and beat of the dance-fight. Explore the schedule to find times during the week that work for you; additional classes are held at 7 a.m. by appointment only. Each session will immerse you in the flips, feints, kicks, and songs of capoeira.
Maybe it's a good thing the founders of Brazilian jiujitsu were not huge men. At just 135 pounds, co-founder Helio Gracie was forced to rely on leverage rather than rote strength or merciless tickling to help him overcome larger opponents. So in an effort to reduce the natural advantage of size, he worked these techniques into Brazilian jiujitsu's system of joint locks, chokes, and take-downs. In that way, Brazilian jiujitsu became a practical form of self-defense; you didn't have to be able to kick down a tree to become dangerous.
At Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu, black belt martial artist Dave Clahan and his team have armed students of every size with these same leverage-based self-defense techniques. Inside their 4,000 square foot studio, students of all ages and levels soak up grappling and submission skills they can refine for the ring or reserve for life-saving moments on the street. In addition to building physical ability, the instructors also emphasize building intangible qualities, such as confidence and self-respect.
The International Academy of WingChun trains its students in an especially versatile form of martial arts, first pioneered in 1998. Built on a foundation of self-defense and based in a variety of combat traditions, WingChun is designed to shore up physical fitness, mental agility, and self-confidence. At a variety of facilities, students of the Academy focus and practice, developing skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.
Fight for what you believe in; at Pacific Ring Sports, the trainers passionately believe in fitness and their different fighting arts. This gym has the best breadth and depth of experience in the fighting arts, and offers training in Muay Thai boxing, kickboxing, boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Jiu Jitsu. There is also plenty of equipment and many classes for overall strength and conditioning. To fully round out their offering, Pacific Ring Sports also has a professional yoga instructor on hand to provide the right balance to your workout routine. While the instructors here are champions in their arts, and many professional fighters come to this gym to stay at their high level, Pacific Ring Sports warmly welcomes people of all fitness levels to train here. The vast majority of the regulars do not train to compete, but for those who are interested, Pacific Ring Sports does hold competitions in its full-sized USA Boxing sanctioned ring.
After just one session at Cheetah Muay Thai Academy, you’ll feel like you’re a part of the family. Sure, it’s a family that fights constantly, but that’s the whole joy of being a part of a Muay Thai gym. It’s also a sweaty family—the instructors here really know how to push you in just the right ways. You’re guaranteed to feel the burn and get super fit after following their training plans, and you’ll appreciate the personalized attention you get. The gym and the classes are small, and you might find yourself becoming a regular in no time. Cheetah himself is quite a friendly guy for being such a tough fighter, and freely gives out smiles and hugs. Cheetah Muay Thai will help you become your strongest self in no time.
Get a workout for your mind and body. Soja Mind Body is a mindful fitness gym dedicated to the study of yoga and martial arts. Based on Chinese and Indonesian martial arts, Soja Mind Body combines rigorous exercise with meditation and healthy lifestyles. At Soja, members may meet at the gym, but their practice continues throughout the day. Perfect for young children, the Soja approach to martial arts is a holistic workout that teaches life skills and physical fitness. Adults can find focus while bonding with others and strengthening their bodies. Soja Mind Body offers daily classes for adult and children.