Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Unique, positive atmosphere.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Martial-arts knowledge can be useful in situations where self-defense is the only option; however, training is a lifestyle choice that requires mental as well as physical commitment. Master Jeong Ho Yi currently holds a fifth-degree black belt in the ancient practice of tae kwon do: a Korean martial art that emphasizes dynamic footwork, as well as mindful awareness of the body's movements and capabilities. Joined by a team of instructors, Master Yi shares his knowledge of tae kwon do with students of all ages and skill levels, safely introducing them to the physical techniques as well as the mental training required to develop improved focus, confidence, self control, perseverance, and respect.
Instructors Dean Broga, Bill Price, and Jeff Dowdy are serious about aikido. At Richmond Aikido Kai, they only teach students aged 14 or older, and they feel pride in passing down the techniques of the ancient art form. Together, they share about 100 years of experience.
When two brothers were witness to domestic violence happening, their lives changed forever. From that moment on—and even more so when they became fathers and husbands—they were determined to do everything in their power to provide women with self-defense tools. Now that they’ve started Divas In Defense, they have put together expert teams of trainers and support staff in several states and in Mexico, all of whom share a passion for female empowerment and safety. Clients, on their quest for self-empowerment, train under expert instructors who lead women and girls aged 7 and older through self-defense classes while teaching them situational awareness, strikes, and de-arming moves while building their strength and stamina.
Suenaka-Ha Aikido is an effective martial art for self-defense, it also offers a positive philosophy that includes the concept of unification of mind and body. Many of the things you learn on the mat will also enhance activities in your daily life. The techniques of Aikido include a focus on taking your opponents balance an
Clad in white, yellow, and green uniforms, the capoeiristas stand in a circle, drumming, clapping, or playing instruments to help keep time for the duo at the center of their formation. These two performers circle each other, tumbling and kicking, seeing how fast they can go without ever striking their counterpart. Though the pace is fast and the potential blows powerful, the match is more festive than ferocious, its participants playful instead of pugilistic. This combination of physicality and fun forms the core Capoeira Resistencia's teaching philosophy, and curricula of its every class.
More than self-defense or athleticism, the gym's instructors teach students to embrace experimentation and confidence through the art of capoeira. They help students master the art's basic movements—which generally resemble a more measured form of breakdancing—before layering in new techniques, pushing each pupil towards a state of lithe flexibility and physical strength along the way.