Star high school quarterback. Naval Academy graduate. Silver Star-recipient. If Captain America was real, he might be jealous of Brian “All-American” Stann's résumé. Following his first tour in Iraq, Brian tried his hand at mixed martial arts, knocking out his first opponent in the opening round and garnering the attention of various promoters. While on his second tour, he personally negotiated a professional fighting contract that he honored upon his return.
At Warrior Legion Academy, Brian calls on his vast experience to cultivate an intense and supportive environment for aspiring fighters of all ages and skill levels. Children increase their self-confidence and discipline through a Kids MMA program, while adults practice the strikes and holds of muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and MMA. Along with managing his own professional career and mentoring fellow UFC fighters, Brian Stann operates the non-profit organization Hire Heroes USA, which provides job training for returning veterans.
Seasoned bushido artist John Okochi taught Michael Issa martial arts when Issa was 6 years old. Now, the two teach together at Kaikudo Martial Arts. Although Okochi has a leg up on his pupil—he has been teaching for more than 30 years, or three presidential terms—Issa is no slouch. His certification for practicing Wudang tai chi and qigong adds a holistic element to the studio. That comes in handy during the studio's kaikudo classes, which stress discipline and mental focus in addition to the self-defense tactics of Japanese and Chinese martial arts styles such as taido karate, judo, and aikido.
Helmed by Grandmaster Samane, Pro Martial Arts teaches a curriculum of values that goes beyond fighting skills. Whether they're there to get in shape or gain some self-esteem, students also study the intangible arts, building foundations for quiet confidence, self-discipline, and mental focus. Burning through up to 750 calories in a single session, the studio's high-intensity kickboxing classes condition bodies and minds alike with a blend of muscle-building drills, martial arts techniques, and motivational coaching. When they're not busy helping students tone up and lose weight, the instructors also lead traditional lessons inspired by the Korean arts of tae kwon do, tang soo do, and hapkido, and run bullying prevention programs for children and teens.
At Total Boxing, students study under experienced athletes and instructors, learning the swift leg strikes, powerful blocks, and delicate balancing skills of muay thai. Adults and children alike hone their agility, strength, and speed during invigorating lessons, safely sparring with other fighters, or practicing fist and footwork on the gym's ample collection of specially designed training bags. In addition to perfecting a blinding flurry of high-kicking feet, visitors to Total Boxing turn abs and core muscles into rippling sinew, and learn effective self-defense strategies. The part-gym, part-dojo operates with its own in-house graduated belt system to mark students' progress and development, shunning the meaningless belt-doling and cupcake-gifting of corporate academies. Other classes include the core building of Pilates, the chokes and locks that make up Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and the functional workouts in boot-camp classes.
The Swing Factory Golf Center offers fine golf instruction, a golf driving range, and an 18 hole mini golf course. 25 stations with astroturf mats and 25 stations with Bermuda Turf grass. Short game area with putting green, sand trap, and chipping targets. Ping n'Flight launch monitor, and V1 video analysis software.
The gargantuan 27,000 square foot gymnasium at Southern Elite Gymnastics Academy (SEGA) houses scores of equipment for almost every conceivable gymnastics event. Balance beams, even and uneven parallel bars, and pommel horses pepper the open floor, which also hosts trampolines and a parkour course. Classes range from gymnastics and tumbling for free-running for kids and adults, fitness, trampoline, and karate.