Black belts dominate the instructors' wardrobes at Kicks Tae Kwon Do. More than 10 of the studio's instructors have one, and several possess belts of even greater distinction, including grand master Kit Mattson, who is an eighth-degree black belt. All of this talent and experience equates to expertly taught martial-arts classes where preschoolers and adults alike can learn how to punch, kick, and deliver zingers like Bruce Lee. The instructors also work their self-defense techniques into calorie-burning mixed-marital-arts, kickboxing, and boot-camp workouts.
USKO—which stands for United States Karate Organization—teaches its students self-defense techniques from around the world, including judo, kung fu, tae kwon do, karate, and juitsu. Children’s programs focus on building gross motor skills, discipline, and self-esteem, whereas adult programs help students improve their stamina and concentration levels. Additionally, instructors work with students one-on-one during personal-training sessions and teach kickboxing and boot-camp classes.
At World Black Ryu Martial Arts, instructors strive to teach lessons that extend beyond punches and roundhouse kicks. Instructors impart mental strength and self-discipline to students 3 and older. Their Little Dragon youth training program helps improve social and motor skills in a constructive environment, and adult classes blend elements of jujitsu, karate, and kenpo.
At Fit 4 Life, instructors dedicate themselves to creating the most appropriate workout regime for each guest. They offer a diverse list of services including nutrition, private training, and group classes such as boot camp, interval training, and yoga.
Night lasers, black lights, and glow sticks might tempt people to mistake a Chicka Fitness workout for a rave, but make no mistake—the Chicka Fitness crew is serious about exercise. Their unique classes incorporate dozens of props, allowing pupils to have fun while they sweat off pounds and sculpt their bodies. They use sticks for self-defense, hand targets and bats for stress relief, and even drumsticks. More provocative classes also incorporate chair workouts, dance, and belly-chain wraps.
Guests of all experience levels at Adrenaline Martial Arts & Fitness participate in classes geared toward getting in shape, perfecting martial-arts technique, and learning self-defense moves. Classes—which include muay thai, jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing—are held in a 21,000-square-foot training space with 30 fitness and exercise machines and 25 boxing bags.