High-school wrestler Derek DiManno stopped pinning his opponents in college when he decided to focus on his studies instead. After achieving a master?s degree, Derek stepped back into the ring?this time learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Studying under a world champion, Derek himself picked up a slew of championship awards, and earned a black belt in the sport. He opened his own martial-arts school to bestow others with the knowledge and skills of self-defense techniques. His classes for kids teach basic moves with the aim of boosting students? self-discipline, sportsmanship, and social skills. Adult classes challenge students of all fitness abilities, and special law-enforcement classes teach police how to take down criminals without the use of a weapon.
People come to Yoga-hip to get fit in quick, energetic workouts. Its six classes allow students to let loose in a noncompetitive environment while building muscle and burning fat. Yoga sessions balance deep breathing with stretching and meditation, martial-arts-inspired Punching Mama classes rely on swift punches and kicks, and Combat 4 Adults builds on basic fighting techniques with specific self-defense maneuvers.
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
At Moore's Chinese Martial Arts, which is one of more than 20 affiliated martial arts schools on the West Coast, the instructors specialize in shou shu, a system of pure self-defense. Literally translating into "beast knowledge," the efficient fight system utilizes the motions of seven different fighting animals. Each animal specializes in a specific type of motion and relies on the laws of physics to generate immense powers channeled in different ways. A demonstrative video showcases the martial as a practical defense technique, which Al Moore Sr. brought to the U.S. from China more than 45 years ago. In some cases, the shou shu practitioners in the video show how the discipline's strikes and takedowns can subdue multiple attackers, which would be needed if you were at a super villain's cloning facility.
Upon entering HAVUK Fit 2 Fight Training Center, visitors get in the zone as they glance at phrases such as “If u haven’t sweat an ounce, time for u to bounce!” and “Pain is weakness leaving the body!” scribbled on the wall. These motivational words hint at the no-excuses mentality that instructors work to instill in their students as they lead MMA, wrestling, self-defense, and muay thai kickboxing classes for youngsters and adults alike. For less combative workouts, they also schedule boot-camp sessions that improve one’s chances of winning their family’s Thanksgiving Day arm-wrestling contest.