Using the moves and techniques of martial arts, the certified instructors at Ashcrafts Martial Fitness help their students get into the best shape of their lives. Through Ashcrafts' kickboxing, tae kwon do, and MMA classes, kids, seniors, and adults can learn self-defense and grappling moves while they burn fat and build lean muscle. The no-nonsense gym features heavy bags, strength-training equipment, and a padded floor to maximize training exercises.
Touting 60 years of collective experience, the seasoned senseis at Saldivar Martial Arts have the prowess to mold pupils into impregnable self-defenders. Students with belt shades ranging from lily-white to blacker than the inside of an uncracked walnut can enroll in beginner through advanced classes and work on mastering Saldivar's fundamental principles of integrity, commitment, and discipline. Karate kids of all ages can fling foot and fist in tae kwon do courses, and those aged 16 and over can strike, block, and parry in all-levels kickboxing courses. Students will be garbed with karate uniforms to wear in future lessons or to disguise themselves as walking snow angels.
Judo is one of the grappling arts, which means that it has no strikes and uses no weapons, unlike karate or tae kwon do. Judo was developed in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a comprehensive method of physical education, and it continues to provide exercise, entertainment, and self-defense knowledge today. For fun or competition, Universal Judo provides instruction and enjoyment to practitioners of all skill levels and ages. Call ahead to schedule your first visit.
"I will use my new ability with the respect of a deadly weapon for I am a weapon." So goes the oath sworn by students at Korea-America Tae Kwon Do Association, where instructors guide them through their chosen martial-arts discipline. In addition to Olympic-style tae kwon do, hapkido, and kumdo classes for all ages and ability levels, the center offers a Pure Fitness program especially for women.
Trained by JuKiDo founder Kyoshi Ivan Ujueta, Haben's Martial Art's head sensei Paul Haben draws from his hard-hitting experience to help students reach their individual goals. Classes cover a range of disciplines including the syncretic style of JuKiDo, which blends the soft defensive styles of judo and jiu-jitsu with the uncompromising strikes of karate and kickboxing. Students can also learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which enables the neutralization of larger opponents through the assistance of the floor, or focused, mixed martial arts for students determined to kick through lead. Since in utero instruction has proven impractical, Haben's Martial Arts accepts students starting at 4 years of age, with classes especially designed for different age groups.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center began weaving itself into the fabric of San Antonio’s arts and theater scene more than three decades ago to share the richness of Chicano, Latino, and Native American art forms. Now a cornerstone of the community, the nonprofit touches the lives of more than 100,000 people each year with theater and dance performances, cultural festivals, and creative classes. The center passes down traditional forms of expression, such as Mexican Folklórico dance and cactus juggling while also embracing contemporary art forms such as photography.
Each year, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s festivals welcome large crowds of adults, kids, and multiple Waldos. Foremost among them are CineFestival, the Tejano Conjunto music festival, and Hecho A Mano, a holiday crafts and arts festival. For its members, the center organizes a wealth of educational programming, teaching everything from oil painting and guitar to karate.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.