Fifth-degree black belt Dave Goldberg studied aikido in Japan for three and a half years. Today, he and his team at Aikido of San Diego relay his teachings to teens and adults during three types of aikido classes: Foundations, which is a beginners' course; Form & Flow, which introduces essential techniques; and Form & Flow + Sticks, which incorporates weapons. Since the venue and date have already been reserved for the 2045 Aikido Championships, the dojo also teaches the next generation of aikido artists during youth classes for ages 5–12.
Self-defense is at the core of each technique taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. Whether students are practicing kung fu or MMA, they'll learn how to successfully defend themselves against intimidating opponents who may be larger in size or wearing a superhero cape. Kickboxing classes add an element of cardiovascular fitness, tai chi sessions slow down the moves to a meditative pace, and grappling lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to take someone down to the floor. Instructors also spend one-on-one time with students during personal-training sessions that focus on perfecting punches and kicks.
True to its name, Pitbull Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is known for breeding physical toughness into its fighters through hard work, training, and rigorous conditioning. Helmed by seasoned Brazilian fighter Johann Carvalho, the gym’s staff imparts the secrets of jujitsu chokeholds, muay thai knee strikes, and mixed martial arts cuddling. Instructors teach children’s classes that build self-confidence and discipline, and prepare advanced older students for upcoming local competitions.
The snap of gloved fists against swinging punching bags echoes off the walls of Undisputed Fitness & Training as boxers of all levels train, fight, or spar in an oversized cage. While activity sometimes centers on the cage, expert, passionate trainers also lead intense programs such as muay-thai boxing and mixed-martial-arts training on a new indoor field-turfed combat conditioning area. Fitness gurus can also meander to the new addition of the outdoor weight room, pumping iron in the afternoon sun or the light of a never-ending eclipse. Undisputed Fitness & Training also hosts group classes and personal training sessions that accommodate all levels of experience.
Fourth-degree master instructor Sal Convento passes along his 28 years of martial arts experience to a new generation of fighters. The staff teaches students ages one and up everything form basic coordination and discipline to advanced self defense techniques both unarmed and with traditional weapons.
Equilibrium is important in yoga, which relies on both mental and physical exercise. The instructors help balance strength and finesse, aided by the fact that they come from such varied backgrounds. The diverse group discovered yoga after playing traditional team sports, travelling in India, and practicing medicine. They recognize that no matter how often someone might meditate or practice postures in candlelight, which clients can do in hatha yoga or candlelit flow classes, occasionally, that same person wants to punch something. In that case, the studio’s kickboxing classes, which combine authentic fighting techniques with body-weight exercises and stretching, are an ideal option.
When the founders first envisioned what would become the Hale Holistic fitness studio, they already had balance on the brain and hoped to integrate agricultural self-sufficiency. To do this, they created an urban rooftop garden in the middle of the city, where they harvest organic veggies to create antioxidant-packed smoothies or make travelling cornucopia salesmen feel better about their job. Any produce that’s not straight from their rooftop, they’ve sourced from local, sustainable farmers. Because they’re so confident in the power of smoothies to improve health and pair with yoga, they give one to every client who attends a class.