A student of Brazilian jujitsu since 1998, Stephan Goyne took just 12 years to earn a black belt in the combat-oriented martial-arts style, winning six gold medals in various tournaments along the way. Today, he and Bay Jiu-Jitsu’s three other instructors share their skills with students of all ages and fitness levels. Each class begins with a workout that strengthens the body for jujitsu through wrestling-specific movements. Stephan then guides students through new moves before letting them spar against an opponent in a test of strategy similar to full-contact chess.
The interior of Hybrid Training SF is like an athlete's playground—two speed bags, four heavy bags, and uppercut bags hang from the ceiling, and the floor is packed with yoga balls, kettlebells, and an assortment of cardio equipment. This array of training tools comes in handy during the gym's classes, which range from muay thai and boxing, to jujitsu tailored for kids, men, and women. Classes are led by a team of experienced instructors with diverse backgrounds in Brazilian jujitsu, and amateur boxing.
The Polk Street Gym is a boxing gym. It telegraphs its pugilistic philosophy to fitness by center-staging a large, full-size boxing ring just inside the sidewalk storefront windows that stretch from matted floor to lofted ceiling. Both aspiring sparers and everyday Joes, who only have thrown punches at dollar stealing vending machines, train like boxers. Members jump rope, run hills, hit bags, and shadowbox. These drills and exercises firm not just boxing skills, but also general cardio and strength capacity. With 29 classes to choose from, men and women, kids and adults find a fighter's heart in circuit training or boxing classes.
Dublin-bred, former Golden Gloves champion Simon Redmond leads a roster of trainers who are all current or past Golden Gloves champs, whose knuckles turn food, jaws, parking meters, and all they touch to gold. After immigrating to San Francisco in the mid-90s, Simon trained and fought for several years before opening a gym with a partner. At the start of 2010, Simon broke off on his own to open Polk Street Gym. He strives to whip people into shape through boxing, affirming his mission and his passion by writing that despite broken ribs, a broken nose, burst eardrums, and spilt blood, he has loved every minute of his boxing lifestyle.
Chests heave and hearts thump as clients congregate in K-One Fitness's 4,500-square-foot studio for individual workouts or martial arts and cardio fitness classes. A regulation-sized boxing ring, professional equipment, and an elite group of experienced pugilists facilitate add a real-world edge to high-octane boxing classes, one of many self-defense-oriented practices that also include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, and muay thai. Fitness Boot Camps vanquish excess weight through varied sessions of aerobic exercise and expert fitness advice, building lean muscle without the boredom of wrestling a forklift to the ground over and over again.
During his time as a certified Thai massage practitioner, Carey "Kari" Hassinger has developed his own style. He works deep into muscles, using Old Medicine Hospital Thai massage techniques to release tension and restore the body's balance and range of motion. Working out of both San Francisco and San Mateo, Kari treats one or two people at a time, and occasionally dons lipgloss and eyeshadow to show his San Francisco pride. His couples massages are interactive and encourage duos to learn how to massage each other at home or massage the people in front of them at the symphony.
For the uninitiated, parkour involves the fluid and efficient conquering of any environment, man-made or naturally occurring, using nothing more than the present obstacles, your body, and your imagination. Originally ignited in France, the discipline continues to grow and has even nabbed further exposure with MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge. During your parkour class, you'll develop safe techniques for landing, jumping, spotting, and more in the face of diverse, unpredictable obstacles. In line with the take-it-with-you mentality of parkour, AcroSports' break dancing classes will provide participants with a fundamental introduction to the power moves and freezes you may or may not need to save the life of an upcoming party.
KIDS and Adults will learn a blend of Hapkido, Kickboxing and Judo. Children can begin at age 4, depending on the instructor's evaluation. All classes are structured to develop both physical fitness & coordination. Kids will also build their self-confidence while learning discipline, focus and manners.