Helmed by professor and capoeira expert Muito Tempo, Capoeira Batuque Pasadena fills with the rhythms that drive the fast-paced sport. In group classes, instructors introduce the fundamentals of capoeira, which fuses the moves of martial arts, the rhythmic and collaborative elements of dance, and the circular formation of Duck, Duck, Goose into a vibrant and aerobic form of exercise. Classes consist of two participants dancing around each other in the middle of the circle, exchanging movements of attack and defense in a frenzied but controlled flow. The classes maintain their lively pace by fueling the acrobatic movements with music heavy in complex, quick polyrhythms played on a range of traditional percussion instruments.
Sityodtong USA is affiliated with Thailand's world-renowned, champion-producing Sityodtong Muay Thai Training Camp. Its west coast gym is considered by many to have legendary status. The gym has partnered with PowerBar TeamElite and NBC's The Biggest Loser, and its fighters won a combined 6 belts in Muay Thai and MMA in 2012. Classes in Brazilian jiu jitsu, boomer- and teen-specific boxing, and Muay Thai fill the gym’s schedule, which also includes open gym time where athletes can practice on their own. With up to 80 classes per week, Sityodtong USA offers technical and competition training and experience paths that range from beginner to advanced, including a "get fit without getting hit" combat fitness program.
Gracie Barra is the go-to gym for jiu-jitsu enthusiasts in the Pasadena area. Owned and operated by Carlos Gracie, Jr. of the Gracie family of mixed martial arts fame, Gracie Barra features classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and offers free parking to all its members. The gym boasts more than 2,000 square feet of open mat space, a sauna, and locker rooms and showers for both male and female members. You can call or go online to schedule a class—the first one is free. Whether you're new to jiu-jitsu or you're a seasoned practitioner, you will love honing your craft at Gracie Barra.
You don't have to be an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter to train like one at UFC Gym. That's because instructors at the fitness haven teach the training techniques and mixed martial arts of the UFC during a wealth of classes and personal training sessions. Members can learn kicks, punches, and jabs during cardio box and combat challenge classes, and build formidable abs in Killer Core. In doing so, they'll develop the strength, muscle tone, and endurance to finally outrun the neighborhood bull.
A seventh-degree black belt in hapkido. An eighth-degree black belt in taekwondo. A 10th-degree black belt in karate. A masters certification in the martial arts from Seoul National University in South Korea. This laundry list of accomplishments belongs to Grand Master Myung II Kim, a South Korea native who started practicing martial arts at the ripe young age of five. At MIK Martial Arts, he and fellow instructors bring their varied areas of MMA expertise to martial arts classes for children and adults. Classes span a wide variety of martial arts; student might find themselves sparring with opponents in karate, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, and even bowstaff combat.
In need of a way to blow off a little steam and keep fit after a long day? Try this workout, which combines physical exertion with intense concentration and visible results to keep you more engaged and interested than a treadmill ever could. This dojo takes all comers, and the patience of the instructors will insure an educational, fulfilling experience with every class. With over 30 years of experience in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you can have confidence in the education and training you’ll receive while on the mat. From children to senior citizens, everyone can benefit from the mental and physical skills on offer with each and every course.