Started 14 years ago, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there’s a reason for this gym’s popularity—KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who’ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp’s three locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in group cycling, wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.
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Founded in 1995 with one location at Chattahoochee Plantation, Universal Tennis Academy has since grown to include seven other locations located throughout the Atlanta area. At the Joseph D. McGhee Tennis Center and Washington Park Tennis Center, tennis pros help developing players hone their skills with focused drills, match play, and challenge ladders, focusing on attitude and work ethic as well as technique. Eight of McGhee's nine hard courts and all eight of Washington Park's courts stay lit in the evening, allowing competitors to play their unresolved matches in the dark without lighting the ball on fire.
Helmed by Grandmaster Samane, Pro Martial Arts teaches a curriculum of values that goes beyond fighting skills. Whether they're there to get in shape or gain some self-esteem, students also study the intangible arts, building foundations for quiet confidence, self-discipline, and mental focus. Burning through up to 750 calories in a single session, the studio's high-intensity kickboxing classes condition bodies and minds alike with a blend of muscle-building drills, martial arts techniques, and motivational coaching. When they're not busy helping students tone up and lose weight, the instructors also lead traditional lessons inspired by the Korean arts of tae kwon do, tang soo do, and hapkido, and run bullying prevention programs for children and teens.
Seasoned bushido artist John Okochi taught Michael Issa martial arts when Issa was 6 years old. Now, the two teach together at Kaikudo Martial Arts. Although Okochi has a leg up on his pupil—he has been teaching for more than 30 years, or three presidential terms—Issa is no slouch. His certification for practicing Wudang tai chi and qigong adds a holistic element to the studio. That comes in handy during the studio's kaikudo classes, which stress discipline and mental focus in addition to the self-defense tactics of Japanese and Chinese martial arts styles such as taido karate, judo, and aikido.