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.
From adults looking for a new hobby to kindergardeners who dream of becoming ballerinas, students of all ages can find the dance lesson thats right for them at Studio 23. Instructors lead classes in a variety of styles, including ballet, hip-hop, and tap, as well as fusion classes that cover multiple dance disciplines.
Signature service: Flamenco dance instruction for all ages
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: For your first class, wear comfortable exercise clothes and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Students have let me know that I've helped them gain a greater understanding of flamenco rhythm and that they've been able to advance at a much quicker rate.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
I take videos of all my lessons and choreography and provide my students with a private file so they can download the videos and practice at home.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
I stay away from having them imitate steps and would rather have them express their individual story through dance.
Is there anything else you want to add?
My classes are always fun and students feel like they can escape the mundane routines of their daily lives. At the same time, they learn to express who they truly are through flamenco, gain an extended family, and learn that we're on this earth to help one other and make life better. My classes aren't just dance classes, they're life lessons.
Sensei Matt White, owner and chief instructor at Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, trains adults and kids in the martial arts of karate and jujitsu. To enhance these lessons, he draws on modern techniques to build students' fitness and self-confidence. He also characterizes the moves in practical self defense terms, so students can successfully distinguish between art and application.