For over 30 years Apollo's Karate has provided Oklahomas' best Karate Kids program.Our certified Black Belt instructors make the difference in the life of boys and girls from ages 4 to 14 every day arming them with self-defense and self-discipline which builds self-confidence.
Ralph Latimer, the head of Phoenix Rising Kung Fu San Soo, is devoted to kung fu?so devoted that he has even practiced it underwater. It was his only option at the time, because he was in the Navy and working aboard a submarine for four months. What's more, his boat was a compact one, with little room for martial-arts practice. He decided to train in the submarine's largest open space, which meant practicing kung fu atop a nuclear generator.
Today, Latimer?an eighth-degree black belt?shares that unyielding passion for kung fu with his students, through classes that emphasize the art in martial arts. Though the lessons serve practical self-defense purposes, as well as muscle-toning ones, Latimer and his team focus more on technique and discipline, spurred on by the etymology of the phrase kung fu itself. The Chinese phrase translates roughly to working man, and it has craftsman connotations, much like the phrase lanyard braider in English.
There on the wall inside Conan's Academy, next to four World Kickboxing Championship belts, hangs a photograph of founder Scott ?Conan? Mincey donning a mustache and shaking hands with one of his numerous mentors, Chuck Norris. In fact, during his 34-year career, Scott has worked with a constellation of martial-arts stars and, since 1996, has brought that experience to his self-titled academy.
Scott teaches recreational and competitive fighting styles to a diverse student base which includes men, women, teens, and children. His classes blend equal doses of self-defense techniques with workouts designed to build lean muscle strength, speed, and endurance. Students can throw jabs in the pursuit of a leaner self, or train for all manners of blood-sporting competition in the gym's boxing ring, octagonal cage, or shark tank.
Allied’s Ultimate Performance Complex helps athletes of all ages Hulk-punch through ability-ceilings with an assortment of sports-conditioning sessions. Adult classes take inspiration from boxing and mixed martial arts, blending stretches, strength, and agility into a muscle-enhancing secret sauce. Aspiring martial artists of all ability levels can defend themselves against bullying jab-bags or ramp up heart rates with cardio exercise. Youth classes, for ages 18 and under, encompass a warm up, cool down, and core conditioning through interval training. Adults can also opt for 10 sports performance classes, which condition the body for any court or field sport. The sessions boost power, balance, and mental focus, helping quick-moving athletes ignore taunts from immobile, resentful basketball hoops.
In early 2012, three heavyweight names in the professional fighting worlds––The Factory, Team Nogueira Tulsa, and Ghost Dog Boxing––merged into a single muscle-building conglomerate, which USCombatSports.com heralded as a "match made in heaven [that] puts the best of three gyms into one." Now operating under The Factory moniker, the supergroup of combat trainers and health gurus staked its claim in an 8,000-square-foot facility, where members receive 24-hour access to weight-lifting equipment, Olympic lift platforms, and locker rooms with shower facilities.
The Factory's absorption of fellow fighting gyms has allowed founder and UFC fighter Josh Bryant to incorporate new techniques to his training programs, blending his MMA background of takedowns and strikes with the jujitsu tactics of Team Nogueira Tulsa and the sparring combinations of Ghost Dog Boxing. Together this triumvirate teaches students the skills needed to build lean muscle mass for battles inside the ring or scuffles inside toy stores during the Christmas season.