Aside from covering your body with pepper and entering the fetal position, the human knows a limited number of self-defense techniques. Today's side deal educates you in the Japanese martial art of aikido with eight classes, a month's worth, at Washington Aiki Kwai for $40. With two classes a week—Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.—you'll work with instructor John Kanetomi to learn to defend yourself while not inflicting pain on your attacker, thus making you a benevolent almost-victim.
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Since 2001, the instructors at Alpha Martial Arts' two Seattle neighborhood locations have been helping people improve their lives through martial arts and fitness. The black-belt martial arts instructors teach kids, teens, and adults martial arts and kenpo karate moves that enhance not only fitness levels and self-defense skills, but also confidence. Those interested in muay thai can learn from world champions, who share their expertise in group classes and private lessons.
On the fitness side, energetic kickboxing classes torch calories, and Alpha's CrossFit coach, who is an active competitor, helps clients quickly tone up through functional-fitness workouts of the day.
The Brazilian martial art known as capoeira was founded 500 years ago. Though it began as a fighting practice disguised as a game, capoeira is now widely practiced as a form of exercise, self-expression, and community celebration. Its fluid movements combine acrobatics and dance and are often set to traditional Brazilian music. Professor Fenix, the founder of Fenix Fitness, has been training in capoeira for nearly 20 years. During private and group classes at his studio, he passes on his skills to children, adults, and exceptionally coordinated dogs.
Parkour Visions teaches aspiring traceurs?the French word for parkour practitioners?how to overcome physical obstacles. Though the sport's origins are a bit fuzzy, it has achieved a wider audience thanks to the many parkour videos uploaded to Youtube as well as the popularity of the television show American Ninja Warrior. These all highlight the purpose of parkour: to improve speed, strength, and coordination while learning how to move efficiently through your environment. At Parkour Visions's Seattle gym, seasoned traceurs teach students of all skill levels and ages how to safely execute basic movements and landings, and, as a non-profit organization, they pay it forward by working with parks to help maintain their grounds and encourage safe outdoor training.
After his high-school and college sports careers ended, Nathan Schroeder was bummed out, but hardly done with being active. He turned to boxing as a means to keep his body at rope-coil consistency. Nathan also immersed himself in CrossFit, which added the strength-building component that his cardiovascular punching workout had been lacking. After building an impressive list of certifications?including Level 1 CrossFit instructor, USA Boxing coach, and nutritional therapist practitioner?Nathan opened Ballard Barbell and Boxing Club, where he shares his blend of boxing, functional fitness, and nutritional strategies with all skill levels.
Nathan's class routines change daily to boost each student's strength, stamina, speed, and agility?not to mention the sheer explosive power of their punches. Boxing combinations share time with CrossFit elements such as Olympic weightlifting, prepping his most advanced students to wield barbells as hidden weapons in the ring. Kettlebells, sprints, plyometrics, and gymnastics also play a role in the regimen.