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There's more than one way to defend yourself. Just ask Alpha Martial Arts' instructors, who include muay thai world champions Kru Alberto Ramirez and his wife, Ariana Ramirez, who has appeared on Oxygen's reality show Fight Girls. Kru Alberto and Ariana teach the adult Muay Thai kickboxing classes, while Chris Herman and Silas Ness teach the Kenpo Karate programs. These master fighters teach teens and adults an array of martial arts techniques, including the strikes of karate and muay thai, all while helping them shed pounds and tone muscles. Alpha's team also coordinates youth martial arts programs for ages 4–12.
A sign hangs over the entrance of MKG Martial Arts International: Leave your ego at the door. It’s the first indication of the group-minded, family-like camaraderie among the students and highly trained instructors, and it's a sentiment that holds true in each of the gym’s three areas of expertise—adult martial arts and kickboxing, cross-training fitness classes, and youth programs for tykes as young as 4. MKG's MAX10 Fitness & Boot Camp program challenges fitness-goers to reach new goals.
Known as MAX, the 4,500-square-foot studio's cross-training classes help students get into shape during boot-camp- and kickboxing-inspired workouts. Sessions, such as Bag Combat or MAX Strength, torch calories and tone muscles while keeping boredom at bay with continuously changing routines and punching bags that explode into butterflies every time they’re hit.
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.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Come and have fun. We will take care of everything.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Family-friendly, flexible class schedule
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.