During the '90s Vladimir Mialovski was a trapeze artist for Cirque du Soleil's Mystère in Las Vegas, until the show retired its flying-trapeze act. Fortunately, he had something other than a net to fall back on: martial arts. Mialovski's interest in martial arts first sparked in 1985. Since then, he has received black belts in song moo kwan and shorin-ryu karate, eventually opening International Academy of Martial Arts. There, he and his experienced team teach kids, teens, and adults everything from jujitsu and karate to kickboxing and judo.
Throwdown Training Center's experienced instructors bestow health training and martial-arts knowledge to fitness-focused members of all skill levels at the 10,000-square-foot facility. Groupon customers can train their bodies in Throwdown's combat classes, including muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, sparring, boxing, and wrestling, to give them the skill set necessary to defend against outside threats or intimidate pickle jars into opening themselves. Students can also mold their muscular forms in any of Throwdown's cardio and conditioning classes or tackle weights, machines, ellipticals, and treadmills in the full gym.
Equipment: CrossFit, MMA, Power Plate, Free Weights, Circuit Training, Cardio
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: More than 25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We have a talented, caring team of instructors that will provide a great workout for all levels.
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