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.
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.
"We are the only gym in Las Vegas to receive the prestigious Conde Nast Five Star distinction, and have one of the largest CrossFit facilities in the world." That's how manager Robert Garza describes City Athletic Club, and indeed the facility is impressive. Its 48,000 square feet house a range of workout equipment and group exercise studios, as well as places to relax, including a sauna and hot tub. Yet despite this encyclopedic collection of fitness gear, City Athletic Club doesn't really look like a gym. It takes on more of a night club vibe, just with less sweating. White couches wait right inside the doors, soft neon lights drape in front of spinning machines, and a row of bar stools sits along counters near the front desk?the perfect place to sip a beverage from the smoothie cafe.
At Quest ATA Martial Arts, fifth-degree black belts and Songahm tae kwon do experts Maria and Jesse Pino have to have flexible teaching styles. That's because they offer a Tiny Tigers program for ages 3?6, a kids' program for ages 6?12, and an adult program for ages 13 and older. Across all levels, their goal is to inspire students with martial arts training and instill leadership skills. The youngsters' classes emphasize basic techniques and life values, such as respect and self-confidence, whereas the adult classes focus more on strikes and traditional self-defense techniques, such as the Wet Willie. Further instilling patrons with strength and discipline, Quest now schedules yoga classes, too.
Amilcar "Mica" Cipili, head instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas, knows what works for self defense and when placed in a real life fight. Raised in southern Brazil, Mica was already mastering the martial arts of kung fu, capoeira, and judo until he saw a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match that changed his life. Mica became obsessed with the "gentle art," which eschews brute force for more effective strategies of balance, leverage, and debate skills to use mid-grapple. Mica soon perfected the grips, flips, and submissive holds of jiu-jitsu with help from the Machado brothers–progeny of jiu-jitsu pioneer George Gracie. With his new-found fighting savvy, Mica earned a third-degree black belt, a mantle-busting array of over 90 champion titles, and even trained MMA greats such as UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta. At his Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas institute, Mica trains fighters of all levels in classes six days a week. In addition to Brazilan jiu-jitsu and judo for adults and kids, the training center features courses in judo, MMA, wrestling, and boxing.
Normally, any association with a guy nicknamed "The Axe Murderer" seems like a bad idea. But for the competitors at Wand Fight Team, that couldn't be further from the truth. Having received the gruesome nickname for his aggressive style in the octagon, UFC legend Wanderlei Silva now takes a more passive approach to helping others earn macabre monikers of their own at his training facility in Las Vegas. Here, martial arts programs in Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing prepare both adults and kids for success inside and outside of the ring.
A five-time American Taekwondo Association World Champion, chief master Von Schmeling, began Victory Martial Arts to teach pupils confidence and leadership skills while imparting martial-arts techniques. Classes capped at 30 students, with at most 10 students per instructor, cover disciplines such as general martial arts, krav maga, and self-defense for thwarting assailants and heavily armed spiders. Budding martial artists hone their craft alongside loved ones in family sessions or practice maneuvers in age-specific sequences for kids, teens, or adults.