Team Link Brazilian Jiu Jitsu counts famed fighters such as UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga among its students. But you don't have to be a marquee draw to attend the school's classes. The schools, which line the East Coast and extend as far west as Utah, as far south as Brazil, and as far up as Mars—host classes for kids as young as 3. Although Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is their main area of focus, the staff also schedules kickboxing, muay thai, and mixed-martial-arts classes.
Led by eighth-degree black belt Grandmaster Kyung W. Kim, a former US National Team Head Coach, U.S. Taekwondo Center expertly instructs students of all ages and abilities in the martial art of tae kwon do. Classes teach fundamentals as they improve fitness and build confidence.
At Darly’s Dance & Fitness classes promise more than just improved technique—they offer the opportunity to get fit without the rigid guidelines of a typical workout. In fact, classes such as Zumba, African dance, and modern dance all emphasize fun as much as grace. The class schedule also includes ballet, lyrical, jazz, and other dance classes available to kids as young as 4, as well as adults.
Brand-new martial arts students begin with the blank slate of white belt. Learn where they go from there with Groupon?s look at martial arts belts.
There?s an old story about the evolution of the system of colored martial-arts belts: donning fresh white belts at first, trainees would let them darken over time with sweat and dirt, until, after years of increasing mastery, they turned almost black. If it sounds like a story that's too good to believe, it almost certainly is. Although the belt system is conceivably an ancient tradition handed down from sensei to sensei, its origins can be readily traced to the early 20th century. That?s when Dr. Jigoro Kano was developing a new form of physical education for Japanese public school students: judo, a safer version of the jujitsu fighting style. Facing an influx of new students, he devised a hierarchy of colored belts to illustrate their progress at a glance rather than having to ask each one to fight him every day.
How quickly athletes move up the ladder will depend on the teacher, the dojo, and the style, in addition to their skills. They may advance by taking a formal exam with practical, oral, and written sections; they may be asked to spar with students in the next level to prove their readiness; or they may be awarded a different color belt because the old one clashes with their eyes. And in any discipline, tying on a black belt doesn?t mean you?ve made it. Instead, one might think of it as being inducted into an advanced training program. In karate, for instance, there are 10 grades of black belts, some of which require up to 10 years of study to attain.
For the staff of Integrated Personal Defense, LLC, training is about more than self-defense. It's about focusing on complete personal development. During such classes as cardio kickboxing and mixed martial arts, they instill students with the skills to defend themselves while building confidence, discipline, and a positive mental attitude. They bring this approach to all classes for adults and kids, creating an engaged, fun environment that hinges on individualized attention.
Lisa Elbe believes that a successful regimen requires two things: accountability and focus. And she's centered her exercise programs around those two ideas. Personal-training sessions offer intense, personalized attention to overcome fitness hurtles and break through plateaus, and group classes offer a feeling of team camaraderie and motivation.