A family-owned exercise facility recognized by the International Taekwondo Alliance, Killearn Lakes Taekwondo staffs a troupe of certified instructors to lead tykes as young as 4 and adults of every age through yoga stretches, jazzercise aerobics, and tae kwon do kicks. Muscles can contort with a one-hour Vinyasa yoga session, and kids can test the yogi waters with specialized classes that develop flexibility and meditation through fun stories, songs, and games. Killearn also strengthens and molds physiques with a schedule of 60-minute jazzercise jams—heart-pumping aerobic and strength-training workouts set to fast-paced beats, including Top 40 hits, country favorites, and Scott Joplin's workout videos. Individuals or families can also embark on a martial-arts journey with one of the studio’s tae kwon do programs, including a Tiger Cubs club, which teaches nascent kickers the building blocks of martial arts and how to stand out for college-football recruiters.
Professor Gallop Franklin shuns half measures. Not content to settle on one black belt, he trotted headlong into four—one in goju karate, one in tae kwon do, one in tang soo do, and one in nisei goju. A devoted martial artist since 1963, Gallop pulls from his lifetime of training and instructional experience to lead karate classes at his dojo, Gallop’s Karate. Red and blue mats stretch across the floor of a facility more than 2,000 square feet, where he and his staff of kick-smart martial artists lead students of all ages through karate techniques and training exercises, aiming to enhance physical fitness levels while building confidence and discipline. The instructors infuse adult classes with rigorous drills of functional exercises—a regimen described by reporters from Tallahassee Magazine as “a mind-boggling number of jumping jacks, pushups, karate sit-ups and leg lifts.”
In addition to traditional karate classes, trainers also conduct an energetic boot-camp program that combines martial arts movements with high-intensity exercises. The staff hosts a daily after-school program as well, where they engage youngsters in crafts, games, and karate lessons. They offer students assistance in homework, help them study for tests, and lend constructive feedback on their performance art pieces expressing anguish over bad cafeteria food.
The instructors at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts have set out to engineer the perfect martial-arts workout, and they think they’ve done it. The secret formula samples traditional ho-am tae kwon do, han mu do, and personal-safety techniques for a curriculum that emphasizes fitness and self-defense. Tiger-Rock's teachers are certified in CPR and first aid, and they work with everyone from young kids to adults.
Whether just looking to get in shape or learn the art of self-defense, visitors to World Triumph Martial Arts will find a variety of classes to suit their needs. Jiujitsu classes, designed for participants of all skill levels, incorporate intense physical training with fundamentals on striking, kicking, and intimidating opponents with a scary wink. Those more interested in MMA can enroll in courses that get students ready for competition—or simply in great shape.
Get Going Fitness hosts a variety of fitness classes and personal-training sessions. Instructors lead exercisers in classes such as yoga, Zumba, and kickboxing. The fitness studio also offers aerobics, tai chi, and one-on-one training sessions.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.