Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
It's a fairly common image from the Middle Ages and from fairy tales: an armoured knight on horseback, riding triumphantly into battle wielding a sword. Today, of course, such a sight would have shocked witnesses almost immediately—unless they're at Academie Duello. A centre for European swordplay and Western martial arts, Academie Duello has revived centuries-old scenes similar to the one above. It teaches students ancient battle techniques, but does not re-enact epic duels or the well-documented silly-string wars that ensued when swords broke.
The 5,000-square-foot facility extracts skills and weapon information from authentic combat manuals and primary-source texts. Its instructors turn that knowledge into an in-depth curriculum, which today provides both adult and children's programs. Most of those programs also help students stay fit, as they replace weights and treadmills with longswords, shields, and rapiers. To immerse themselves further into knighthood, students can check out Academie Duello's museum, which preserves an ever-growing collection of weapons of war, armour, and fight books.
Steps from the SkyTrain, limbs reach toward the clouds and footsteps simulate thunderstorms? rumbles. Inside Urban Fitness Club, exercisers perform these ancient yoga poses and Latin-inspired dance moves as they admire downtown?s nature and architecture. As fun and buoyant as a bounce castle filled with helium, motivating instructors impart these moves during classes for students of all skill levels and body types. Boot camps, one of the club?s specialties, challenge cadets with a series of bodyweight exercises such as planks and burpees, which may be interspersed with cardio challenges such as step-ups and jump-rope drills. The club was named one of the three best boot camps in 2013 and 2014 by "The Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver." The brand new Urban Fitness Club in South Granville is located on the corner of Granville and 6th Ave., and boasts more than 1,500 sq. ft. of training area with ample free or metered parking nearby.
Upon first glance, 24 Fit Club looks like it hosts dance parties, not exercise classes. That could be because swirling colored lights and thumping Latin beats aren't normally found at run-of-the-mill gyms. Make no mistake, though?there's still an ample amount of calories being burned and muscles being toned. That's because in addition to promoting fitness, they also focus on nutrition, offering wellness evaluations, nutritional packages and individually designed meal packages.
Additionally, to help clients achieve defined abs and slimmer figures, the studio offers three types of Zumba classes. During classic Zumba fitness, instructors?skilled dancers themselves?lead easy-to-follow choreography set to fast-paced music. Things pick up a bit during Zumba Challenge classes. Lightweight toning sticks add to the strength-training workout and help students tone targeted areas, such as abs, biceps, or muscles that exist within other dimensions. Throughout these programs, participants benefit from the expertise of the staff, which includes certified fitness instructors and holistic nutritionists.
After witnessing violence in his home country of Iran, Master Ramin Emami, the head coach at The Powerhouse, moved to Japan, where he became a black belt in karate, then to Canada, where he worked his way up to 5th degree black belt. Now, he runs The Powerhouse, where he passes along his knowledge of self-defense and karate to children and adults alike.
Teachers focus their instruction on building confidence, focus, and determination, all of which are skills that can translate to success off the mat. Each coach goes through in-depth training to ensure they have the techniques and knowledge necessary to bring out the best in their students. Students learn discipline and respect as they burn calories and gain strength and agility in class. The center also offers after school programs, family programs, and a belt system for students who haven't grown into their new karate pants yet.