Having honed his kitesurfing skills off the beaches of Hawaii and Southern California, both places known for gusty winds and big waves, Daniel Andersson knows all of the ins and outs of the sport. He draws on nearly a decade of teaching experience as the head instructor of Zen Athletics, which also specializes in functional fitness and Jeet Kune Do—Bruce Lee’s combat system. Before he even got into kitesurfing, Daniel mastered several martial arts, studying Muay Thai and Thai-boxing at a very early age in Thailand. He brings all of this athletic expertise to bear in his lessons, which are kept private or semi-private with four people or less to ensure each student gets individual attention.
The founder of Shaolin Kempo Karate and Villari Martial Arts, Grandmaster Frederick Villari is a 12th-degree blackbelt?the highest rank one can achieve. His style blends Japanese and Chinese martial arts with Western boxing, resulting in a fighting system that helps students employ practical self-defense tactics. The system is also rooted in peace and harmony, leading students to also develop life skills such as discipline, respect, and confidence. Grandmaster Villari has been teaching for more than 40 years, and his style has spread to more than 500 schools that currently teach the method.
A seventh-degree black belt in hapkido. An eighth-degree black belt in taekwondo. A 10th-degree black belt in karate. A masters certification in the martial arts from Seoul National University in South Korea. This laundry list of accomplishments belongs to Grand Master Myung II Kim, a South Korea native who started practicing martial arts at the ripe young age of five. At MIK Martial Arts, he and fellow instructors bring their varied areas of MMA expertise to martial arts classes for children and adults. Classes span a wide variety of martial arts; student might find themselves sparring with opponents in karate, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, and even bowstaff combat.
True to its name, Empire Bikes is all about expanding the civilization of cycling. Its inventory spans everything from beach cruisers to race-ready road bikes, and its handy staff helps keep existing bicycles in tiptop shape. They also foster a sense of cycling community with weekly rides and bike-centric events that benefit charities and other causes.
With more than 2,000 years of history behind it, tae kwon do merges traits of karate and kung fu into a form of combat often characterized by its white uniforms, powerful strikes, and devastating kicks. Although Master Michael Han of Best US Tae Kwon Do Academy Martial Arts Center trains his students how to execute these moves, he believes tae kwon do is ultimately predicated on the desire for peace. To that end, he fosters a community that promotes self-discipline, respect, and confidence.
In addition to traditional tae kwon do, Master Han teaches classes in two other Korean combat styles: hap ki do and tang soo do. The former is characterized by its strong joint locks and use of weapons such as staffs, nunchucks, and barbed insults; in the latter, practitioners dole out self-defense techniques with empty hands and bare feet.
At Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy, most of the instructors are amateur or professional fighters who blend a quartet of hapkido, muay thai, boxing, and kickboxing into fitness sessions. These classes boast resistance training that can help burn fat, tone muscle, and increase endurance and stamina along with flexibility.