Fournier's Leadership Karate Centers train kids and adults in self-defense techniques including karate, judo, and krav maga. Students gain self-discipline and confidence while learning how to fight, or they can kick their way to physical fitness during kickboxing classes. In addition to regular classes, the center organizes pizza parties, movie nights, and parents' nights out.
Techniques from traditional and modern martial arts styles coalesce in drop-in classes that bestow the self-defense skills necessary to make calories and future foes flee for their lives. A black-belted staff of martial arts gurus guides students of all skill levels through the combat techniques of kickboxing and jujitsu, pausing only to relay snippets of sage wisdom and to put out fires inadvertently started by the studio’s pet dragon. While instructors respect the ancient practices of their forebears, classes rely on an up-to-date scientific understanding of martial arts to maximize fitness benefits. Whether unleashing a flood of punches and kicks on hapless bags in basic kickboxing classes or sparring with opponents in advanced Brazilian jujitsu standoffs, students may expect to emerge from training with sharpened concentration, improved self-esteem, and a tendency to speak only in opaque aphorisms.
Influenced by a background in ballet and intensive study of Egyptian dance, Rosa Noreen mixes up her traditional belly-dancing skills with a touch of Western style. She emphasizes the power of pauses, and her fun and sophisticated dance style has spawned its very own instructional DVD, Delicious Pauses: Negative Space in Movement. All the material on the DVD comes directly from her experience teaching belly dancing at her studio, where students of all skill levels learn to shimmy and shake according to ancient techniques. As students progress through the curriculum, they learn to improvise moves and create choreography on the fly. Rosa also goes on location to put on shows with other traveling belly dancers and students, even attending national gatherings in Las Vegas.
The Academy's coaches are serious about self-defense. They lead a variety of classes that teach the technical side of martial arts, such as Brazilian jujitsu classes, as well as those that combat the realities of an unexpected attack, such as women's self-defense classes. They also offer lessons for kids.