Inside the Evolution Martial Arts studio, multiple black belt-holder Ryan L. Cook draws from 23 years of martial arts experience to lead classes through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves. Students can also opt for cardio-kickboxing classes that burn calories while toning the body, and kids aged 3-5 can build confidence and motor skills during Little Ninjas classes.
Simply knowing how to land a kick or a punch is one thing. Having the discipline to use those skills effectively in a real-life scenario is another thing altogether. The instructors at 1 ATA Martial Arts draw on years of training to teach children, teens, and adults the complete meaning of martial arts such as tae kwon do and kickboxing. As one might expect, the classes emphasize physical training in a safe environment, but they leave room to focus on mental growth as well.
Empower Boxing lives up to its name by empowering clients to lose weight and gain muscle in a safe, collaborative community of boxers. Its classes diverge into four tracks: boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and kids' classes. Boxing sticks to traditional hits with the hands, and kickboxing adds an extra element, leg strikes. MMA classes challenge students further, taking a kickboxing foundation and amplifying the workout with mixed-martial-arts moves aimed at a heavy bag that is hanging or on the floor to simulate grappling. Empower Boxing's classes focus foremost on fitness; adult classes never include sparring with or striking of another student, and kids' classes only include light blocking contact and some grappling techniques.
At Gracie Tampa, instructors mainly emphasize clients’ safety, working to ensure that students can execute technically-sound chokeholds without actually inflicting harm. As far as disciplines are concerned, the MMA studio focuses on Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with a flexible curriculum that can accommodate competitive fighters and fitness buffs alike. The trainings take place in a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a full-size ring, heavy bags and speed bags, and a fight cage ideal for holding your opponent captive and avoiding a match altogether. Available in group class and open mat formats, these trainings are designed to build functional muscle as well as intangibles, such as discipline and perseverance.