Discipline is better when it comes with a field trip to the beach. Kendall Dynamic Center's summer camps teach children respect, courage, and responsibility through martial arts, while at the same time engaging them through crafts, entertainment, and camaraderie. Rafael Ramos founded the facility, and as a longtime student and instructor of martial arts, he sets the scene for an encouraging space where kids can enjoy themselves both indoors and on fun outings while building character. After learning how to use traditional weapons, break boards, and deal responsibly with bullies in the morning's tae kwon do class, kids channel their creativity through art and kick back for a session of video games or sports, perhaps heading out later to play in the ocean or spar with a water-park fountain. The center also holds after-school programs where kids of all ages can learn martial arts in a safe and guided environment.
Students should bring: Water, towel or exercise mat, 5-pound weights if desired for toning
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We encourage clients to think positive, exercise daily, eat healthy, dance more, and be happy.
The idea of the Buddha getting in a fight might be startling, but the image that Brawling Buddha Studio represents is one where both yoga and martial arts find a home. Atop hardwood flooring, yogis stretch, twist, and pose during classes with the help of longtime yoga instructor Hayley Milks. In a padded area nearby, kids and adults learn karate, muay thai kickboxing, and brazilian jujitsu from seasoned sensei Jimmy Guerrero.
The senseis at CTX Evolution Academy teach the martial arts, but their lessons extend beyond just punches and kicks. Their classes also help kids build confidence, foster self-discipline, and develop anti-bullying techniques. In a large mirrored studio with colorful padded floor mats, instructors teach martial-arts classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as fitness classes such as Zumba.
Upstairs Yoga is a boutique-style studio, where individualized attention and support are both key. Owner and instructor Joanne Barrett funnels her love of modern dance, contact improvisation, and Ashtanga yoga into her studio and the classes she teaches, which focus on bringing people together. As a professional dancer, Joanne is well-versed in flexibility and body awareness, both skills she and her staff try passing on to their students.
Weekly sessions include Ashtanga-Vinyasa classes for all skill levels and Hatha yoga, which focuses on proper alignment. The studio also strengthens core muscles with Pilates classes, and it gets hearts pumping with dance-based Zumba workouts.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.