The Futen Dojo is a traditional center for the study of Kobudo; the ancient martial arts of Japan. Under the direction of Michael Coleman (Kyoshi), students learn effective self-defense techniques and experience the multi-layered benefits of classical martial art training.
The classes at Monkey Bar Gymnasium are never easy, but individual attention from personal trainers ensures that participants never push themselves too hard. During boot camp and BodyPower classes, individuals work at their own pace alongside the rest of the group, powering through strength and cardio training to maximize benefits. Sport-specific training is also available for athletes, who can work with the staff on site to develop the best program for their area of focus.
Western Raqcquet & Fitness Club originally opened in 1974 as a premier sport and fitness facility and has since maintained its image by constantly updating equipment and adhering to core values that promote lifelong health. Members can enjoy high-quality cardio equipment complete with on-board entertainment, plus free weights, unlimited group exercise classes (yoga and Pilates), 10 indoor tennis courts, four racquetball courts, complimentary towel service, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, and much more. The staff is so supportive to all customers that an old hot wives tale declares that the building itself is built solely out of their sheer strength, encouraging compliments, and extensive knowledge of construction. When guests aren't busy battling flab with a fury of sweaty bullets, they can also enjoy affordable on-site childcare as well as hunger hospitality at the Center Court Cafe & Lounge. The first 20 Groupon customers to redeem their membership will also receive a complimentary 30-minute massage.
Make no mistake about it: one of Gracie Barra Veneration's chief goals is to help students defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat. That's why the studio specializes in Brazilian jujitsu, a martial art that focuses on grappling in close quarters. But there's another, equally important lesson that the instructors hope to impart. The same qualities that make one an effective fighter—discipline, creativity, and self-confidence—are just as useful in other aspects of life, such as work and relationships. The studio strives to instill these qualities in each student, one takedown at a time.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, The Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country. The programs and classes aim to help kids develop skills such as rhythm and coordination, and kids camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks prevent children from creating finger paintings that express the existential ennui they feel when school is out of session.
Driven by a desire to share the life-changing potential of martial arts, Dean Konley founded American Dojo in 1994. But his journey to that point wasn’t easy. As a child, Konley struggled with dyslexia, a condition that followed him into adolescence. Weighed down by bullying and constant frustration, he resorted to destructive behavior. Then, Konley found martial arts. Practicing martial arts gave Konley an outlet, and it quickly became a source of the success, discipline, and self-confidence he’d lacked in other areas of life. Konley earned his first black belt in 1986 and hasn’t quit progressing since.
Today, alongside his wife, Virginia, and a staff of highly trained instructors, Konley heads two American Dojo locations. Both of Konley’s facilities are family-oriented, and both offer classes for students as young as 4. Beyond empowering its members through goal-oriented lessons and programs, American Dojo opens its doors for birthday parties, too, allowing youngsters to burn off energy in a more positive manner than teaching the dog how to count cards at the casino.