From Our Editors
Heavy bags circle the perimeter of The KO Club for Kids 10,000-square-foot training facility. Unlike the gear found in most gyms, the bags don't absorb the bruising blows of muscled-up fighters. Instead, they await flurries of punches from a decidedly different group: the club's kiddie-sized fighters. During their youth boxing and martial arts classes, certified boxing and martial arts instructors oversee a spacious padded floor where kids learn the fundamentals of fun, effective self-defense. After strapping on professional protective gear, youngsters hone technique and expend excess energy as they go rounds with padded gear and punching mitts. This no-spar approach keeps the classes low-pressure, building confidence without forcing kids to box with other students or that one punching bag that hits back.