From Our Editors
Noncontact classes at the American School of Karate & Judo focus on tae kwon do but are steered by the school’s Five Circle System, which combines a variety of martial-art disciplines. Classes, which divide students by age and rank, revolve around the philosophy that "power is useless without control.” Instead of trophies, students are encouraged to achieve their own personal goals.
In addition to teaching martial arts, the school tones bodies with both kickboxing and cage fitness. During fun, upbeat kickboxing classes, instructors with decades of martial arts experience lead students through step-by-step exercises and bag drills that blast calories and tone muscles. To prevent boredom and keep muscles guessing, no two classes are the same. Cage fitness programs—based on the structure of a championship MMA bout—sculpt bodies in just five five-minute rounds of aerobic and anaerobic exercises.