- $29 for four children’s martial arts classes ($75 value)
Kids’ classes split focus between strength and flexibility training of martial arts and basic kickboxing techniques. Kung fu classes help students ages 5 and up recognize the important of hard work, discipline, and respect for others, while improving over-all body awareness. Basic boxing classes—appropriate for kids ages 8 and up—cover straightforward self-defense techniques and teach students to use sport-specific training equipment. Sessions include the occasional bout of strength training or even obstacle courses to improve agility.
EKF Martial Arts
If you've ever played Mortal Kombat II, you've met Coach Anthony Marquez. You probably just know him as Kung Lao, the Shao Lin monk sporting a razor-edged hat. After lending his likeness and skills to Midway Games for the iconic fighting title, he opened his own gym—EKF Martial Arts—to share his fighting style with real-life students. EKF actually stands for "Extreme Kung Fu," and Coach Tony, as students call him, teaches a lot of martial arts to adults and kids throughout the week. Kung fu's graceful, powerful movements help students improve flexibility, speed, and body control, both in unarmed fighting styles and weapon forms. Any Monday or Wednesday a visit to the gym might find students wielding one-time tools of war, from familiar swords and staffs to the exotic and strange rope darts and chain whips.
Though Kung Fu is Coach Tony's specialty, he loves all forms of fighting. He himself also teaches competitive sanshou, a form of Chinese kickboxing known for its graceful takedowns. Other instructors at the gym—former and current professionals of various disciplines—cover muay thai, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and, of course, MMA. The gym is home to a handful of MMA fighters who compete at the amateur level, and boast a nearly four-year long uninterrupted winning streak. The varied training regimen, which includes intense conditioning classes affectionately referred to as "The Eliminator," aims to produce well-rounded fighters with the strength, conditioning, and confidence to wear shorts of any length, at any time.