Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in mixed-martial-arts training. Hone self-defense skills with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a five-class adult or youth punch card (a $90 value) at Pow! Mixed Martial Arts in the West Loop.
Pow! provides aspiring pugilists and drop-kick virtuosos with a variety of mixed-martial-arts and combat-sports classes within a 7,000-square-foot facility. Develop punching power, footwork skills, and devastating tickling moves with a dynamic boxing class, available in 12 styles ranging from the beginner-friendly boxing 101 to the gold-medal-worthy Olympic boxing. Black-belt jujitsu instructor Dino Costeas’s jujitsu and mixed-martial-arts classes teach students to subdue opponents by using grappling, ground fighting, and self-defense moves, which in turn help build abdominal strength and a solid body foundation. Muay thai and kickboxing sessions impart eager action figures with upright combat moves and a blend of punches, kicks, elbows, and delicious noodle recipes. As the official Krav Maga training center of Chicago, Pow! hosts instructors that can share their fist wisdom with future fighters looking to fend off aggressive cookie-pushing Girl Scouts. The same methods and techniques are used in the youth boxing and muay-thai classes, during which lively little ones stay healthy and gain confidence and self-discipline.
Owner Katalin Rodriguez Ogren is an experienced trainer, having studied the techniques of martial arts for more than 30 years. Ogren’s blend of classes at Pow! caters to anyone trying to learn self-defense skills, stay in shape, or gain the endurance required to run the length of the equator. The schedule offers more than 40 classes a week, making them easy to squeeze into any schedule.
POW! Gym Chicago
With 30 years under her black belt experience under her black belt Sifu Katalin Rodriguez Ogren,opened POW! Gym Chicago more than 15 years ago. Featured in dozens of new stories, magazines, and TV segments, Katalin guides her impressive staff of highly training instructors who teach between 40 and 50 weekly classes. Over 7500 square feet provide ample space for heart-jumping sessions, including krav maga, kickboxing, self-defense, boxing, muay thai, judo, strength and conditioning, speed training and yoga. POW! also boosts a host of amenities, including locker rooms, showers, a 100-feet track and member’s lounge.
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