Martial-arts classes build defense skills while emphasizing restraint, unlike martial-art classes, in which canvases are indiscriminately roundhouse-kicked with clashing hues. Pick your battles with today's Groupon to Studio Kicks Palo Alto. Choose between two options:
• For $49, you get a one-month cardio-kickboxing membership (up to a $99 value).
• For $59, you get a one-month Little Dragons, youth, or teen martial-arts membership, including a studio uniform and belt (up to a $208.99 value).
Owner and head coach Richard Branden, a veteran of stunt work in Mortal Kombat and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, immerses Studio Kicks Palo Alto students in martial arts with a series of classes that emphasize fitness and discipline. The Little Dragons, youth, and teen programs teach students respect while honing bodies for future covert missions to little sisters' dollhouses. The Little Dragons class, for youngsters ages 3.5–5, educates kids in listening, focus, and self-confidence as they cycle through basic stances and movements. Youth classes, for ages 6–11, unveil basic technique, style, and drills, and teen classes, for ages 12 and older, cover hand and weapons forms, international routines, and self-defense applications for putting annoying shadows in their place.
The school’s series of cardio-kickboxing classes, meanwhile, focuses on high-energy moves such as kicks, punches, and power combinations, helping to hone warriors out of the classroom's sweaty forge. Advanced-level classes focus on power and speed through punching, kicking, combination drills, and reciting motivational Jean-Claude Van Damme quotes.
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Amid the mythical landscapes and thrilling martial-arts battles in the film Mortal Kombat, you might see Richard Branden performing swift punches and mighty kicks as an outland warrior. Richard’s role in Mortal Kombat is just one of his many motion-picture credits, which include a stunt-double role in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Yin-Yang Man in WMAC Masters. The internationally renowned warrior has been practicing in martial arts since 1976, earning more than 35 international titles and six gold medals in chinese kung fu. A firm believer in the practice’s ability to enhance discipline and focus, as well as strength and agility, Branden opened Studio Kicks Palo Alto to help students of all ages reap martial arts’ many benefits.
Bright red and blue mats sweep across the floor of the expansive studio, where Branden's staff conduct a variety of combat-centric classes. The trainers lead energetic circuit-training routines and kickboxing combinations in adult fitness classes, helping students improve form and technique as they work toward sliming their physiques and toning their muscles. Youngsters and adults alike can enroll in the martial-arts program, where instructors guide students through movements, techniques, and training exercises that aim to boost power, flexibility, and strength. In addition to improving physical fitness, the program’s curriculum seeks to bolster self-confidence, much like an Armani blazer with the padded shoulders and biceps already sown in.