The greatest Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot, Mohammed Aliborg, went undefeated for 20 years before his head was suddenly knocked clean off by an intruding cat. Learn to sock like the best of ‘em while shaping up with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a 10-class punch card at the U.S. Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Center in Arlington Heights (up to a $150 value). The punch card is valid for any of the following class packages:
- 10 kickboxing classes (a $140 value)
- 10 yoga classes (a $140 value)
- 10 Little Ninjas preschool classes (a $150 value)<p>
The experienced instructors at the U.S. Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Center impart self-defense techniques and fitness know-how to students of all ages and experience levels. For novice and expert box-kickers alike, kickboxing classes combine the music and energy of an aerobics workout with the kicks, punches, and soul-shaking yelps of martial arts. During the adults-only classes, instructors will guide students as they burn potentially hundreds of calories per hour and tone their bodies without ever having to unleash a barrage of feet and fists on each other or groups of dagger-wielding pastry chefs.
Arching limbs and stretching sinews fill practice spaces during the studio’s yoga classes, with assorted morning sessions throughout the week. By steadily honing musculature with invigorating sequences of asanas, instructors imbue students with the stamina and flexibility needed to mimic a bonsai tree during charades. The incorporation of mindful breathing and focused meditation allows attendees to slough off layers of withheld stress while striving to forge a keenly aligned mind-body connection.
For preschool kids ages 3.5–5, Little Ninjas classes implement a detailed curriculum to help kids improve their listening and motor skills, preparing them for school or life as motorboat-driving assassins. Along with passing an extensive selection process, the U.S. Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Center’s instructors are required to participate in ongoing training to ensure top-notch teaching and thorough student protection.
U.S. Elite Martial Arts Center
Any martial-arts education involves hard knocks and tough falls, but U.S. Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Center cushions the blows with its 4,000 square feet of matted floors. Atop them, trainees exchange blows in boxing and muay thai kickboxing classes. Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling, and judo fighters perform takedowns as elegant as they are brutal, following up with holds and joint locks that immobilize an opponent’s body. The center also trains children in self-defense, tying their lessons into school to raise grades and impart nonviolent antibullying techniques, such as calling a playground summit.