The multitalented team of instructors, which includes trainers certified in Agatsu Kettlebell and Commando Krav Maga, helps to strengthen hearts, bodies, and minds during self-defense, fitness, and fight courses. Instructors lead beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of kettlebell fitness, a class that incorporates fundamental swings, cleans, snatches, and Turkish getups to simultaneously work several muscle groups at once.
The team also helps to build endurance by leading participants through Latin dance steps in Zumba and through a tapestry of kicks and punches in cardio kickboxing. Additionally, trainers helm courses in krav maga, a form of martial arts designed to increase confidence, protection, and Bruce Lee comparisons. Following a functional warm-up, instructors run through drills to teach students how to escape from chokes and disarm an opponent using lighting-quick pressure and weakness-point attacks.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
A martial arts school led by a UFC veteran and a world renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and all the credentials you want in a school.
Plus we offer free kid's care during all classes! Our family friendly atmosphere is welcoming and fun.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Our schedule is consistent, but each class holds a brand new routine keeping the workout fresh and motivating!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Steve Berger found a passion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and mixed martial arts.
His stint in the UFC led him down a pathway to coaching where he eventually opened his own school for future fighters and those who simply wished to practice Jiu Jitsu for self defense and to get in shape.
What do you love most about your job?
Every day is a new day, from helping the kid who got bullied at school, to the police officer who wanted to learn to better protect themselves or the regular guy or girl who wanted a more exciting way to get in shape...my days are exciting and fulfilling.
When Aikido instructor Elliot Freeman discovered martial arts as a teenager, his interest knew no bounds. He searched for and attempted to master as many forms as he could find, including Kendo, Tae Kwando, and sword. When he heard rumors that the mysterious style known as Aikido could grant practitioners the ability to throw people across the room without touching them or secretly attaching their pant legs to a trebuchet, he knew he found what would be the bedrock to his entire career. He eventually studied under acclaimed Aikido masters, earned top ratings in the National Karate Assocation and American Karate Association, and formed various programs and dojos. In 1993 Freeman journeyed to St. Louis to study with action-film star Sensei Steven Seagal at his Aikido summer camp. Seagal became so impressed with Freeman that he asked him to open a new school in St. Louis. Freeman readily agreed, founding Three Rivers Aikido where he still acts as chief instructor alongside many other Master Instructors. Freeman, along with 12 other Aikido instructors, welcomes students of all ages to come and train within the 3,500-square-foot dojo.
In addition to the martial-arts training offered at the dojo, Yoga instructor Alyona Komolova, a former Russian ballerina, offers classes to help students increase flexibility. Tai Chi Instructor Justin Meehan, a martial-arts veteran of 38 years, instructs attendees in tai chi, a relaxing flow of prescribed motions that balance body and mind.
Master Ken O'Neill, who has been practicing martial arts since 1969, and has experience with Aikido, Mauy Thai, Filipino Kali-Escrima, jujustu, Russian Systema, and more.
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Whether you're trying to train for a marathon or just want to improve your fitness knowledge, enlist the help of one of the personal trainers on staff.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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Though students at Fit or Fight's gym are only required to wear standard workout clothes and a mouthpiece, they might sometimes find themselves sporting MMA gloves, shin guards, and hand-wraps. That's because, in keeping with its name, the studio places almost equal emphasis on exercise as it does self-defense skills. This doesn't mean that students are required to fight—rather, the gym provides much of its training to boost strength and endurance or make users more intimidating if they ever run for public office. The studio offers 12 programs, ranging from general fitness—such as Zumba and cardio kickboxing—to intensive sessions in no-gi jujitsu, boxing, and MMA wrestling for youth or adults.
In every program, clients are encouraged to work at their own pace while training as much as possible both on and off the mat.
Martial arts at Valley Park's Apex Martial Arts Training Center is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
Build lean and strong muscles with one of these group kickboxing classes.
Work on developing body strength and endurance with a mixed martial arts class.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.