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Zen Dragon Kickboxing

I chose the Dragon for the mascot of the Kickboxing program for 2 reasons. First is that I truly believe in how powerful it is. The second reason is that many of the techniques and fight philosophy I incorporate are from Bruce Lee’s style of Jeet Kune Do. Zen Dragon Kickboxing is heavily based off of Sanda (Also Referred to as Sanshou). Sanda is sport kickboxing used in China. This form of kickboxing emphasizes on various kicks, punches and throwing techniques that are seen in Judo and MMA. We also weave in some advanced kicks from the Korean Martial Art, Tang Soo Do. Each class begins with a Dynamic warm up involving some cardio and bodyweight strength training. At level 1 you will learn the basics like how to move while maintaining a proper fighting stance, how to block different punches and kicks using basic defensive Wing Chun principles, how to use various pads for kicking and punching and how to use those strikes on different types of punching bags. At level 2 we introduce you to sparring along with advanced kicks that involve jumps, spins and different angles, Various counter attacks, Throwing techniques, how to set up your takedowns with strikes and beginners level body conditioning. For level 1 you’ll only need a set of boxing gloves or mma gloves along with clothing that is flexible for kicking and you can sweat in. At level 2, shin guards, a headset and a mouth guard is required if you would like to spar.

White Wolf Boxing

I chose the wolf for the boxing mascot because boxing is a pack sport. Even though there’s only one person fighting in the ring, it took the pack to help you get there. You have your coaches that shape you, your sparring partners that help sharpen your abilities, your cutman whos responsible for treating and preventing damage in between bouts, along with your friends and family who help motivate you. White Wolf Boxing is a traditional western style of boxing. Each class begins with a Dynamic warm up involving some cardio and bodyweight strength training. At level 1 you will learn the basics of Boxing. Learn both traditional and southpaw stances, the 6 punches of boxing and basic footwork. We introduce you to pad work along with how to hit the heavy bag with proper form and efficient technique. At level 2 you will begin light sparring, how to string together those punches cohesively, how to use feints and parrys to land your punches while taking minimal damage along with more advanced footwork. For level 1 you’ll only need a set of boxing gloves and comfortable clothing you can sweat in. At level 2, a headset and a mouth guard is required if you would like to spar.

Mighty Elephant Muay Thai

I chose the Elephant for the mascot of the Muay Thai program for many reasons. The most important is Ganesh. Ganesh is the elephant headed deity who is worshipped as the remover of obstacles and the patron of learning. I think that’s rather fitting for this style of martial art which is utterly destructive and majestic. Each class begins with a Dynamic warm up involving some cardio and bodyweight strength training. At level 1 you will learn the basic Muay Thai fighting stance. The 8 limbs of Muay Thai which involve punches, kicks and emphasize on knee and elbow strikes. You will learn how to hold and strike pads along with different styles of heavy bags. You will also learn the basics of defense. At level 2 you will have the option of sparring, learn the clench system along with how to strike from the clench, how to change angles for attack and defense and more advanced footwork. For level 1 you’ll only need a set of boxing gloves along with clothing that is flexible for kicking and you can sweat in. At level 2, shin guards, a headset and a mouth guard is required if you would like to spar. 

Functional Gorilla Fitness

I chose the Gorilla for the mascot of the strength and conditioning program. Gorillas are insanely strong and get that way from doing the basics which is what we do in this class. It’s bodyweight strength training. Squats, lunges, push ups, pull ups, isometric holds, all old school forms of training that are time tested and proven for increasing real world strength. We also use Kettlebells, Battle ropes, resistance bands and other forms of unconventional training tools. All you need for this class is comfortable clothing to sweat in. 

Lunar Tiger Yoga

I chose the Tiger for the Yoga program because of my two yoga teachers Brahmani and Jashoda who embodied this mystical creature. Like Yoga, the Tiger has its roots set in India. Tigers are nocturnal hunters. They don’t fear the dark. By practicing yoga, one brings light into places of there life that they tend to shy away from or are fearful of. But fear is a place we go to learn! In this class you’ll learn basic warm ups, Asanas which are the different poses in yoga, Different styles of meditation that help center you, reduce stress and come into the present moment. You’ll also learn Various forms of Pranayam which are breathing techniques. By learning this style of yoga, you may notice how the benefits cross over into all aspects of life. Perhaps being more mindful in the kitchen, learning how to communicate clearer with friends and loved ones, bring awareness to identifying your goals in life or learn how to stay calm in stressful situations. It’s a wonderful way to deepen the relationship you have with your body.



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