Monday, January 2, 2012

Things to Know About Colorado Kicboxing Classes

"According to a study by the ACE, you can burn anywhere from 350 to 450 calories an hour with kickboxing!" as quoted on Teens Health website. ACE, American Council on Exercise, is a nonprofit organization certifying fitness professionals and serving as a health and fitness resource for Americans. Kickboxing classes are available throughout Colorado, with many schools training students of all ages.
History of Kickboxing Schools in Colorado
The Defense Institute is the first school in Colorado with a kickboxing program that has a belt ranking system that shows students' progress towards their black belts. Master Tran of Tran's Kickboxing has been training in martial arts since he was 7 years old, starting under the tutelage of his father. At the age of 19 he received his first black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Master Tran opened Tran's Kickboxing in Longmont, Colorado in 1994. Brad Gumm, of Gumm's Mixed Martial Arts, started training in karate at age 8 and has received his third-degree black belt in karate. Realizing the limitations of karate, he decided to expand his training to include jiu jitsu, judo and kickboxing. He started teaching in 1994. Brad Gumm trained under Oscar Martinez of Muay Thai Academy Colorado. Oscar Martinez opened his school in 1995.
Muay Thai of Colorado helps their students develop self-confidence, patience, respect, self-defense skills, coordination balance, endurance, speed, grace and body conditioning. Gumm Mixed Martial Ats & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches students fighting and self-defense skills. The Defense Institute's V Body Kickboxing Program gives clients the chance to minimize body fat, lose weight, increase flexibility and strength, improve cardiovascular conditioning and get in shape.
In Colorado sports enthusiasts have a large variety of options when choosing a kickboxing class, and ultimately a school for training. Tran's Kickboxing has fitness centers in Boulder, Denver, Loveland, Lafayette and Longmont, Colorado. Tran's offers several programs, including Licensee Revolution, One-On-One, Group Fitness and LifeSkills Program. The Defense Institute has two facilities, one in Colorado Springs and one in Fountain or Fort Carson, Colorado. Gumm Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu located in Denver, Colorado offers a Muay Thai Kickboxing program. Oscar Martinez has a school in Denver, Colorado called Muay Thai Academy of Colorado.
Age Requirement
Gumm Mixed Martial Arts offers a children's program and an adult Muay Thai Kickboxing program. Their children's program focuses on boxing and kickboxing and begins with kids age 5 and up. Adult classes are divided into a beginner's class and intermediate/advanced classes and start with students age 16. Defense Institute offers classes for children and adults. Muay Thai Academy of Colorado teaches all age groups.
With the added danger of using both kicks and punches came safety and health concerns for competitors. Over the years dojos and competitions introduced new safety rules and protective padding and clothing. Tran's Kickboxing designs their kickboxing training to minimize injuries. Classes are modified depending on the students' ages, and they always work to protect joints, the back and neck. Sparring (full-contact) classes at Gumm Mixed Martial Arts are by invitation only to ensure that students are ready and the highest safety and health precautions are taken. Defense Institute puts safety first, utilizing top of the line equipment and designing their classes to protect their students' health and well-being.

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