I had a chance in December to check out a couple of Next Level Martial Arts classes and then went back yesterday. I went for the ladies kickboxing classes and even tried one of the open gym nights on a Friday with my ass kicking actual fighter sister! Located on the southside not far off 91st street and Anthony Henday it's super easy to get too as well.
This is probably one of my favourite things about this place. There is a space where the kids can play and/or watch tv, or sit on some chairs and eat their dinner. And in the room I'm getting my sweat on there is a tv monitor so I can see whats happening. They are also allowed to come sit in the room at any time and watch what I am doing.
The space is pretty new and it's bright and they have fun motivational sayings written on the walls to. My favourite one is "If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits" -Don Ward.
The class is only 45 minutes, I think it should be 60 minutes, but it's good to get in and get out too. 60 would be nice for when there is some newer people and things need a bit more explaining. THAT said, once you get into, it kicks your butt!
We started with a warm up that's a mix of cardio and strength and then we hit pads. You get partnered up with someone around your size and skill level. A quick instruction of whats happening and you get into it. I like that we build on things. So we started off with one punch, got good at it then add another, then add another for the combo afterwards, so you can take it step by step.
It may sound intimidating to go by yourself and get partnered with someone you don't know, but you certainly get to make a new friend fast. Being that close in proximity to another and you sort of have to have a bit of instant trust. Each time I've gone and I've been paired with someone I didn't know, I felt like I made a new friend, making it feel very community based.
Well, I wouldn't say there is one really, aside from at the end of class when the teacher says "see you Wednesday right?" and you feel bad saying no because you work..... ha ha. There is a free week trial so you have some time to try out a few classes to decide.
Overall I'm a big fan of this place. The staff are great and fun, I love I can bring my kids for no extra cost or trouble (there is actually a kids class that goes on at the same time too to be extra efficient) and it's great to try something new!
Jen the Bitchin' Housewife