Why do we use the Rank system?
Most Kickboxing aerobic classes will push you to between 60% and 90% your maximum heart rate throughout the class, but what good are the moves if they're incorrect and provide no real value? Through the Smash Hit Rank System, while you're losing weight and getting into the best shape of your life, you'll also be developing and building real martial arts skills to make you more confident and distinguish you as an athlete. Once you achieve rank you will know what we’re talking about.
The Smash Hit Rank System is a learning process using real fight movements and strategies. The repetition of pre-designed practice sets creates the muscle memory needed to react reflexively in real-life danger situations. With each rank achieved, your body learns retains new “weapons”which will kick in
automatically when necessary- your body will know what to do before your brain has time to think. That’s what makes it a fitness program with a means to an end- Self Defense.
The Smash Hit Rank System has five levels- the first is the Red Rank, and the ultimate goal is the Black
Rank. There is no testing associated with rank. We find the performance anxiety and nervousness created by rank testing to be unnecessary, as your instructor can recognize when you have gained the skill and technique which distinguishes each successive rank. You may then attend a rank workshop and go over the qualifications, and you'll also be presented with your newest rank achievement certificate and color rank shirt, which you may wear to classes..
We want to thank Troy Schwab for a great testimonial. At Smash Hit Kickboxing, beginners to pro-althetes are benefiting from our program.
"I was getting bored of my everyday workout. Looking to change it up from running, biking or lifting weights, I decided to try Kickboxing. I am a professional hockey player, having played pro in North America and Europe, and college hockey in Michigan. I considered myself in great shape. After my first
Kickboxing lesson, I wasn’t sure I was in such great shape. Leaving the first workout, I was dripping sweat, my arms were sore, and my legs felt 20 pounds heavier. The balance, footwork, power, and breathing that kickboxing teaches me
are great additions to my summer training. Smash Hit Kickboxing has become and will continue to be a big part of my summer training!"
Have you been contemplating a workout program, but always seem to talk yourself out of showing up? A little reality check about what to expect at the gym can help!
“One of the biggest causes of gym intimidation is the mistaken belief that everyone there is already in shape,” says Ken Levy, trainer and instructor at Smash Hit Kickboxing Club. “Many of my clients have felt that they were not 'in shape enough' to go to the gym. When people are out of shape, and especially when they’re overweight, being nervous about feeling self-conscious at the gym is a common issue."
You may even be imagining a club filled with incredible bodies and sculpted supermodel athletes. It’s definitely an intimidating thought, but in reality, that’s not something you’ll ever experience on a typical day at the gym. Instead, you’ll see people with all different body shapes, looks, and types, who share a common goal- to seek continued progress one day at a time.
The truth is, nobody’s perfect. And everyone’s at the gym for the same reason -- to improve.
Another common fear that can be easily disproved is that kickboxing requires naturally great coordination. “Take the initial worry about self-consciousness, and now throw in a skill related activity like kickboxing and heavy bag work, and one will think, ‘I can’t do that!’, Ken says. “About 80% of first time clients report to me that they are “uncoordinated”, even before their first class. When I tell them they’re going to feel very coordinated within a short time of training, I’m sure they don’t believe it.”
However, almost anyone can develop the ability to execute these moves, and even to build up to 30 or 45 minutes of balanced, focused kicks, blocks, and punches, while dashing through the air or on heavy bags at 80% your maximum effort. Some of our most advanced students actually started out barely able to keep time to the music, but you would never know it to see them now! Open mindedness and guided repetition are the winning combination, so whatever your fears may be; don’t let them get in the way of your success! Come in and find out for yourself, that you really can do it! All you need to do is take the first step and then keep kickin’ :)!
Summertime for the fitness/martial arts industry normally has a sharp decline in enrollment during the summer months. This is when your dedicated core group learns and achieves goals at higher rates. New students receive more attention and get a jump start preparing for the fall months when they can put more steady time into training. The best news is that we offer our lowest priced specials such as the month of July Free for new autopay members, and reduced rates on class series
memberships. This summer our goal is to add several 30 minute sweat classes in the morning and evening, a Partner Drill Class in the evening, and we're working on a boot camp for August. Keep kicking, and hope to see you soon.
June 24th, 2012
McLaren-Oakland Fit For Life
Congratulations to those who participated in the McLaren-Oakland Fit For Life program here at Smash Hit. Hope to start a new one soon.
We're so grateful to one of our members, David, for allowing us to share his success story with you! People come to work with us for many different reasons- some are working on weight challenges, others on fight training or self-defense goals, and more. A running theme at Smash Hit is that we celebrate the accomplishment of our goals, big, small, and sometimes even life-changing, such as the story that follows.
"It's a familiar story, I'm sure, for alot of people. My weight crept up slowly through high school, and then into my 20's, reaching a high of near 400 lbs. I was stuffing down my emotions with food, I was celebrating with food. Food became everything. The bigger I got, the more food I ate. The more depressed I became, the more food I ate, and the less I moved. I was considering different alternatives to lose some weight, but doing nothing about it. Then, the first event that changed everything happened. My buddy had a heart attack at 27 years old. Talk about hitting me square in the face. He was younger than me, and I was clearly bigger than him by at least 100lbs. I saw myself in that. I saw myself getting even bigger, smoking more cigarettes, finding other addictions, and eventually having the same fate as him, but with a deadly outcome. Thats when I decided to make changes. From somewhere deep in my core I wanted something better. I decided to enlist the help of dietitions to guide me nutritionally. The weight started coming off. I stopped smoking. I was feeling great. Still without an outlet I was seeking something to put my energy into. Thats when the next life changing event happened. I found Ken Levy. I was still a pretty big guy when I started with Ken. I was never the athletic type, and I wasnt sure if I could keep up. But with his training and guidance, I was able to shed the rest of the weight. He never judged me. He taught me the skills that was needed and kept me motivated. I was inspired by him and motivated by both him and his team. I fell in love with boxing. Hitting that bag for me was better than anything I could stick in my mouth. Still is. I am so grateful to have found in myself the drive to be a healthier man. And I am so grateful to have found Ken to empower me to push through all the limitations I had put on myself. For anyone who doubts that they can have a great workout with boxing..... try it. And if you don't think you can keep up..... you can!"
Our First Family Fit Kickboxing Class
Yesterday we had our first Family FIt Kickboxing Class here at Smash Hit. It was so much fun to have new families we hadn't met before, and we got to meet some of our longer term Smash Hit members' families too!
It was really cool to see how fascinated the kids were watching their parents on the bag and doing kick shield drills. I have to admit, I was really proud to show off some of my own moves in front of my 11 year old son. I don't think too many kids can say "My mom's a kickboxer"! And on Sunday he found out that he can be a kickboxer, too! What a self-esteem boost for both of us!
I also saw parents communicating with their children with patience and was surprised at how the kids could learn complicated moves quickly, as they received genuine support and praise from each other and their parents. It was really bonding and motivational. For sure it's a great way to form tighter more durable relationships, learn to commit to fighting through hardships, and finding out how tough we all are as a family unit. As we say here, "A family who fights together stays together!"
But one of the more hidden aspects of our family kickboxing class also struck me as one of the most important. One or two lessons can show a student the basics, but with repeated kickboxing workouts, those defensive moves that we use become reflexive, and will kick in to protect us in times of real need.
That's why I will feel more relaxed allowing my child to go different places by himself as he gets older, and he will feel more empowered as he does so. Of course we hope that our family members will never end up in a situation where self-defense would be necessary, but luck favors the prepared, and we can disguise that preparation with family fun.
I really urge those of you Smash HIt members who weren't able to make the first family class to come next time- Sunday, 10:15! You'll have a blast and be so proud of each other! You could even be giving your kids a self-defense tool which may someday save their lives.
Please join Smash Hit Kickboxing Club as we kick off our fundraiser for The Friendship Circle- the Smash Hit Kickboxathon! Just come in your workout clothes and stay for a few minutes or up to an hour on Sunday,
August 28th between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Everyone can participate, as our trainers guide you at your own comfort level. Participants wishing to work with only same-sex trainers will be accommodated. Your workout can be as heavy or as light as you prefer, or you can even just stop by with your donation for The Friendship Circle and watch the action. A “Penny a Punch” can add up fast, and no one works harder to assist and support our area families than The Friendship Circle!
See you on August 28th!