Owner Tomer Litvin discovered his passion for muay thai more than 18 years ago. His amateur exploits in the ring eventually led him to a spot in Fairtex’s world-renowned personal-tutoring program, the chance to go padded fist to padded fist against numerous European champions, and a career as a certified Fairtex instructor. Also holding a brown belt in Brazilian jujitsu, Tomer now channels his love of the martial arts into helming his own school.
In addition to the striking form of muay thai and the grappling art of jujitsu, Tomer and his staff also teach the highly practical self-defense art of krav maga. In these mixed-martial-arts classes, students can put the varied fighting disciplines together to form a comprehensive sport-fighting system useful for defending themselves, sparring, or staging performances of Mortal Kombat: The Musical.
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
Kathleen Catallo is no stranger to the graceful flourishes of ballroom dance. In fact, she’s spent more than two decades of her life perfecting them at the professional level. At The Art of Dance, Catallo has drawn on this experience to create a Marriage Enrichment Through Dance course tailored specifically to couples. As they learn fundamental ballroom steps in these sessions, spouses strengthen their relationships and have fun instead of spending another Friday searching for doubloons in the junk drawer.
Metroplex Gymnastics & Swim caters to wee ones' experiential education, providing a plethora of classes geared toward having fun, being active, and earning life's merit badges. Certified staff members lead toddlers or school-age children through increasingly challenging gymnastics classes ($50–$140), instructing little legs in tumbling, balance-beaming, and vaulting over prison walls. Adventurous kids can plunge into new hobbies at one of the themed summer camps ($30–$200), with half days of testing out jumping prowess on the trampoline and full weeks of swinging, bending, and swimming on the gym's fun and functional course under the watchful care of the USA Gymnastics–certified instructors.
Learning the martial arts does more than just teach people how to break a wooden board with their bare hands. At Sustaire's ATA Martial Arts, students also learn discipline, self-awareness, and focus. Most of the instructors on staff are world or state champions, and each of them have gone through an intensive training period prior to teaching martial arts classes. In these programs, students as young as 4 years old can begin lessons in which they learn physical defensive skills that can give them confidence in many situations. With skills in karate and taekwondo, both children and adults grow stronger and find an outlet for stress that doesn't involve knocking brick walls down with a sledgehammer.