Every firearms class at Silver Eagle Group is overseen by Sean Mickle, a veteran of the Marine Corps’ Force Recon unit who has discovered his love for teaching. Also on staff are martial-arts instructors Shin Kim and Bao Khong, who bring the same combination of passion and technical expertise to their unarmed self-defense and fitness classes. The owners of Silver Eagle Group match this level of quality instruction with advanced training resources, such as a 22,000-square-foot facility dedicated to scenario training. The facilities also encompass two 25-yard and one 50-yard 10-lane indoor ranges, each rated for pistol, rifle, and shotgun fire, and equipped with a multistage filtration system to quickly extract particle discharge from the air. Silver Eagle Group’s amenities even extend to an onsite café and a retail section that looks more like a boutique than a pro shop.
Each year, the Washington Redskins team up with Easterns Automotive Group to host a car show at Redskins Park. The show gives fans access to the team's practice field, as well as an opportunity to meet Redskins players and cheerleaders face-to-face. An array of classic, custom, and exotic cars on display compete for prizes, and the entertainment also includes a DJ booth, inflatable games, and face-painting booths.
Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. A long table stretches in front of every row of seats, enabling servers to unobtrusively pick up written food and drink orders throughout each screening. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it ?one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,? and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."
Karate master Kancho Ninomiya adapted the classic techniques of his favorite fighting style to the needs of modern self-defense, creating the style known as Enshin Karate. The fast-paced style emphasizes constant movement, a blend of kicks and grappling take-downs, and techniques for facing multiple opponents at once. The practical nature of the street-savvy style appealed to a young Nima Mazhari, who discovered a dojo on his way home from school one day.
Mazhari joined the school hoping to learn to fight, but instead discovered the value of a determined work ethic. The lessons he learned in that dojo inspired him to excel in school, pass his college-entrance exams, and pursue his degree. He then decided to share the lessons he had learned with the world. He founded Enshin Karate to not only teach kids and adults his fighting techniques, but to help them discover how to be the best versions of themselves without relying on personality upgrades downloaded online.
It's a scene that's been repeated in countless movies over the years: swarms of attackers descend on the hero, their kicks and punches thwarted by a perfect display of martial artistry. This motif casts a shadow on the aspects of martial arts that don't involve direct combat but are just as valuable. These aspects include community, physical health, and self-discipline, all of which are given their due at Ashburn Martial Arts Center.
At this family-oriented studio with weekly classes for kids and adults, martial arts isn't all about hand-to-hand combat. The instructors make it a point to cultivate the mind as well as the body, and they start by providing a safe, comfortable, and noncompetitive environment for their students. Though their specialties include jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and practical weapons training, the jewel of the studio is koryu uchinadi, a modern style of karate that draws on historic combat disciplines.
The colorful walls of Bella Ballerina’s studio echo with the patter of little feet springing across the wood floors. Classes welcome tiny dancers aged 18 months to 10 years, with ballet barres only a couple of feet off the ground and story time at the beginning of each session. The teachers, all professional dancers with years of performing and teaching experience, lead their students through basic ballet moves while sprinkling in jazz and tap. In addition to the classes, Bella Ballerina also hosts birthday parties that combine the things kids love: cupcakes, ballet, goodie bags, and another day lived without meeting whatever lives under the bed.