Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Larry Shealy, focuses on leverage, timing, and technique—giving men and women of all ages the ability to physically overpower attackers and crazed lawn ornaments, regardless of their size. Brazilian jiu-jitsu also tones the body, dispels stress, and boosts confidence in a safe, respectful environment. In Women’s Self-Defense, simulated street situations teach ladies how to avoid physical confrontations by setting verbal and physical boundaries⎯as well as how to defend themselves if their attempts at cartography fail. Muay Thai kickboxing, also known as "the science of eight limbs" or "octopusology," boosts mental focus and physical fitness for no-holds-barred riddle contests and wedding-dress fittings. Child and adolescent specialist Robyn J. A. Silverman bully-proofs kids ages 4–14 with rock-solid values and soaring self-esteem in the popular Kid-Jitsu program. Check the Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schedule for dates and times.
Taught by former NFL cheerleader and current mat maven Nicole DeLoreto, Yoga Mix's schedule of integrated classes combine a variety of yoga styles, focusing primarily on linking movement to breath. The 75-minute mixed-level class welcomes students of all abilities, especially fledgling flexers, who can glean a solid foundation for safe personal yoga practice. With the studio temperature kept in the 80s, muscles become malleable enough to lengthen, stretch, and form rudimentary wings during flowing postures and breath work. More experienced students may strengthen their bodies while honing concentration in a power yoga class practiced in 95-degree heat. Yoga Mix's sweat sessions incorporate inspiring tunes to further encourage students to connect movement with each breathy Sting lyric.
Bailey's Powerhouse Gym Basic Plus members can sweat solo on modern, well-maintained exercise equipment accessible 24 hours a day, or join others for a one-on-one training and group fitness classes. A one-hour personal-training session with one of Bailey's trained fitness gurus can bolster motivation, help design a workout routine, or refresh your memory about hard-to-remember state capitals. Then, pump muscle with exercise accessories available 24 hours a day at every Bailey's gym, including a smorgasbord of cardiovascular equipment, a plethora of strength-training machines and free weights, and a boatload of synonyms for the word many. Other amenities vary from gym to gym, but may include boxing rooms, saunas, or cardio theater rooms stuffed with big-screen TVs and surround-sound speakers designed to distract exercisers from their toil or the fact that their hair is on fire.
With its elevated greens and crisp ocean breezes, Selva Marina Country Club's challenging par-72 course has entertained day-clubbers of all levels for more than 50 years, including Jack Nicklaus in 1966, who recorded a double-eagle on the 18th hole. Revel in the Country Club's private, unpretentious, and scenic environment, where golfers can easily drive, pitch, and putt on the spacious practice area just blocks away from the shoreline. Spare the expense of hoverboard or Icarus wings rentals and rove Selva's open fairways in the provided golf cart, allowing linksmen to explore the winding pathways or stop for a tan in the local sand traps. Whatever your ability level or past experience with the sport of golf, the Selva Marina course is amply suited to beginners and putting veterans alike.
Ocean Yoga Center welcomes yogis of all experience levels to choose from a diverse selection of classes, available in more than a dozen different sessions throughout the week (see the fall schedule here). Charge through a friendly gauntlet of breathing exercises, gentle stretches, and classic Hatha asanas during a session of Kripalu yoga, or follow your heart’s lead into optimal body alignment during three levels of Anusara-inspired yoga. The center’s team of knowledgeable instructors ensures that participants are caught up in yoga’s passionate poses and meditative, relaxing motions, whether they’re chanting along in Sanskrit during Jivamukti yoga or celebrating a victorious all-night Yahtzee tournament with a sunrise practice session.
Fodor's points out that Ocean 60's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean affords an unusual opportunity to mix "fine dining and flip-flops." The restaurant's space is split between a formal dining area and martini room, and both sections serve chef and owner Daniel Groshell's menu of fresh seafood and creative continental cuisine, which evolves in step with the changing seasons and tides that ripple through a variety of meal-complementing drinks. In a dining room fringed with a wine bar, local artist Enrique Mora peppers the walls with colorful scenes reminiscent of his Puerto Rican heritage. The martini room envelops guests in an ambiance characterized by local artwork, rich woods, and Bali-inspired decor as they sip martinis culled from a list of more than 30 signature cocktails including a Grapefruit Basiltini. From Thursday to Saturday, area musicians add to the atmosphere with lively beats.
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