UNITED Tae Kwon Do's group classes aren't really about punching and kicking. Sure, students work to master self-defense techniques, but they also focus on topics such as confidence and respect. The conditioning and reaction drills also help to build lean muscle and serve as an effective form of stress management. In this way, UNITED Tae Kwon Do's sessions benefit all types of students, whether they're kids or adults, beginners or more seasoned martial artists. The trained instructors also teach private lessons that adhere to personal goals, such as preparing a student for an upcoming black belt test.
These programs didn't develop overnight. UNITED Tae Kwon Do has been honing them for more than three decades, long before martial-arts uniforms became a red-carpet fashion trend. The educators have expanded into multiple locations throughout the Houston area and show no signs of stopping.
Originally developed in France and named art du deplacement, modern-day parkour teaches students how to embrace the full range of natural human movement while imparting a greater sense of control and self-discipline. Urban Movement's parkour classes cater to adults and children as young as 7, giving and give them the skills they need to navigate through natural or manmade areas while overcoming physical obstacles with graceful, fluid, and efficient movements. With their emphasis on running, jumping, climbing, rolling, and more, these indoor and outdoor classes help students develop greater strength, stamina, and balance, as well as mental fortitude and self-confidence. Urban Movement welcomes attendees of virtually any skill and fitness level, creating a safe and supportive environment where people can learn to appreciate, and master the art of parkour.
At Baseball USA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, baseball isn't just a game; it's also a way to give back and teach kids about teamwork and discipline. So it's a good thing the center's more than 12 instructors are so thorough, covering everything from base running to outfield defense at their manicured 35-acre complex, which includes a 40,000-square-foot indoor facility and 16 batting tunnels. This comprehensive preparation pays off when players take to one of the center's 11 fields, each of which is available for rental by teams or individuals for practice or as part of a tournament. Visitors can also hit up the pro shop or practice on their own by stepping into the batting cages, where they refine their swings by smacking the baseballs and softballs machines fire at them.
At Secrets in a Bottle, a fitness studio exclusive to women, playful instructors teach students to twirl sensually in pole-dancing classes and break a sweat together in dance-based cardio classes. Along with perfecting their firefighting routines in two levels of pole-dance classes, members dance to a thumping soundtrack of Bollywood and hip-hop hits in Nightclub cardio and strap on kneepads before hitting the mat for derriere-focused Booty Shake sessions. Secrets in a Bottle also invites revelers to host private parties at the studio and can dispatch an instructor and mobile pole to merrymakers’ homes or unsupported canvas tents for on-location bashes.
Don't let the primal grunts, the frenzied shuffling of feet, or the sweat fool you: Northgate Country Club's tennis facility is a classroom. Presiding over the operations are Director of Tennis Lioudmila Skavronskaia?who was once ranked 124th in the world and Russia's top-ranked junior?and Head Pro Kate Pomier?who played number-one singles and doubles at Kansas University. Armed with abundant firsthand knowledge of what it takes to ascend to tennis's highest ranks, the two develop and implement curricula designed to help players meet their goals, whether they want to develop a solid backhand or defeat legendary tennis player Larry Bird in a match. The club offers private lessons, hitting sessions, and clinics for juniors and adults alike.
Anthony Lewis, a championship-level dancer and owner of Ballroom Houston, believes that a technically sound dance lesson is useless if it's not practical. That's why he and his team of instructors do all they can to get students eager to hit the dance floor and thrive in social situations. During private and group lessons, students of all skill levels and backgrounds explore the graceful, rhythmic steps of the waltz, swing, and salsa, or learn how to fool a lawn into growing faster by doing the Sprinkler. The instructors at Ballroom Houston focus on all forms of partnered dancing, and are always training and refining their curriculum.