U.S. World Class Taekwondo employs award-winning instructors to teach students martial arts and self-defense skills. During kids? martial arts classes, instructors split their time between bolstering tots? motor skills and increasing their self-respect and discipline. The adult classes combine combat techniques, self-defense moves, exercise, meditation, and, on occasion, dodgeball.
Stoneworks Climbing Gym's climbers while away their days on the gym's vast top-rope, lead, and bouldering walls. The walls soar to the ceiling and bear holds with multicolored tape to delineate each climbing route, which start at 5.6 and vary in difficulty. The diverse set of routes and climbing difficulties have made Stoneworks an ideal gym for climbing the past 21 years and for competitions, such as the annual Boulder Joust.
Avid climbers themselves, the route setters and staff at Stoneworks are also guides, leading teams of beginner and skilled climbers into the mountains of Oregon for outdoor climbing. They also equip members with the skills needed to scale their routes in both group and private lessons that focus on technique, sport climbing, and vertical Twister. Kids are welcome to join the junior climbing team or summer camps.
Portland Festival Ballet's artistic director, John Magnus??whose career has touched down in the world of South African dance as well as the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York??headlines a cast of performance-arts instructors and serves as the architect behind the organization's lively, world-class productions. Their seasoned coaches prepare fledgling hoofers and thespians to face the crowd through a schedule of acting and dancing classes for kids, teens, and adults. During breathtaking performances that have included The Nutcracker and the annual Spring Concert, Portland Festival Ballet's charismatic performers storm the stage at the ACMA Performing Arts Center to dazzle audiences with high-flying pirouettes and convincing impersonations of ficus trees.
Tall nets surround Sunset Golf Center’s driving range, their forgiving springiness easing wayward balls back toward the range's lush green. Here, golfers launch balls from the center’s 50 practice stalls, more than half of which are sheltered from the elements. Artificial-grass mats carpet each stall with blades soft enough to mimic real fairways but short enough to avoid attracting artificial cows, and across the grounds, a stone Statue of Liberty oversees play atop the 18-hole miniature-golf course. From his post at the center, golf instructor Sandy Sutherland helps both juniors and adults to hone their links prowess.
The mission of Body and Brain Yoga—alongside its affiliate yoga centers—is to make yoga accessible to everyone, everywhere. To this end, each team of instructors modulate movements based on Korean sun do to match each students’ needs. Classes emphasize aligning the body and mind equally through stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation, and each session is capped off by a 10-minute tea time, during which students and instructors can socialize or reenact Alice in Wonderland's interview with the Easter Bunny.
The Yard Baseball Academy's one-hour private lesson allows players to work one-on-one with expert instructors and combines a half-hour hitting session with a half-hour pitching session to help athletes develop prowess on both sides of the ball. Tailored to the specific needs and seed-spitting habits of the player, the lesson takes place in a spacious, turf-laden training facility with a full-length batting cage, throwing lanes, and weight- and speed-training equipment that cultivate skills in all aspects of the game. Step into the batter's box to work with hitting coach and former Washington Nationals player Kory Casto on bolstering bat speed and power. Chris Pine, former Oregon State pitcher and U.S. Olympic team invitee, takes over for the pitching session, lending an in-depth knowledge of wind-up and release mechanics to help his students gain the abilities to pick apart the strike zone and win stuffed pandas at state fairs.