At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
CyberGolf Lessons' duo of veteran instructors smoothes out swings and divulges birdie-hunting wisdom at the Markham Golf Dome. The score-shaving syndicate pairs human expertise with modern golf refinements, utilizing video swing analysis that provides golfers with a visual aid to better understand instructors' feedback and determine their sand wedge's good side. After lessons, pupils have access to a Swingview! Pro profile that stores video captures of their unique motions, allowing them to compare them with a database of PGA Tour swings and chart their progress over time. CyberGolf also doles out rental clubs free of charge for use during lessons, saving beginners the hassle of buying new clubs or inventing the self-hitting golf ball.
A line of girls wearing brightly colored dresses painted with Celtic knots dance in formation, their hard shoes clacking against the floor and tightly wound curls bouncing as their fast-moving feet become blurs. Irish dancing has long entranced people all across the world with its rapid steps and colorful costumes. And the Devoy Academy of Irish Dance teaches this art form with a bevy of classes for youths.
Its instructors, Kieran and Dympna DeVoy, have both danced since childhood and have reached top levels of competition. For the past five years, Kieran, who is the principal dancer in the Celtic Dance Company of Canada, has toured with Magic of the Dance?one of the most successful Irish-dance shows of all time?and performing in the lead role.
Now, Kieran and Dympna teach children a blend of traditional and contemporary dances that use both hard and soft shoes. Though many students dance with an eye toward competition, classes accommodate both competitors and dancers seeking a bit of Irish fun that doesn?t require them to hunt down a leprechaun.
Castlemore Golf and Country Club's semi-private 9-hole course challenges golfers with a triple threat of tight fairways, small greens, and numerous water hazards. As obstacles abound, players are forced into nerve-racking shot situations, forcing them to make deft club selections or play conservatively by putting through the entire course. Four par 3s and a lack of par 5s make scoring the par of 32 a possibility for scratch golfers, though three sets of tees per hole ensure enjoyment for players of all abilities. After the round, clubbers can retire to the pro shop for new equipment or a shirt that hasn't just returned from swimming in the course ponds. An elegant, Carolina-inspired clubhouse also houses a restaurant and event centre that seats up to 200 guests and features a terrace that overlooks the 18th green.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 32 course * Total distance of 2,253 yards from back tees * Three sets of tees
A bronze-medalist and former member of the Guatemala National Team, Master Sergio Plaja has been devoted to Tae Kwon Do for more than 30 years. He earned his black belt at age 15 and never looked back. All his hard work and training since then lead to realizing his dream of opening Millennium Tae Kwon Do in 1999. Today, with his black-belt wife, Patricia, they train kids and adults the ancient form of self-defense. During sessions, they foster a positive environment where students learn discipline, respect, and focus. They also give students a pretty good workout that can ready them for competition, if competition is a goal. They're also committed to creating a sense of community. To do that, they host special events throughout the year for all students and their families.
When entertainers such as Rihanna, Diddy, and Jay Z need fresh dance moves for their music videos, they all turn to Tré Armstrong. Successfully straddling the entertainment and dance worlds, Tré specializes in on-camera workshops, where she educates students on the fundamentals of dancing for film and television. But before pupils can cut a rug, Tré and her staff of dance professionals at A New DAEI teach them an eclectic mix of dance styles. The studio's classes focus on everything from ballet and jazz to hip hop and contemporary styles.