At the Virginia Academy of Fencing, students learn the centuries-old art of fencing in a decidedly modern-day setting. The facility’s 13,000-square-foot space features amenities such as a padded warm-up area, a bouting video-replay system, and 18 full-time electric strips with overhead reel systems, as well as a decorated area for spectators or maidens in distress.
Seven days a week, expert instructors teach both Olympic Sport Fencing and Historical Swordsmanship to classes of students. Olympic Sport Fencing includes foil, épée, and sabre instruction, while Historical Swordsmanship teaches the use of either a rapier or a two-handed sword. Along with providing students with an opportunity to learn a new and unique sport, the academy’s classes help students improve their strength, balance, coordination, and cardio fitness.
Located in a quaint, powder blue house on downtown Main Street, Oasis is a bike repair shop dedicated to pampering both commuter and recreational wheelmobiles. The experienced team of wheel whisperers will have your pedal pusher running as smoothly as it did in its training wheel days after a basic tune-up. The bike makeover begins with basic shifting and brake tuning, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting. Then the team will adjust the hubs, headset, and bottom bracket before they true the wheels and clean and lube dirty chains. The bike folks will also check that all cables are in good shape, giving you a full evaluation before recommending a replacement at an additional charge.
Dante Herrera and Tarika Sethi as instructors at Evolution Martial Arts, LLC, Dante and Tarika bring more than a decade of experience studying tae kwon do, achieving multiple dan ranks while also studying other martial arts such as brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and krav maga. Now, they lead fitness and martial-arts programs for kids and adults, ranging from mixed martial arts to women’s self-defense and American kenpo karate. They also teach special classes and seminars for law-enforcement personnel, seniors, and private events.
Since its founding by some of the most distinguished jujitsu experts in the past 50 years, the nonprofit organization USA Jiu Jitsu has helped establish jujitsu as a professional sport, teaching the ancient practice to students across the country. At its Springfield location, students of all ages build strength and endurance as they tumble and kick during Brazilian jujitsu, combat fitness, and kickboxing classes.
Now & Then Dance Studios’ dance instructors let students pick from 21 styles of dancing, including waltz, salsa, and merengue. They make sure to integrate private classes, group classes, and supervised dance parties in their lesson programs, which have produced successful dancers for 35 years. They dance atop dance floors to reduce impact on joints and pump music through digital sound systems.