At Kim's USA Taekwondo and Gymnastics (Lewisville) and Kim's Taekwondo Institute (Amarillo), students hone their technique in martial arts and soccer with the help of experienced instructors and supportive class environments. Students who attend Kim's Lewisville location can also hone their gymnastics skills. Afterschool martial-arts camps are not only physically beneficial and fun for kids, but they're also convenient for parents—kids are picked up from their elementary school and transported via van or magic carpet to Kim's studio for camps. Themed birthday parties round out the menu of offerings at this 25,000-square-foot facility.
With an array of equipment and apparel, Golf Headquarters of Amarillo outfits men, women, and wee ones for the triumphant launching of projectile orbs. Increase confidence for tee offs on the green with a set of clubs from top brands, including Callaway, Titleist, and Taylor Made. A dozen Nike golf balls ($15.99–$44.99) can be sent sailing with a driver ($99.99+) or a wedge ($29.99+), and children who have outgrown the mini-golf course can try their hand at mature club twirling with a lightweight junior club by US Kids ($24.99–$39.99). Protect hands from feisty blades of grass or demanding, mid-tournament crossword puzzles with a pair of golf gloves ($9.99+), and keep feet suited up with Adidas Golflite men’s shoes ($59.99). The RJ Sports junior stand bag weighs only 3.2 pounds and boasts a dual-strap carry system, providing a comfortable way to haul clubs and emotional baggage from a runaway golf cart ($39.99).
YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
Squalls of kicks and punches descend upon Elite MMA and Fitness each day as trainers at one of the largest MMA facilities in Texas infuse dormant muscles with a heaping dose of thunder. Classes for ages 16 and up combine the principles of combat with the rigors of intensive conditioning in workouts that appeal to fighters of all skill levels. As minds tone their gray matter by contemplating the workout possibilities of an 18,000-square-foot facility, instructors send bodies through a gauntlet designed to shatter somnolence and heighten adrenaline to imminent-telemarketing-call levels. Adult students can improve their stamina and self-defensive statures in Cardio Kickboxing classes, which provide a heart-racing workout. Alternately, MMA classes for children ages 6–15 are readily available to teach wee ones the ways of punching, kicking, and entering the thunderdome.
Pitch black except for fluorescent, zig-zagging putting greens, Lights Off Golf's glow-in-the-dark facility invites families and friends to test their putting acumen in 18- or 36-hole contests. Guests can also opt for a day pass to thoroughly test Newtonian physics against the difficult angles and elevation changes of the course. Lights Off Golf's party area can also host birthday parties and the wandering crowds of clubgoers drawn like moths to neon lights.
With fitness classes designed to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour, Extreme Martial Arts Amarillo helps to tone and tighten bodies while simultaneously improving self-defense skills. Instructors guide groups through sequences of Brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing, and no gi grappling moves, as well as Extreme Martial Arts sessions that combine the techniques. Martial-arts gloves are available for purchase onsite.