Ultima Self-Defense and Fitness LLC's instructors cater to diverse fitness and self-defense expectations with krav-maga classes which teach a unique form of self defense by removing the traditional rules that apply in other self-defense teachings. For energetic, high-energy exercise, KravFit uses kettlebells to achieve total-body toning and conditioning. Kids' programs also include krav-maga classes as well as birthday parties that challenge celebrants to cut their cake with a samurai sword.
Drum & Drummer instructor Erik Truelove knows how to improvise. When the country-rocker and four-time winner of the National Association of Music Merchants' World's Most Accurate Drummer title found himself at a TV gig with no cymbals, he simply pulled the license plates off his car and attached them to his kit, he reported to the Tucson Citizen in 2009. This spirit of flexibility and quick thinking is something he passes along to his students in both group and private lessons. Other instructors—all working musicians—join in that goal backed by expertise in hand drumming, R&B grooves, jazz improvisation, and competitive marching percussion.
To mark progress and keep motivation levels kicking, the school uses a program of Truelove's own devising. Modeled on karate's belt system, sets of colored drumsticks provide a vivid reminder of the skills students have conquered. To advance in rank, they must master their level's set of grooves, fills, and concepts, then perform a predetermined song at the school's performance center. Class sizes are typically capped at 10 students to ensure lots of one-on-one assistance and keep the downstairs neighbors from constantly calling the cops with noise complaints.
A former junior college all-American and U.S. Amateur qualifier, PGA-certified professional Denny Alberts draws from 20 years' experience of teaching and playing to foster dependable swings and lower scores. During lessons, Denny videotapes his pupils' swings, using a camera capable of capturing 1,200 frames per second and suspected of stealing the souls of gullible nine irons. With the help of slow-motion review, Denny pinpoints any swing deficiencies, and begins the arduous process of correcting bad habits and retraining muscles through swing drills, teaching aids, and his own internal encyclopedia of hard-won swing wisdom.
Adhering to the notion that an effective golf swing takes thousands of forms, Denny seldom attempts to reconstruct swings completely, but rather focuses on correcting swing mechanics that matter, such as ball contact, stance, and crowd-pleasing putt and struts.
With two courts of trampoline flooring, AZ Air Time dares to ask what games of dodgeball would look like on the moon. Kids leap across rainbow-colored mats to try and strike their opponents, heedless of the hubbub nearby, where fellow guests rebound off the surface and slanted walls of the 5,000-square-foot main trampoline. Elsewhere, basketball hoops mounted above trampolines permit players to add midair flair to their dunks, and a cushiony foam pit provides a soft space for safe jumping.
The futuristic indoor park is the brainchild of Barry and Jeff Jenkins, who welcome children to achieve giddy weightlessness in areas grouped by age. Boot-camp sessions for moms also take advantage of how gentle a trampoline is on joints, unlike a 15-person tap-dancing rivalry. During parties, the sound of youthful shrieks bent by velocity fill the air.
Amid cacti and brush, beneath milk-white clouds, Cocoraque Trail Ranch & Pavillion's sprawling desert scenery makes it impossible to discern whether it's 1890 or the twenty-first century—and it hardly matters. Wranglers and ranch hands still work as they did more than a century ago when Señor Benito Robles homesteaded the rustic ranch. Today, Tucson native and third-generation cattle rancher Jesus Arvizu is at the helm. Under his guidance, ranch hands rise before sun up to shoe and groom horses, mend fences, and film commercials for blue jeans.
Upon arrival to the 16,000-acre ranch, visitors step into the time of cowboys and cattle. A red-dobe ranch house built in the 1890s facilitates cookouts with a mesquite-fired grill and an adjacent picnic area. Aspirant riders can team up with seasoned wranglers and ranch hands to participate in genuine cattle drives, herding livestock in their signature "V" formation. For large-scale old-timey gatherings, the ranch's open-air pavilion accommodates weddings, birthdays, and parties with a saloon-style bar, a covered eating area, a dance floor, and a bonfire pit.
Funtasticks Family Fun Park - Tucson entices visitors of all ages with abundant play areas along with racing, riding, and sporty attractions. Guests can test their aim by precisely putting through one of two 18-hole miniature golf courses, sniping opponents in a high-tech laser-tag facility, or hitting softball or baseball homers in a batting cage that launches orbs between 40 and 70 mph from an accusatory foam pointer finger. There's also an indoor laser tag arena that allow up to 30 players per game.
Electric bumper boats come equipped with water guns for squirt-attacks against other seafarers, and go-karts navigate a racetrack's lengthy stretches and curves. The video arcade's plentitude of games rewards players who can later collect prizes, and Kiddie Land sequesters a bouncy castle, rookie go-kart track, and mini roller coaster geared to younger attendees. Funtasticks Family Fun Park - Tucson accommodates organized group outings and birthday parties with an extensive selection of packages.