Since 1976, the instructors of TAMA Martial Arts Center have taught eight distinct disciplines—kung fu, muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jujitsu, to name a few. Some students work to master one discipline and others cross-train, learning a range of self-defense techniques. The classes are geared to specific age groups; kids aged 7–12 build self-esteem and motor skills in children's classes, and adults can enroll in more intensive courses and workshops on topics such as knife-defense techniques.
The instructors at Broadwing Martial Arts understand that every person is built differently. That's why they tailor their kickboxing and karate lessons to emphasize clients' strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Each lesson integrates a variety of martial-arts styles, such as muay thai and tae kwon do, allowing students to gravitate toward the form best suited to their body and personality.
Founded in 1972 as a gymnastics club, TWIGS Kids now resides in a sprawling 20,000-square-foot facility staffed by enthused staffers. The gym’s name, which stands for True Winners in God’s Service, reflects its mission of providing gymnastics, swimming, and cheer activities and instruction for kids ages 3–18 in a Christian environment. Cheer and gymnastics lessons simultaneously bolster students’ flexibility, coordination, confidence, and ability to best invisible friends in monkey-bar competitions. Amid the heated waters of Dolphin Cove, teachers and pupils soak their feet while lifting floating barbells and riding noodle floats during swimming lessons. An in-house café welcomes visitors to recharge their empty fuel tanks with refreshing snacks, while a gift shop displays colorful gym attire from designers including GK Elite Sportswear and Melody Leotards.
Children are notoriously capricious, loving something one day and losing interest the next. Thankfully, Miami Valley Dance Academy has enough dance styles on its schedule to keep young minds engaged for the long run. The studio, which also offers a full slate of classes for adults, specializes in styles that range from jazz and ballet to tumbling and cheerleading. There are even some classes that use dance as a jumping-off point for fitness or spiritual exploration.
Since way back in 1977, the instructors at Shining Star Dance Studio have been illuminating the art of graceful movement. Working with students ages 2?18 at all levels of dance, classes range in style from classic ballet to contemporary hip-hop and futuristic jazz. There are also five competitive dance teams that train on-site, which are organized by age for students as young as pre-K.
Though it's been around since 1999, South Regency Tennis and Fitness underwent a huge renovation in 2008, making the facility more accommodating to racket-swinging members than ever. Inside, visitors will find eight newly resurfaced courts, while outside, six outdoor hard courts keep players swinging their rackets year-round. But playing isn't everything, so the 2,800-square-foot fitness facility offers visitors the chance to tone and strengthen on days they're not swinging rackets and hammering volleys in the spirit of John "Thor" McEnroe.