The all-female instructional team at SHE CAN SHOOT, LLC gladly pits its credentials against those of any other shooting academy. In addition to their NRA certifications, the instructors collectively possess experience that includes working for the Secret Service, FBI, and Marines. But though they're proud of these formidable accomplishments, they also loathe coming across as stuffy or rigid. With as little patience for PowerPoint presentations as most of their students, the instructors are likely to illustrate their lesson points by relating a story from a boar-hunting or spearfishing trip. That said, SHE CAN SHOOT's crew takes women's issues seriously, and the instructors speak frankly when training women on confronting issues such as domestic violence and stalking.
In addition to shooting and self-defense training, SHE CAN SHOOTs team also empowers women through services such as hunting trips, family firearms training, and social gatherings. These efforts have expanded SHE CAN SHOOT to chapters in 10 states.
John Fayocavitz, a nationally certified personal trainer and owner of Fitness Aspects, helps clients redesign their lifestyles through personal training and nutrition education. He organizes group boot-camp classes to challenge all muscle groups and help guests push past plateaus. In addition, he leads one-on-one personal-training sessions that make use of free weights, suspension training, and BOSU balls.
Kumdo means "the way of the sword," and it's easy to see how faithfully the trainers of U.S. Hwa Rang Kwan Kumdo take that meaning. The classes include bamboo swords, full body armor, and face-obscuring masks, as students and master twirl around one another in intricate, technical maneuvers. A scream accompanies each swing of the sword, making kumdo almost as invigorating to watch as it is to practice.
Dressed in protective helmets and flowing uniforms, the students at Virginia Kumdo Academy charge at each other, bamboo swords held aloft. Their spars end quickly—after one hit from the weapon in a vulnerable spot, such as the head, waist, or wrist, they typically start over.
This Korean style of sword fighting, an offshoot of Japanese kendo, prioritizes mental focus and strong technique. The academy staff hones both during one-hour classes, which are geared toward levels from beginner to advanced. Regular visitors can take tests to graduate up a belt, as well as participate in scheduled league matches.
Former Masters champion Fred Couples has competed on golf courses around the globe. So he had plenty of inspiration to draw from in designing Westfields Golf Club, which incorporates Northern Virginia's unique topography into its 18 holes. Amid the rolling hills, natural wetlands, and towering beech and oak trees that pepper the course, a lake looms to the left of the signature third hole as players take their tee shots. Other features make the course unmistakably Virginian—on hole 13, for instance, a Civil War burial site comes into play on the right side. After taking in all the course has to offer, players can relax and untangle their coiled hips by visiting the clubhouse's indoor and outdoor dining areas.
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