Whether you're aged 3 or 83, the instructors at Alicea's Martial Arts Studio impart the tenets of martial arts to each of their charges. Kids classes work to develop basic skills and improve confidence and focus, while adult classes offer a tae kwon do–based curriculum that also includes self-defense training, sparring, and weapons work.
Owner Mary Myers believes in sharing the gift of movement with everyone. She offers dance and music instruction to students of all abilities and helms sessions specifically catered to autistic and hearing-impaired students. At her family-run studio, students sample different flavors of the diverse class offerings, from the peppy steps of merengue to the honky-tonk struts of line dancing. She also leads a variety of dance-fitness classes to help students carve off calories with sessions such as belly dance and Flamenco Fit. Further fostering patrons' passion for beats, the instructors teach introductory violin lessons and music theory to help students unravel the complexities of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
At Master Lowell's Mixed Martial Arts, experienced martial artists help clients increase flexibility, develop self-defense skills, and relieve stress through classes in disciplines such as MMA, Brazilian jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing. In his earlier days, Master Jonathan Lowell competed internationally in martial-arts tournaments, winning medals in California and Florida state competitions and training in Japan and Israel. Today, he imparts the wisdom he has gained over the decades through his gym's varied curriculum.
Bows, mounted game heads, and military memorabilia decorate the walls at Action Gun & Archery, but this instructional facility's archery equipment isn't just for show. Staff instructors teach one-on-one, hands-on lessons that cover the basics of hunting and target-shooting. Practice is held on the facility's 20-yard indoor archery and crossbow range, which offers a chance to shoot at real targets. On the other hand, customers can aim for digital targets—a Techno HUNT simulator lets users practice their bow technique on virtual, moving prey without the danger of touching a weird forest bug. Action Gun & Archery also houses a shop filled with Victory arrows and bows by brands such as Bowtech, Hoyt, and Mathews. Not all of the wares are pre-made and name-brand though: the shop's technicians craft custom arrows and bow-strings upon request, and also repair compound and traditional bows.
At HART, Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds, instructor Shannon Norris calls upon 30 years of riding expertise to guide students on instructional trots. In groups of six or fewer, they glean essential techniques for balance and safety and learn about steering methods to prevent horses from running off at the first sound of the ice-cream man’s bell. Norris also ensures that students practice barn safety, grooming, and general equestrian care. Lessons take place on the center’s open arenas and grass paddocks, which border a wildlife preserve that allows pupils to bond with the natural environment.