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Diana Olson, a lifelong swimmer and water-skier, began sharing her swimming expertise with younger students early in her career. As her teaching became recognized in the community, she earned the position of Aquatics Director at a prominent swim school, and even received the Teacher of the Year Award from the U.S. Swim School Association three times. Eventually, she wanted to design her own swimming programs, so she founded Colorado Clownfish Swim Club with some help from her family. There she teaches novice water dwellers as young as 6 months old.

8310 West Coal Mine Avenue
Littleton,
CO
US

Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location. Click here for your location's schedule. Classes run Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m., Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

5950 South Platte Canyon Road
Littleton,
CO
US

The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.

Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.

Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.

6707 W Ken Caryl Ave
Littleton,
CO
US

With the snap of a bow string, an arrow zips down one of the 20 lanes at Quick Draw Archery and finds its mark with a percussive thud. The arrow's shooter could be an experienced archer, firing from a distance of 40 yards to test his long-distance aim, or a novice, working on basic form from a much less intimidating 5 yards away. Housed inside an 11,000-square-foot facility, the bow-and-arrow operation goes to out of its way to make the sport accessible to all ability levels. Beginner and intermediate arrow slingers enjoy the variety of target distances and lessons with NAA-certified instructors, while expert marksmen enjoy having a place to practice far from the co-op board's restrictive William Tell rule. Armed with knowledge emanating from 80 years of combined experience, the staff makes itself available for all sorts of archery needs, including sales, bow repairs, and coaching on range safety and technique.

12339 Mead Way
Littleton,
CO
US

Brad Nicolarsen and Ty Hudspeth have shared the same journey for a while now, first literally as travelers as they made their way through Brazil, learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from various masters. Today, they continue to share the same path as owners of and trainers at The Kompound, their martial arts-focused fitness gym. The duo and their fellow instructors teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and wrestling. They also teach a women-only self defense seminar once a month. Recently, they added a P90X workout, an intense training regimen that doesn't require dumping water over your head to make it appear like you're trying harder.

With the guidance of former law enforcement officer and fellow trainer Amir Stephen, the staff also offers a Youth Mentoring Foundation. Through it, they help kids discover the discipline and outlet of the martial arts.

8000 S Lincoln St
Littleton,
CO
US

Framed by Rocky Mountain foothills, Deer Creek Golf Club weaves through more than 40 acres of wetlands to form a 7,000-yard layout designed by prolific course architect Scott Miller. Ponds and streams meander through the rolling landscape, presenting water hazards on nine holes, providing a habitat for thousands of native birds, and helping to keep parched golf carts well hydrated. The course showcases numerous shotmaking opportunities, including multiple forced carries and a par-three with a green surrounded by marshland. Before playing their round, golfers can practice their swings at the Club's full-length driving range, warm up their putting stroke at the practice green, or sculpt a sandcastle monument to Chi-Chi Rodriguez in the practice bunker.

8135 Shaffer Pkwy
Littleton,
CO
US