As a third-degree black belt with nearly two decades of experience, Sensei Brian Purves boasts enough expertise to train advanced martial artists. But he chooses to spend the majority of his time teaching kids’ classes at Westwood Karate. Pupils between the ages of 6 and 12 master karate’s self-defense techniques under the sensei’s direction; some even continue on to compete in tournaments. Sensei Purves also leads kick-boxing classes for adults, corralling kickers in a space that evokes the vibe of an empty warehouse with industrial-looking lights instead of shimmering disco balls that would distract minds from the task at hand.
Deemed one of the top places to hold a birthday party by readers of the Richmond News, The Zone Bowling Centre and its gleaming lanes host several leagues and themed parties at each of two locations. For an added element of mystique, cosmic bowling takes place on Fridays, featuring dimmed lights, atmospheric music, and bowling balls that form various constellations at will.
At Titan Mixed Martial Arts, chief instructors and professional martial artists Ken Tran and Nabil Salameh foster new generations of fighters. Their schedule of daily classes includes separate sessions for children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of disciplines, including jiu jitsu, muay thai, and MMA.
Since 1997, Big River Brewing Company has created its craft beers on the banks of the historic Fraser River. At the brewer's restaurants, you can pair their 8 distinctive brews with hearty pub food. In some cases, that pairing is taken care of for you—the chicken burger is marinated in Sidewheeler blond ale, and there are beer-braised onions, crisp bacon, cheddar cheese, and a special sauce on the Big River classic burger. Sauces are another specialty here—a cajun basil pesto amps up the chicken quesadilla; meanwhile, Frank's red hot sauce coats the brewhouse wings and the fingers of everyone who eats them. The Coquitlam location has an open kitchen, so you can watch at the chefs incorporate ales and lagers into their dishes and sauces.
Along with a decade of coaching experience, Tribeca Equestrian instructor Jenna Brownjohn-Ritchie has certifications as an Equine Canada competition coach, a Regional Pony Club Examiner, and a farrier. With this varied background, she's able to manage and guide a team of qualified instructors. The instructors give students a well-rounded education, teaching them the art of horsemanship from tacking and caring for the horse to proper technique in the saddle. During lessons, the team aims to help riders grasp the fundamentals before they can set goals for progress, such as moving from flat riding to jumping over fences or jumping over fences to dunking a basketball on horseback.
BC Eldercare Massage alleviates the ailments that accompany age with soothing chair massages designed for senior citizens. Specially trained elder care massage providers travel to nursing homes, hospice care centres, and other offsite locations to assuage aching muscles, joints, and tendons as patients relax in ergonomically correct chairs. The company also trains students with courses in massage technique.