The 12 full-size and three mini courts at Huber Tennis Ranch provide an immersive environment in which tennis players can practice strokes, perfect footwork, and improve fitness through classes and open-play times. Head instructor Tony Huber leads a teaching staff certified by the Professional Tennis Registry who instruct both adults and juniors on all aspects of the game, from serves and volleys to congratulating a vanquished ball machine on a valiant effort.
Adults participate in several class styles including programs for beginners or cardio tennis, which combines cardiovascular exercise with high-intensity repetition of on-court mechanics. Juniors can rise through a number of ranks based on age and ability, ranging from introductory classes for beginners to classes that train youngsters for high-level competition. While practicing their strokes, players draw inspiration from Tony's wife, Liezel, among the top-ranked professional women's doubles players in the world and Grand Slam champion of the Australian, French, and U.S. Opens as well as Wimbledon. Huber Tennis Ranch keeps a busy schedule of classes and drills; check the calendar for upcoming times.
Overseen by head instructor Delfina Perka, the experienced coaches at both Bayou City Fencing Academy locations teach fencers of all skill levels to lunge and parry like the swordsmen of old. A master fencer with the United States Fencing Association, Delfina hails from Poland and represented the country at the 1980 Olympic Games. Today, she grooms her students to strive for the same level of success, helping them improve quickness, endurance, and the mental agility required to remember victory speeches from The Three Musketeers.
With professional skill and ardent zeal for their craft, Del Lago Sporthorses' horse-handlers eagerly impart equine expertise as students ride one of the school’s majestic steeds, each with its own personality and background. Lessons are specially tailored to the skill set of each equestrian pupil, so students can sign up whether they’re horseback veterans or if they’ve only ridden horses on carousels. Del Lago Sporthorses teaches safety and communication until horse and rider are in complete harmony, working the two into a bond of trust, mutual comfort with the saddle, and a habit of finishing each other’s sentences.
Travis Tooke's passion for mixed martial arts fueled his decorated competitive grappling and Brazilian-jujitsu careers, which instinctively led him to form Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts and share his expertise with others. He proudly wears a Gracie Barra black belt and has been a Brazilian-jujitsu and submission-wrestling trainer for more than 12 years, during which he’s mentored renowned UFC fighter Yves Edwards. He and his team of instructors lead students in an array of mixed-martial-arts fitness classes, including kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and wrestling. They offer kids' classes, women's classes, and classes for combat buffs looking to break into the professional mixed-martial-arts world, which used to require locking your resume in a chokehold until it got you a job.
The combat controllers of Battlefield Houston supervise their own indoor arena, an 11,000-square-foot, multifloor battleground designed with routes resembling city streets and alleys and walls resembling burnt-out façades of old stone buildings. Here, players engage in a range of themed games and special scenarios that encourage them to destroy a target ot protect another player.
The playful battle cries that drift across the field are fueled by realistic weapons, each hand-built with a realistic heft and designed to sound fire in the style of their real-life counterparts. The arms are equipped with small laser sensors and eliminate the need for additional bulky vests, which has contributed to their use in the training programs of SWAT and law-enforcement teams and military personnel.
Viewers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show might recognize Geoff Craft. The athlete and instructor once made a guest appearance on the show to showcase various fitness endeavors. But to students at the West Houston Gymnastics Club, he's just their competitive gymnastics trainer. The other head instructor, Michelle Jones, is recognized in multiple cities as the competition coach and program director who has led many local athletes to victory in their various levels. But today, she too calls WGC home. Geoff and Michelle own the school, and they're also two of the instructors. After somersaulting to the facility each day, they work to develop kids' skills in tumbling, gymnastics, and dance acro, prepping young athletes for recreational and competitive settings.