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.
In studios across the world, painters toil, pouring their souls into the canvas. Within nearby ballrooms, dancers tango in time with the music with well-placed steps. For Mykol and Susan, these two seemingly disparate art forms draw from the same emotional well. At Art, Wine & Tango, they share their expertise within the twin disciplines of tango and painting.
Trained in dance in Buenos Aires, Susan has also studied art at Glassell School of Art and the Art League. A commercial builder, Mykol, used his eye for shapes and structures to build the beautiful building where their classes in Argentine tango and ongoing art take place within two studios. Together, they teach couples the intricate interplay between leader and follower while also demonstrating the importance of non-verbal communication within the dance.
In addition to dance classes, the studio's instructors also help students unshackle inner creative spirits through BYOB art lessons. While aspiring artists sip on wine or beer and relax, an art teacher demonstrates how to recreate colorful acrylic painting in easily replicable steps. As the last stroke dries on the venue-provided canvases, the instructors discard smocks and don dancing shoes, switching the lessons from laid-back painting to elegant Argentine tango. After a taste of tango, attendees head home wiser, more nimble, and with a frame-ready painting to decorate their homes.
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.
While the Dash of the Titans course is just 5 kilometers long, there are a lot of factors that a simple statement of distance doesn't take into account. It doesn’t reflect, for instance, the extra distance runners cover when scaling vertical walls, the jolt of adrenaline they experience before leaping over a flaming hurdle, or the upper-body strength necessary to crawl commando-style through a pit of mud with barbed wire hovering overhead. These and other military-style obstacles transform this 5K run into a grueling assault on runners’ willpower, endurance, and spotless white sneakers. The chip-timed race grants awards to the fastest runner in each age group, and entrants can also compete for best costume.