To beat the all-tackle world record for a yellowfin tuna, you'd have to hook a behemoth weighing in the neighborhood of 450 pounds. Should any angler ever successfully snag such a fish, the record keepers of the International Game Fish Association will be among the first to announce the catch's confirmed stature. As part of their mission to conserve all types of game fish and to promote ethical angling practices, the IGFA representatives also advise fishermen on how to bring the catch ashore, verify its measurements, and release it while causing as little stress to the fish as possible.
The association’s conservation efforts continue with its IGFA Great Marlin Race program, a partnership with Stanford University that outfits fishermen with research equipment to achieve a better understanding of marlin biology and the cause of pruney fingers. The IGFA also keeps the community engaged with ethical game fishing by hosting school groups and summer camps for kids. Beyond this programming, the IGFA maintains a museum that honors the history of sport fishing and its legendary anglers.
As a rainbow ribbon or metallic hoop flashes in the air, a young performer stands on her toes and lifts a foot up behind her head, showcasing elegance and flexibility. Rhythmic Art helps children achieve this picture of balance and grace through a curriculum of gymnastics, cheer, and martial arts classes.
Rhythmic gymnastics challenges young bodies to dance and stretch in accordance with official U.S. Gymnastics standards, with props such as ropes, hoops, balls, ribbons, and candelabras. Alternatively, cheer programs impart tumbling skills and motivational stunts to youth of all innate charisma levels, and martial arts classes teach wushu—a modern form of kung fu with kicks, fist blows, and pinky waggles. Smaller children can leap on trampolines and dangle from monkey bars in toned-down baby gymnastics classes, and summer camps incorporate a potpourri of the above physical activities alongside an array of stimulating, off-site field trips.
Every day, MIY Ceramics' spacious art studio begets a kaleidoscope of one-of-a-kind masterpieces made by students and staffers alike. With a bevy of supplies for crafting pottery, glass pieces, and jewelry, artists of every level can discover a new passion or hone existing skills under the trained guidance of the studio's helpful attendants and in-house Greek muses.
Most Popular Service: Basic through advanced firearms training
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: All major manufacturers
Pro Tip: Be well rested. Bring water, snacks or a lunch. No open-toed shoes, V-neck shirts, or tank tops.
Tactical U Firearms Training & Self-Defense operates out of several shared training sites throughout the area, most of which are outdoors and feature tactical ranges.
When describing what Tactical U Firearms Training & Self-Defense has to offer, training director Stephen puts it simply: "We don't reinvent the wheel. There is no cowboy stuff here." The training center ensures students are equipped with more-than-adequate training and skills when completing their course. Tactical U teaches only Criminal Justice Standard techniques, which have been scrutinized, deemed reasonable, and prudent in U.S. court of law. All trainers are law enforcement-certified, licensed, and insured instructors, each with a law enforcement or military background and at least 20 years of experience. The staff feels certain that, if they can train police, they can also train you.
Hollywood Hot Glass founder Brenna Baker took an interest in the ancient art of glassblowing at age 14, launching a journey that took her from Corning, New York, to Murano, Italy, in pursuit of her dreams. Now an accomplished Master Gaffer, Baker passes her passion for the ancient art of glass artistry onto newcomers and experienced glassblowers alike. She and her staff lead a variety of private lessons, group sessions, and walk-in workshops in which visitors create glass artwork such as vases, ornaments, tumblers, and flowers.
Technicolor liqueurs stream from bottles and shakers as 786-Bartend infuses the brains of students with 80-proof knowledge. Workshops for intro and advanced mixology—developed by founder Isaac Ergas—begin with international history lessons on the origin and evolution of the modern cocktail. Then barkeeps expound on the spirited synergies of high-quality liquors and common drink ingredients and share veteran bar-backing tips, such as how to open drink umbrellas in a windstorm. Prospective bartenders can opt to complete the 40-hour bartending course, which provides in-depth instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and resumé construction. Taught onsite in an actual nightclub, 786-Bartend’s courses let students serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.