Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques.
At Dance Masters Studios, Rock Foster and his skilled staff have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of more than 25 dance styles. They specialize in the familiar, such as the tango and waltz, as well as more obscure styles such as shag swing dancing and bolero dancing. They work at each student’s individual pace, combining private lessons with group lessons and social dance parties to ensure each person finds their footwork.
Puerto Rico native Julissa Cruz has embodied rhythm throughout her 17 years of dance education in Latin dances, ballet, tap, and musical theater. Throughout her career, she has dazzled audiences with her performances, teaching and directing abilities, and choreography. After gracing stages in cities from Los Angeles to Paris, she now strives to instill her passion for fancy footwork in her students through salsa, bachata, and cha-cha steps lessons. She helms a team of experienced instructors who teach pupils to master techniques while seamlessly integrating their own styles during group and private dance lessons. They also host dance parties, salsa boot-camp workshops, and practice parties, during which students can impress their peers with new moves rather than bore them with the same old Macarena. Shifting their focus to fitness, Latin Vintage's instructors integrate their Latin dance training with aerobics during waist-slimming Zumba classes.
Thoroughbred Fitness & MMA has a completely new definition for the Kentucky Derby. An elite MMA training center that specializes in competition and weight loss, it has developed an intense heavy workout called “The Kentucky Derby.” It’s designed to help athletes get into fighting shape. The trainers also supplement this training with boot-camp workouts, cross training, and fighting classes in boxing and kickboxing. They have personal trainers at the ready to assist clients in achieving their goals, whether they want to step into the cage, drop a few pounds, or transform their entire bodies.
Studio owner Khalima’s knack for putting others at ease helps her students to drop their inhibitions in favor of fun, sensual choreography. Khalima and her highly trained staff host seminars in several styles, ranging from classic and tribal to improvisational fusion. They showcase their steps on a sprung wood floor, twirling in front of a mirrored wall to better examine their form and check to see if their navels are still fastened. Whether they are hosting a weekly series, a special workshop, or a private party, the teachers preserve a welcoming atmosphere for guests of all ages and abilities.
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By now, it’s no secret that Richmond Baseball Academy West has a knack for developing top baseball talent. More than 30 players who have been drafted by Major League teams have also either trained at facilities or played on one of the Academy’s traveling teams, including 2011 Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. And that’s in addition to a long list of players who emerged from the program to play at the collegiate level.
Co-owned by former Major League reliever Cla Meredith, the Academy shapes future masters of the diamond with instructors who have played the game at the highest level possible without taking batting practice atop Kilimanjaro. Pupils learn how to run down ground balls and put together solid at bats inside the Academy’s two climate-controlled facilities, one of which is located in Rockville and the other in Richmond. Each features batting cages, pitching machines, radar guns, video-tape equipment, and more of the latest teaching devices to help streamline training sessions.
Meanwhile, former softball standouts Synthia Reader and Sara Lassiter—a four-year player at Averett University—lead the softball program, which offers lessons for players of all ages and boasts its own competitive travel team. Richmond Baseball Academy also teaches youngsters ages 5–12 how to hit, field, and sniff out any sunflower seeds within the city limits in four-day baseball summer camps.