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. Since 1987, they have specialized 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.
In business since 1981, Pedal Power boasts a team of bike geniuses that can make a customer's rust-riddled beater ride as smoothly as a hoverboard. Services start with a front- and back-wheel truing to ensure fast, fluid motion, followed by a gear and brake adjustment that replaces the need for bike-rider counseling sessions to work on communication skills. Mechanics straighten the bottom bracket, headset, and wheel hubs as necessary, and grease the chain to facilitate smooth, speedy shifts. Finally, tires inhale fresh air to balance freshly cleaned frames.