The ATA Blackbelt Life Skills Center buffs bodies and bolsters confidence with holistic fighting and defense classes centered on the ancient art of tae kwon do. Over the course of the nine-week program, students will learn Songahm tae kwon do, self-defense, and how to deal with verbally abusive squirrels. Advanced classes teach sparring and proper weapon use, and a leadership program develops the skills needed to manage a group effectively. An experienced, safety-minded, and mostly uninvisible staff of instructors guides fighters through each group class, promoting perseverance and confidence and teaching awareness skills. The included uniform gives force wielders the appropriate garb for their newfound skill set and Jedi-themed tea parties.
Several years ago, fitness fanatics Kalene Smith and Shannon Dykman came to the realization that traditional methods of personal training were lacking. So, in 2011, they took it upon themselves to transform the training approach. The result was GoTimeTraining, an 3,000-square foot studio where Kalene, Shannon, and their team of personal trainers reshape lives with personalized one-on-one lifestyle transformation programs, small group training, and bootcamp classes. But instead of relying on industry gimmicks, such as fad diets or pills that release helium into muscles, the GoTime team emphasizes a healthy, sustainable approach to improving overall lifestyle. It follows through with that mantra by packaging nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching with every one of its fitness programs.
Everyone possesses the raw materials to be a great romantic partner. It's The Date Master's task to get these materials in working order so that clients can finally strike a love match by using their newfound relationship skills. Spearheaded by an entrepreneur who faced his own dating crises and a clinical psychologist with an in-depth understanding of the human psyche, The Date Master assists clients in any stage of the relationship process, from those who have never dated to couples who want to strengthen a current romance. The Date Master also provides fitness training, image consulting, and dietary counseling.
On any given weekend, photographers Triston and Darla could be making a session of almost anything, whether it's a smiling family, a 90th birthday party, or a famous musician destroying a famous tube amp. This breadth of experience feeds into the pair's portfolio, where striking portraits are shot against urban rivers and the junctions of railroad tracks. Their journalistic style becomes most important on wedding shoots, as the shot-snappers maneuver to capture cake cuts, dances, and the DJ's anguish at having irreparably scratched his Baha Men CD.
Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
Master photographer Trey Allen boasts a resumé of national awards and the experience of snapping shutters for nearly 30 years. He brings that expertise to portrait sessions that frame subjects with copiously colored and styled studio backgrounds or five acres of gardens, wildflower fields, and stone patios along the Little Arkansas River—though he can also travel to a more personally significant destination, such as the site where a couple shared their first meatball sub. Trey readies subjects for each shoot with extensive online tips for session preparation, and reveals the fruits of each shoot at a proofing session as early as the next day. From there, patrons determine which shots are worthy of graduating to one of Trey's prints or digital-image CDs prepped in-studio by his highly knowledgeable staff within a month after the shoot.