At Blue Point Stables, a team led by Master Riding Instructor and 25-year industry veteran Brandy McDonnell offers equine services that range from lessons for people to training for horses. Brandy and company engender a safe and fun environment through positive reinforcement as they teach students the basics of English or Western riding.
Upon arriving for lessons, riders typically get fitted for a helmet and receive some basic instruction on safety before meeting and grooming their equine friend. Next, they?ll hop aboard a noble steed while an instructor coaches proper technique in such aspects as mounting and dismounting, riding aids, and communication with the horse through vocal orders, physical cues, and handwritten post-it notes dangled from a fishing pole.
The instructors at National Martial Arts work diligently to help students young and old build self-defense skills, confidence, and a strong work ethic via martial arts. Children as young as age 3 begin their journeys through martial arts, and adults can choose from lessons in MMA, kickboxing, circuit fitness, and krav maga sessions, which focus on real-world self-defense techniques.
Professional belly dancer Alexia guides students through shimmying sessions that blend fitness with Middle Eastern dance. No previous experience is necessary for the Bellydance Basics class, which teaches the nuts and bolts of head slides, turns, and traveling steps while applying liberal amounts of swivel to hips. With eight weeks of practicing mesmerizing movements, students can enhance their posture and confidence, solidify lackluster abdominals, and create ripples rivaling those of monster-inhabited lakes. Alexia breaks down Middle Eastern moves into their fundamental components and encourages dancers to quest for precision and proper alignment.
Having studied at the hand of ancient Chinese masters, Sigung Richard Clear embarked to bring his extensive martial arts education to the streets. His fearsome self-defense system calls on his training in Indonesian silat, Chinese kung fu, and Russian systema. Instructors share Clear's Silat self-defense skills in regular classes or condensed three-hour and two-day sessions, and have instructed SWAT team members, military special forces personnel, overly aggressive antiquers.
Premier Martial Arts instills real-world self-defense skills in students while focusing on total-body fitness. The instructors do it through adult classes in krav maga, kickboxing, submission grappling, and kali, which enhance strength, stamina, and flexibility while sculpting all muscle groups. To teach children similar techniques and self-discipline, they also offer tae kwon do and karate for kids.
Kids bounce inside a truck, giggling and showing no signs of settling down. At Bounce USA, youthful antics aren't suppressed. Instead kids are encouraged to burn off extra energy and nurture their imaginations. Ten inflatables, such as the truck or a basketball court, house tunnels, slides, and air-filled obstacle courses. Kids aged 2 and younger even have a giant inflatable all to themselves, replete with a ball pit and oversized blown-up blocks. To get the most out of the facility, parents can choose from four party packages, which include an attendant to serve cake and pour soft drinks as well as organize games of inflatable Twister, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and Pin the Apology Letter on the Donkey's Front Door.