Every firearms class at Silver Eagle Group is overseen by Sean Mickle, a veteran of the Marine Corps’ Force Recon unit who has discovered his love for teaching. Also on staff are martial-arts instructors Shin Kim and Bao Khong, who bring the same combination of passion and technical expertise to their unarmed self-defense and fitness classes. The owners of Silver Eagle Group match this level of quality instruction with advanced training resources, such as a 22,000-square-foot facility dedicated to scenario training. The facilities also encompass two 25-yard and one 50-yard 10-lane indoor ranges, each rated for pistol, rifle, and shotgun fire, and equipped with a multistage filtration system to quickly extract particle discharge from the air. Silver Eagle Group’s amenities even extend to an onsite café and a retail section that looks more like a boutique than a pro shop.
In addition to its range, the firearm emporium invites guests to square off against zombies and complete more than 300 other scenarios in its 3D simulators. Classes cover practical topics such as shotgun home defense, basic pistol use, and safety recommendations. Guests can also partake in self-defense and martial-arts training, including sessions that cater exclusively to women.
• For $50, you get a Lion Level animal adoption and member benefits package (a $100 value). • For $125, you get a Pride Level animal adoption and member benefits package (a $250 value). • For $250, you get a Savannah Level animal adoption and member benefits package (a $500 value). • For $499, you get an Africa Level animal adoption and member benefits package (a $1,000 value). The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo’s range of adoption plans enables donors to contribute to a year's worth of care and feeding for an animal of their choice, including african lions, amazon parrots, and bengal tigers. Adoptive animal parents can use their set of guest passes to visit the sun bears, kangaroos, crash-landed martians, and galapagos tortoises that roam the preserve's 50 acres. A hundred colorful fish frolic in Delaney's Japanese Koi Pond near Asian plants and a recently naturalized waterfall, and the dozen inhabitants of nearby Alligator Bayou glide and snap through a miniature Louisiana swamp stocked with spanish moss. One-hour safari rides, led by reanimated 19th-century British explorers, trek through the preserve's heart, where bison, zebra, and llamas approach the truck to be petted, fed, and photographed.
The state- and NRA-certified instructors at MMTA Firearms Training Academy put safety above all else. In accommodating students, they facilitate both mobile and onsite training in classes and private lessons. These gatherings take place at locales such as nearby ranges and hotel conference rooms, where the instructors lead courses such as the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation along with lessons in specialized topics such as rifle shooting, personal protection, and training to become a range safety officer.
While other 11-year-old boys busied themselves by playing video games or training dogs to do their homework, Max Tzentis was training to be a champion martial artist. Month after month, Max poured his afternoons into judo, karate, and tae kwon do classes, eventually beginning training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After years of teaching and coaching in various schools and training facilities throughout the local area, Max founded his own studio—Pure Performance Martial Arts Center.
Punching bags and functional-training equipment speckle the floor of his spacious studio, where Max and his team of expert martial-arts instructors teach classes in a sweeping range of styles from krav maga to boxing. In between lessons on movement, form, and technique, instructors lead students through high-intensity routines of cardio and strength-training exercises. In addition to classes for adults, the staff offers a training program for youngsters, where kids as young as 6 can hone fitness skills while building the confidence to stand up to bullies or ask a hardhearted hall monitor to prom.