Go is Japanese for hard, ju means soft, and the phrase goju ryu refers to a type of karate, pioneered in 1930, that uses both types of movements. "Hard" generally refers to closed-hand attacks. "Soft" generally describes open-handed and circular motions used in defense or grappling, as well as the aggressive throwing of cotton balls. To say that Sensei Tibon is an expert in this form of Okinawan karate might be an understatement. He estimates that he's trained hundreds of athletes who went on to win national and international competitions, and his own trophy case isn't exactly lacking, either. Sensei Tibon has also lent his martial arts and instruction skills to an array of outreach organizations. On the mat at one of his studio's multiple locations, however, Sensei TIbon directs his focus completely to the lesson at hand, which can be anything from a weapons class or beginner classes for kids aged 4 to 12.
Dr. Jasbir Cheema knows his way around general- and cosmetic-dentistry treatments and technology. His skill with Invisalign systems has earned him the status of being the number one and Super Elite Invisalign Provider status from the makers of Invisalign, who awarded him this designation as he's treated more than 3,500 patients with the clear braces and treats at least 500 Invisalign patients every six months. With the i-CAT 3-D cone-imaging system, he can peer into noggins to see his clients' tooth configurations with meticulous clarity. He and his team of managing and associate dentists use these technologies and more to reconstruct, straighten, clean, and whiten teeth in seven offices across California and one on Jupiter.
CenCal Strength schedules its intensive, ever-changing group workouts six days a week and encourages nutritional changes with guidance in protein-heavy diets. Instructors focus on weight-training and aerobic exercises in classes to help build strong cores, and motivate students to log personal goals to foster dedication and mental discipline. To ease in new members, they host one-hour personal-fitness consultations that include tours of the facility, diet plans, and sample workouts, giving neophytes an idea of what to expect in their classes and ensuring that they aren?t already endowed with super strength. The trainers also bolster bodily health during strength and conditioning camps, which help local athletes improve their performance levels.
Despite the industrial feel created by its enormous garage doors and expansive space, CrossFit Central Valley delivers personal attention to clients through nutritional counseling and custom workouts. Run by a family man, the gym focuses on creating healthy lifestyles for kids, their parents, and singles in an inviting, motivational setting. The facilitator's handpicked fleet of trainers works with exercisers to help them to reach fitness goals, reinforcing the nine fundamental movements of CrossFit decoded from the secret messages in Beethoven's nine symphonies. The resulting community encourages members to fight through lethargy to torch calories during scalable workouts that include tire flipping, pull-ups, and sprints.
In both 2010 and 2013, Bikram Yoga Central Valley's Stockton location was named Best Yoga Studio by San Joaquin magazine and KCRA 3 A-List. Despite the acclaim, owner Helena Monica and her staff have kept their noses to the grindstone.
Each day, sometimes as early as 5:30 a.m., they welcome students into a sweltering studio and lead them through Bikram yoga's traditional series of 26 postures, two breathing exercises, and one conga line. The benefits of the heat and movements are plenty. Students can reduce stress, sweat out toxins, increase their strength and flexibility, and tone their bodies.
El Dorado's card-carrying ADA dentists Drs. Adamos and Byun protect and polish teeth with extensive experience in orthodontic treatments and TMJ therapy, respectively. The staff of doctors and assistants go to great lengths to foster a comfortable, inviting atmosphere, remembering each patient by name, and greeting each new visitor with a warm pearly-white smile and a customized secret handshake. The good doctors constantly keep up to speed with up-and-coming practices, backing up routine cleanings, cosmetic treatments, and preventative care with sophisticated techniques.