Head trainer and owner Louie Concepcion and his team of instructors at Concepcion Academy of Martial Arts teach everything from traditional arts such as taekwondo to fighting styles of the modern age, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. While studying the science of combat, Concepcion recommends that students remain aware of their comfort levels and limits. Louie likes to use the phrase "No pain, no gain," but thinks its a maxim for seasoned athletes rather than beginners. For those new to martial arts, he instead advises, "Come with a relaxed attitude and and open mind for training [and] learning."
Equipment: 8ft. Striking Bags, Focus Mitts, Thai Pads, Kicking Shields
Students should bring: bottle of water, comfortable workout clothing
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Crystal Kinnard first started practicing yoga because she needed a change. She was unhappy with her weight and often lacked the energy to participate in activities that she enjoyed. Practicing yoga helped her develop confidence, flexibility, and physical strength, and allowed Crystal to transform at her own pace, like a caterpillar that refuses to put calendars in its cocoon. Today, Crystal helps others use yoga as a path to healthier lives. She offers classes to all levels of students, teaching a mixture of standing, seated, and inversion postures along the way.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), Judo, and submission grappling all fall within the jurisdiction of instructors at Ronin Jiu-Jitsu. Affiliated with Crosley Gracie, a member of the Gracie dynasty long associated with BJJ, the martial-arts studio offers instruction in groups or one-on-one. For groups, its classes include BJJ for kids and adults and a weekly women's self-defense class.
The smell of new rubber tires is hard to miss in Robby's Bicycles, the walls lined with hundreds of new bikes just waiting to zip around the streets. In addition to selling new two-wheelers, Robby's tunes, repairs, and safety checks faithful bikes.
Though the course is surrounded by vineyards in California's Central Valley, rounds at Micke Grove Golf Links aren't all cheese and crackers. Each obstacle on the links-style layout?including eight different lakes and 42 sand bunkers?ensure that every shot poses its own set of risks, such as losing a golf ball to the watery depths or waking the ancient mummies beneath the sand. Course architect Garrett Gill's choreography reaches a climax on the signature 5th hole, where tee shots must clear 179 yards of water in order to reach the green unharmed.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,565 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.