When an attack comes, the ensuing hand-to-hand combat rarely remains on the vertical plane. That’s why the instructors at Phoenix BJJ & MMA Academy tout Brazilian jujitsu (BJJ) as the most effective form of defense—it emphasizes grappling on the ground. They guide students through flips, throws, chokes, and locks that return the advantage to the attacked using precise leverage and body position. In addition to BJJ, instructors also teach judo (another grappling art), wrestling, kickboxing, and classes specifically for kids and women.
Bunker Indoor Golf & Training houses a team of technologically advanced simulators and talent-honing programs that facilitate a fun clubbing experience in the comfort of the indoors. Without the hassle of actual water hazards or lava traps, virtual golf provides an approachable and efficient 18 holes for novices and aficionados alike, who can digitally explore one of 20 different GPS-mapped courses, such as Kettle Creek, Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, and Nicklaus North. Before teeing off or after executing a perfect 18-stroke game, the $10 café credit can be used to fuel or refuel club-swinging arms with grub at Bunker’s Daily Wine Café or the 19th Hole Café.
Feats of wheel-based athleticism flourish at American Made Ride Shop, where staffers stock bikes, skateboards, and sporty accessories and apparel. Not Cal Clothing and Rath Industries tees and hoodies shield bodies from weather or falling bits of sky as they zoom down boulevards atop DK bikes or beach cruisers. Bmx tires and seats transform personal cycles into pro two-wheelers, and Bucky Lasek helmets guard noggins in case of a spill. The shop’s bike techs back up their sales with detailing services that guarantee safe, smooth excursions, erasing damaged caused by years of off-roading or popping wheelies in tar pits.
Designed by golf course architect Red Lawrence, Tres Rios Golf Course plots a 6,846-yard path through the lush foliage of Estrella Mountain Park. The 18-hole course is populated with budding eucalyptus trees and relatively sparse groves of mesquite and pine trees. The 471-yard, par-4 13th hole presents a lengthy dogleg left where sentient tree branches gobble up tee shots that drift into the rough on the right. Golfers can prepare for the round by warming up swings at Tres Rios's grass driving range or putting and chipping balls at the practice green.
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Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run 6K pairs an obstacle-heavy running course with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Six kilometers’ worth of collective scampering awaits participants as muscle-testing obstacles impede progress to the finish line. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes. Gladiator Rock'n Run proceeds go toward a good cause, helping to raise money for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), an organization that provides education, support, and information to aid parents in helping their children diagnosed with autism.
A 6,641-yard layout sculpted into pond-speckled parkland terrain draws in golfers at Villa de Paz Golf Club's 18-hole course. Throughout the round, golfers will have to prove that their swing is impervious to water hazards, which come into play on 10 holes. Players and husky groundhogs encounter the most difficult hole at the fourth tee box, where a tree-lined fairway dog-legs sharply to the right on its way to a green guarded by a pond in front. Before their round, clubbers can warm up their swings at Villa de Paz's driving range, which has two tiers to accommodate heavy swing-honing traffic and separate territorial head covers.
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The very first ATA Martial Arts opened in 1987, its 25 years of existence encapsulating the training of multiple generations of martial artists. Students trained, grew, had children of their own, and enrolled their kids at the same martial arts school they enjoyed as youths. The program of classes grew and evolved as well, starting with a foundation in taekwondo and growing to incorporate other styles and mixed martial arts training. The teachers now tone bodies using renowned MMA fighter Matt Hughes’ personal cage fitness regimen.