After beginning martial arts in 1980, two karate students earned seventh-degree black belts and eventually went on to become masters and open their own schools. They wanted to share their love of karate and other martial arts with even more people, so in 2011, they created Go2Karate.com. Go2Karate is a website that connects people around the world with martial arts schools in their communities. It also helps users learn about the various styles of martial arts?teaching them the differences between karate, Brazilian jujitsu, capoeira, and mixed martial arts, for instance?as well as helps them find a class based on their individual goals.
On the easy-to-use website, parents can find a karate school to successfully teach their child self-confidence and respect. Kids' karate classes acquaint students with others their own age, and also build skills that help them deal with schoolyard bullies. For women, karate and other martial arts do double duty as a fun and confidence-building fitness regime while also equipping them with essential self-defense moves. Karate and martial-arts classes for men help them not only hone fighting technique, but also reduce stress and drop pounds while chiseling stronger bodies. Users simply enter their location information and the style of martial arts they're interested in, and the website shows them a bounty of schools conveniently located nearby, many with a class schedule and news about recent events.
Lego bricks are the building blocks of most kid-friendly, collaborative projects at Bricks4Kidz?but they may also represent the foundation of tykes' minds. In step-by-step projects, kids work together to engineer prescribed structures and gizmos, learning to work together as teachers introduce concepts such as friction, gravity, torque, scale, and gears. The classes are tailored to certain age ranges, ensuring that children take on projects that are appropriate for their developmental skill set.
Modifie Wellness's head trainer Kandi issues the same challenge to every aspiring athlete that walks through her door: an unmodified version of the Army's fit test, a grueling procedure that reporter Emily Richett of Fox News 17 called "really, really challenging," before signing up for a month's worth of classes. After the assessment, she and her team of AFAA-certified trainers then lead Rock Hard Bootcamp, Rock Hard Challenge, or Rock Hard Mammas fitness programs, each geared toward different types of clients with different goals. They also offer Zumba classes.
In Gymboree Play & Music's most popular class, Play & Learn, tots master skills such as cause and effect, problem solving, and good communication through games and play. The notion that learning should be fun for the under-five set permeates all of Gymboree's classes. From music and art to sports activities, most classes are calibrated for development at six-month age intervals. Mixed-age classes teach cooperation, as kids play movement games or perform songs on musical instruments. Older children take the school-skills class to learn skills that will help them in school and during conference calls with the president. All of this takes place in a well-padded indoor playground with tunnels, slides, and bridges designed by nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to withstand tiny bare feet and the wrath of resident trolls.
Hot yoga is?and should be?a challenge. Classes at Twisted Hot Yoga certainly are. Each takes place in a sweat-inducing studio and sometimes incorporates free weights, but the studio also brims with amenities that make each visit a pleasure. Frozen lavender-infused towels, for instance, soothe and refresh during savasana (the still, resting pose that concludes yoga sessions), and cork floors help prevent injury. Heating, humidifying, and ventilation systems are continually updated for a comfortable experience, and changing rooms give guests the privacy to swap their street clothes for traditional yoga tuxedos. And, for yoga neophytes and veterans alike, an onsite boutique proffers essentials, from mats to bags.
In 1996, a group of golfers formed a membership program that offers deeply discounted greens fees at a network of affiliated golf courses in West Michigan. The program is PGAC, and the result provides two-for-one greens fees at more than 28 courses and special discount rates at more than 11 courses. After reserving tee times any day of the week, golfers can load up their clubs and spare mannequin legs to test their skills on the challenging designs of renowned regional courses such as The Highlands, Lynx, Macatawa Legends, and Diamond Springs. Along with saving golfers up to $7,500 and helping local courses increase their waterways’ diet of golf balls, PGAC hosts fundraisers for local schools and organizations.