At a time when most kids were learning to spell with the letters in their alphabet soup, Mark and Missy Seyler were learning gymnastics. What began as a fun extracurricular activity turned into a successful college career for both Mark and Missy at the University of Oklahoma, which led the siblings into the teaching profession. Their academy resembles an Olympic training facility with wall-to-wall mats and rows of gymnastics training equipment, such as balance beams and uneven bars. The center's in-ground trampolines, play mountains, and foam pits also help youngsters discover the fun in physical fitness. Mark and Missy lead an extensive gymnastics curriculum in classes for boys and girls, and students can attend the academy as soon as they enter preschool or learn to recite the alphabet backward. In addition to their standard classes, Mark and Missy lead regular events such as camps, Friday Nights Out, and birthday parties. As their skills progress, students can pit themselves against their peers in Southlake’s competitive programs.
Students at Grapevine Martial Arts and H-E-B Martial Arts learn integrity, self defense, confidence, and self-discipline through classes taught masters Jean, Scott, and Christy Good, who each wield more than 25 years of marital arts experience. Within the safe haven of a familial environment, pupils as young as age 4 engage in classes rooted in Youn Wha Ryu Tae Kwon Do, which incorporate elements of Hapkido, Karate Kung Fu and Judo. The studio's mirror classrooms house two-inch padded floors while an on-sit pro shop outfits students with the proper combative tools.
Southlake Taekwondo & Karate for Kids' chief instructor, Master Wesley Boyer, has a sixth-degree black belt—a level he reached over more than 23 years of martial-arts practice. The rest of the instructors on his team hold black belts, too, and they use their savvy to teach kids and adults alike the basics of fighting, with a special emphasis on traditional Songahm Taekwondo.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Combative FreeStyle Martial Arts, founded by Tom Hogue(5th Degree Black Belt, Combative FreeStyle and 4th Degree Black Belt, Kenpo Karate) is a blend of many martial arts - combining the best of these arts and creating the most practical and effective self-defense system in the world, today.