At Born Warriors Mixed Martial Arts, the instructors might be training cage-fighters one hour and 2-year-olds the next. They believe in the power of martial-arts training not just as a competitive tool, but as an agent of social change—one that's able to prevent bullying and increase anyone's knowledge of self-defense. Though they teach many disciplines—muay thai, tae kwon do, kickboxing, and jujitsu among them, with the head instructor obtaining a 1st dan tae kwon do black belt and 4th dan kempo black belt—their supportive attitudes remain constant across every class. They also keep their classes small, ensuring that students receive personalized, encouraging feedback.
The battle is not always to the strong—as the saying goes—for time and chance enter into all things. The instructors at Aikido Miramar like to improve the success rate of time and chance by adding a little Aikido into the mix. The Japanese martial art teaches students to use an attacker's size and strength against him. At the dojo, the sensei impart these skills through workouts that tone physiques and promote flexibility. Students learn the traditional warrior art from Sensei Emmanuel Herzog who began honing his aikido skills at age 13. Currently, he is a certified 5th Dan black belt, passing his skills on to the next generation of fighters.
The specialists at Dance Express XD Performing Arts Center lead programs for 2- to 20-year-olds, drawing from a catalogue that spans the style gamut. In addition to helming classes such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, and cheerleading, the experienced team cultivates a familial atmosphere designed to help participants boost confidence levels and synchronicity.
In addition to classes, the studio puts on an annual June recital that casts anyone who wants to participate regardless of skill level. To encourage further involvement outside of courses, instructors motivate their protégés to try out for the competitive team, plan costume themes for spirit week, and choreograph tap-dance renditions of their favorite Morse-code fairy tales. The team also provides a waiting room monitor for parents interested in observing classroom routines.
At Eric Kaplan School of Golf, Director of Instruction Eric Kaplan adheres to a simple swing philosophy: a flawed swing can't just be fixed, it needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. That idea makes sense if you think about how each movement in a golf swing is dependent on the prior movement. As Eric says, you could fix a problem at the top of your swing, but still ignore a bigger issue in the setup, such as not facing the ball. From this line of thinking, Eric has developed a set of golfing fundamentals that he teaches to new students during individual and group lessons. Current touring professionals, top collegiate athletes, and recreational golfers alike have sung Eric's praises.
Under the tutelage of instructors at Juan Sobrino Flamenco Arts Dance Studio, even novice dancers can become skillfully whirling performers. Although some classes are designed for beginners, some are for kids, and some boast a fitness focus, all group and private lessons are meant to be as fun as they are informative. The result: detailed, supportive instruction that helps students wade into a new casual pastime, begin a competitive career, or pick up some moves to show off during their next touchdown celebration.
The 18 holes of the semi-private Bonaventure Country Club follow along the edge of the Everglades, a human challenge laid out in the middle of an untamed wonderland of mangroves, palms, and wildlife. Golfers traverse TifEagle Bermuda greens dotted with scenic challenges, including freshwater lakes and a par 3 hole situated next to an actual waterfall. On a given outing, they might run into director of golf and PGA-certified instructor Bob Mallek, who helps students improve their game through a combination of analysis and intuition. In addition to his duties at the course, Mallek is also active in the regional golf scene, serving as president of the southern chapter of the South Florida PGA.
In addition to a tranquil-yet-challenging course and expert instruction, Bonaventure Country Club also sports amenities for golfers and civilians alike. The club's recent renovations gave complete makeovers to the driving range and clubhouse, which frequently hosts events from weddings and quinceaneras to reunions to retreats. Visitors can also extend their stays at the adjacent Bonaventure Resort & Spa, which boasts 500 rooms and a four-diamond rating from AAA.