The black-belted trainers at Florida Martial Arts and Fitness Center condition and arm students with self-defense skills that may come in handy in real-life situations. Students can focus solely on self-defense techniques with krav maga, an intuitive street-fighting style developed by a decorated Czechoslovakian athlete in the 1930s, or tae kwon do, which builds a sense of confidence as well as snappy reflexes and a collection of stylish belts. Participants in one-hour kickboxing classes can burn up to 1,000 calories, and yoga classes build inner strength and balance. Field-day classes take fitness training outdoors for sunshine and fresh air. Athletes who attend a monthly weapon-disarming seminar learn to strip assailants of knives, guns, or wooden marshmallow spears.
Cedar Key Marina II’s shallow coastal waters provide a home not only for dozens of boats, but also Coast Guard–certified charter captains, shipwrights, and fishermen of all stripes. Captains lead charters along beaches, chasing distantly spotted dorsal fins or the echo of underwater horseplay from schools of fish. They also rent out their vessels—a collection of skiffs and pontoons—to experienced fisherfolk looking to conduct their own four- to eight-hour excursions. Boat owners can rent dock space to safely moor their vessels, allowing the marina’s technicians to perform maintenance and repairs while they are docked.