For Turkan Aydogmus, yoga and dance are much more than exercises—they're a way of life. She founded Samadhi Yoga & Dance to share this belief with others in hopes they would experience the enlightenment, inner peace, and passion that the art forms sparked in her. Along with her team of instructors, Turkan conducts a wide range of classes that incorporate the physical, emotional, and spiritual. This includes kundalini yoga, a consciousness-raising form of yoga that focuses on specific mental or physical issues; tribal fusion belly dance, a communal form of the serpentine dance style; and yogalates, a blend of yoga and Pilates performed on mats and optionally poured into an espresso beverage.
Dakao Do, Sword to Sword’s instructor, protects the secrets of ancient, historical European martial-art forms that date back to the early 1300s. Specializing in the longsword, sword and buckler, and dussack, he wields these weapons to show newbies how to safely and respectfully honor historical fighting systems. Though he mainly focuses on Germanic swordsmanship, Dakao also leads programs that explore other fighting methods such as grappling, dagger, rapier, and saber.
A martial art that focuses on self-defense, aikido teaches its students how to use the efforts of an attacker to their advantage. At Aikido Bootcamp, students team up to practice these techniques. They take turns acting as the aggressor and the victim, which provides perspective from both sides of a physical encounter. As their experience increases, students develop trust in each other, enabling them to practice with more intensity without getting injured or having sessions dissolve into a deadlocked arm-wrestling match.
At FIT Athletic Club, the sounds of clattering weights, whirring treadmills, and friendly chatter fill the gym from dusk to dawn. These energetic sounds play out over state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment and high-end amenities such as a steam room and sauna. Members who tire of going it alone enjoy unlimited access to more than 300 group classes each month. After a tough workout, FIT Athletic Bar's smoothie selection gives exercisers a nutritious way to refuel, and the bar’s free WiFi lets them check email, update social networks, or Google the best ways to snag the available treadmill for a date Saturday night.
Master Blue Siytangco has three specialties: the energy healing technique of reiki, past life regression, and Chen-style tai chi, a practice that combines martial arts and meditation. Group or private classes in Chen-style tai chi take place at a student's home or in the park, and practitioners have the option of eventually showcasing their skills in a competition.
Travis Tooke's passion for mixed martial arts fueled his decorated competitive grappling and Brazilian-jujitsu careers, which instinctively led him to form Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts and share his expertise with others. He proudly wears a Gracie Barra black belt and has been a Brazilian-jujitsu and submission-wrestling trainer for more than 12 years, during which he’s mentored renowned UFC fighter Yves Edwards. He and his team of instructors lead students in an array of mixed-martial-arts fitness classes, including kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and wrestling. They offer kids' classes, women's classes, and classes for combat buffs looking to break into the professional mixed-martial-arts world, which used to require locking your resume in a chokehold until it got you a job.