The grueling, seven-hour Krav Maga black belt test has an average pass rate of 50%?that is, at least, unless you?ve trained at Krav Maga Houston, which boasts an untrammeled pass rate of 100%. Such impressive pass rates are made possible by 2nd Dan black belt, C.J. Kirk, who helms a vetted and experienced team of instructors that teaches the Israeli fighting system to amateurs, military personnel, and law enforcement officers. Classes educate pupils on all aspects of the discipline, including how to respond to stress, act on instinct, and execute textbook strikes and blocks. To accommodate all levels, the center offers flexible class times as well as time slots dedicated to childrens? fitness and fighting classes.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Under the direction of Andrea Jones and her husband, a staff of safety-trained, background-checked coaches at F A Sports teach youngsters the skills they need to succeed in the world of competitive cheerleading. The air-conditioned gym is loaded with sanitized mats and equipment, including a tumble track. Parents can observe from the sidelines as their children master cartwheels, handstands, back handsprings, and midair moonwalks.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Gymnastics/Cheer Classes
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Tasha Beale and Nick Cedillo drew upon a lifetime of gymnastics experience to found Pearland Elite Training Center. They each boast some impressive credits on their resumes, from collegiate All-American athlete to championship competitor at the national level. Today, they pass on the skills that helped their careers flourish to the the next generation of competitive gymnasts, tumblers, and cheerleaders.
They design their classes for kids ages two and up, personalizing instruction for each child. Alongside a staff of fellow coaches, they ensure that every student gets a good workout and feels like a part of the team, regardless of skill level. They also try to make sure their charges have fun, whether in regular class or a special session. Summer camps, in particular, add a bit of extra entertainment to the regular regimen, with the introduction of games, contests, and crafts such as making a functioning springboard out of nothing but Popsicle sticks.
In its 20,000-square-foot facility, Apex Cheer helps youngsters of all ages and abilities practice their moves on spring floors, flip and somersault on tumble strips, and bounce on in-ground trampolines. But these resources are not only reserved for competitive cheerleaders. Novices can also hit the floor to master the basics in tumbling classes and summer camps, or explore bounce castles, careen on trampolines, and compete in obstacle courses at birthday parties, where kids enjoy can athletics without chasing cars down neighborhood streets.
Athletic & Performing Arts Center is a one-stop shop for kids' fun and athletics. It was born when two of Houston's long-running kids' gymnastics and dance programs joined forces. Now under one name, the instructors lead a variety gymnastics classes from Teeter Toddler classes intended for tots 16 months-35 months old, to an assortment of tumbling classes for kids over 6 in a range of skill levels. Available dance classes include styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. They also host open-play sessions, in which kids can blow off steam after a long day at the lemonade stand.
Jerit Pogue, the owner of the newly unified APAC, says that he and his fellow trainers and teachers love seeing the glow of accomplishment on the kids they train, whether they just walked off stage or mastered a new trick in practice. "We have kids who cry everyday because they don't want to leave," he says.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Gymnastics and dance classes
Pro Tip: Come prepared for kids to have fun and learn.