After winning a gold medal in the US National Kuoshu championships and fighting as a member of the US Kung Fu team, Gary Berger decided to bring his skills back stateside. Classes started small, but Gary slowly began attracting both students and instructors until his humble operation became the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy. Under Gary's direction, the center now offers an extensive martial arts curriculum in styles such as muay thai, kung fu, aikido, and Brazilian jiujitsu. Coach Gary cultivates an environment based on respect, hard work, and personal growth, where criticism is frowned upon and egos are checked at the door along with oversized suitcases. Gary’s wife Danyelle heads up instruction of the gym's fitness classes, which include kettlebell, kickboxing, yoga, and Zumba. Between its many martial arts offerings and more general fitness classes, BMAA boasts a diverse student body, including athletes, casual exercisers looking to burn calories, and even children with physical or mental disabilities taking part in Coach Gary’s special needs classes.
Instructors at Roundhouse Martial Arts & Krav Maga equip their students with self-defense tools using martial-arts and krav maga techniques. The popular cardio defense class features a high-intensity workout for all skill levels. The classes are available for clients of all ages, ranging from kids 4 and up to senior citizens.
When Baltimore Salsa Dance Company's founder Tabitha Hitchye-Holliday isn’t at the helm of one of her daily Latin dance classes at Dance & Artistic Expressions Studio, she’s wearing her sequined performer’s costume and dancing . She’s been dividing her time between teaching, performing, and studying dance for 14 years. She puts all of this experience to use at her Catonsville studio, where she and her staff lead dance lessons in the styles of salsa, bachata, and ballet, as well as fitness programs such as Zumba. Ballet students learn the basic feet and arm positions of classical ballet and practice moves at the barre, while Zumba students burn calories through high energy movements inspired by an array of dance styles, such as salsa and merengue. Additionally, students can attend the RSVP-only weekly salsa practices, every Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and monthly salsa parties, hosted every first and third Friday of the month.
Instructors allow students to showcase their newfound moves with fellow enthusiasts during weekly Friday practice sessions and at a monthly social on the last Friday of the month. To ensure students look their best while dancing, staffers vend performance wares such as clothing, shoes, and industry-grade rug-cutting scissors within an attached boutique. Not limited to just dance, students can partake in an array of cultural provisions, including classes in American Sign Language, Introductory Spanish, sewing, arts & crafts, tap, jazz, and barre fitness.
“A lot of players look at the card and think because it’s short that they’re going to play their all-time best round of golf and end up spending a lot of time in the woods,” says head professional Joan Lovelace of the course at Fairway Hills Golf Club. The Ron Pritchard–designed course —which stays neatly within the bounds of 6,158 yards—doesn’t just get its bite from the woodlands about which Lovelace warns. Water comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes, and the second fairway’s wicked dogleg right and stream-guarded bentgrass green costars with collarless shirts in many golfers’ nightmares. The links wind down with a hope-inspiring 18th hole, where golfers with the right mix of skill and luck can make a birdie.
Adjacent to the course’s bermuda-grass fairways, the club’s practice facilities invite players to demolish buckets of balls at a turf range, cleat across a chipping area, or practice whipping a putter out of its holster and twirling it around their thumb. Lessons with the club’s PGA professionals are also available to help hone games.
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The team at Awesome Martial Arts Training Center works hard to live up to the company's name, which is derived from founder and seventh-degree black belt Gerald "Awesome" Dawson. He and the martial-arts faculty teach classes for kids, adults, and all of their stunt doubles. In addition to martial arts, the instructors also lead kickboxing classes, which incorporate elements of boxing and tae kwon do.