Crowds of people wearing white T-shirts, tutus, and old wedding dresses race through the streets during the Funk N Run 5k. They wear white because a rainbow of colors will pelt their clothing during the event. It's not totally necessary to wear white, though; the colored-cornstarch dye will show up on garments of all hues, including black yoga pants. This untimed, noncompetitive race is known for its celebratory party atmosphere, but that's not the only reason to attend; the charitable event also works to give soldiers and their families memorable homecoming experiences.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Larry Shealy, focuses on leverage, timing, and technique—giving men and women of all ages the ability to physically overpower attackers and crazed lawn ornaments, regardless of their size. Brazilian jiu-jitsu also tones the body, dispels stress, and boosts confidence in a safe, respectful environment. In Women’s Self-Defense, simulated street situations teach ladies how to avoid physical confrontations by setting verbal and physical boundaries⎯as well as how to defend themselves if their attempts at cartography fail. Muay Thai kickboxing, also known as "the science of eight limbs" or "octopusology," boosts mental focus and physical fitness for no-holds-barred riddle contests and wedding-dress fittings. Child and adolescent specialist Robyn J. A. Silverman bully-proofs kids ages 4–14 with rock-solid values and soaring self-esteem in the popular Kid-Jitsu program. Check the Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schedule for dates and times.
The water-adventure lovers at Crazy Fish have expanded their waterfront activity arsenal with an airboat, taking six-to-eight gleeful guests on a one-hour guided tour with the captivating Captain Hurricane Dave. After pushing off in a bright red boat propelled by Paul Bunyan's desk fan, Captain Dave takes groups of up to eight airboat adorers on a trek through the waters, pointing out alligators, porpoises, manatees, and alligator-impersonating marsh birds along the way. Scenic views of the vibrant intracoastal waterway and the occasional eagle sighting thrill turf-dwellers and seafarers alike on this air-powered voyage.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
Between the sandy shore and the sprawling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you could easily spend day after day along Jacksonville's beach front. There are countless ways to pass the hours, including surfing, paddleboarding, and biking. Beach Life Rentals, LLC facilitates these and more with beach-friendly rentals, such as bicycles, kayaks, and umbrellas. Its staff ferries gear to and from the beach, so customers only have to worry about kayaking and not about fitting the paddles inside their fanny packs.