In spite of the name, Street Jitsu students won't actually be training on the street, but that doesn't mean they're limited to training in the studio. Although Street Jitsu offers ample space and cushy floor mats on which to engage opponents or safely try on glass slippers, the trainers gladly travel to clients' homes or offices to impart private instruction. Wherever they are, the trainers bring the same level of expertise as they imbue students with practical self-defense and martial-arts techniques.
More often than not, PGA Class A Professional Steven Pfeifer can be found doling out instruction to club-swinging students out on the practice range or on the course at Hawks Creek Golf Club. During lessons, Steven’s overarching aim is to find the mechanics that work best for each student; he believes that golfers too often overanalyze their swing when they simply need to relax and make contact with the ball. Private lessons include coaching them on every facet of the game, from tee, to green, to tiebreaking tugs of war with the 18th flagstick.
The instructors at Premier Martial Arts North Richland Hills teach classes in numerous styles from around the world, helping students develop both mental and physical fortitude. From Israel, they take the techniques of krav maga, which focuses on neutralizing real-world attacks, counterattacking, and escaping. They supplement these skills with the grappling and joint-locking techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, as well as the stick- and knife-fighting skills integral to the Filipino martial art of kali. The adult curriculum also includes classes in cardio kickboxing, which primarily aims to boost fitness through a blend of pugilistic techniques from America, Japan, and Korea.
When working with children, the instructors design classes to help the young ones build self-confidence, discipline, and perseverance. Because respect and concentration skills are essential components of martial arts, the classes may help children perform better in social situations, at school, or when accepting an Academy Award.
Donna Park's passion for performance preceded the bulk of her vocabulary: at 4 years old, she got into the habit of correcting the dance steps of the other children in her recitals. Her unquenchable thirst for performance led her through a theater minor in college to the discovery of film, then onto a career as a director, writer, and producer of television specials and commercials. Now, calling upon contacts developed during her 20-year career, she brings working professionals to Texas Creative Arts Academy to share their hard-earned wisdom with the young.
The Academy's year-round programs gather students aged 4 to 18 to celebrate their interest in dance, art, film, and melodrama. Aspiring artisans learn the basics of canvas and garment craftsmanship in Hi Ho! Van Gogh! and Design Fashion Diva! camps. Teachers unlock high notes in students' vocal ranges with voice lessons and train the eyes of future cameramen in video-production classes. Piano and guitar instruction empowers kids to realize a future where spontaneous public musical numbers don’t just happen on stage.
Inside the climate-controlled environs of his 8,500-square-foot training center, Jeff Isler heads a team of teaching professionals that helps students of all ability levels shave strokes off their scores. Each lesson illustrates the importance of the game's fundamentals, such as grip, ball position, and posture. Players absorb these principles through customized drills, practice, and a steady diet of putting-green grass. Novices learn to build an efficient, repeatable swing, and seasoned veterans see what bad habits might be holding them back, such as an overly steep downswing. The teaching team also employs a number of different technologies to assist with the instruction process, with the TrackMan launch monitor and K-Vest training system treating students to further analysis of their techniques.