Make no mistake about it: one of Gracie Barra Veneration's chief goals is to help students defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat. That's why the studio specializes in Brazilian jujitsu, a martial art that focuses on grappling in close quarters. But there's another, equally important lesson that the instructors hope to impart. The same qualities that make one an effective fighter—discipline, creativity, and self-confidence—are just as useful in other aspects of life, such as work and relationships. The studio strives to instill these qualities in each student, one takedown at a time.
America's Action Territory encourages familial bonding through amusements in session year-round indoors and seasonally outdoors. During warm weather, the park staff operates six outdoor activities, from bumper boats in a 75,000-gallon pool to a water balloon battle with depth-charged orbs. Back inside, kids can enter the smoky, black-lit laser-tag arena to demonstrate who is most deserving of parents' love, or challenge their progenitors to skee-ball at the arcade. Between games, an eatery supplies patrons with refreshments such as sandwiches, chicken strips, and pizzas on crust made without gluten or lasers. It also offers a wine and beer list for adults, as well as free WiFi. For special occasions, Action Territory's team can also arrange birthday parties and organize group packages.
Sol D'Licious Caf?'s owners, Dama and Lamar, have been vegetarian for the last two decades, and vegan for the last five years. Their commitment to all-natural food?and Head Chef Aaron Webb's Le Cordon Bleu training?shine through in the caf?'s menu. The meat-free eats range from a black-bean burger topped with spinach, guacamole, and tomato slices to bowls of hearty vegan chili. Webb experiments with raw plates, too, such as a ginger-infused cabbage slaw. Funky juices wash down meals, including the sunset-hued blend of orange, carrot, and sweet-potato juices.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
As a boxing trainer, I saw so many individuals who wanted desperately to obtain the benefits from a boxing/kickboxing workout, but had that look in their eyes when they saw the facility. [They] loved the equipment, but were anxious about working out with boxers?not really knowing what to do and how to do it, as boxing is not a structured workout. Did I mention the contact that goes along with boxing?getting hit? With this in mind, I looked for models that would be enticing to this demographic and allow everyone to enjoy the unbelievable benefits of boxing: learning real self-defense [skills]\ while shedding pounds, toning muscles, and building functional strength and agility.
What special training do you or your staff have?
We have a background in boxing and Golden Glove fighters and trainers. In boxing, it's not just learning the skills, but learning how to obtain peak conditioning and strength for a real-life battle.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
You can expect to have fun and and learn a skill. The atmosphere is welcoming and the people are energetic. Weight-loss, strength, agility, and cardio are just the side effects from learning. That leads to a fun workout.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our website and Facebook have videos and a great deal of more information.
Located in downtown Kenosha, the U.S. Taekwondo Academy is a martial arts school that teaches both children and adults classical Korean taekwondo. The studio was founded by Grand-Master Koang Woong Kim, the highest-ranking taekwondo master outside of Korea. While learning the importance of discipline and respect, students burn calories and build lean muscle as they develop the core self-defense moves of taekwondo. Participants can also compete for belts.
Cutting out through Southport Marina and onto the open water of Lake Michigan, the sloops of Red Sails Charter & Sailing Lessons are impossible to miss. Aboard the beautifully maintained Panache, students or Captain Richard Charette can trim the classic boat's signature crimson sails. Under the tutelage of Captain Richard, newbie sailors learn skills such as flying the spinnaker, steering, and the best wind position for hair whipping. Charters are also available for those who want to kick back on the boat while the crew mans the deck.