The fourth annual Pumpkin Patch San Antonio celebrates the advent of fall with harvest-themed entertainment, running Friday through Sunday for the entire month of October near Sea World. Traditional hayrides stir the senses with the scent of fresh straw as a seemingly endless plot of pumpkins waits to be turned into fresh pies, pancakes, and sweet bread. While at the festival, kids can ride ponies, pet small farm animals, or defy gravity in the inflatable bounce house and slide.
"I will use my new ability with the respect of a deadly weapon for I am a weapon." So goes the oath sworn by students at Korea-America Tae Kwon Do Association, where instructors guide them through their chosen martial-arts discipline. In addition to Olympic-style tae kwon do, hapkido, and kumdo classes for all ages and ability levels, the center offers a Pure Fitness program especially for women.
Touting 60 years of collective experience, the seasoned senseis at Saldivar Martial Arts have the prowess to mold pupils into impregnable self-defenders. Students with belt shades ranging from lily-white to blacker than the inside of an uncracked walnut can enroll in beginner through advanced classes and work on mastering Saldivar's fundamental principles of integrity, commitment, and discipline. Karate kids of all ages can fling foot and fist in tae kwon do courses, and those aged 16 and over can strike, block, and parry in all-levels kickboxing courses. Students will be garbed with karate uniforms to wear in future lessons or to disguise themselves as walking snow angels.
Vegas Stiletto Fitness was founded by Lisa Valdes-Romero, a former gymnast and Vegas showgirl who high-kicked and twirled across Sin City stages for eight years. Now, Lisa and her team of motivating instructors encourage women to express themselves through dance while achieving physical fitness. In signature courses and Ladies Night Out dance outings, women don sky-scraping heels and release their inner vixens through sensual choreography and elaborate mating screeches.
Though the martial arts programs at Universal Karate Studios are based on the belt system, each student is encouraged to progress at their own pace. The philosophy here is not competitive, instead it is focused on personal growth. At the helm of the Studios is Master R.L. Brown, whose black belt denotes 35 years of experience with Korean and Japanese martial arts. A former karate champion and an NCO in the US Army Reserve, he teaches students as young as 5 years old lessons of discipline and respect on the mat. He and his fellow instructors also host after-school sessions to help kids release energy that builds up after sitting still at a desk for eight hours or standing still on the playground during an eight-hour game of freeze-tag.
Using the moves and techniques of martial arts, the certified instructors at Ashcrafts Martial Fitness help their students get into the best shape of their lives. Through Ashcrafts' kickboxing, tae kwon do, and MMA classes, kids, seniors, and adults can learn self-defense and grappling moves while they burn fat and build lean muscle. The no-nonsense gym features heavy bags, strength-training equipment, and a padded floor to maximize training exercises.
A team of boxers, football players, natural body builders, and endurance runners forms the faculty at The Club KO, where group fitness classes burn 700 to 1,000 calories an hour and push people of all skill levels through a fighter-like regimen. The studio's schedule brims with intense workout opportunities six days a week. Each Boxing K.O. class provides an hour of cardio while sculpting muscles into lean, agile jam-jar openers, and Kick K.O. sessions summon students to pummel real punching bags with a flurry of fists, feet, and feet curled into fists. Designed for competitive fighters but open to layfolk, Boxing Technique incorporates shadow boxing, bag work, and a full body circuit, and Combo K.O. is an ever-shifting class that blends boxing exercises with weight training and rigorous panting, while Camp K.O. combines cross-training with boot camp-style methods.