Sports in King City

60-Minute, 90-Minute, or Two-Hour Golf Lesson with PGA Pro at Ben Alexander Golf Academy (Up to 60% Off)

Ben Alexander Golf Academy

Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses

Named Teacher of the Year by the Northern California PGA in 2004, PGA pro Ben Alexander helps golfers hone their game in private lessons

$125 $50

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Full-Day Rental of One, Two, or Four Single Bikes or Two Tandem Bikes at Jay's Cycles (Up to 71% Off)

Jay's Cycles

Jay's Cycles

Bikers rove beachside paths atop lovingly maintained single and tandem cycles

$30 $10

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Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Watsonville

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

$169 $59

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One or Three 60-Minute Golf Short Game Lessons with Bruce Michael Vieira, PGA Instructor (Up to 55% Off)

Bruce Michael Vieira PGA Instructor

Multiple Locations

Class-A PGA instructor breaks down the short game and teaches proper mechanics; lessons capped at three students

$80 $41

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9-Hole Golf Outing for Two or 10 9-Hole Rounds of Par-Three Golf at Casserly Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

Casserly Golf Course

Watsonville

9-hole, par 3 course rolls over terrain of former cattle ranch

$90 $45

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One Month of One or All Martial Arts Classes at Seikishin Dojo (Up to 84% Off)

Seikishin Dojo

Morgan Hill

Instructors teach students of all levels traditional martial arts such as Jujutsu, Shinkendo, Aikido, or tactical street defense

$100 $25

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1, 5, or 10 Rides to Soquel Demonstration Forest, or Biking Class from Shuttle Smith Adventures (Up to 66% Off)

Shuttle Smith Adventures

Aptos

Shuttles take avid cyclists from Aptos to the highest point of Soquel Demonstration Forest, or instructors teach mountain biking to newbies

$25 $11

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$30 for $60 Worth of Martial Arts at To The Point Martial Arts

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Westside

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 74% Off). Three Options Available.

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Eastside

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

$169 $50

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One-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Up to 49% Off)

SUP Shack

Eastside

Instructors lead students through basic core-strengthening maneuvers and rent out fast, versatile boards

$20 $11

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One Month of Unlimited Adult or Kids' Martial-Arts Lessons at Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 74% Off)

Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Santa Cruz

Adults or kids learn practical self-defense skills while building strength, endurance, and discipline in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes

$135 $35

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Single or Double Kayak or Standup-Paddleboard Rental at Kayak Connection (Up to 37% Off)

Kayak Connection

Santa Cruz

Standup paddleboards and single and double kayaks let renters explore waterways

$35 $22

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18-Hole Round of Golf Including Cart Rental for Two or Four at Phoenix Sunrise Golf Course (Up to Half Off)

Phoenix Sunrise Golf Course

Lemoore

Twosomes and foursomes make their way along an 18-hole course with assistance from rental carts

$64 $32

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$60 for a Survival-Training Clinic with Adventure Out ($125 Value)

Adventure Out

Multiple Locations

Participants learn how to find shelter, water, and food, and make fire in the wild; clinic developed by survival expert Cliff Hodges

$125 $60

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$75 for $150 Worth of Boxing at Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA

Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA

Scotts Valley

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$150 $75

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1 Month of Unlimited WingChun Self-Defense Classes for 1, 2 at International Academy of WingChun (Up to 81% Off)

International Academy of WingChun

Scotts Valley

WingChun self-defense classes teach a system of strategies for overcoming an assailant, all while heightening physical fitness and awareness

$117 $25

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$40 for $99 Worth of Cardio Kickboxing— Choi's Tae Kwon DO

Choi's Tae Kwon Do Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$99 $40

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Range Balls at Avila Beach Golf Resort (Up to 60% Off) 

Avila Beach Golf Resort

Avila Beach

An 18-hole course characterized by distinctly different front and back nines hugs the banks of a tidal estuary

$154 $61

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Hour with PGA Instructor with Optional Month Unlimited Driving Range at Central Coast Golf Academy (51% Off)

Central Coast Golf Academy

Arroyo Grande

PGA level instructor shares their knowledge and experience to help clients find their highest potential as a player

$205 $100

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Crosspit Classes, Pit Jitsu for Adults, or Pit Jitsu for Kids at The Pit Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 68% Off)

The Pit Martial Arts & Fitness

Arroyo Grande

Crosspit classes blend martial arts technique with intense circuit training, while pit jitsu builds confidence and self-defense know-how

$99 $32

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Tennis 101 Clinic or Cardio Tennis at Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport: Yosemite (Up to 60% Off)

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport

In-Shape: Merced Yosemite Ave

Learn the fundamentals of tennis play with an introductory clinic or stay in shape with a tennis-influenced cardio workout

$60 $24

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$25 for 5K Registration for One at The Colorful 5K on Sunday, March 1 (Up to $50 Value)

The Colorful 5K

Woodward Park

Runners dash along a 5K course while splattering one another with nontoxic color powder

$50 $25

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Tyshon Johnson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy (54% Off)

Tyshon Johnson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Fresno

From the merchant: Self-Defense, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Yoga and Cardio Fitness for Men, Women and Children of ALL AGES.

$140 $64

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5 or 10 Yoga Tai-Chi or Egyptian-Yoga Classes at Egyptian Shaolin Martial Arts University (Up to 85% Off)

Egyptian Shaolin Martial Arts University

Fresno

Reach mental, physical, and spiritual peace with yoga; master defense training and reap health benefits with tai chi

$125 $21

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One Month of Tumbling or Parkour Classes or a Birthday Party for 20 at CheerForce Fresno (Up to 60% Off)

CheerForce Fresno

Bullard

Instructors teach kids 5 and up tumbling and parkour; birthdays include games, music, and cheer activities, as well as decorations and more

$55 $22

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4, 8, or 16 Tai Chi Classes at Tai Chi for Wellness (Up to 70% Off)

Tai Chi for Wellness

Tai Chi for Wellness

Tai chi classes promote wellness and health through slow, sequenced movements

$40 $17

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$28 for $80 for 2 hours of Golf Simulator Rental — Fit Precision The Golf Difference

Fit Precision The Golf Difference

Los Gatos

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$80 $28

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Cardio Kickboxing or Martial Arts Classes at Studio Kicks Training Center (Up to 82% Off). Three Options Available.

Studio Kicks Training Center

Los Gatos

Burn calories in high-energy cardio kickboxing classes or master the 5,000-year-old techniques of martial arts

$57 $10

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Four or Eight Weeks of Taekwondo Classes with a Uniform at VanBelle's ATA Black Belt Academy (Up to 78% Off)

VanBelle's ATA Black Belt Academy

Multiple Locations

Fifth-degree black-belt instructors impart self-defense techniques, strength, and discipline in taekwondo classes for students of all ages

$119 $49

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Four or Six Beginner Fencing Classes at Academy of Fencing Masters (50% Off)

Academy of Fencing Masters

Campbell

National champion fencers and coaches instill students ages 7–17 with the technique, agility, strength, and discipline to be fencing masters

$60 $30

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One Month of Regular Martial Arts Classes for Little Rhino for Ages 3–6 at PRO Martial Arts (Up to 60% Off)

PRO Martial Arts

Campbell

Motivation martial arts classes instill students aged 3 and up with confidence, poise, self-respect, and self-defense skills

$159 $64

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Extreme Fitness and Sports (Up to 75% Off)

Extreme Fitness and Sports

Campbell

Expert trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes

$150 $39

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5 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes at Xtreme Martial Arts and Fitness Center (Up to 72% Off)

Xtreme Martial Arts and Fitness Center

Campbell

Tone bodies while learning courtesy, discipline & respect with muay thai or X-Fit Kickboxing Classes for adults and teens

$75 $25

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $15 Off Bicycle Tune Up ($65 Full Price) at Rock Solid Bicycles

Rock Solid Bicycles

San Jose

For $5, receive a coupon for $15 off bicycle tune up ($65 full price)

$5

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$33 for $60 Worth of Tennis Lessons — SAI Tennis Training

Sai Tennis

San Jose

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $33

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at Tribull MMA (45% Off)

Tribull Mma

San Jose

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$159 $87

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One or Two Months of Master's Swimming Practice at QuickSilver Swimming (Up to 51% Off)

QuickSilver Swimming

Gunderson High School

Expert coaches lead adults of all swimming levels through swimming practice for either competitive or casual swimmers

$60 $30

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$56 for $125 Worth of Services at Camp Carter International Karate Association

Camp Carter International Karate Association

San Jose

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$125 $56

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Four or Eight Fencing Classes for Kids or Adults at Xcel Fencing (69% Off)

Xcel Fencing

Multiple Locations

Adults and kids alike can pick up foils under the guidance of instructors and learn the basics of fencing

$110 $35

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Kung Fu Classes at Silicon Valley Kung Fu Academy (Up to 83% Off)

Silicon Valley Kung Fu Academy

Willow Glen

Kids as young as 3 can learn hand and weapon forms during kung fu classes that emphasize self-defense, discipline, and respect

$220 $40

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$69 for $125 Groupon — Wrecking Crew Fight Club

Wrecking Crew Fight Club

Downtown San Jose

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$125 $69

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$48 for $160 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Eagle Talon Martial Arts

Eagle Talon Martial Arts

Cambrian Community

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$160 $48

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$24 for a 30-Minute Private Baseball or Softball Lesson at San Jose Batting Cages ($45 Value)

San Jose Batting Cages

San Jose

Current or former high-school coaches or collegiate or minor-league players lead students during private baseball or softball lessons

$45 $24

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One-Month Child, Adult, or Teen Membership to Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy (Up to 74% Off)

Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy

San Jose

Founded in 1949, the school teaches kids, teens and adults self-defense through judo and jujitsu

$95 $25

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One Month of Youth or Adult Jiu-Jitsu Classes or Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França BJJ (Up to 88%Off)

Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Cambrian

Black-belt instructors demonstrate the grappling techniques and take-downs of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or fast-paced kickboxing combos

$169 $26

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10 Drop-In Kids' Classes or One Month of Unlimited Kids' Classes at Three Sixty Training Center (Up to 86% Off)

Three Sixty Training Center

St. Leo's

Kids aged 5 and older can improve their self-defense, strength, and reflex skills

$200 $29

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Eight-Week Youth Antibullying or Fundamentals of Brazilian Jujitsu Session at Heroes Martial Arts (Up to 76% Off)

Heroes Martial Arts

Downtown San Jose

Kids’ antibullying and Brazilian jujitsu sessions provide improved physical fitness and self-defense skills; adult option available

$159 $40

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Half Day or Full Day of Baseball or Softball Camp or a Private Lesson at South Bay Sports Training (Up to 55% Off)

South Bay Sports Training

Bay Area

Camps focus on sport fundamentals; former professional and collegiate players help hone skills in 30-minute private lessons

$60 $29

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Two or Four Kids' Gymnastics Open-Gym Sessions at Paramount Tumbling & AcroGymnastics (58% Off)

Paramount Tumbling & AcroGymnastics

San Jose

Children frolic on the padded floors and gymnastics equipment during instructor-free open-gym sessions

$20 $8.50

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5 or 10 Cross-Training or Mixed Martial Arts Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Dark Horse Gym (Up to 88% Off)

Dark Horse Gym

Downtown San Jose

Bolster health and fitness in daily classes led by a team of instructors with 40 years combined training experience

$200 $29

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One or Three Months of Taekwondo (Up to 73% Off)

Leejon Taekwondo

San Jose CA

Traditional taekwondo school with belt-rankings, brick-breaking, and sparring

$125 $43

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Four- or Eight-Week Introductory Muay Thai Program for Kids Aged 6–12 at Team Rey`s (Up to 74% Off)

Team Rey`s

South San Jose

Kids learn martial arts and muay thai during twice-a-week classes taught by an instructor with 20 years of experience

$160 $43

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$55 for $220 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Chen Nan Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Chen Nan Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

San Jose

From the merchant: Master Chen trains kid and adult students in Shaolin Kung Fu with emphasis on self-defense, self-discipline, and power.

$220 $55

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One or Two Months of Classes for One, or Month of Classes for Two at Battle Control Martial Arts (Up to 75% Off)

Battle Control Martial Arts

Edenvale

Martial-arts students learn self-defense skills, up their fitness levels, and build both mental and physical strength and discipline

$120 $35

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One Month of Unlimited Shinkendo or Aikibujitsu Classes or Four Classes at Tojokan Dojo (Up to 85% Off)

Tojokan Dojo

San Jose

Shinkendo teaches swordsmanship rooted in samurai techniques and philosophies, whereas Aikibujitsu blends and redirects attackers' energy

$100 $24

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$50 for $90 Worth of Martial Arts — Spartan MMA & Fitness Inc.

Spartan Mma & Fitness Inc.

San Jose

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$90 $50

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Registration for One or Four to the Color Fun Fest 5K (Up to 52% Off)

Color Fun Fest 5K

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Glowing neon under evening blacklights, vibrant powder showers down on runners during a 5K that ends in a finish-line celebration

$60 $29

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9-Hole Round of Golf for One or Two with Range Balls at Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course (Up to 44% Off)

Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course

Mayfair

9-hole executive course with bunkers, crisp fairways, and ponds lined with cattails

$34 $19

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Up to 27 Holes of Golf with Range Balls and Cart Rental for 1, 2, or 4 at Blacklake Golf Resort (Up to 53% Off)

Blacklake Golf Resort

Blacklake

Three distinct nine-hole courses represent the varied challenges of golf in the Central Coast, from breezy valleys to towering oak trees

$170 $80

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$79 for a One-Hour Lesson for Two with Green Fees and Cart at Monarch Dunes Golf Club ($250 Value)

Monarch Dunes Golf Club

Woodlands

Lessons held on unique 12-hole, par-three course that features links-style play

$250 $79

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Four or Six Weeks of Taekwondo Classes with Uniform at Lewis' ATA Black Belt Academy (Up to 66% Off)

Lewis' ATA Black Belt Academy

Turlock

ATA master instills students with values such as confidence and discipline while guiding them through self-defense techniques

$119 $43

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Krav-Maga, The Pit, or CrossPit Classes at Academy of Self Defense (Up to 64% Off)

Academy of Self Defense

Santa Clara

Krav maga teaches realistic self defense; mixed martial arts combines boxing, muay thai, wrestling, judo & jiu-jitsu for all skill levels

$95 $39

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One or Three 60-Minute Private Golf Lessons with Swing Analysis and Digital Recording at GolfSmarts (Up to 69% Off)

GolfSmarts

Santa Clara

Instructor evaluates pupils’ swing with video-analysis software before coaching them on form during a recorded session

$125 $39

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One Round of FootGolf for Two or Four at Pruneridge Golf Club (Up to 59% Off)

Pruneridge Golf Club

Santa Clara

A combination of soccer and golf involves kicking a regulation soccer ball into oversized holes on a shortened course

$48 $20

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10- or 25-Round Play Card at Pruneridge Golf Club in Santa Clara (Up to 46% Off)

Pruneridge Golf Club

Santa Clara

Punch card for 10 or 25 rounds on nine-hole, par 31 golf course

$240 $139

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3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Okaigan Karate Dojo (45% Off)

Jkr Okaigan Dojo

Cupertino

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$420 $231

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9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Five Rounds for One at Blackberry Farm Golf Course (Up to 45% Off)

Blackberry Farm Golf Course

Cupertino

Course measures 1,544 yards and challenges short iron and putting skills with narrow fairways and small greens

$38 $22

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One Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Martial-Arts Classes at FTX Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

Kids and adults alike can burn off energy and build their strength as they learn practical marital-arts and self-defense skills

$149 $39

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes for Adults at Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley (50% Off)

Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley

Heritage District

Adult classes focus on self-defense techniques and might incorporate breathing exercises or practice with wooden swords

$100 $50

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Fencing Classes for One Child or Adult at International Fencing Academy (Up to 63% Off). Four Options Available.

International Fencing Academy

Sunnyvale West

Fencing instructors teach épée, foil and sabre fencing programs for all ages and skill levels

$140 $52

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$61 for $110 Worth of Martial Arts — Karate Masters

Karate Masters

Sunnyvale

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$110 $61

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5 or 10 Kickboxing, MMA, or CrossFit Classes at Unlimited MMA (Up to 87% Off)

Unlimited MMA

Milpitas

Seasoned kickboxers and MMA fighters help students burn calories, learn self-defense tactics, or both during their intense fitness classes

$149 $25

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One-Month Membership from The Players Club Powered by GOLFZING (Up to 47% Off). Three Courses Available.

The Players Club Powered by GOLFZING

Multiple Locations

Memberships grant one month of unlimited range practice, greens fees, and golf clinics at picturesque local courses

$39.99 $25

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$39 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes and a T-shirt from TrySelfDefense.com ($349 Value)

TrySelfDefense.com

Multiple Locations

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

$349 $39

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Martial Arts and Fitness Classes at Tandez Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off). Four Options Available.

Tandez Academy of Martial Arts

Mountain View

Certified instructors lead an array of martial arts classes from around the world, as well as various self-defense and fitness sessions

$125 $39

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30-Minutes in Batting Cage or a Batting-Cage Party with Pizza and Sodas for 4 or 12 at Funworks! (Up to 56% Off)

Funworks Modesto

Modesto

The 18-acre park enthralls guests ages 6 and older with batting practice, large one-topping pizzas, and 16-ounce sodas

$22 $12

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One or Two Private One-Hour Golf Lessons from Joe Smith at Dryden Creekside (Up to 51% Off)

Joe Smith at Dryden Creekside

Modesto

PGA Class A pro Joe Smith draws from more than a decade of coaching experience and a competitive playing career to help golfers improve

$120 $59

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10 or 20 Classes at Modesto Tai Chi Academy (Up to 83% Off)

Modesto Tai Chi Academy

Modesto

Tai chi classes begin with a slow set of movements designed to improve health while providing students with a base knowledge of self-defense

$200 $35

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at West Coast Martial Arts (Up to 67% Off)

West Coast Martial Arts

Modesto

Master Rick Jones—a 7th degree black belt—and his staff teach martial-arts skills to both kids and adults of all skill levels

$139 $49

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Surrounded by craggy peaks, three men in bright-red helmets stand in the midst of wilderness, surveying the mountains around them as their group of hikers break for a snack on the rocky ground. This interface with the majesty of nature is all in a day's work for this trio of adventurers—Paul Mangasarian and Jakob and Daniel Laggner. Still, their passion for open-air exploration grows with each expedition they lead. Paul, Jakob, and Daniel cofounded Treks and Tracks with the dream of orchestrating excursions into nature that combine ancient means of travel—such as sailing, horseback riding, and hitchhiking on a centaur—with modern sports ranging from surfing to rock climbing. Though they focus on introducing novice outdoorsfolk to unspoiled wilderness around the world, Treks and Tracks' cofounders also strive to leave the awe-inspiring surroundings they visit as pristine as they found them by rigorously upholding practices of environmental stewardship on each expedition.

Hwy. 1
Big Sur,
CA
US

Castle Rock Climbing School's expert guides eschew climbing walls for the raw stone faces of the Santa Cruz Mountains. PCGI-certified instructors spearhead trips ranging in duration from half a day to four days, spiriting intrepid climbers away for a nature-filled morning or 96 hours away from home to just let the neighbors get all the mail-stealing out of their system. Every guide boasts years of experience leading their wards up and down rocky inclines and is stuffed with local knowledge and teaching prowess. The school outfits climbers with the gear they need, including helmets, harnesses, and shoes, requiring that guests only take care of dressing themselves and deciding what song to yodel from the summit.

5000 Hwy. 146
Paicines,
California
US

Feel Golf Co. has 25 years of experience placing high-quality golfing sticks in the hands of touring professionals and amateurs committed to improving their game. These putting pros offer performance products for players of every handicap, and use specially formulated metals coupled with a proprietary pressure-casting system to create their clubs, including the Lee Miller Signature QPQ wedge ($119.99). The Tsunami Mallet putter uses NASA-based ceramic technology to reduce putting backspin and guide balls safely back into the atmosphere after intergalactic travel shots ($89.99). Fashion-forward fairway fans can show brand loyalty with Full Release caps, designed to block out the sun and conceal the identity of pros tagging in for difficult approaches ($7.99).

1354 Dayton St
Salinas,
CA
US

Designed by 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples, San Juan Oaks Golf Club showcases an 18-hole course that arches across 7,133 yards of San Juan Valley terrain. On the front nine, golfers test their mettle at one of Freddy's favorite holes, the 204-yard, par-3 sixth hole, where tee shots must speed through swirling winds and trees wielding catchers’ mitts to land on a green guarded by oak and eucalyptus trees. The back nine rolls through the valley’s foothills, regaling golfers with frequent elevation changes and back-to-back tees—at 16 and 17—that offer stunning views of the surrounding area. The course frequently draws top-flight golfers and is a Stage-One site of the PGA Tour's Qualifying School.

Before taking to the first tee, golfers can warm up at the club’s practice facilities, which include a 15-acre, all-grass driving range, a 10,000-square-foot putting green, and an area for chipping and bunker shots. Elegant, high-beamed ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace await golfers and underfed 9-irons at the restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Fred Couples

  • Length of 7,133 yards from the farthest tees

  • Course rating of 74.6 from the farthest tees

  • Slope rating of 141 from the farthest tees

  • Five tee options

  • Scorecard

3825 Union Rd
Hollister,
CA
US

At 18,000 feet in the air, the view is peaceful: Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz sprawled out below, bordered by the immense blue of the Pacific Ocean. And yet, this view is also exhilarating?it means you're about to leap out of a plane and fall at 120 miles per hour. Luckily, if it's your first time with Skydive Monterey Bay, you'll be strapped to a tandem instructor.

These coaches take their guests up to one of the world's highest jumps, in one of the fastest jump planes. Their mission is to balance the right amount of thrills with the utmost consideration for safety, whether they're with a skydiving newbie or an experienced parachuter. In addition to leading?and filming?first-time jumps, they host one-on-one lessons and accelerated freefall training for students who want to dive on their own. They can teach visitors to pack their own parachute, fall in different postures, and frighten William Shatner on the wing of a plane, all before coming back to earth. And according to their FAQs, landing is as gentle as "stepping off the curb."

721 Neeson Rd.
Marina,
CA
US

Adventures by the Sea is owner Frank Knight’s love letter to Monterey Bay. As an avid cyclist, kayaker, and surfer in his youth, Frank decided to share the gift of the bay by providing land- and sea-activity rentals for tourists. But, what started out as a small bike-rental shop frequented by local hotel guests eventually transformed into a four-location recreational company that now offers kayaking, bicycling, SUP paddling, and surrey-carriage rentals and tours.

Bicycle renters can cruise along 17-Mile Drive and the rocky shorelines of Pacific Grove, while surrey-carriage rentals provide a low-key communal pedaling adventure for up to four riders. Patrons can also enjoy the serene environment of Monterey Peninsula as they glide through the waters of Cannery Row and Stillwater Cove—both part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—on the company’s kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUP). During tours, knowledgeable guides rattle off facts about the area while pointing out its wildlife, such as harbor seals lounging on the rocks and otters snapping pictures of kayakers.

Along with providing land and water activities, Adventures by the Sea helps guests build stronger relationships with one another through their local group adventures, which include scavenger hunts. When customers are ready to invest in their own trustworthy gear, the company’s pro shop helps them stock up on boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards from brands such as Surftech, Naish Hawaii, and Paddle Surf Hawaii.

299 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US