Okamoto's Karate's dedicated karate and tae kwon do instructors transform pedestrians of all ages and experience levels into finely calibrated martial artists within fully mirrored training facilities replete with changing rooms. During a diverse lineup of classes, the highly trained staffers shepherd students aged 4 to typewriter-user through a dynamic training system that fuses Japanese karate with Korean tae kwon do, working to lay the foundation for active and confident lifestyles. In addition to hosting classes for average citizens and out-of-shape superheroes disguised as average citizens, the studio is also home to the world-championship team, Team Alaska, which has been featured on ESPN's worldwide telecast of the US Open & ISKA World Martial Arts Championships in 1999 and 2000.
Experienced glacier conquerors at MICA Guides lead groups of up to eight hikers over and through frosty glacial terrains. On the three-hour Ice Fall Trek, avid ice explorers venture over the Matanuska Glacier, where visions of crevasses, seracs, and Olympic figure-skating teams tantalize eyes and senses with wonderment. Commencing at 9:30 a.m., the jaunt requires a signed waiver and long pants, while eager trekkers can enhance their own hiking boots, sunglasses, and layered clothing with provided helmets, a trekking pole, and crampons for sure footing and traction. After reaching the top altitudinal point of the glacier, experience a scenic and breathtaking icefall landscape view while collecting cubes to feed to your refrigerator.
Nestled in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley and alongside the Matanuska River, the Palmer Golf Course?s verdant fairways?designed by William Overdorf and repeatedly named one of the best in the state by Golf Digest?treat players to breathtaking views of Pioneer Peak and Knik Glacier. Their cleated feet tread over bluegrass, and their gloved hands grip clubs tightly as they assess the 7th hole?s wicked dogleg left or crush spheres toward the water-bracketed green of the 17th hole. Before romping beneath the course?s jagged brushstrokes of mountain, players equip themselves at the pro shop, and after, they can drop by the snack bar. Those interested in honing their game can schedule lessons with an instructor with nine years of experience. Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 7,125 yards
Course rating of 72.6
Slope rating of 121
Four tee options
Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location?s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas.
Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.
Alaska Dance Promotions hosts rhythmic, Latin-flavored classes for budding rug-cutters during Alaska’s largest dance festival, the Alaska Salsa Festival. Students who opt for the salsa-immersion program dive into a sequence of 12 weekly classes built around a cumulative curriculum that discourages drop-ins as thoroughly as steel ceilings. Alternatively, patrons can bolster their cardio fitness with the athletic dance moves and international rhythms of Zumba classes, opt for one-on-one lessons, or follow group classes as they roam through spicy modalities such as bachata, cha cha, and meringue. Partnerless dancers are welcomed and smoothly paired with fellow students, and classes require no specialty gear, only comfortable outfits in breathable fabrics.