Upon Lion Heart Fencing Academy's floated wooden floors, fencers of all experience levels from age 7 to adulthood cross blades under the guidance of British Academy of Fencing–certified maestro Stuart Lee and his staff. Their curricula teach the sport's physical aspects, including agility, strength, and tactical thinking, while emphasizing the ideals of sportsmanship, respect, and self-control, discouraging students from humiliating their opponents with pointed dis raps. The center arms fencers with the necessary equipment and peddles weapons, uniforms, and protective gear from Alliance Fencing for those who wish to purchase their own.
Larisse Robinson, a passionate paint-slinger since childhood, shepherds developing daubers ages 5 and older in intimate art classes capped at six to eight students. In each pastel class, pullulating painters of all skill levels will learn the ins and outs of bedecking paper with pastels (supplies included) to create prismatic renditions of animals or posed cornucopias worthy of world-class fridge galleries.
Self-defense is at the core of each technique taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. Whether students are practicing kung fu or MMA, they'll learn how to successfully defend themselves against intimidating opponents who may be larger in size or wearing a superhero cape. Kickboxing classes add an element of cardiovascular fitness, tai chi sessions slow down the moves to a meditative pace, and grappling lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to take someone down to the floor. Instructors also spend one-on-one time with students during personal-training sessions that focus on perfecting punches and kicks.