Soccer Zone South Bend’s dedicated team of coaches display their passion for the great sport of soccer through classes designed to hone the technique of young strikers from ages 3–10. The newly formatted Tiny Tots course imparts knee-high kickers with the spatial awareness to kick around a soccer ball and hone the teamwork skills necessary for sneaking into the World Cup with four friends and an oversize trench coat. As kids play, learn, and make new friends on the pitch, Soccer Zone South Bend’s instructors guide their development through dedicated teaching and positive reinforcement.
As Tri State Self Defense's chief instructor, Joseph Merignac draws upon more than 6 years in the United States Marine Corps and more than 11 years in law enforcement, which included a stint as chief of police. His team of NRA-certified instructors all share similar law-enforcement and military backgrounds. In basic pistol classes the crew teaches students the rules of the range, gun-handling fundamentals, and how to shoot from various positions such as atop an asteroid. Instructors build upon pupils' basic pistol knowledge at NRA Personal Protection in the Home courses by demonstrating defensive shooting skills that the students then practice on the range. Along with their teaching sites in Michigan and several nearby states, the Tri State Self Defense team takes classes on the road for groups of 25 or more.
A five-time American Taekwondo Association World Champion, senior master Von Schmeling, began Victory Martial Arts to teach pupils confidence and leadership skills while imparting martial-arts techniques. Classes capped at 30 students, with at most 10 students per instructor, cover disciplines such as general martial arts, krav maga, and self-defense for thwarting assailants and heavily armed spiders. Budding martial artists hone their craft alongside loved ones in family sessions or practice maneuvers in age-specific sequences for kids, teens, or adults.
The central hub of The First Tee of Mid-Michigan, Sycamore Driving Range & Learning Center gives players the resources they need to build all elements of the golf game. At the driving range, range balls take flight from hitting bays before collecting around targets stationed throughout the landing zone. A putting green and short-game area invite golfers to work on finesse techniques, such as chipping or cleaning their balls with a feather duster.
From the first drive on the 457-yard par-5 1st hole to the final putt on the 570-yard par 5 18th hole, golfers are constantly challenged with an array of obstacles that form two distinct layouts on the front and back nine. The front nine resembles a traditional links-style course, with open expanses, deep pot bunkers, and ponds that come into play. Golfers must pivot their strategies at the turn, as forested terrain surrounds the back nine and presents tighter lies that demand more conservative shots. Greens average 5,000 square feet across, presenting large targets for iron approaches as well as dance floors for celebratory soul trains.
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