Head trainer and owner Louie Concepcion and his team of instructors at Concepcion Academy of Martial Arts teach everything from traditional arts such as taekwondo to fighting styles of the modern age, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. While studying the science of combat, Concepcion recommends that students remain aware of their comfort levels and limits. Louie likes to use the phrase "No pain, no gain," but thinks its a maxim for seasoned athletes rather than beginners. For those new to martial arts, he instead advises, "Come with a relaxed attitude and and open mind for training [and] learning."
Equipment: 8ft. Striking Bags, Focus Mitts, Thai Pads, Kicking Shields
Students should bring: bottle of water, comfortable workout clothing
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Crystal Kinnard first started practicing yoga because she needed a change. She was unhappy with her weight and often lacked the energy to participate in activities that she enjoyed. Practicing yoga helped her develop confidence, flexibility, and physical strength, and allowed Crystal to transform at her own pace, like a caterpillar that refuses to put calendars in its cocoon. Today, Crystal helps others use yoga as a path to healthier lives. She offers classes to all levels of students, teaching a mixture of standing, seated, and inversion postures along the way.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), Judo, and submission grappling all fall within the jurisdiction of instructors at Ronin Jiu-Jitsu. Affiliated with Crosley Gracie, a member of the Gracie dynasty long associated with BJJ, the martial-arts studio offers instruction in groups or one-on-one. For groups, its classes include BJJ for kids and adults and a weekly women's self-defense class.
The smell of new rubber tires is hard to miss in Robby's Bicycles, the walls lined with hundreds of new bikes just waiting to zip around the streets. In addition to selling new two-wheelers, Robby's tunes, repairs, and safety checks faithful bikes.
The experienced staffers at H2O Craft Rentals tend a fleet of fully equipped patio boats, Yamaha jet-skis, ski boats, and XCR series fishing boats. Each craft comes equipped with amenities that suit its purpose, with patio boats featuring with barbecues for grilling the day's catch and fishing boats bearing a fish finder to garner an advantage in games of Marco Polo. Customers can launch right from the marina or take advantage of the tow-and-go service and load vessels onto a trailer to ferry to a different body of water. This service enables boaters to cruise a range of area waters, whether coasting across the California Delta, Don Pedro Lake, and Lake Camanche, or plumbing the waters of Lake Tahoe for mackinaw trout and salmon.
Fifth-degree black belt Hank Valadao has taught numerous students throughout his more than 25-year martial-arts career. At Fit Force, that number continues to grow with each martial-arts, kickboxing, or boot-camp class scheduled. The driving force of Valadao's passion is his energetic, upbeat demeanor, which rubs off on his staff, students, classes, and sweat towel.