For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.
Having experienced professional fights firsthand, the instructors at The MMA University know what it takes to get a body ready for the ring: hard work and a focused approach. But they also know how to make their training philosophy fun and approachable for newcomers and young students. Kids’ classes include Brazilian jiu jitsu, which welcomes martial arts first-timers with grappling-only sessions that channel superabundant youthful energy while helping shyer kids discover their athletic passion. The kids’ MMA program begins to safely introduce striking techniques through the fundamentals of wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing in addition to jiu jitsu.
The gym is lined with heavy bags, jump ropes, and body balls, but it’s the spacious floor mat that takes center stage in most classes, emphasizing the importance of engaging actual sparring partners. Men and women who aren’t necessarily training for the ring can jump into Combat Cardio, an intense and widely varied workout that incorporates all of the above equipment, along with resistance bands, kettle bells, and medicine balls.
Gigantic green, blue, orange, and yellow inflatables pack JumpNasium’s 13,000-square-foot playground, with some stretching all the way to the high ceiling. Within them, kids burn off energy clambering over obstacles and cascading down slides. They shoot hoops, hurl dodge balls, and kick soccer balls around the massive air-filled sports complex or knock the cover off baseballs at the inflatable T-ball park. Kids then catch their breath at the arcade with lighted air-hockey tables and video games before losing their breath once more in the hurricane simulator which blows winds up to 80 miles per hour just like the used-car salesman simulator. With five party packages, JumpNasium also make its playground an ideal spot for birthdays, winning kids over with playtime and a trip to the photo booth to commemorate the big day.