Though both martial arts and visual art are creative in their own right, there are few places where the two converge. At FightKore, staff and instructors blend the training and tenets of MMA, Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and karate with a house clothing line inspired by Venice Beach street art. On the open gym floor, experienced coaches lead students in creative conditioning exercises, augmenting traditional workouts with twists such as the addition of medicine balls or dumbbells. They also introduce basic and advanced martial-arts skills on padded jujitsu mats and a dedicated boxing ring.
At Parviz Hypnotherapy & Holistic Center, Dr. Parviz Shafaghi uses his vast experience with hypnotherapy to help clients overcome difficult issues. During sessions, he can help clients deal with concerns such as depression, weight management, substance abuse, cigarette cessation, and self-confidence. He also specializes in dream analysis, working with clients to help analyze recurring dreams, nightmares, and their relationship with others.
Master Lonny Louie, the owner of Fitness Innovations & Tae Kwon Do (FIT) has been teaching martial arts for more than 35 years. He and the FIT crew understand that different students have different needs, so they have developed multiple programs to accommodate athletes who want to train for competition, fun, or fitness. Instructors hold tae kwon do classes that equip students with self-defense and combat techniques while also focusing on discipline, respect, and confidence. They also hold kickboxing and fitness-kickboxing classes, which use muay thai principles to help students defend themselves and burn calories.
Staffed by native East Bay trail explorers and expert riding instructors, Bella Oaks Stables fosters trained and fulfilling relationships between horses and their enthusiasts. Nestled among towering oak trees and gentle rolling hills, the fleet of majestic equines tote riders through lessons, community field trips, and trail rides, all under the guidance of a doting congregation of caretakers and volunteers. Seventeen summer camps for all ages and an apprenticeship program for more advanced riders instill saddle savvy in patrons of any experience level, and those pining for nature can meander through 80 miles of lush scenery and 1 mile of sci-fi-movie scenery for an afternoon trail ride.
In addition to sharing the same parents and dental practice, Drs. Son Pham and Thuy Pham share a devotion to beautifying and restoring teeth through the full range of family- and cosmetic-dentistry services. Dr. Son demonstrates this commitment by continually exceeding his yearly required hours of continuing education, staying abreast of such dental developments as non-mercury fillings, all-porcelain crowns, and whistling dentures. Dr. Thuy, meanwhile, volunteers each year at Remote Area Medical, an outreach program where she provides free dental care for the community.
The dentists' focus on advanced yet comfortable treatments carries into the decor of the practice. Guests are welcomed with cheery yellow walls and vibrant art and relax in treatment rooms sporting LCD flat-screen TVs, on which they can watch a movie of their choice while undergoing treatment.
Most of the instructors at Little Dipper Aquatic Center are also Little Dipper graduates. Having earned a diploma from the swimming school, these teachers have first-hand knowledge of the Little Dipper method. Above all, they know how to prioritize the curriculum: safety instruction comes first, floating lessons come second, and cannonball tutorials come right after naval-artillery demonstrations. At the outset of lessons, teachers introduce participants to the pool, a 93-degree basin that brims with salt. Then, they guide swimmers through exercises, adjusting the level of instruction to suit the group's age or ability level—classes are available for students aged 3 months and beyond, and special-needs students are welcome. As teachers conduct lessons, parents and siblings can observe from an air-conditioned viewing room. In addition to group and private swim classes, the Little Dipper staff hosts youth parties.
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