Though Master Sun Park's friendly demeanor doesn't suggest it, a powerful warrior lies behind his warm smile and crisp, white uniform. At age 11, Park earned a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do before continuing on to win numerous championship titles in Ohio state and national competitions. Now, with more than 43 years of martial-arts experience beneath his fifth-degree black belt, Park extends his expertise to students 4 and older at his private training studio.
Plush blue mats stretch across the studio's floor, where Park and his staff of WTF- and USAT-certified instructors lead tae kwon do and kickboxing classes for children and adults alike, in addition to personal-training sessions. They strive to promote physical fitness along with the values of discipline, responsibility, and confidence. Throughout the studio, students wallop punching bags, halve wooden boards, and carve the likeness of Jean-Claude Van Damme into stone with just their fists of fury.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
At Title Boxing Club, trainers help dramatically transform the body while teaching a rock hard right cross or furious front kick. Students warm up with active stretching before unleashing an assault of jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks to unsuspecting but amiable heavy bags. Trainers work their way through the gloved fighters, paying attention to form and balance. While students work in large groups, each workout is individual and can be scaled to meet the fitness needs of each student.
Fitness 3K is the brainchild of Chideha Warner, who in addition to holding certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association and USA Boxing and Boxing Fitness Institute, has trained numerous professional athletes. He and his staff aim to conquer obesity through one-on-one programs that combine cardiovascular and strength training regimens with nutrition guidelines. Instructors also lead high-energy cardio boxing and boot camp classes, and increase speed and agility with sports performance training.
Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels amid more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner ($39.99), which dials in string tension using vibration, or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($39.99+). A Peavey Max 158 bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on LP wood bongos ($49.99) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
The instructors at T3 Fitness and Training employ a variety of tools to help melt the pounds off of their clients. During hour-long boot-camp and boxing-for-fitness classes, students jump rope, push around oversized tires, lift barbells, and punch bags while wearing boxing gloves or bowling balls on their hands. The instructors also give clients one-on-one attention during personal-training sessions and take time to teach children about the importance of proper fitness and health.