Since its foundation in 2003, Los Angeles International Fencing Center’s coaches—some of whom have competed at the Olympic level—have enhanced the repertoires of novices and recent Olympians alike. In the studio’s supportive learning environment, fencers of all ages and skill levels don protective leather gloves and masks before learning to wield weapons such as the lightweight foil and the hefty épée. The complementary curriculum places heavy emphasis on strength and footwork, ensuring that pupils can deliver parries and thrusts even while sparring against square dancers armed with fiddle bows.
The Motion Auto Show showcases souped-up compact sports cars and products from vendors such as AEM, Edelbrock, Hurst, and Mobil 1. Bikini models stand beside the custom rides, posing for pictures and gesturing toward the cars to prepare them for future encounters with crossing guards.
Phantom Muzik aids talent in ascending the shaky ladder of the ever-changing music industry. Besides hosting fresh-faced pop, hip-hop, and pop-rock artists on its very own record label, the production company also fosters burgeoning songwriters through its music-publishing services. In a business that can be as perilous as a mayonnaise self-portrait left in the trunk, Phantom Muzik's representatives hit the mat to promote their artists so that their sound can reach multiple platforms, from live performances to multimedia soundtracks.
Working with the notion that pretend play is a crucial aspect of how children learn, develop ideas about the world, and determine who they're voting for, Pint Size Kids equips its early learning and play center with developmentally appropriate toys for open play sessions. At curriculum-based classes, children up to aged 6 can boost their imaginations as they practice music, art, or learn basic Spanish skills. Baby sign-language classes help infants and toddlers express words and concepts—such as “mommy” and “hungry”—through American Sign Language.
From its breeze-swept outpost on Cherry Beach, Alfredo's Beach Shack affords guests renting various leisure watercraft easy access to open waters. Sailors can find solitary tranquility amid the gentle waves while paddling a single kayak, or they can enlist a friend or mannequin to share a tandem kayak. Mounted atop a standup paddleboard, seafarers can conquer the surf while feasting their eyes on sandy beaches dotted with expansive houses and swaying palm trees. The Shack also rents out gondolas for romantic jaunts on the sparkling water.
Helmed by two-time Manhattan Open winner Dave Mahoney, the tennis experts at South Bay Tennis Network help players hone their on-court prowess. Mahoney’s style of play emphasizes an attack style with serves and backhand topspin modeled in the style of Pete Sampras and a forehand and backhand slice like that of Roger Federer. Students learn to work toward specific, practical goals in their path to improvement.