For the instructors at Dragonfly Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do is more than self-defense: it's also a way to increase confidence, social skills, and health. They teach this and more during the 45-minute classes, which are held in a spacious studio with student dressing rooms and a large waiting room for family members.
A decorated veteran for his service as a US Marine Corps infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, Steve Eichelberger knows firsthand the responsibilities of carrying a firearm in the field. As an emeritus instructor at the Oregon Firearms Academy, and a current police firearms instructor, the NRA-certified teacher also knows his way around the classroom. He draws on both these experiences at Firearms Instructor, where his students learn the same handgun skills practiced at the police academy via a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on lessons.
During private or group live-fire sessions at a local range, Steve demonstrates the five fundamentals of marksmanship to first timers and more-complex skills—such as shooting while moving or tactical reloads—to advanced pupils. He covers similar topics, as well as a gun safety and cleaning, during concealed-carry courses, which qualify graduates to apply for a concealed-carry license in Oregon. A practicing attorney, Steve also hosts the What Do I Do? class series, during which he discusses gun owners' moral, ethical, legal, and tactical responsibilities when it comes to discharging their weapon.
For over 10 years, the team at Fall Line has stocked and painstakingly repaired bicycles, skateboards, and snowboards inside their shop. They also handpick all the gear that appears on their store shelves, which includes brands such as Free Agent, O’Neal, and Element. Stop in and you can find hoodies, replacement parts such as wheels and tires, and safety gear such as helmets, kneepads, and wipeout repellent.
Each member of Fall Line’s staff is a passionate skater, boarder, or cyclist; they even tapped into their expertise to build a BMX track and skate park at the Oregon State Fair.
Horseback-riding instructor Nancy White began teaching nearly 40 years ago. More than 30 of those years have been spent at her own Whitewind Farm, where indoor and outdoor arenas and fenced paddocks sprawl across 10.5 acres, providing plenty of ground to train steeds and riders alike. Although Nancy specializes in English-style riding, which primes equestrians for jumping, she tailors her lessons to fit the student, so the content is as flexible as a gymnast left in the sun too long.
When Lisa Stark's quest for a sensual, laid-back exercise class turned up nothing, she took matters into her own hands. To forge her ideal workout, which is a balance of sexy sizzle and athletic toning, Stark researched popular dance-fitness styles, documented choreography at local clubs, and even enlisted a former exotic dancer to teach her how to kick, saunter, and fill out tax forms in a sensual manner. The months of studying paid off—today, Lisa shares her wit, warmth, and fitness regimen with troupes of women at The Exotic You. Ladies of all fitness levels gather for classes that teach a complete routine of sensual dance moves, checking negative body-talk at the door and summoning their inner vixen out with slow leg extensions and passionate hip rolls.