In 1986, brothers and lifelong martial artists Jeff and Jade Hockman began practicing Songahm tae kwon do, a well-rounded martial art that ranks among the world's most popular styles. After years of disciplined physical and mental training, they have earned the distinction of sixth-degree master instructors of the craft and have won multiple medals at the ATA World Championships. Today, they pass on their knowledge at four Missouri dojos that offer training for both adults and children. Numerous pupils have become masters under the Hockmans' training, including more than 500 black belts and numerous state champions.
Knights, lords, and ladies all find good reason to journey to Boster Castle, a permanent Renaissance village that also functions as a film studio and year-round festival space. The castle hosts elaborately staged annual festivals, transporting visitors to eras of the distant past. Patrons find themselves in the midst of a storybook Renaissance town populated by archery tournaments, turkey legs, crooning minstrels, and live comedy shows. Attendees can peruse vendors boasting authentic weaponry, period costumes, and the latest in chain-mail formal-wear. The castle also hosts additional themed socials in which revelers can sit for entertainment and fare surrounded by mythical cultures, fantasy worlds, or storied periods in history.
The course at Perche Creek Golf Club is comprised of 18 par-3 holes that gently introduce beginners to the game while still challenging veterans with ample opportunities for short-game improvement. Nine ponds delineate the holes and loom large as players line up their attacks from the tee, ready to gulp down errant shots. The flat layout allows players to nail down their iron distances, a crucial ingredient for proper course management. On nice evenings, course superintendents turn on the front nine's area lights, making for easier night play without having to give an alien a Walkman in exchange for plutonium golf balls. Perche Creek's driving range gives players a variety of targets to attack from 50 hitting stations and 20 synthetic-grass mats, earning it a spot on Golf Range Magazine's list of the top 100 ranges in the nation. The club also encompasses an 18-hole miniature-golf course, which challenges players with curvy putting corridors flanked by rocks and water hazards.
Jones and Norene Gann first imagined transforming their property into a golf course 18 years ago, and constructed an 18-hole course and golf facility now managed by the Rapp family. Open seven days a week, the course challenges golfers with outstretched trees, formidable bunkers and mounds, and hazardous waters. Designated cart paths wind around and through the course, guiding drivers to the next hole on their route or through a wormhole leading to the twenty-third century. Nestled atop the sprawling property, practice facilities help golfers warm up swinging arms, and a pro shop lets athletes restock balls and read up on instructional guides to high-level golfsmanship.
In regular golf instruction, owners Bill and Philip Rapp help students fine-tune their swing and boost their game with new skills. On Tuesday evenings, young putters can hone their swinging skills in free lessons.
Moon Belly Dance Studio provides a positive and encouraging environment for women to learn to dance, love their bodies, and get fit during a variety of female-centric classes. With belly-dance, yoga, and ballet classes Tuesday–Saturday, ladies can learn undulating techniques, practice postures, and tone tummies during a 55-minute Beginning Belly Dance class, or focus on flexy hips and sexy sun salutes during 55 minutes of the Deep Stretch Yoga class. With class sizes of up to 25 ladies per session, belly benders will have the chance to get individual attention from the instructor to tweak techniques. Check the calendar to schedule sensual routines around preplanned robberies of sweat-pants stores.
Cyclextreme’s team introduces Columbia-area clients to a robust cycling culture through a full-service bike shop and rental service. With their own helmets in hand, customers will arrive to pick out a manual two-wheeler for an extended jaunt around the city or into the surrounding fields, frequently criss-crossed by wild pelotons. Riders may take up one of Cyclextreme’s suggested street loops, which vary in length from 20.5 miles to 40 miles and roam over a mixed topographical bag of hills and flat stretches. If trail riding more suits the cyclist’s taste, softer riding pathways stretch out from urban areas to support the circulatory exchange of humans between the city organ and surrounding rural tissues. The popular Katy Trail spears through most of Missouri, sweeping Columbia’s bike pilots along part of Lewis and Clark’s original route to fame, adventure, and the ability to properly tickle a bison. Saff members also kindly asks riders to return rented machines in the same condition in which they received them.