Sticks and stones may break some bones, but not if they?re directed toward one of Capital MMA & Elite Fitness?s students. In a team-oriented environment, the studio?s instructors teach key mixed-martial-arts moves such as grappling, striking, and wrestling and supplement the training with classes in specific fighting styles, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai. Guests looking for a practical crash course in self-defense learn snippets from each technique in self-defense classes, learning methods for staying aware of surroundings, fending off attackers, and freeing themselves from the grip of King Kongs. Some women-only classes are also available.
The studio's CrossFit program, alternatively, boosts athleticism without combat, through a multi-faceted regimen of Olympic weightlifting, cardio exercise, and custom diets. Beyond group classes, the center offers private lessons and seminars, which allow its students?both children to adults?to learn with focused guidance.
Fairway virtuosos can putt around in a rental cart for three rounds of golf on three of Prince William County's maintained golf gardens. Forest Greens Golf Club fills its ranks with an 18-hole, 72 par course marked by lush greenery, alleys of pine trees, and fewer blind spots than a Sherman tank missing its side mirrors. Built more than 50 years ago by a cadre of farmers, Prince William Golf Course greets sultans of the swing with 6,367 yards of pastoral playgrounds, boasting a traditional course amongst a countrified bucolic setting. Meanwhile, the General's Ridge Golf Course enfolds golfers in a warm oak-forest embrace and 6,651 yards of championship layout, as well as softly undulating hills patrolled by deer, fox, and confused hawks hatching nest-fulls of Titleists.
If you go to a restaurant called Hamburger, it's probably best to order the hamburger. The same logic applies to Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, a martial-arts studio that specializes in the Japanese martial art budo taijutsu. Relaying the teachings of grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, the staff preaches bujinkan budo taijutsu's practical self-defense tactics, including strikes, throws, and "yo mamma" jokes. They stick to the fundamentals during youth classes and incorporate more advanced tactics such as swordsmanship during adult classes.
The trainers and instructors at Premier Martial Arts and Fitness explore many sides of the martial arts?from progressive karate instruction to MMA-style conditioning to just-for-fun birthday parties where kids can break boards and eat cake cut by a real samurai sword. Instructors are experts in jujutsu, kickboxing, ninjutsu, and kali, which focuses on the use of hand weapons. For those who just want a great workout, there are classes in Cage Fitness, a fitness system developed by MMA champ Matt Hughes.
Pat Tray likes to keep things simple: his vision is for a program of practical self-defense that encourages excellence and friendship. The owner and head instructor of Trident Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, Pat introduces students to a diverse study in fighting styles, from the fierce standup striking of muay thai to the leverage and technique of jujitsu. His students also delve into jeet kune do, the brainchild of legendary fighter Bruce Lee, as well as Filipino weapons fighting.