Since Moni Aisik began practicing self-defense techniques at the age of 8 in Israel, he's met with success: he won multiple national titles in his youth, and as an adult, Aisik joined an elite Israeli Special Forces commando unit. He has also trained other instructors, including Marine veteran and certified level 4 instructor Richard Ransom. At Commando Krav Maga, Ransom shares his expertise with students. Groups learn how to protect themselves in real-life situations with krav maga—a style of self-defense that draws from boxing, muay thai, jujitsu, and other techniques. Ransom also incorporates cardio kickboxing into classes, helping students to improve fitness levels.
A member of the Krav Maga Alliance, Idaho Krav Maga focuses on training students in the art and fighting style of krav maga—the self-defense method used by the Israeli Defense Forces and special forces teams. Head instructor Tracie Ide, helms the classes, during which students focus on tactics and techniques to finish a fight as quickly and efficiently as possible. Safety is the primary concern during classes, which often include sparring sessions and exercises that focus on counter attacking and striking vulnerable parts of the body such as the eyes, jaw, throat, groins, and knees.
Moving to the mantra, “Where performance comes from within,” Urban Beat Dancers molds students of all ages into confident, sure-footed individuals. The facility begins a new four-week program at the beginning of each month, with two classes per week tiered into five different age groups. During those classes, instructors teach a blended mix of jazz and hip-hop, making sure to squeeze in important life skills during sessions for younger students.
There's no doubt that you are a real adult when you have been an aerospace engineer for over 10 years. So for Kent Gold, it was a momentous life change when in 2001 he rediscovered his inner child and founded SoccerTots—a soccer-based program that helps 18-month to 10-year-old kids develop their motor skills and build their confidence through fun and athletic games. Now, a decade later, the program is offered at more than 150 locations, including Canada and Peru, and has expanded to include HoopsterTots and PartyTots.
Each SoccerTots program is helmed by a team of skilled instructors who engage little ones with fun activities, such as dribbling balls and playing scrimmages, that fuel their motivation to learn and challenge their athletic abilities. To ensure a supportive learning environment, classes are broken down by age and use only soft, child-size equipment. SoccerTot instructors also get kids ready to learn by sending them into super-concentration mode, which encourages little ones to concentrate and try their hardest at a task to help strengthen their muscle memory and their ability to levitate other players on the field.
At Divotz Range and Pierce Park Greens, an on-site all-grass driving range and short game facility offer opportunities to iron out swings, while a pro shop equips players with all the necessary gear. Pierce Park Greens also offers golfers a 9-hole par 3 courses that challenges players of all levels. Instructors lead private lessons during which they focus on golf fundamentals such as swing mechanics, putting, short game, etiquette, and how to celebrate politely after winning a golf cart drag race.