The Community School of Music and Arts unleashes the creativity that indwells each student's liver by offering an array of art lessons and exhibitions. A selection of more than 40 available classes allows artists of all ages to clutch brushes, chisels, and ketchup blasters and recreate their world during basic animation ($160 for eight weeks), watercolor on the spot: outdoor painting ($150 for six weeks), or contemporary collage ($180 for eight weeks). Like bear hunting season, the classes run in two sessions, from January 24 to March 21 (Session A) and March 28 to May 21 (Session B). Click here to view CSMA's catalog; classes available with this Groupon are featured beginning on page 24.
Recently featured in the Los Altos Town Crier, Fun With Media's three intrepid instructors translate their passion for pixels into hands-on digital-art classes for kids 8 (third grade) and up, transforming them from passive perusers to dynamic designers in the digital media world. Using their own experiences and interests as a foundation, multimedia-curious moppets master photo, art, animation, and movie-making software, expressing themselves without thrusting the opinions of paint-covered hands onto a newly upholstered couch.
FullForce Fitness bolsters bodily cores during its seven weekly sessions of TRX, a method of suspension training developed by U.S. Navy SEALS. During each 55-minute class, groups of up to 16 muscle muses maneuver a portable apparatus that builds power, strength, balance, and mobility, all without assuming an animal alter ego. Start with an Introduction to TRX class on Tuesdays to learn poses, foot and body positioning, and basic exercises to elevate fitness even higher above ground. Body-sculpt sessions engage muscles more actively than a biological pub quiz, and the cardio clocking of interval training properly burns the beers you would have drank anyway. TRX suspension training culminates with boot-camp circuit classes on Saturdays, an outdoor melee of tire flipping and sandbag dragging that can burn close to 1,000 calories per meet.
Fairtex was founded as a Thailand-based clothing company in 1958, but owner Philip Wong was not satisfied with just peddling fashion trends. On the side, he started a muay thai and boxing camp in Bangkok to indulge his passion for the sport. The camp flourished and became one of the first Thai camps to train European, American, and Japanese students. When Mr. Wong noticed the poor muay thai training Americans were receiving in their home country, he set out to bring his brand of training to the United States. Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness now boasts ten training locations spread across Thailand, the United States, Japan, and China.
The Mountain View gym is designed for cultural and knowledge sharing, housed in high ceilings lit by skylights. Full-size, 24-foot boxing rings stand permanently ready for training alongside 7-foot heavy bags, which are designed to weather the repeated impacts of sharp knees, elbows, and tongue-lashings from the coaches for always losing fights. Varied mat spaces are designed to host specific benefits to both striking and grappling arts, empowering students to stitch together a complete MMA education as they train in muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, TRX, and strength and conditioning. The trainers offer coed adult classes and kid-focused programs, which help charges develop self-discipline, scholastic achievement, and self-confidence.