Blood & Iron Martial Arts' principal instructor Lee S. Smith and senior instructor Nicole Smith both love a good fight, whether with fist, knife, or sword. Mixing manuals penned by the masters of antiquity with a little modern combat science, the duo resurrects European styles of weapon fighting ranging from the Italian rapier and dagger to the German longsword to Single stick and German messer. They pack their weekly schedule full of two-hour classes, spending the first 90 minutes imparting the basics of balance, footwork, and body alignment needed to add a 3-foot metal extension to one's arm. They leave the last 30 minutes open for sparring sessions for authorized students, since application is the best way to master a skill and the world’s last dragon retired to Florida in 1986.
Drawing from more than six years of experience as a dance instructor, Vanessa Nussbaum founded Step by Step Dance School to share her love for dance with anyone willing to step onto her studio’s floor. She views dance as a means for people to shed the stress of everyday life by moving with the music and connecting with a dance partner—in addition to being a source of fitness and self-confidence. She and her staff lead ballroom and Latin dance classes that range in style from salsa, international tango, and rumba to the viennese waltz, foxtrot, and the hustle, a frantic jig in which partners see who can shuffle their feet the fastest. Instructors also help couples prepare for their wedding with first-dance lessons, during which they can focus on teaching the pair a certain style or choreograph a routine set to their chosen song.
The 18-hole, par 3 course at Sunshine Woods Golf Centre pulls off a difficult trick—it's accessible to beginners while still giving veterans periodic fits. The course is notable for its elevated approach shots and a smattering of small but pesky lakes. These and other elements force players to call upon every club in their bags, using the 9-iron for shots that require high loft and the spiked mace for intimidation. After conquering all 18 holes, head to the facility's expansive driving range, where CPGA golf professionals offer helpful pointers on swing and strategy.
World Dance Co.'s team of instructors, which includes three-time World Cuban Salsa champion Diego Sanchez, teaches duos how to move during dance classes and dance-inspired fitness routines. The class lineup teems with ballroom boogies such as the argentine tango and folkloric dances from the Caribbean, and South America. Students can choose from classes ranging from salsa, bachata, tango, zouk, cumbia, swing, cha-cha, Afro-Cuban, Zumba, yoga, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap.
Adult students can master four different styles of salsa that may combine Cuban, Colombian, and American influences. Children's classes explore classical traditions such as ballet and modern innovations such as street-inspired jazz dancing. World Dance Co. also serves as the residence of the Grupo America Latin-dance team, whose professional dancers combine energetic routines with eye-catching costumes.
Named 1 of the Top 100 Golf Practice Centers And Learning Facilities In America by Golf Range Magazine in 2011, Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course pairs its renowned practice facility with a par 65 course to foster improvement in players of all abilities. The 18-hole, 4,165-yard course facilitates fast rounds of golf with 7 par 3 and 11 par 4 holes, and 4 holes more than 300 yards in length, prompting players to use every club in their bags. Lines of trees stud the edges of nearly every fairway, a creek winds through the course’s gently undulating terrain to alter shots, and a tennis player with a racquet plays defense on the final hole.
Before golfers head to the first tee, they can loosen up their swings by launching high-calibre practice balls at Eaglequest's synthetic driving range. To further groom their games, clubbers can schedule lessons with one of the course's CPGA instructors, who remedy slice-prone swings, shaky short-game shots, and 9-irons stricken with the common cold.
Eaglequest Coquitlam is a haven for golf enthusiasts of all stripes and sizes; it features a 9-hole golf course, state-of-the-art practice facilities, and an 18-hole mini-golf course. With holes that range from 77 to 147 yards, the par 27 golf course challenges short-game skills and grants golfers ample time to discipline misbehaving drivers by sending them to timeout in their head covers. The 76-stall driving range features a synthetic landing area with realistic targets, and a learning academy helmed by PGA of Canada instructors can help golfers further improve their swings. For pint-sized practice, players can putt their way through the 18-hole mini-golf course designed to be both charming and challenging by incorporating large rocks, pieces of wood, and an intersecting brook. The golf centre also houses a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse with a café, pro shop, and resident hobbit that whittles wooden spoons into sand wedges.
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