It's difficult to tell whether Master Thomas Gordon or Master Gregory Bledsoe would win in a fight. That's because the two martial-arts instructors have worked on the same team for more than a decade. In that time, they've developed a teaching style that has caught the attention of the local and national press.
All the attention is warranted, because Masters Gordon and Bledsoe aren't just effective instructors—they're avid students of their craft. Gordon, for example, has attended countless tae kwon do seminars and camps, and he can articulately speak about the discipline's history as well as flawlessly demonstrate its self-defense techniques. Both instructors are also acutely aware of the real-life applications of tae kwon do and hapkido. Plenty of police officers have attended their classes looking to get a leg up on the next criminal, and kids and teens use their newly acquired moves to defend against bullies or rip up impossible math tests.
Masters Professional Services’ owner, Dwayne Robert, was ahead of the energy-efficiency curve. He entered the industry more than 15 years ago and has seen insulation techniques evolve and others flop, such as stapling plastic sandwich bags over holes. Currently, he and his staff have a range of tools and methods at their disposal to keep homes energy efficient. Their methods include blown-in, roll, and batt insulation, as well as thermography. Throughout his professional career, Dwayne has also learned government cost-saving tactics, which he happily passes on to his customers. In addition to these energy- and money-saving practices, Masters Professional Services offers nonchemical pest control, HVAC services, and attic and crawl space restoration.
North Florida’s climate may be a dream come true for mildew and algae, but Reidlings Contractors of N.W. Florida have been saving homes from this flourishing flora for nearly a decade. The power-washing experts calibrate the pressure of their hoses for each job to keep from damaging the brick, cement, wood, or gingerbread siding that they’re scouring. This gentle approach, plus the use of appropriate cleaning chemicals, enables them to wash roofs without harming shingles. In addition to pressure washing, the jacks-of-all-trades take on nearly any home project, from garage-door installations and furniture assembly to minor electrical repairs or cleanings for gutters clogged by sticks and shooting stars with a bad sense of direction.
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Before each patron’s first workout, an on-staff nutritionist outlines a healthy meal plan customized to his or her needs. Each menu includes the amount of calories that they should consume per meal and day, a list of foods that rev up metabolisms, and arguments to convince tomatoes that they are vegetables. Clients can visit their nutritionists at any point during their membership, and weekly analyses of their progress ensure that they are staying well on track to meet their health objectives.
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The exterminators at The Mosquito Authority keep backyard barbecues and front-yard frisbee games free of the high-pitched buzzing of the swarming scourge. The team deploys anti-mosquito measures such as barrier sprays, misting systems, and special event sprays, each of which involves applying an environmentally friendly, EPA-approved solution to plants around the property. The solution kills off all current mosquitoes and prevents new ones from invading for up to 21 days, but won't cause health issues for pets, children, or mailmen who nestle under the hedges for a midday nap.