Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Dr. Specs Optical was founded in Kelowna in 1987 to offer patients exquisitely crafted lenses at prices they could afford. Today at the high-tech optical lab under new ownership, skilled technicians continue to churn out perfectly formed lenses in as little as one hour, with varieties ranging from simple uncoated prescriptions to polarized Drivewear lenses. The knowledgeable and friendly staff helps clients select from more than 1,000 varieties of frames, including many new lines, and make recommendations based on face shape, lifestyle, and probability of being mistaken for a professor.
Dr. Specs give back to the surrounding community by donating eyeglasses once a year to churches, Rotary Clubs, and hospitals. During mission trips, the team helps disadvantaged communities live fuller, happier, and easier lives by supplying them with prescription glasses.
Clad in whimsical wraps and tops that shimmer, Bahiti Belly Dance's instructors lead groups through belly-dance routines that blend Egyptian, Polynesian, and Bollywood moves. Groups learn to undulate, shimmy, and pop, burning calories and toning their abdominal muscles all the while.
Whether students want to tone their muscles, learn self-defense, or simply compete in martial arts, Pacific Top Team Kelowna is there for them. Brazilian jiujitsu classes help students in all three areas, whereas Future Champion kids' classes focus on building the values every athlete needs, including self-discipline, cooperation, and respect.
Women's only kickboxing and self-defense classes also build self-confidence, and they empower women by teaching them how to fend off an attacker. The classes rely on techniques from kickboxing, boxing, and jiujitsu, and often have a party-like atmosphere complete with pounding music and balloon animals.
During muay thai classes, instructor and world muay thai champion Adolfo Lozano teaches students the crucial eight points of contact?the two hands, elbows, knees, and shins. This class is designed to push bodies to their limits.
Members at Curves, a fitness centre designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Circuit coaches are always nearby to help manage participants’ machine manoeuvring and muscle making. The hydraulic machines use the exerciser's own body weight and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities and decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean bodies perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like they can.
It started with watching Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies as a kid—since then, Sean McHugh has taken his martial-arts study seriously. Since 2001, Sean has trained under 8th-degree red-and-black belt Master Marcus Soares as part of the Carlson Gracie team. In 2010, he decided to spread the benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu by opening First Strike Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Penticton. By 2011, he was ready to open another school in Kelowna. Together with his team of instructors, he trains students in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which helps strengthen bodies and minds alike.
Because many real-life confrontations end on the ground or in close struggles, Sean views Brazilian jiu-jitsu—which focuses on ground-based grappling—as one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense. Each of the studio's classes starts with a warm-up and drills. Next, the instructor will teach new techniques and supervise a half hour of free rolling, where students can practice their moves with one another, rather than waiting to try them out on stuffed animals at home.