True to its roots as a premiere Brazilian Jiu Jitsu center, Alliance Fitness Center offers abundant mat space for students to practice grappling and ground-fighting techniques. But the studio goes beyond the mat, offering an array of fitness machines and bags so trainees can achieve optimal fitness. Utilizing all of Alliance's amenities, instructors lead muay thai, boxing, judo, group strength and conditioning, and Brazilian jujitsu classes—the latter two also offer a women’s-only counterpart class for a more supportive environment. Jiu jitsu also offers children an opportunity to learn self defense and anti-bullying skills.
The waterscape of Pamlico Sound is so full of game fish that one might expect they'd just hop right into the boat. It's nearly true, but anglers still need a little guidance when casting lines into the shimmering waters of North Carolina's sounds and sea. Fingeance Fishing Charters provides that direction with its souped-up, 27 foot, custom-built sportfishing boat. It's outfitted with fish-catching electronics and a cobia tower that provides an excellent visual and technological advantage in locating water-breathing friends. Fully licensed Captain Joey helms the vessel, and the ship's tech allows for species-specific targeting. That means whether fishing for flounder or sharks, they'll find them. Besides fishing ventures, the team also organizes clamming, crabbing, sightseeing, sand-dollar hunting, and sundown tours ideal for the whole family.
As their horses trot along a forest trail, a group of riders starts to hear crashing waves in the distance. The sound grows louder as they near the forest's edge, and when their horses step away from the tree line, the group sees a drastic shift in terrain—sand dunes, the distant Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Cape Point, and miles of beaches. The horses then walk to the ocean, and at the guide's command, the animals amble along the water's edge. These noble steeds belong to Equine Adventures, which blends beach and forest riding into a single trip. The journeys start at the barn, where when not trotting along the beach, horses receive regular pampering from vets and play hopscotch on their days off.
When it comes to guns, LaBarron McBride has honed his aim and built an expertise for more than 25 years. The last 10 of those have been as a self-defense and NRA-certified instructor. At Spot On Defense, Mr. McBride serves as the owner and chief instructor, leading classes in firearm safety as well as the safe handling of pistols and shotguns. He can also help people decide on what type of firearms to purchase to fit their needs.