Surrounded by warm, salt water, Miss Mimi smiles as her young student lets go of the side of the pool and swims to her for the very first time. Known as the Swim Whisperer, Miss Mimi prides herself on helping young children and adults overcome their fear of water and learn to swim with the confidence of a derby-winning seahorse. An avid swimmer with more than 21 years of teaching experience, Mimi opened Aqua~Fit in 2008 with the hopes of creating a health center for the entire family. To offer something for guests of all ages, she designed an entire program of swimming lessons, aquatic fitness , and land fitness classes, with programs for all skill levels.
Chief instructor Mike Coffin first experienced life inside the ring at age 16, when the practice of tae kwon do led him to the art of boxing and kickboxing. At 18, his combative repertoire broadened to included wrestling and ground-fighting styles, but his collection of skills felt incomplete until he was introduced to krav maga in 2006 at the world's most brutal speed-dating event. The real-world foundations of the style—developed for use by the Israeli military—drew him in, and in four short years he achieved the rank of a Graduate 3 instructor.
Now, with the aid of five other teachers, Mike imparts no-nonsense self-defense principles to eager students at his personal studio, Crucible Krav Maga. Team members continue to train themselves rigorously to pick up new moves in the ever-evolving martial art, echoing Mike’s belief that the best way to help students is for instructors to become better fighters themselves.
Albert Jernigan holds black belts in two disciplines of tae kwon do, a testament to his three decades' experience in martial arts. At his Jernigan’s School of Martial Arts and Self-Defense, Albert puts this knowledge to work, teaching students as young as 6. His programs for men, women, and children encompass the principles of tae kwon do, tai chi, jujitsu, and kickboxing. He also caters to senior citizens, specializing in exercises that alleviate the discomforts of arthritis.
World Olympic Gymnastics Academy's instructors employ expertise as tumblers to elicit youthful shrieks of glee at trampoline stunts or arts and crafts successes while parents take time to treat themselves. Pizza, drinks, music, and games engross the minds of petite patrons during Friday's semi-regular parents night out, which grants patient guardians peace and a long-awaited turn on the swing. Tykes ages 3 and older tumble and twirl at the Day After Thanksgiving camp as other family members brave the madness of Black Friday shopping sprees or scarf the remaining stuffing. Antics on colorful padded mats introduce chips off the old block to the fundamentals of gymnastics or bestow them with the coordination and agility to begin dabbling in other sports. Winter and Spring Break camps tie up the interests of students with two days of training in gymnastics blended with entertaining exercises such as tumbling, trampoline, and artistic activities.