Golf Etc. Lakeland helps golfers through the entire process of upgrading their arsenal, from finding brand-name equipment to adjusting their current gear to fit their game. Brothers Luke and J.J. Miller—the latter of whom coaches golf at Southeastern University—run the shop and personally oversee the custom club-fitting process. In the hitting bay in the back of the store, visitors are likely to see Luke—who fits and maintains clubs for many local pros—analyzing a client's swing with technology that helps him prescribe the right club or zone in on any modifications, such as adjusting the length of the shaft or replacing the club head with a jai-alai basket. Golf Etc. also features an indoor putting green for golfers to test out prospective flatsticks, and J.J. and Luke regularly perform club re-gripping and repair services.
Sifu Justin Och has studied shotokan, kenpo, and tae kwon, but his specialty is wing chun—a style of kung fu developed nearly 350 years ago and eventually made famous through Bruce Lee and his instructor, Ip Man. The style is as graceful as it is intense and effective, which makes it ideal for people of all walks of life: adults, children, the elderly, and the undead. This versatility appealed to Justin, so he took up the art and earned his black-and-gold sash—the highest wing chun rank—in 2009. Now, he and his team of experienced instructors teach the next generation of wing chun practitioners during classes for adults and youths. Their instruction focuses on practical self-defense skills, teaching hand-to-hand techniques applicable in real-world defense scenarios. The team also leads boot-camp classes and afterschool programs for kids.
Just Dance's owner Lynda Taylor and her partner Glenda White are devoted to making the world a more graceful place. Lynda, a certified etiquette instructor and teacher with 35 years of experience, partnered with certified ballroom dance instructor Kevin Rios and associate instructor Glenda White to help make the seemingly rigid rules of the dance floor easier to navigate for adults, children, and the butlers trying to take their coats. To help get things moving, most adult dance programs begin with 55 minutes of instruction time, where first-time rug cutters learn the foundation for tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, and swing before putting the steps into practice at the end of class. Though good taste usually dictates that dancers should never waltz by themselves or with the family dog, students need not worry if they can't find a partner, since the instructors will happily pair them with someone in the class.
Outside the ballroom, Just Dance also offers yearlong programs through its etiquette academy, where children aged 5–17 years develop skills related to sharing, table manners, and how to disarm a bully with a firm, respectful handshake. Kids can also exert energy in summer camps that include field trips, creative projects, and dance instruction in various styles such as hip hop, lyrical, and ballet.
Whether a client's goal is to lose weight or prepare for a professional mixed-martial-arts competition, the instructors at Lakeland Delariva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have the knowledge and experience to help. They teach more than 20 weekly classes and open-mat sessions, demonstrating techniques that range from boxing to the submission- and grappling-based maneuvers of Brazilian ju-jitsu. After group warm-ups, kids and adults—both men and women— wearing traditional gi uniforms, shorts and T-shirts, or full suits of armor learn how to defend themselves against attackers. The team also hosts live sparring sessions where students can apply their skills in real-world scenarios.
Specializing in Latin and ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a national studio. No matter how busy your schedule or how leaden your feet, Fred Astaire’s staff of professionally trained and certified instructors can tailor private sessions to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals.
With its flagship location residing in Chicagoland, Urban Beat Dance brings the fancy footwork of the Windy City to its second dance school in Brandon, Florida. Beginner classes combine with semiprofessional performance companies for a studio experience that explores a range of modern dance styles, from hip-hop to jazz, break dance, and ballet. Classes cater to dancers of all ages, teaching them basic techniques such as how to spin on your head, perform a box step, or knock someone out with a pointe shoe. A trio of companies for teenage dancers takes the show to outside venues, and Urban Beat Dance caps off its year with a showcase during which performers from both the company and the school strut their moves for a captivated audience.
Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.