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The instructors at Ultimate Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Fresno must pass through an entire college of martial arts training to be approved to teach. For every year as a full-time instructor, they also complete 40 hours of additional training?a process that helps them stay up-to-date with the latest self-defense and nutrition research. All of this training makes them the perfect candidates to guide children as young as 4 and adults as old as 64 through the center's intensive, progressive martial-arts programs. Classes cover physical and mental conditioning in styles such as children's karate, or muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and mixed martial arts for teens, adults, and ninja turtles.

7731 N 1st St
Fresno,
CA
US

Within the walls of China's Shaolin Temple, a new breed of kung fu was born. Egyptian Shaolin Martial Arts University imports the practice, named for the Chinese temple, to the United States. The university gives women a new way to defend themselves, using only their own bodies as their weapon. The academy also offers traditional Shaolin kung fu and weapons classes for more advanced learners.

1875 N Fine #102
Fresno,
CA
US

Certified dance instructors Pete Swingle and Carmen Ahmen relish the challenge of curing extra left feet. They welcome total beginners to their salsa classes, where their patience and supportive attitudes help students feel comfortable enough to pull off the hip-swaying steps. In the interest of steadily progressing students to intermediate and advanced moves, they set up specific goals for each level, ranging from "step in time" to "twirl your partner without having to rely on shoes made of roombas.” They teach disciplines apart from salsa as well, including cha-cha, cumbia, and merengue.

Though learning show-stopping techniques is one of the core benefits of their lessons, Pete and Carmen also hope to reward protégés with the additional perks of dancing, including stress relief, improved muscle tone, and new friendships. Sunday dance socials focus on the latter ambition by gathering dancers for practice in a party setting, which sometimes features live percussion shows and music giveaways.

2965 N Maroa Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

Central Valley Stars Dance Studio, like all STARS 21 studios, first sprang from the aspirations of a national dance group from Layton, Utah in 1970. Fueled by a drive to share their passion for dance with aspiring youngsters, they started STARS so they could shape the talents of kids, adolescents, and teens at an early age. It proved so successful that they were eventually able to transform it into the multistate dance program it is today.

Now, the time-tested curriculum introduces students ? whether in preschool or high school ? to myriad forms of dance. Kids master the graceful movements of classical ballet or acquaint themselves with the rhythmic motions and sweltering full-body bunny suits of hip-hop. Longtime students advance to one of the studio's many performing teams, lighting up professional sports stadiums during half-time shows.

5101 N Golden State Blvd
Fresno,
CA
US

The instructors at Tee 2 Green Golf help students stop slicing in its tracks, improve their short game, or chip away at a too-high overall score. The action unfolds at a practice facility whose grass driving range, chipping and putting greens, nine-hole chip and putt course, and five-hole practice course help pupils learn to coax claustrophobic balls into a variety of dark, enclosed spaces. Each lesson aims to infuse the cultivation of stellar technique with enthusiasm for the game, keeping students engaged and making continual progress.:m]]


Though Tee 2 Green Golf sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

8225 North Milburn Avenue
Fresno,
CA
US

The encouraging coaches at SwimAmerica teach swimming skills that build confidence and coordination in kids. The CPR- and first-aid-certified aquatic instructors acquaint wee ones with splashing during parent-child classes, begin building technique in elementary-school-age classes, and welcome older pupils to join them for adult classes, including water aerobics, an arthritis aquatics program, and underwater poker.

7948 N Maple Ave
Fresno,
CA
US