There's a sublime grace in the flight of a raptor. It's a grace that the birders of Ronin Air Falconry Service hold dear. So to spread their feeling of awe, they host falconry shows and raptor demonstrations, teaching both raptor biology and the history of falconry. Not only are these shows tailored to each group's age, but they send birds flying freely overhead to both inspire them and help them learn how to identify bird bellies in the wild. For those whom the falconry bug bites?and it's likely to bite anyone?group and private sessions divulge how to handle and fly a team of hawks, hunting falcons, and eagle owls. And so that team doesn't get bored?and so others don't lace the environment with poison?Ronin Air Falconry Service also uses its raptors to remove bird pests, relying on the environmentally friendly technique of predator versus prey.
Street-style self-defense techniques underpin the martial-arts classes at Corpus Christi Family Martial Arts Academy. Both adults and kids attend junjou ryu jujitsu-karate classes, where they learn methods to avoid physical conflict, ways to defend themselves from attack, and how to take down a Roomba that's suddenly gained sentience. Besides getting students into better physical shape, these courses also impart self-discipline and confidence on the students, all while promoting a safe environment. Sparring rules, for example, dictate the wearing of full protective gear and the presence of a black-belt instructor.
The PASA-certified kiteboarding instructors at 361KITE can harness the wind to propel their boards across waves and catch big-time air above the water. With a strong emphasis on safety, they teach students how to do the same thing using top-notch kiteboarding equipment. During lessons, beginners learn all of the basics on land while more experienced students head to the water with their boards to perfect the exhilarating art of confusing birds. Depending on the conditions, locations of lessons may vary.