Kevin Surrey has been playing tennis at a high level for more than a decade and a half, but it's possible that what he does off the tennis court contributes most substantially to his success as a coach. That's because when he's not serving up practice volleys or praising proper footwork, he's a teacher. He owns a masters of education degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, so clearly he recognizes the power of positive reinforcement and customized instruction. The approach works for everyone from first-timers to veteran racket swingers, all of whom can look forward to more solid contact, stronger backhands, and more reliable serves.
Ranked 138 in the world, Fred Dewitte, play tennis! Orange County’s head instructor, brings his NCAA Division I playing experience to every lesson he teaches for adult and junior students. Fred tailors lessons to the individual player’s skill level and ultimate goals, be it an improvement of stroke mechanics, physical fitness, or more thorough enjoyment of the game. He believes that lessons should be fun for children, and that classes should provide an athletic experience and allow students to lose oneself in the sport during each lesson. Fluent in Japanese, English, and French, Fred can help native speakers of all three languages improve their arguments with line judges and translate opponents' grunts.
IceTown helps kids and adults become nimble on their blades with open-skate hours every day of the week as well as hockey and figure-skating instruction. Free introductory Hockey Academy and Skating Academy lessons, both open to boys and girls aged 3 and older, teach agility, puck-smashing skills, and how to carve an ice sculpture with a series of precise blade kicks. Adults brush up on hockey skills in clinics separated by gender, and groups can take part in sled hockey or broomball. IceTown also opens its doors to birthday revelers, providing use of its party room, access to open skate, and 30 minutes on its rock wall.
San Diego's The Sporting Club and its sister facility La Jolla Sports Club strike the perfect balance of form and function. They also help clients do the same. With classes that range from yoga and Pilates to spinning and strength training, the Sporting Club addresses all aspects of fitness. And La Jolla Sports Club's lineup of martial arts, team sports, and group barre classes encourages both teamwork and wellness. After class, drop by the cafe for a healthy snack, a smoothie, or just a straw to practice meditative breathing techniques.
Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.
But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.