With 30 years' experience choreographing fight sequences for television and film, competitive-fencing instructor Tim Weske leads SwordPlay Fencing Studio's intrepid teachers in demystifying the art of the sword for students. His combat choreography sequences have touched films and TV shows as diverse as I Love You, Man and Angel, and he has safely instructed celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt to convincingly parry with their onscreen opponents and dual for red-carpet supremacy.
At SwordPlay Fencing Studio, once-a-week group sessions or private lessons in foil, épée, and saber provide pupils with fun workouts by engaging minds with subtle strategy while burning calories, increasing agility, and building muscle tone. Afternoon and evening sessions are held Monday through Saturday to fit hectic jobs and busy mornings repainting the neighbors' lawn flamingos.
Water Wings Northridge recognizes that swimming lessons aren't just for kids. Sure, there's Baby Swim, which introduces three-month-olds to the water with the help of their parents. Likewise, Seahorse teaches freestyle and backstroke basics to 3?5 year-olds. But the pool?part of the United States Swim School Association?also caters to Adults who can work one-on-one with an instructor, take group classes, or get in an hour-long workout during a lap swim class. No matter the age or skill level, swimmers can practice all year long since the swimming pool is indoors. Its water stays 90 degrees, the perfect temperature for practicing the breaststroke or keeping a marshmallow at room temperature.
Each of Heal and Soul Yoga & Tai Chi's instructors draws from a different background to create a well-rounded studio, helping patrons to achieve total wellness. Drawing from principles such as meditation, knowledge of anatomy, and holistic healing, the studio's schedule hosts a diverse blend of yoga and tai chi styles for students of all ability levels. Tai chi and qigong classes help to calm and strengthen the body and mind with moving meditation techniques, which some staff have practiced since the '70s and '80s. Yoga classes include beginner-friendly stretch sessions, prenatal yoga, and partner yoga, which is perfect for couples and friends stuck together by a chinese finger trap.
Most rounds of golf end when the sun goes down. But when the sun sets off the coast at Van Nuys Golf Course, lights illuminate the fairways for late-evening rounds. Whether catching a round after work or in the afternoon, golfers can take on one of two challenges: an 18-hole par-three course or a nine-hole executive course. Both courses present golfers with their own obstacles, including water hazards, sand traps, and bending fairways. Above the peaceful scene, soars a wide range of aircrafts—such as WWII Warbirds and F-16 Falcons—each landing at the nearby Van Nuys airport or dropping parachuting caddies onto the greens. Van Nuys accompanies its unique rounds with various amenities, too, including a practice range, PGA instructional staff, and newly remodeled pro shop stocked with gear.
Executive Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 30 course * Total length of 1,574 yards from the back tees * Scorecard
18-Hole Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 54 course * Total length of 2,212 yards from the back tees * Scorecard
Boris Boundjia fell in love with the game of basketball from the first moment he picked up a ball at aged 10. In 2007, he left his family and friends behind in France to follow his dreams in the United States, where he played for Stoneridge Preparatory School, one of the nation's top basketball prep schools. After competing in Division II college basketball at Salem International University, he founded Grind 2 Shine. Here, he's known as Coach Bo and shares the skills and techniques he's learned throughout his career with boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. Beyond drills and tips on shooting form, Coach Bo strives to teach life lessons to his pupils to help them reach their full potential.