A guild-certified Feldenkrais practitioner, movement artist, and theater student, the owner of Embodying Self, Arona, harnesses more than 20 years' experience to train clients in movement practices that improve performance and prevent injury. Group and private lessons get bodies moving with tango, improv, yoga, and Feldenkrais techniques, which increase self-awareness through a focused attention on movement and touch. Arona guides classes with the student's experience in mind, encouraging experimentation with varying permutations to help them easily adapt to any floor space, partner, music, or mosh pit. The program aims to help improve balance and flexibility, and to address bodily pain and depression.
With a dedication to the fine art of foil mastery, the coaches at Coastside Academy of Fencing guide students of all ages and abilities through a gamut of group fencing classes and private lessons. Founder maestro Anthony Joslin, who boasts coaching credentials acquired in Paris and a fencing masters diploma earned with honors in Budapest, works to fine-tune students' abilities and instill positive and respectful sportsmanship. Maestro Tomek Amborski, three-time national champion in his native Poland, also hones fencers' competitive edges with four decades of competitive-fencing expertise. The maestros consistently train award-winning students and also improve their agility, speed, and ability to duel rogue orchestra conductors.
With a jam-packed resumé peppered with years of wildly diverse choreography, dance, and music-video experience, Cera Byer never has to worry about her classes becoming repetitive. Growing up amid San Francisco's bustling performing-arts scene, Byer began dancing early and often, later studying and teaching extensively both abroad and in the United States and exploring styles including ballet, flamenco, and samba. From dance foundations to belly dance to a sassy jazz–hip-hop blend, her classes, coaching, and workshops help students connect with themselves more quickly than a one-person speed-dating session.
The dedicated instructors at Aikido Suginami Aikikai guide students through balanced and noncompetitive martial-arts classes designed to shape each individual. Developed early in the 20th century, the martial way of Aikido differs from other martial-art forms and techniques, in that it serves as a means to perfect the self rather than to conquer others or to simply tenderize practice dummies. Dojo director Kato Hiroshi Shihan and his band of black-belted instructors instill students of all ages with confidence, valuable life skills, and practical self-defense abilities through aikido, brazilian-jujitsu, and muay thai classes.
The friendly mechanics at Everybody Bikes nurture two-wheeled transports of all styles, helping urban commuters traverse city streets unencumbered by a car’s demands. Mechanics perform services such as tune-ups, repairs, and custom bicycle builds amid racks stocked with bikes by Kona, Fuji, and Linus. To educate their customers, they also lead private and group lessons on mechanics, safety, and riding techniques. The mechanics also maintain the shop’s blog, which keeps customers in the know about everything from what helmets to buy to when tricycle mating season starts.
Chests heave and hearts thump as clients congregate in K-One Fitness's 4,500-square-foot studio for individual workouts or martial arts and cardio fitness classes. A regulation-sized boxing ring, professional equipment, and an elite group of experienced pugilists add a real-world edge to high-octane boxing classes, as well as courses in the fleet-foot kickboxing techniques of muay thai. Fitness boot camps vanquish excess weight through varied sessions of aerobic exercise and expert fitness advice, building lean muscle without the boredom of wrestling a forklift to the ground over and over again.