With a three-time Kazakhstani national fencing champion, a professional member of the USFA, and a three-weapon Moniteur d'Escrime recipient on the coaching staff, The Fencing Center immerses students in an environment of highly decorated international fencing achievement. The parrying nonprofit was founded in 1981, at which point it began churning out champions at all levels from local to international. Before entertaining dreams of gold medals or swashbuckling chandelier swings, newcomers to the piste must start out with introductory and beginning classes. With commitment and hard work, they’ll then graduate to advanced fencing or competitive training programs in epée, foil, or saber.
Downtown Yoga Shala offers 3,800 square feet of space for yogis of all levels to perfect their poses. Keeping with yoga's commitment to sustainability, the spacious main studio and a smaller second studio feature bamboo flooring and natural light and are cleaned with nontoxic products to create a serene atmosphere. Open daily with more than 45 classes a week, the studio offers a variety of yoga styles including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, and Restorative yoga classes as well as adult ballet courses. Priding themselves on being a yoga sanctuary, Downtown Yoga Shala was voted Best Yoga Studio in 2013 by the Metro Silicon Valley.
Staffed by a team of former professional and collegiate baseball veterans, South Bay Sports Training ushers in new generations of baseball and softball players with expert clinics and personal training. Instruction is broken down into the sport’s fundamentals—hitting, pitching, fielding, catching, throwing, and general performance, among others—with each group or private training session led by an expert in each specialty, ensuring students are privy to all the tips and tricks specific to that position.
Today’s Groupon flexes, stretches, and twists your soul and body into a purity pretzel: for $25, you get five yoga classes at NuLife Yoga (a $50 value). It's perfect for de-stressing from holiday stresses that include taking difficult family pictures around the holiday tree, singing already-challenging holiday songs in more challenging keys, and building a home computer so you can send out holiday e-cards.There once was a flexible gal, Whose yogic skills never did fail, When forgetting her keys, She just pulled in her knees, And squeezed through the slot for the mail.
Operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, Sharks Ice skating centers professionally maintain solid-water rinks and facilities to accommodate a full range of activities. Each Friday night (7:30–9:30 p.m. in San Jose; 7:15–9:15 p.m. in Oakland) customers have full run of the centers' Olympic-sized rinks for public skating and fashionable displays of warm, Cosby-inspired outerwear. In addition to skating amenities, each Sharks Ice center features a full-service pro shop that sells NHL athletic apparel and other skate supplies and accessories. The centers also feature public snack bars and spacious public areas for socializing and frigid recitations of 18th-century Russian poetry. Sharks Ice San Jose also houses Stanley's Sports Bar, a full bar and restaurant overlooking the three rinks. Skate rental is included, but if you prefer to bring your own foot-blades, the general admission price without today's Groupon is $8, which still makes the Groupon the better deal. Hours are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm.