Known in English as "way of the true sword," Shinkendo represents the distillation of founder (or Kaiso) Toshishiro Obata's vast knowledge of Japanese swordsmanship. Trained by Kaiso himself, Sensei Eric Lambert of Tojokan Dojo now shares this intricate training with students throughout Santa Clara County. In addition to Shinkendo, Sensei Lambert and his staff also teach Toyama Ryu, a martial art developed by the Imperial Japanese Army in 1925, and Aikibujitsu, a empty-handed discipline built on throws, joint locks, and control holds to overpower opponents.
The founders of Aaron's Moving know that a quality moving business requires more than an army of workers with biceps capable of hurling meteors back into space. The family-run business prides itself on a team of movers who are strong inside and out. The company never hires day laborers, recruiting only experienced, trained, and background-checked movers.
On moving days, workers arrive punctually in trucks sized to match the job, from one-bedroom apartments to homes with pianos. During the move, insurance options set owners' minds at ease, and a wide selection of supplies—including boxes, bubble wrap, and wardrobe boxes—muffles the hemming and hawing of mustachioed marble busts. Their professional packing services make transit easier and protect delicate items, and the staff labels each box to make unpacking less confusing later.
Last Chance Restaurant treats visitors to a tantalizing spread of grilled steak sandwiches and burgers, fried fish and chicken, and pizzas crowned with savory meats, cheeses, and veggies. Guests can belly up to the full-service bar for a cocktail, sip beer while shooting pool, or dine on salads and pub fare in the separate dining area.
At Back 2 Balance Massage & Holistic Services, Robin deGroot doesn't just give massages. With her long list of degrees and certifications in areas that include fine arts, health education, and teaching, Robin also dispenses health advice and life guidance. When it comes to massage therapy, she's proficient in such modalities as Swedish, prenatal, and shiatsu.
Academy of Self Defense gives students the skills and training they need to build a stronger body and learn real-world combat systems. Its krav-maga and mixed-martial-arts programs teach punishing strikes and defensive moves. Fighting-focused fitness classes tone the body through a mash-up of kickboxing, TRX, and kettlebells. Students also may pound away at the facility’s sea of 8-foot-tall heavy bags.
Above all else, the menu at Mezbaan Bar & Indian Cuisine strives to highlight the distinctive and varied flavors of South Asian cuisine. When diners step inside, they’re first greeted by aromas of ginger, saffron, fenugreek, and spicy curry sauce—a fitting preview of what’s to come at the dinner table. These distinctive flavors and spices appear throughout the restaurant’s regionally inspired Indian cuisine, including marinated skewers of chicken, lamb, and seafood that roast inside a traditional tandoor clay oven. But that doesn’t mean the chefs only stick to the standards. In addition to favorites such as saag paneer, they also forge a number of Indo-Chinese entrees and vegetarian dishes that embrace the same bold flavors as the rest of the menu. Draped with sky-blue and cloud-white linens, the tables at Mezbaan spread across two levels of seating. An elegant crystal chandelier helps light the spacious, high-ceilinged lower section and the second floor offers a bit more privacy for events or for licking plates clean without judgment.