At Santa Barbara Jujitsu Kai, Head Sensei Jay Kalisek and his staff teach students aged 16 and older the Danzan Ryu style of jujitsu. The martial art, which incorporates elements of judo, is a specialty of Sensei Kalisek, who has black belts in both judo and jujitsu. In addition to self-defense training, classes also include calisthenic exercises, and lessons on how to tumble without suffering injury or rolling into traffic.
Dedicated to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy and related diseases—such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease—the Muscular Dystrophy Association spends 76% of its proceeds directly on research programs or health and support services, advocacy, and education. By supporting more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization, the agency has helped uncover the genetic defects responsible for diseases that affect both adults and children worldwide.
At Pure Beauty, staff members work to help clients shave off inches and reduce the visibility of cellulite with body wraps and VelaShape treatments. During infrared-heat wraps, essential oils work with the wrap as well as the spa's tightening booster in an effort to lose inches of fat from targeted areas. Alternatively, VelaShape treatments work by combining infrared and bipolar radio frequencies and are designed to reduce cellulite and slim down areas, such as the buttocks, hips, and stomach.
Stocked with strength-training machines and cardio equipment, ProForm Fitness & Training's 3,500-square-foot facility stays open 24/7. The neighborhood gym provides an unintimidating, motivational environment for meeting health goals such as losing a few pounds so you can fit into your high-school gorilla suit. ProForm further helps members transform their appearances through personal training, nutrition and weight management, and massage-therapy services.
Vanessa Isaac is a Brazilian dancer, choreographer, and singer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Fitness, Shape, Weight Watchers, and Dance Spirit Magazine. She shares the zest of her home country, where she's been nominated for the International Brazilian Press Award for her efforts to promote Brazilian culture, with clients by combining fitness, dance, and music. Her Brazilian dance classes mix dance moves with Pilates and yoga poses, which have garnered favorable reviews in the form of her Brazilian dance DVD being named one of the top 10 workout DVDs of the year by Fitness and Women's Health Magazines. Vanessa and her colleagues created a compilation of Brazilian tunes that clients can purchase and play at home, in the car, or during their testimony in traffic court.
There's definitely a barre in Barre 101's spacious studio, but students won't always be lined up at it. The studio's 60-minute, heart-pumping classes also incorporate mat exercises and cardio movements, ensuring that students blast calories while toning the entire body. For those who already know the barre choreography in their sleep, Level 2 classes are available for even more intense workouts.