Sensei Vassie Naidoo has been traveling to Japan once a year throughout his 45 years of karate training. As a seventh-degree black belt, he extends his love of the martial art to kids and adults, focusing on technique and discipline for children and stress relief for adults.
Perhaps the only thing as impressive as Roy Elghanayan?s reign as a two-time Israeli Krav Maga National Champion is the students with whom he?s shared his incredible skill. He first was hand-chosen to devise the Israeli Special Forces? training program. In 2011, the Argentinean Marines enlisted him to teach the sport to their soldiers. He even trained actress Jessica Chastain for her role in the movie The Debt. Today, he continues to travel the world to teach Krav Maga and works out of his studio, Krav Maga L.A. | REKM.
Krav maga is a more rigorous form of self-defense developed by the Israeli military when they realized that ancient martial arts would translate to modern battlefields. Roy and his staff helm classes for both adults and children as part of a six-day schedule that divides students by their skill level. Beginners? classes corral 18 participants or less so that instructors can easily oversee technique while still having enough bodies to build a human pyramid if morale is low. With continued practice, the instructors at Krav Maga L.A. | REKM hope to imbue their students with the physical and mental skill to escape threatening situations should they ever arise.
David Barton, dubbed "The Man Who Made Working Out Cool" by the New York Times, builds gyms that are as much about design as they are function. Walking into a David Barton Gym is like entering a dreamscape. The Collins location evokes a futuristic version of Atlantis: workout equipment appears to be at the bottom of the ocean beneath neon blue lighting and a wavy metallic ceiling, presided over by an imposing skeleton of an ancient sea creature chained to the wall. Where as the Astor Place location resembles an art museum, decked out in bold fuchsia lighting, Victorian-era furniture, damask wallpaper, and graffiti-style art work.
Though the décor varies from place to place, the focus on fitness does not. At each David Barton Gym, members can hit treadmills or lift weights. They can also work up a sweat in group fitness classes, which mix familiar workouts with more unusual offerings. After stretching and strengthening in yoga and Pilates, they can head to the Blood, Sweat, and Tears intensive, after which they'll receive a complimentary vial of the blood, sweat, and tears shed throughout the boot-camp-style sessions.
Marking its 25th anniversary, the Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance, which benefits the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, wheels rare-collector cars and motorcycles onto well-manicured fields. The classic-car show exhibits haute jalopies such as Ferraris, Austin Healeys, and Alfa Romeos, most of which hail from 1927–1957. Revel in the smooth lines of the 1956 Fiat Eden Roc or challenge the special Indy 500 factory pace car to a race. During the Concours d'Elegance grand-finale event, which will highlight a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C once owned by the shah of Iran, horseless-carriage experts judge 20 vehicle classes and award prizes, including Best in Show, at 2 p.m. The spotlight moves from sleek rides to wines during the second-annual Vino d'Elegance event both Saturday and Sunday. The soiree will include a cooking demonstration by Scott Leibfried of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, a book signing by Sideways author Rex Pickett, and a Halloween trick-or-treat event for kids. Though it is not included in this Groupon, patrons can upgrade the general-admission package to include a tasting and sample local, national, and international grape concoctions celebrating the harvest season and Zeus's birthday. VIP upgrades are also available.
The no-frills, brick warehouse exterior of Robot Fight and Fitness matches the both the interior and the ethos of this West Los Angeles dojo, which specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai instruction. Teachers at Robot include a BJJ black belt and a national Muay Thai champion, giving the instructors practical experience in nearly every aspect of the disciplines. For those not interested in the self-defense side of Robot Fight and Fitness, the gym has developed “RoboFit,” a catch-all exercise class that combines strength training with bodyweight exercises in different combinations. Don’t expect fancy equipment, though; it’s much more likely that the workout of the day will involve a sledgehammer than a StairMaster.
Medal-winning professional athlete and Taekwondo trainer Ladan H. Sefat has spent more than 30 years discovering new ways to not only stay in shape, but also rehabilitate and prevent injury. In the last 20 years, she's worked as a fitness coach and pain-management therapist. At Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club, she uses her diverse background and wealth of experience to lead a team of fitness instructors, weight-loss experts, and therapists. The center's many services all take a holistic approach to wellness, empowering guests to pursue healthier lifestyles. Classes range from Taekwondo training to high-energy Zumba, which gets bodies in shape without using aggressive resistance machines or robot drill sergeants.