Sponsored by the San Diego Army Advisory Council, the Community Salute to Heroes 5K Crossfit Race celebrates and benefits American do-gooders including first responders and military families. The race begins at Grossmont High School, with heats taking off from the starting line at 15-minute intervals. As runners navigate the 5K course, Army representatives will greet them at the end of each kilometer with optional CrossFit exercises. Because the CrossFit stations are optional and most people can’t read military time, runners will not be timed.
As the runners make their way toward the finish line, the festivities continue around them. The mayor of El Cajon will oversee proceedings as the master of ceremonies, and a two-star general will be on hand to swear in more than 100 future soldiers. Spectators can take in musical performances by the Heroes throughout the day, or send little ones to the Kiddy Corner for bounce-house sessions and other activities.
At SAA International, not even the sky’s the limit. The flight school, based in El Cajon, offers a wide range of aerial programs and services, from their Professional Pilot Program to helicopter training and VA programs. Learning to fly is possible in the school’s fleet of aircraft and under the direction of their experienced instructors, very few of whom are birds. SAA graduates often go on to professional careers, flying for major airlines all around the world.
Upon Lion Heart Fencing Academy's floated wooden floors, fencers of all experience levels from age 7 to adulthood cross blades under the guidance of British Academy of Fencing–certified maestro Stuart Lee and his staff. Their curricula teach the sport's physical aspects, including agility, strength, and tactical thinking, while emphasizing the ideals of sportsmanship, respect, and self-control, discouraging students from humiliating their opponents with pointed dis raps. The center arms fencers with the necessary equipment and peddles weapons, uniforms, and protective gear from Alliance Fencing for those who wish to purchase their own.
Larisse Robinson, a passionate paint-slinger since childhood, shepherds developing daubers ages 5 and older in intimate art classes capped at six to eight students. In each pastel class, pullulating painters of all skill levels will learn the ins and outs of bedecking paper with pastels (supplies included) to create prismatic renditions of animals or posed cornucopias worthy of world-class fridge galleries.
Self-defense is at the core of each technique taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. Whether students are practicing kung fu or MMA, they'll learn how to successfully defend themselves against intimidating opponents who may be larger in size or wearing a superhero cape. Kickboxing classes add an element of cardiovascular fitness, tai chi sessions slow down the moves to a meditative pace, and grappling lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to take someone down to the floor. Instructors also spend one-on-one time with students during personal-training sessions that focus on perfecting punches and kicks.