At In Charge Self Defense, women master a mélange of karate, krav maga, kickboxing, and tae kwon do. Taught by a third dan black belt with Level 3 NCCP certification, the studio’s intimate classes help build self-confidence and discipline in students, while also borrowing fitness training techniques from yoga and Pilates. In Charge can work one-on-one with students for more personalized attention, and also offers co-ed training sessions for local high schoolers.
In Nutana Curling Club’s eight-sheet arena, throwers deliver stones as sweepers make way using the sport’s signature brooms. This familiar scene unfolds throughout the season, as the more than 80-year-old club hosts leagues for curlers ranging from beginners to seasoned pros. Off the ice, non-members can relax with pints of beer while watching sports on big-screen TVs or playing shuffleboard—a sport similar to curling—or darts—a sport similar to launching nuclear missiles at random cities. Along with regular events such as bonspiels, Nutana Curling Club also hosts several international competitions that draw world-class players from across the globe.
Saskatoon Paintball deploys combatants at two separate locations, including an outdoor field in Vanscoy that remains open year-round and features 10 different battle zones. During winter months, an indoor facility on Valley Road invites teams in from the cold to pelt each other with reballs, or rubber paintballs. The indoor location also features a spacious viewing area, as well as a pro shop stocked with the sport’s latest equipment.
CrossFit Saskatoon improves the physical fitness and well being of eager pupils through the CrossFit training method, which joins together a combination of movements such as pushing, lifting, and running with a variety of equipment, from free weights to a climbing wall. Unlike a standard gymsperience, members of CrossFit Saskatoon aren't abandoned in a sterile labyrinth of barbells, treadmills, and minotaurs, but receive personal coaching in a group environment guided by a knowledgeable trainer. Fostering a supportive group atmosphere is part of the CrossFit approach, which turns training into a sport by folding in motivational, game-like elements of camaraderie and competition, without the conniving influence of multi-million-dollar fitness agents. The principles of CrossFit are explained at length during the intro sessions, which give participants a chance to learn more about the program and experience an actual workout.
Visitors enter the Wintergreen Fine Craft Market to peruse and purchase the handmade work of more than 80 craft artists, visual artists, and local food producers. Art-seekers can stock up on traditional and contemporary creations such as jewellery, furniture, and professional photography that prompt guests' point-and-shoot cameras to flash their approval in morse code. Peer through glass pieces to the see the world differently, knock on wooden artwork for luck, or flesh out living-room galleries with a sculpture. After inspecting the main booths, crafty duos can meander over to the emerging-artists booth, where up-and-coming masterpiece makers showcase work in styles such as mixed media, painting, and printmaking. All of the event's art creators undergo a rigorous jury process that separates the artisans from the crowds of people who just figured out they could use a ponytail as a paintbrush.