When Darren Levine received his first Krav Maga black belt in 1984, he wasn't the first man to have worn that particular piece of fabric. The belt originally belonged to the man presenting it to him: Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga. Darren had had the good fortune of learning the self-defense technique from Imi himself, and eventually became one of Imi's most trusted practitioners, developing training programs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and military personnel throughout the U.S.
In 1998, just one year after his beloved mentor passed away, Darren founded Krav Maga Worldwide to meet growing demand from curious civilians. The hand-to-hand technique is focused on reacting to realistic attacks, and teachers use scenarios inspired by everything from military combat, to late-night walks alone, to heated matches of Whac-A-Mole. Darren and his team lead various programs tailored for law enforcement and military members, women, fitness buffs, and even children, and they also offer certification programs for those looking to become instructors.
A Carriage Regal Cleaner protects wedding veils, trains, and gowns with an antisugar treatment that prevents yellowing for up to 20 years. This 1.5-month process includes cleaning and hand pressing, as well as $1,500 worth of insurance from the Wedding Gown Preservation Co. Dresses return to owners in museum-strength, silver-and-white display chests that let onlookers admire perfectly preserved tulle and rhinestones when they’re feeling nostalgic or when the wedding channel temporarily goes offline. The official dry cleaner of the UCLA athletic department's head football and basketball coaches, A Carriage Regal Cleaner's technicians also cleanse a variety of textiles, often turning to environmentally friendly dry-cleaning methods. They also speedily ready garments with same-day service on shirts and blouses, pants, and men’s and women's two-piece suits. Tailoring services ensure an individual fit within three days, and shoe repair services extend the life spans of sock protectors in just one week.
Led by chiropractor, certified sports physician, and jack-of-all-musculoskeletal-trades Doctor of Chiropractic Ben Drillings, the instructors and staff at a2zHealth Massage Schools train students in the principles and techniques of massage. The school is certified by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and is a member of the California Massage Schools Association, allowing it to produce massage technicians, massage therapists, and holistic bodywork practitioners. The massage-technician course requires 300 hours of specialized study, whereas massage therapists engage in 500 hours and holistic bodywork practitioners complete 1,000 hours to graduate. Students also gain firsthand experience practicing their lessons on the public at a2zHealth Massage Schools? student Swedish-massage teaching clinic. After their massages, clients assist in the learning process by giving students valuable feedback.
The Hummus Bar & Grill channels the flavors and spirit of Tel Aviv with authentic offerings of steaming, hot pitas and succulent grill-kissed skewers served in a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere. Diners can request a side of hot pita baked on location to scoop up israeli salad, which, like a lion tamer's living will, is made fresh every day. High-quality meats, including gourmet offerings such as chicken schnitzel and foie gras, are lovingly speared onto grilled skewers, and vegetarians can enjoy fire-kissed portobello mushrooms. A robust kosher menu includes homestyle dishes such as chicken-thigh steak and a special of the day. Guests can top off their meals with a turkish coffee and watch as the sun goes down and the dining room quickly fills with carefree ambiance as fellow diners clink glasses of Italian or Israeli wines against beers imported from Belgium, Holland, and England.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure" may be an overused saying to some, but to Art Rebel's crew of painters, it's a mantra. The instructors believe in dreaming up creative solutions to help the environment, and that includes teaching their students how to transform discarded items into masterpieces during eco-art classes. Nontoxic, eco-friendly paints grace paper and canvases in a variety of sessions with different themes, from graffiti-art to cartooning. Elsewhere, beautification meets youth outreach when Art Rebel's team teaches children how to paint public works and encrust their favorite foursquare court with bottle caps.
Working with the notion that pretend play is a crucial aspect of how children learn, develop ideas about the world, and determine who they're voting for, Pint Size Kids equips its early learning and play center with developmentally appropriate toys for open play sessions. At curriculum-based classes, children up to aged 6 can boost their imaginations as they practice music, art, or learn basic Spanish skills. Baby sign-language classes help infants and toddlers express words and concepts—such as “mommy” and “hungry”—through American Sign Language.