Trained by prestigious predecessor Rigan Machado, the experienced instructors of Action MMA tutor fledgling fighters in honorable, effective combat. The MMA gym offers classes in various fighting styles, with a primary focus in the two types of Brazilian jujitsu, gi (uniform required) and no gi. The Adults BJJ class trains students in grappling and rolling techniques, designed to subdue opponents in on-the-ground fights without resorting to insults or stern letters of condemnation. Instructors perform a specific move several times, and then break beginning brawlers into couples, so each exercise can be practiced and perfected. The same methods and techniques are used in the Kids BJJ class, where lively little ones gain valuable fighting techniques while learning black-belt principles (modesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, honesty, and humility), ensuring each young one gains lifelong values.
Nestled within Empire Mall, Xcite Family Fun Center enraptures youngsters with inflatables, video games, and tasty treats. Sock-clad kids bound across the center’s ever-changing selection of inflatables—which frequently includes Batman- and Disney princess-themed bouncers—navigate obstacle courses, and race down slides. The arcade entices players with games such as air hockey, skee-ball, and Star Wars Racer, and the enclosed toddler zone pairs wee ones with age-appropriate inflatables, slides, and coloring-book versions of the tax code.
In between rounds of bouncing and gaming, kids can reenergize with grilled-cheese sandwiches, pretzels, or pizza at the snack bar. Open-play sessions run until 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, and parents or grandparents can accompany their children for free.
Landshark Scuba is one of South Dakota's only Professional Association of Diving Instructors–certified centers; the facility has been educating landlocked locals in the diving arts since 2005. With the Discover Scuba class ($35), novice divers will be introduced to scuba diving within the safe and relatively shark-free confines of Landshark's pool (a $5.35 pool fee is included with this deal). Diving basics will be covered by Landshark's staff of friendly and experienced masters of maritime mobility. Should you choose to pursue further diving instruction at Landshark, credit from this beginner's class will count towards your PADI Open Water certification.
When the Skyforce joined the Continental Basketball Association in 1989, it became the city of Sioux Falls's first-ever professional-sports organization. It wasn't until 1994 that the Skyforce truly established itself as a powerhouse, earning its first playoff berth to set off a string of six consecutive postseason appearances—highlighted by a CBA championship in 1995–96.
Over the next decade, the Skyforce remained a perennial playoff contender, including during a brief stint as part of the International Basketball League in 2001. The team won its second CBA title in 2005–06, then promptly stuffed its trophies and the entire Sioux Falls Arena into a carry-on suitcase for a move to the NBA Developmental League. Since the switch, the Skyforce has helped launch the careers of a dozen NBA players, bringing the organization's total to more than 40.
Sioux Empire Community Theatre's volunteer-driven productions showcase acclaimed dramatic works for adults and kid-friendly plays for families. During the 2011–2012 SECT season, Driving Miss Daisy (February 17–March 4) spans a quarter century in America's Deep South as Miss Daisy Werthan learns to overcome her racial prejudice while adjusting to a chauffeur who isn't Morgan Freeman. The titular barber of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (May 4–20) shaves and sings his way through London, and the Bratter newlyweds adjust to the tribulations of marriage and Manhattan in Neil Simon's comic hit Barefoot in the Park (October 28–November 13). Parents can chuckle alongside two tots as Jeremy Jacob sets sail with Captain Braid Beard in How I Became a Pirate (March 15–25), the Stage Adventures Club’s high-seas romp of buried treasure, infectious musical numbers, and insightful PowerPoint presentations on drift-net fishing laws in international waters. Pre-K to eighth-grade theater enthusiasts can also hone different aspects of the dramatic craft in workshops hosted by the Stage Adventures Club. During different sessions, preadolescents discover techniques of musical production, the secrets of acting for the camera, or the art of demanding beds made out of Lunchables for their dressing rooms.