Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.
But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.
Yamashita Karate Studios is a traditional Okinawan karate studio that welcomes students of all ages and ability levels to learn karate under its experienced instructors. At the family style dojo, the instructors bring more than 30 years of experience and focus on respect, self-discipline, and enhanced confidence, allowing students to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. The studio offers a variety of martial-arts and fitness classes, from karate for kids and adults to weapons training and sparring.
Tiny Tees Golf has partnered with Back Bay Golf Academy to offer adult lessons for all levels, from beginners to veterans. Tiny Tees Golf also puts clubbers on a path to a life of birdies and pars with private and group golf instruction tailored specifically to children. During lessons, Tiny Tees’ team of instructors teaches wee duffers proper mechanics for all facets of the game while also focusing on overall coordination and having fun. Older students can take advantage of the veteran instructors as well, with regular group and private lessons for adults.
Alias Movement Center's instructors back up their dance steps with impressive résumés. Natalia Morales has performed at famous events such as the MTV Movie Awards, and she holds a master's degree in education with an emphasis in dance. Alexis A. Weisbrod, meanwhile, got a bachelor's degree in dance from the University of Minnesota and then grapevined on to obtain a PhD in critical dance studies from UC Riverside. At Alias Movement Center, they teach adult students of all experience levels in classes such as ballet and contemporary.
CrossCreek's challenging course, designed by esteemed architect Arthur Hills, resides in the lush Temecula Valley and tests golfers with natural hazards that include oak trees, creeks, and quicksand. Enlist a friendly links partner, sharpen swings with two small buckets of range balls (approximately 30 balls each; $10 value) at the practice facility, and then pile into a cart to sacrifice your spheres to each of the 18 meticulously mown hole temples. Click here to view green fees.
Vital Climbing Gym combines the facilities of a rock-climbing center with the comforts of a coffee lounge, giving members a place to strengthen their bodies and relax their minds. The 24-hour gym entices members to climb at any time of day without concern for injury on rocky walls that are built for bouldering, a style of climbing that keeps climbers low to the ground and requires no safety equipment or backup support. Before or after climbing sessions, clients can relax on a comfortable couch, sip a hot beverage from the espresso machine, connect to the gym’s WiFi network, and talk technique with fellow climbers.