Stepping Stone Farms helps new riders develop a life-long love of the equestrian arts by providing riding lessons in a positive, supportive environment. Lessons cater to kids and adults of all experience levels, even those who've never sat astride a real horse before, instilling them with the necessary skills they need to become a confident rider, while also teaching them courage, focus, and team work. In addition to working with novice riders, Stepping Stone's instructors can also challenge experienced riders by honing their techniques in hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage disciplines.
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.
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.
Riders young and old gallop through the hills of La Cresta under the tutelage of Equine Experience's head trainer Shannon Pagliuso. An avid equestrian since she was six years old, Shannon draws upon experiences picked up while riding for her IHSA team in college, where she also earned a degree in horse ranch management. She doles out instruction in both English and Western riding styles to students as young as five, who can practice on their own horse, ride one of the ranch?s gentle lesson steeds, or pretend to learn while bobbing back and forth on a rocking horse.
Tiny Tees Golf puts clubbers on a path to a life of birdies and pars with private and group golf instruction tailored specifically to children. During lessons, which are available in 6 levels based on experience, the team of instructors introduce wee duffers proper course etiquette, teach full swing, pitching, and putting mechanics, and focus on overall coordination while having fun.
The certified instructors at FIT Kickboxing & Wellness exercise students' minds as well as bodies. Kickboxing classes combine with Zumba and TRX-suspension-training classes to shrink belt sizes and strengthen muscles. Alternatively, yoga classes slow heart rates and center minds as students move through a series of serene poses and breathing exercises.