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, 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.
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.