At Karate 4 Kids USA, a team of experienced instructors draws from a diverse range of training and martial arts styles to help kids develop self-respect and a sense of discipline, while having fun and getting fit. In after-school programs, they teach kids karate and Tang Song Do techniques, whose katas and kicks help kids build healthy muscles and bones to give them the advantage in high-stakes hop-scotch tournaments. Their full-day camps keep kids occupied during summer vacations with martial arts drills, dodgeball, and games. And the fun-loving staffers invite parents to take time for themselves by dropping the kiddies off for Ninja Nites?four supervised hours of movies, pizza, and games.
Though their main focus is on teaching children, they also helm a lineup of adult martial arts classes, including muay thai kickboxing and self-defense.
John Wells Golf Center's lighted driving range offers 60 spacious, canopy-covered hitting stalls that look out onto a range that stretches 260 yards into the distance. Yardage markers populate the field, letting players gauge the distance of each shot, and synthetic mats provide a smooth hitting surface so guests can leave their Persian rugs at home. The center offers lessons and clinics taught by a staff of five instructors anchored by Don Shauger, who trained two-time National Long Driving Champion John Marshall with methods he learned from Mike Austin, the golf renegade famous for hitting the game's longest drive ever—a 515-yard missile—at the age of 64. On select dates, the center offers free golf clinics for junior and adult beginners who purchase a bucket of range balls. Those looking to upgrade their golf gear or replace a wedge caught fraternizing with enemy irons can check into the discount pro shop, which offers name-brand apparel and equipment at as high as 50% off retail price.
At Shaolin American Self Defense Academy, certified instructors introduce students to the art of Kenpo Karate. The style, which blends elements of Chinese and Japanese principles, enables students to hone their self-defense skills as well as mental discipline. Teachers unveil the art's philosophy and techniques in three age-divided programs that span beginner through advanced instruction. Though based in group classes, individual programs are customized to each student's needs, and include at least one private lesson each week.