The Heights Community Center brings the neighborhood's athletes and exercise hobbyists together in its 73,000-square-foot health and wellness complex. Guests jog and climb aboard the cardio room's Precor and Life Fitness treadmills, stair climbers, and elliptical trainers. Nearby, patrons can buff up with the help of free weights or cable machines. Their state-of-the-art aquatic center fuses the athletic benefits swimming laps in a pool with the fun of trying to swim up a two-story waterslide. To infuse fun into workouts, the youth fitness center throws youngsters into a healthy lifestyle with Wii video games, Dance Dance Revolution, and strength-training equipment designed specifically for adolescents. Onsite childcare safeguards tots too young for the youth center, and a full-service library exercises minds by fastening each book with a Rubik's Cube lock.
When Aikido instructor Elliot Freeman discovered martial arts as a teenager, his interest knew no bounds. He searched for and attempted to master as many forms as he could find, including Kendo, Tae Kwando, and sword. When he heard rumors that the mysterious style known as Aikido could grant practitioners the ability to throw people across the room without touching them or secretly attaching their pant legs to a trebuchet, he knew he found what would be the bedrock to his entire career. He eventually studied under acclaimed Aikido masters, earned top ratings in the National Karate Assocation and American Karate Association, and formed various programs and dojos. In 1993 Freeman journeyed to St. Louis to study with action-film star Sensei Steven Seagal at his Aikido summer camp. Seagal became so impressed with Freeman that he asked him to open a new school in St. Louis. Freeman readily agreed, founding Three Rivers Aikido where he still acts as chief instructor alongside many other Master Instructors. Freeman, along with 12 other Aikido instructors, welcomes students of all ages to come and train within the 3,500-square-foot dojo.
In addition to the martial-arts training offered at the dojo, Yoga instructor Alyona Komolova, a former Russian ballerina, offers classes to help students increase flexibility. Tai Chi Instructor Justin Meehan, a martial-arts veteran of 38 years, instructs attendees in tai chi, a relaxing flow of prescribed motions that balance body and mind.
Master Ken O'Neill, who has been practicing martial arts since 1969, and has experience with Aikido, Mauy Thai, Filipino Kali-Escrima, jujustu, Russian Systema, and more.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
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