Across three Tucson locations, Boxing Inc.'s instructors develop their classes based on the training regimens of real-life fighters, encouraging guests to bob and weave at their own pace. Students skip rope, pummel hanging bags, heave medicine balls, and push through cardio workouts to condition their muscles as they hone techniques in their choice of combat style. Muay thai kickboxing techniques demand strikes from all four limbs, and grappling classes teach takedowns from styles including judo, wrestling, and Brazilian jujitsu. For a cumulative battle strategy, MMA courses blend maneuvers from each school, inciting suspenseful spars between pupils not seen since the six-hour bare-knuckle boxing match between James Kelly and Jonathan Smith on December 3, 1855.
The Wildcat Trail is a network of well-maintained golf courses that take advantage of Arizona's sprawling and scenic landscapes. The network provides partnerships and membership access to seven different Tucson courses, one for each day of the week or one for each finger on the standard golf glove. Arizona National Golf Club, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., provides expansive views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and The Golf Club at Vistoso⎯named a Best Public Course in Tucson⎯boasts a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest. The Wildcat Trail's staff are happy to facilitate vacation planning to area courses or assist with event planning for as many as 288 golfers.
The rich history of kenpo karate stretches as far back as the second century AD, when the number two was invented and renowned surgeon Hua T’o devised defensive exercises based on animal poses. The Asian sport continued to evolve over the intervening years, and in the 20th century, Ed Parker imported kenpo to the states and became not only the senior grandmaster of American kenpo, but also the “father of American Kenpo.” Today, Ed Parker Jr. carries on his father’s legacy as a member of the Master Council that presides over American Institute of Kenpo, along with other kenpo greats such as ninth-degree black belt Sigung Stephen LaBounty. The team of experts offers a guiding presence at the institute—Ed drops in for yearly camps and senior black-belt testing—and ensures the internationally certified instructors teach kenpo karate with the utmost attention to the principles of the sport.
Though kenpo is derived from ancient techniques, it encompasses contemporary self-defense and fitness methods. In the first lesson, students power through all the basics—the five ranges of combat and how to move swiftly—and form a sturdy foundation for increased strength, coordination, and flexibility. The center offers a wide range of programs for all ages and ability levels so that new pupils can master kenpo quickly and ascend through the belt-oriented ranks toward black.
Craycroft Cycles opened in 2010 and has since assembled a team of riders that is as well versed in tricks as it is in repairs, tune-ups, and parts. From the front of the family-owned shop to the back, and from floor to ceiling, bikes and accessories bearing the names of top brands line the walls in a metallic oasis of potential adventures. Within that oasis, the team springs to action, melding their know-how to specialize in riding disciplines including BMX, mountain, road, and inner volcano. That spectrum of expertise comes in handy, especially when customers pop in with differing interests, such as freestyle riding versus recreational riding, or when a specific part is necessary and needs to be hunted down—a challenge Craycroft readily accepts.
Founded by an Ironman athlete and staffed by a stable of knowledgeable sportspeople, TriSports outfits triathletes with cycling, swimming, and running gear. Outfit feet with a pair of hot-pink women’s Saucony ProGrid Kinvara kicks ($89.95) or treat tender toe-holders to a pair of men’s Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 running shoes ($99.95)–winners of Runner’s World Best Update category in 2010. Legs jealous of their pampered nether-neighbors can dry their resentful tears on the soft chamois cloth of men’s Louis Garneau Comp tri shorts, ideal for cyclists and frequent sitters ($59.95). Meanwhile, aquatic athletes can improve underwater sight with TYR Velocity goggles ($14.95) and reduce coif-induced drag with a De Soto Neopreme swim cap, which provides 3 millimeters of insulation from chilly waters and the cold-hearted taunting of sea otters ($25.95). Each purchase allows customers to support 80 TriSports-sponsored athletes around the world without chasing them down after a workout and dousing them with a tub of gatorade. Additionally, the altruistic outfitter contributes to a host of charities, including the Challenged Athletes Foundation. TriSports has donated more than $650,000 during the past three years.
The nonprofit University Dance Project channels the motion-oriented minds of The University of Arizona School of Dance by employing the school's students to instruct a new generation of dancers. This Groupon covers two classes each week for a month, encouraging seasoned softshoers or beginning balleteers ages 5–18 to build the swanlike skills of confidence, strength, balance, and victory. Different levels exist for most styles; check the schedule to determine the level of each class. Students unleash energy in hip-hop, learn stylized choreography in jazz, and gain the flexibility of a yogic rubber band in tumbling. University Dance Project urges all dancers to take at least one ballet or technique class to lay a strong foundation upon which to build future footwork knowledge.