Having honed his kitesurfing skills off the beaches of Hawaii and Southern California, both places known for gusty winds and big waves, Daniel Andersson knows all of the ins and outs of the sport. He draws on nearly a decade of teaching experience as the head instructor of Zen Athletics, which also specializes in functional fitness and Jeet Kune Do—Bruce Lee’s combat system. Before he even got into kitesurfing, Daniel mastered several martial arts, studying Muay Thai and Thai-boxing at a very early age in Thailand. He brings all of this athletic expertise to bear in his lessons, which are kept private or semi-private with four people or less to ensure each student gets individual attention.
The founder of Shaolin Kempo Karate and Villari Martial Arts, Grandmaster Frederick Villari is a 12th-degree blackbelt?the highest rank one can achieve. His style blends Japanese and Chinese martial arts with Western boxing, resulting in a fighting system that helps students employ practical self-defense tactics. The system is also rooted in peace and harmony, leading students to also develop life skills such as discipline, respect, and confidence. Grandmaster Villari has been teaching for more than 40 years, and his style has spread to more than 500 schools that currently teach the method.
Harnessing yourself to a rope and rappelling into a canyon is challenging enough--but what if on the way down, you run into a waterfall? Since 1999, ATS AdventureWorks has prepared students for exactly this type of outdoor challenge, with courses in canyoneering, mountaineering, and rock climbing. Adventurers can also try their hand at these vertical sports on the company's indoor ropes courses, or on guided trips to rock formations and climbable celebrity homes throughout Southern California. The company's veteran team oversees every outing and class, keeping novices safe and sharing tips on gear and safety. And even when they're not working with students, they're navigating rough terrain and setting up specialty TV rigging for shows such The Amazing Race, The Bachelor, and The Biggest Loser.
A seventh-degree black belt in hapkido. An eighth-degree black belt in taekwondo. A 10th-degree black belt in karate. A masters certification in the martial arts from Seoul National University in South Korea. This laundry list of accomplishments belongs to Grand Master Myung II Kim, a South Korea native who started practicing martial arts at the ripe young age of five. At MIK Martial Arts, he and fellow instructors bring their varied areas of MMA expertise to martial arts classes for children and adults. Classes span a wide variety of martial arts; student might find themselves sparring with opponents in karate, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, and even bowstaff combat.
True to its name, Empire Bikes is all about expanding the civilization of cycling. Its inventory spans everything from beach cruisers to race-ready road bikes, and its handy staff helps keep existing bicycles in tiptop shape. They also foster a sense of cycling community with weekly rides and bike-centric events that benefit charities and other causes.
In 1969, at the age of 34, J. Hyon set aside his career as a master of martial arts to try out golf and he hasn't put the club down since. Though he got a bit of a late start, Hyon has managed to qualify for 27 Champions Tours, including three U.S. Senior Opens. As he got older, Hyon realized that conventional swing techniques were no longer working for him. So he simplified the process, and built a new method around what he calls impact position–or, the deciding factor in whether a ball stays on the straight and narrow or heads down a road paved with drugs and booze. Today, instructor Hyon teaches his method to students at Golf Easy Way, where he offers lessons in both full swing and putting.