What's proper etiquette for the queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine-dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre d'. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Lalibert? and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.
At each of Oxygen Yoga & Fitness? locations, trained fitness instructors guide students through a seven-day schedule packed with yoga, boot camp, meditation, and TRX suspension training classes. The modern studios come equipped with infrared heated yoga rooms where students strengthen muscles during yoga poses as the specialized light aims to improve their skin tone and erase their cellulite. During TRX suspension training sessions, exercisers are suspended in the air by belts attached to the ceiling and use their own body weight to fight gravity. The classes are designed for all fitness levels and aim to build long, lean muscles and give guests a place to practice their levitation skills. The studio also schedules kids' yoga sessions designed to increase children?s confidence and provide full-body workouts.
Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Marcus Vinicius de Macedo Soares became a part of Carlson Gracie, Sr.'s world-famous jiu-jitsu team in 1970, where he was a part of the first class of Carlson Gracie's students unleashed upon the world. He continued to compete and train for years, eventually earning his 8th degree black belt, a journey which also saw him relocate from Rio de Janeiro to Vancouver. Here in Canada, he eventually founded Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/MMA to pass on the techniques he had learned from his master to new generations of fighters.
Today, the team continues to produce champion athletes at the school and abroad. They have a team of six coaches helping to handle the full week's worth of classes taught at the facility. Over the years, they have expanded the education available to students beyond jiu-jitsu, offering muay thai, boxing, wrestling, and other arts that can help enhance one's MMA skills or add to the list of reasons why it's dangerous to high-five you.
At Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness, standing in the studio without doing a jot of yoga would still have beneficial health effects. That's because the room holds an infrared heating system, whose balmy temperatures catalyze fat-burning, strengthen immune systems, and prompt physiques to sweat out toxins. These beneficial effects are amplified by instructors' yogic poses, which also boost flexibility and endurance. Classes cover plenty of variations and modifications, allowing students to customize their regimens, and avoid workout boredom without replacing their mats with rectangular stingrays.
A Family Owned & Operated Business Leona Wiens and sons George and Steve founded Crystal Vision 15 years ago. At the time, their focus was on providing Maple Ridge with one of the best possible vision solutions, and they quickly became a top optical retailer and service centre, known and respected by the community