At Davis School of Martial Arts, Master Charles Platt and Master Jeri Carson and a team of certified instructors share decades upon decades of wisdom while teaching students four traditional forms of martial arts. One of these forms is traditional karate, wherein circular blocks are used to deflect and control attacks. Another, okinawan kobudo, uses weapons. Aikido, based on a philosophy of harmony and nonviolence, promotes flexibility and inner strength over raw physical force. And where aikido favors defense, aiki-jutsu's similar techniques tend toward offense. No matter the art, though, the staff layer their lessons atop the school’s unchanging pillars of manners, peace, drive, courage, and self-improvement.
A part of the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, Reid Park Golf Course serves as a public testing ground for golfers of all ages and abilities. The course comprises 36 holes in total—18 for the North Course, 18 for the South—all surrounded by thick cuts of rough and trees mature enough not to swat at the ball as it passes by. Golfers hoping to trim the double bogeys, triple bogeys, and frowny faces from their scorecard can consult with PGA pro Tim Grieser for game-improvement lessons.
The hale and hearty team of instructors at Eco Expedition Educators boast an array of titles and certifications, including wilderness EMT, combat veteran, firefighter, master scuba diver trainer, sail boat captain, and U.S. Coast Guard medic—and there are only four of them on staff.
When participants take classes at Eco Expedition Educators, they gain an in-depth understanding of how to get themselves out of Mother Nature's toughest scrapes. Each guided expedition introduces novices to sticky situations they might encounter when outdoors, then equips them with the knowledge needed to escape unscathed or at least survive long enough to whittle a cellphone out of tree bark.
Students as young as 4 embark on a journey at TNT Midwest Martial Arts Inc. that fosters self-discipline, respect, and an innate sense to karate chop their way through every door. Classes teach high kicks, swift punches, and other self-defense skills.
At Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness, a facility staffed by decorated martial artists and coaches, experienced instructors guide students through self-defense classes. Those that lead the studio’s namesake Krav Maga courses show students how to work with their body’s natural instincts to take down a predator or quell the body’s urge to start the wave with every conversational mention of sports.
Further self-defense skills emerge during muay thai combat and weapons disarming seminars. In the gym’s fitness corner, cardio kickboxing slings five rounds of fast-paced punches and kicks, while yoga helps fighters wind down and leaves them more relaxed than a sloth traveling through taffy. The facility also offers CrossFit classes, where students perform a variety of functional movements in short bursts of maximum intensity to burn fat and rapidly build muscle.
Rye grass fairways give way to slick, bent-grass greens to form a par-71 layout at National Road Golf Course that has challenged the birdie-hunting mettle of golfers since 1995. Designed by Ed Tonti, the course plays to 5,312 yards from the tips, ample distance to have golfers reaching for their driver or strapping their golf ball to rockets on certain holes. Before rounds, players can warm up their swings at the driving range and a putting green, both near a snack bar that dishes out food and refreshments to fuel long days on the course.