Just listing Sensei Steven Jackson's accolades might render a rival martial artist powerless. He's a third-degree Tae Kwon Do black belt, a third-stripe Brazilian jujitsu blue belt, a kickboxer, a tournament competitor, and a student of karate master Bill Simpson. At Lone Star Black Belt Academy, he and his seasoned instructors lead martial-arts classes for toddlers, kids, and adults, stressing self-confidence and self-defense. Martial arts practiced at the academy include Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts fighting.
At Intensity Personal Fitness, National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified trainer Vincent Swiderski and his team of qualified fitness professionals offer clients of all ages one-on-one guidance in effective workout techniques. The spotless, spartan space eschews the weight machines and arm-wrestling robots of traditional gyms in favor of exercises that use natural movements and simple tools. The results is a set of high-intensity routines that build functional strength and organic mobility. Personal trainers push students past their fitness goals with positive motivation and technical know-how.
In 1972, Raymond Dauphinais was an army air traffic controller in Germany who had never given much thought to photography. That all changed when he caught a glimpse of the castle in the small town where he was stationed. Seized with inspiration, he grabbed a camera and spent the day capturing the ancient fort. When he came back home, his newfound passion for photography ignited a four-decade career as a professional photographer. Specializing in head shots, family portraits, and corporate event coverage, Raymond's studio also offers classes that help amateurs improve their skills to enhance family albums and ensure they can capture photographic evidence of neighbors stealing blades of grass.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.
Jana Edele, the founder and artistic director of the Velvet Kittens of Le Cabaret Burlesque, created a new way to get in shape with Burlesque Body Sculpt. During one-hour classes, instructors lead students through flirty burlesque routines that incorporate hip rolls and shoulder shimmies. In addition to boosting confidence, the sessions work all major muscle groups for increased strength, stamina, and flexibility.