A five-time American Taekwondo Association World Champion, senior master Von Schmeling, began Victory Martial Arts to teach pupils confidence and leadership skills while imparting martial-arts techniques. Classes capped at 30 students, with at most 10 students per instructor, cover disciplines such as general martial arts, krav maga, and self-defense for thwarting assailants and heavily armed spiders. Budding martial artists hone their craft alongside loved ones in family sessions or practice maneuvers in age-specific sequences for kids, teens, or adults.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure—the doctor who gave trainer Emeka Umeh this diagnosis unknowingly lit a fire beneath a patient already tired of his XXL-sized wardrobe. Emeka worked to overcome the unhealthy habits that had fallen into, completing hardcore workouts that eventually slimmed him down to a mere 10.3% body fat. With compassion for those in similar plights, Emeka now guides patrons of all fitness levels through intensive workouts designed to boost their metabolism and tone their musculature at Fit Body Boot Camp. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, drawing together innovative suspension training and battling ropes with primal strength-training techniques that hark back to when early humans first drove their Camaros out of the primordial soup. Over the course of camp, many patrons see slimmer physiques and beefed-up brawn emerge. In addition to leading boot campers, Emeka also offers personal-training services, conducts body assessments to chart his clients' progress, and outlines nutritional plans, pushing his patrons to live healthier lifestyles.
Divided by age, five groups of classes run young midfielders around SoccerZone's indoor field during sessions scheduled throughout the week. Recent graduates from walking academy can achieve a PhD in ambulation with Mommy and Me (Daddy Too!) programs for 3-year-old dribblers. On the other end of the soccer spectrum, Super Shooters range from age 9–12 and focus on league play, fostering the kind of camaraderie best expressed through matching tie-dyed knee socks. Classes for the younger set focus on the basics of ball handling, such as dribbling, shooting, and passing, and all levels aim to both improve current kickers and recruit new players. Scorers who want to continue taking classes at SoccerZone can do so after paying a $12 annual enrollment fee in addition to course fees.
The experienced instructors at Our Dance Studio unite aspiring jitterbugs with fitness-enhancing ballroom dance lessons. During personalized, 40-minute private classes, clients can fine tune their footwork or brush up on basics such as how to lead, follow, or turn. The studio covers styles such as foxtrot, tango, and salsa, all of which exercise the body and lift spirits. Group lessons efficiently teach larger swaths of acolytes on a smaller, more manageable scale than horseback-riding lessons broadcast on a jumbotron.
A 63-hole golf complex carved through rolling, water-kissed terrain, Hawk Hollow features several sprawling venues for golfers of all stripes to hunt for birdies. The club's signature course, Eagle Eye, showcases 7,323 yards of fairways and greens sculpted with consultation from course architecture guru Pete Dye. Water comes into play on 14 holes, including the par-three 17th, which features an island green that—like peace between two feuding couples—can only be reached by bridge.
With 27 championship-length holes, the Hawk Hollow course itself lets players select which sets of nines to combine for a full 18-hole round, and two more executive courses—the par-36 Woodside and the links-style Falcon—round out the club's diverse range of courses. The emerald grounds also encompass the Little Hawk Putting Course, a circuit of bent-grass greens carved through sand traps and mounds shrouded in thick rough.
Club slinger Kendall Kinsey knows his way to the green. A member of the PGA of America since 1989, he has competed in a number of tournaments and earned a win at the Michigan PGA section of the Schuss Mountain Classic. Only his talent as an instructor trumps his skill with the club. During lessons, he draws upon years of playing experience to help others develop their game and distinguish an 8-iron from an 8-pound club sandwich.
At Shinn’s Tae Kwon Do, Master D.S. Shinn—who is a 7th-degree black belt and has been teaching for 19 years—and his assistant instructors lead adults and children in martial-arts classes. The instructors offer a combination of tae kwon do and hap ki do, teaching self-defense techniques that also bolster physical fitness. The experienced and credentialed instructors also offer family classes where parents and their children can practice together.