UNITED Tae Kwon Do's group classes aren't really about punching and kicking. Sure, students work to master self-defense techniques, but they also focus on topics such as confidence and respect. The conditioning and reaction drills also help to build lean muscle and serve as an effective form of stress management. In this way, UNITED Tae Kwon Do's sessions benefit all types of students, whether they're kids or adults, beginners or more seasoned martial artists. The trained instructors also teach private lessons that adhere to personal goals, such as preparing a student for an upcoming black belt test.
These programs didn't develop overnight. UNITED Tae Kwon Do has been honing them for more than three decades, long before martial-arts uniforms became a red-carpet fashion trend. The educators have expanded into multiple locations throughout the Houston area and show no signs of stopping.
Part color-powder fight and part animal-themed 5K, the Jungle Fever 5K Colorful Run For Your Life Series brings runners of all ages together for a morning of relaxed and fun racing. Volunteer "animals" surprise runners with splashes of color as they leisurely make their way through an untimed 5K race. Outlandish outfits are encouraged—either wild animal-themed outfits or all-white clothing. The whole affair ends in a colorful splash as runners lob handfuls of colored powder at one another in a color fight.
During the two-hour sessions, participants will learn how to parry common strikes, slip out of grabs and holds, disable attackers, and cause confusion with Jedi mind tricks. Student defenders will also acquire tactics on escaping an over-sized attacker and how to defend against weapons. Class leader and multiple black belt Tim Mousel has been training people in martial arts since 1980, the year he invented martial arts. He leads group courses in the afternoon and evening most every Sunday in and around the Houston area. Check out a schedule of upcoming classes here. This class makes a priceless gift for a wife, friend, or sister akin to the passing of the family-heirloom mace.
We Can’t Stop the Beat is a lively concert featuring music from all over the world. The focus, as the name coyly implies, will be on percussion, rhythmic beat, and dancing. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston will provide vocals, and special guests will clamber on by to help keep the drums pounding. Musical samplings include pieces by George Gershwin and The Glen Miller Band, contemporary pieces from the musical Hairspray, and more. Revel in the thrum and musical undulations in the beautiful expanse of Jones Hall, a grandly lit building with an acoustically supreme interior and a ceiling of 800 moveable hexagons.
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During three fun-filled pop-in visits, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting soda tops.
Wielding an education in exercise science, pro experience, and 13 years of tennis-camp instruction, Ken Olivier and staff impart a strong foundation of tennis skills in kids while promoting passion for the sport. Set against the lush and polished backdrop of the Northgate Country Club, tennis summer camps are held twice a week and staffed by highly experienced instructors who teach budding tennis fiends the ropes in a supportive environment. The Quick Start program for kids 6–10 years old starts kids off by using smaller courts and foam balls, ensuring serves can foul properly or strike true while little John McEnroes practice and play actual games. The program includes a rundown of all equipment, fundamental skills, and ever-important hand-eye coordination to minimize the risk of bright yellow projectiles blazing holes through courtside water coolers.