As a rising star in the salsa circuit, Casa Salsa's founder Christian Espinola has danced across stages around the country—including the New York Salsa Congress and Miami Heat halftime shows. He quickly became a sought-after dance instructor, and is currently a representative for the CW Network's Spanish Heritage Month celebration. At his dance studio, he leads a team of experienced, energetic dance instructors who are passionate about the salsa, bachata, and cha-cha moves they teach. They lead students of all ages and abilities through each dance's footwork and partnering techniques during private and group lessons, workshops, and monthly outings. They also offer monthly memberships, which grant guests access to unlimited group classes and an online dance-training program, which helps them further sharpen their hip-swinging moves at home or at a WiFi café.
At Renzo Gracie Training Center, which was named after Brazilian jujitsu master Renzo Gracie, mentor of UFC champions Matt Serra and Ricardo Almeida, students of all skill levels sculpt stronger, leaner bodies with high-energy classes. The academy’s training center equips athletes with climbing ropes, wrestling mats, and punching bags for classes in boxing or muay thai. HyperFit classes pump hearts with high-intensity conditioning drills to improve strength, agility, and speed as martial-arts courses teach students defenses against common street attacks and weapons such as guns, knives, and trebuchets. The studio also facilitates cross-training efforts by hosting clinics on topics such as yoga, running, and intergalactic pole vaulting.
It isn’t often that a golfer gets to stare down the same approach over water or lay up in front of the same fairway stream as Tiger Woods, Sergio García, and Jesper Parnevik. But on Bonaventure Country Club’s East Course, one can do just that: the par 72 half of this 36-hole club hosts the Dixie Amateur tournament, in which all three of the PGA pros at one time competed.
From the waterfall crashing alongside the East Course’s third green to its presence on hole No. 5, water is never far from golfers —crowding tee shots, threatening to swallow errant drives, and following them home in to-go cups from the onsite Sunset Grill.
East Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 7,064 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 74.2 from the back tees
Course slope of 132 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Growing up in his native Brazil, Rodrigo Ramos started studying the arts of karate and judo at an age when most kids were still struggling with multiplication tables. A martial arts practitioner since the age of 9, Ramos brought his love of combat with him when his family moved to the United States. He brought his Brazilian heritage, too, eventually becoming a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiujitsu. Now, as the owner and chief instructor at American Top Team, he shares his knowledge with the next generation of martial arts masters. In this spacious facility, he and his staff train students of all ages in disciplines ranging from kids martial arts to MMA and Brazilian jiujitsu. They also oversee more fitness-based training, helping students get in shape through CrossFit and kickboxing.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
The experienced instructors at K-Total Martial Arts all share a common background: they each hail from Korea and attended a university for tae kwon do. They use their experience to help children as young as 3 build confidence and endurance, though teens and adults also can get in on the strength-building action. Additionally, the studio sends champions to compete in tournaments and provides instruction in hapkido––the martial art favored by Steven Seagal.