The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.
Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.
Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.
Founded by sports enthusiast and former adolescent Rick Hart, Jump Start Sports works to enrich pupils' childhoods by developing useful life skills through athletics. Qualified counselors employ their wealth of experience working with children to help campers learn teamwork and fair play as well as the fundamentals of fielding baseballs, scoring soccer goals, or synchronizing pom-pom work. A course structure built around age-appropriate activities, group play, and free electives ensures that students never get bored, and an 8:1 pupil-teacher ratio enables one-on-one assistance to young champions as they practice the graceful art of pitching or the scheming intrigue of free-agent contract negotiation.
Erica Kovacs leads students through Zumba classes that burn up to 1,000 calories. While trading boring repetitions for an energetic dance-party atmosphere, Zumba marries Latin-style dance moves with international music. Erica teaches three varieties, starting with Zumba Basic for beginners and fans of the original flavor. Zumba Toning participants shake maraca-like weights to add resistance to their shimmies. Alternatively, students dance with chairs during Zumba Sentao. This challenging workout blends dancing with squats that make the chair really jealous.
The Equestrian Center at Andrews Osborne Academy’s staff of accomplished equestrians imbue participants of all skill sets with a foundation of riding techniques and overall horsemanship. Before beginning the half-hour lesson, which ingrains riders with English Hunter/Jumper discipline, each pupil selects a mare from a string of trustworthy and trained horses based on its size and ACT scores. Two 100’x200’ indoor arenas, a 300’x300’ outdoor arena, and a plethora of scenic campus trails host sessions depending on each apprentice’s preference. After dismounting from saddles, students can recline in Andrew Osborne Academy’s two-story heated and air-conditioned viewing lounge, which permits glimpses of stallions galloping in the indoor arena or a view short-lived horse Jenga tournaments in the main barn.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We all have different needs when we start a new strength and conditioning program. It doesn?t make sense to throw you right into classes before you have properly learned the movements. Our comprehensive Fundamentals course will prepare you for the regular CrossFit classes.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged? The CrossFit routine becomes more enjoyable and motivational as the individual progresses. Constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement increases work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Our trainers are positive and constantly push the client with inspirational words.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I have opened a CrossFit gym because of my desire to make a difference. I wanted to work with others to help move them forward in profound ways in their lives. I knew that I could offer the service, support, guidance and honesty others needed to make big transitions in their lives.
What do you love most about your job? I love my job because it's so relaxing and it's a very positive environment. It does keep me on my toes, but making people happy makes me happy.
Though most who try something new only get their feet wet, a Discover Scuba class will have you totally immersed in one of Just Add Water's heated training pools. Practicing in the shallow waters of a pool allows students to get comfortable in the equipment without the added pressure of incomprehensible depths and run-ins with nervous spotted ratfish. During training, you'll spend a few minutes discussing the basics of scuba with an instructor before hitting the pool. Once in the water, students will get a lesson in submerged skills before being let loose to explore the underwater depths for abandoned pennies and bloated hamburgers. Students can exercise their moistened mobility with a game of underwater Frisbee or capture a few submerged snapshots for an impressive online profile picture that would make any pompous jellyfish jealous.