Positivity. Simple as it sounds, it's a central pillar of the philosophy behind Jason Yi's Tae Kwon Do College. At each of the school's five locations, the warm, supportive atmosphere starts with the instructors. Sure, they pass along years of martial arts wisdom, but they also strive to help students–younger ones, especially–realize that having fun doesn't necessarily mean sitting in front of a TV, or arguing the legitimacy of the moon landing with an imaginary friend. Through programs for kids, teens, and even entire families, the college's instructors lead students along a path that builds self-confidence and improves self-defense techniques. Instructors build on these same skills in the college's extracurricular offerings, which include after-school programs, birthday parties, and week-long summer camps.
WELCOME TO ELITE FITNESS CONCEPTS
Elite Fitness Concepts is dedicated to providing personalized health, fitness, and post-rehab programs as well as an array of Group Exercise classes in a comfortable, non-competitive environment.
Beloved Yoga's diverse collection of attentive yoga instructors lead 25 different classes to help students of all experience levels hone a safe, meaningful practice. Both the Great Falls and Reston studios host stretch sessions seven days a week, accommodating students with busy schedules with morning and evening practices. Beginner classes acquaint fledgling flexers with the basic postures, focusing on proper alignment and techniques. Patient teachers ensure each newbie reaches proper position by providing pose modifications to help each individual practice at their own pace, like snail-and-bumble-bee gym buddies. Peaceful Candlelight Yin classes quiet boisterous spirit baboons with stationary poses held for 3–5 minutes each, helping stretch often-neglected connective tissues and restoring health to rusty joints. Children's and prenatal yoga classes allow for current and future children to participate, while bona fide mat mavens push minds and bodies to the edge during vigorous Vinyasa sweat sessions, where a sequence of sun salutations, arm balances, and inversions help sculpt lean physiques and solidify appreciation for clingy spandex.
The gym itself might be somewhat spartan, but CrossFit North Vienna is set in an exceptionally inspiring environment: it lies right along the scenic W&OD trail. Exercisers who want to maximize their athletic potential and run or handspring through more of the great outdoors simply step inside for one of CrossFit's intense workouts of the day.
Trainers Chris and Stephanie Hafer bring backgrounds in wrestling, weightlifting, swimming, and diving to their classes. That makes them very well-suited for CrossFit, which is a never-boring, mad-science mixture of elements taken from many different athletic disciplines. The end goal of all those push-ups, squats, and lifts is functional fitness, helping members become stronger and feel better in all their daily activities.
Derek Burns's hard-earned muscles are not only hard to ignore, they also come with a long history. It all started when Derek was 5 years old and first started playing football. He quickly fell in love with sports and started building a skill set that would stay with him his whole life. He later took those athletic abilities overseas during his eight years in the Navy, where physical fitness became an integral part of his everyday. Upon returning to civilian life, he decided to follow through with his passion for fitness and earned his certification as a personal trainer.
For more than 15 years now, Derek has helped people transform their lives through his fitness programs that include personal training and group fitness. He also works with athletes to up their game or avoid being mistaken for the ball with sports performance training.
CrossFit training held to the Highest Standard. We want you to be good at all things, to surpass the goals that elude you, to find the 'I must' to replace the 'I cants' in your life. You will find no mirrors here, no iPods, no 'machines' that limit your learning or your potential.
Karate master Kancho Ninomiya adapted the classic techniques of his favorite fighting style to the needs of modern self-defense, creating the style known as Enshin Karate. The fast-paced style emphasizes constant movement, a blend of kicks and grappling take-downs, and techniques for facing multiple opponents at once. The practical nature of the street-savvy style appealed to a young Nima Mazhari, who discovered a dojo on his way home from school one day.
Mazhari joined the school hoping to learn to fight, but instead discovered the value of a determined work ethic. The lessons he learned in that dojo inspired him to excel in school, pass his college-entrance exams, and pursue his degree. He then decided to share the lessons he had learned with the world. He founded Enshin Karate to not only teach kids and adults his fighting techniques, but to help them discover how to be the best versions of themselves without relying on personality upgrades downloaded online.