Blood & Iron Martial Arts' principal instructor Lee S. Smith and senior instructor Nicole Smith both love a good fight, whether with fist, knife, or sword. Mixing manuals penned by the masters of antiquity with a little modern combat science, the duo resurrects European styles of weapon fighting ranging from the Italian rapier and dagger to the German longsword to Single stick and German messer. They pack their weekly schedule full of two-hour classes, spending the first 90 minutes imparting the basics of balance, footwork, and body alignment needed to add a 3-foot metal extension to one's arm. They leave the last 30 minutes open for sparring sessions for authorized students, since application is the best way to master a skill and the world’s last dragon retired to Florida in 1986.
Even if you've never seen someone do the charleston or the lindy hop, you'll be a dancer by the end of the first visit to Royal City Swing. Through group lessons and social dances, their instructors teach a comprehensive swing curriculum, drawing from West Coast swing, balboa, and other forms of swing dance. They focus on the very basics for novices, then add in more and more moves for intermediate and advanced dancers. Everyone learns from one another during drop-in lessons and Friday-night social dances for all skill levels.
The instructors at Combat Submission Wrestling follow the teaching of Erik Paulson, a forerunner of the MMA scene. They lead students of all fitness levels through level 1–10 mixed-martial-arts classes with a focus on improving technique and building strength. Instructors also put an emphasis on teaching about proper gym hygiene and equipment usage in order to keep its charges healthy and safe.
The 18-hole, par 3 course at Sunshine Woods Golf Centre pulls off a difficult trick—it's accessible to beginners while still giving veterans periodic fits. The course is notable for its elevated approach shots and a smattering of small but pesky lakes. These and other elements force players to call upon every club in their bags, using the 9-iron for shots that require high loft and the spiked mace for intimidation. After conquering all 18 holes, head to the facility's expansive driving range, where CPGA golf professionals offer helpful pointers on swing and strategy.
Two types of horses make their home in the barns and spacious paddocks of Cambridge Stables. First, there are the boarding horses, who stay in luxury while their owners are away. Then there are the gentle, well-behaved "schoolhorses." Students of all skill levels ride the latter during lessons, which cover fundamentals ranging from trotting and galloping to jumping and taking flight.