Amid the mythical landscapes and thrilling martial-arts battles in the film Mortal Kombat, you might see Richard Branden performing swift punches and mighty kicks as an outland warrior. Richard’s role in Mortal Kombat is just one of his many motion-picture credits, which include a stunt-double role in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Yin-Yang Man in WMAC Masters. The internationally renowned warrior has been practicing in martial arts since 1976, earning more than 35 international titles and six gold medals in chinese kung fu. A firm believer in the practice’s ability to enhance discipline and focus, as well as strength and agility, Branden opened Studio Kicks Palo Alto to help students of all ages reap martial arts’ many benefits.
Bright red and blue mats sweep across the floor of the expansive studio, where Branden's staff conduct a variety of combat-centric classes. The trainers lead energetic circuit-training routines and kickboxing combinations in adult fitness classes, helping students improve form and technique as they work toward sliming their physiques and toning their muscles. Youngsters and adults alike can enroll in the martial-arts program, where instructors guide students through movements, techniques, and training exercises that aim to boost power, flexibility, and strength. In addition to improving physical fitness, the program’s curriculum seeks to bolster self-confidence, much like an Armani blazer with the padded shoulders and biceps already sown in.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Instructors have training experience in both elite U.S. Army Special Operations and over 20 years of Taekwondo. Taekwondo is deeply rooted in instructing through discipline and structure. Ranger Taekwondo has found the most effective and efficient method of teaching taekwondo to the new generation!
What equipment is provided? Is there anything visitors need to bring?
Ranger Taekwondo provides all the equipment required for training. Students will train with kicking paddles and kicking shields. Students should bring a towel and water. Uniforms are suggested, but not required during the offer. . You can purchase beginner uniforms from Ranger TKD for $25.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Ben and Dennis have been teaching Taekwondo for over 20 years. It has been their dream to start their own school and enrich students with the benefit of learning taekwondo. They have found a way to teach in a way that is engaging, fun, and effective to kids in this generation.
What do you love most about your job?
Teaching Taekwondo is an opportunity for the instructor just as much as the student. Watching a child grow up and helping mold them to become the best version of themselves bring true joy. To be able to have a positive impact in a child's life is one of the most rewarding feelings one can have.
Bay Area Bike Share is a quick, convenient, and affordable way to travel around the Bay Area. With a current stock of 700 bikes at 70 stations, it allows you to easily get from point A to point B. And those are just Bay Area Bike Share's current statistics. The best part? The system will soon be expanding tenfold, growing into one of the largest and densest bike share systems in North America. Under the expansion bike share will increase dramatically in San Francisco and San Jose, rolling out for the first time in the East Bay, including Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville.
Bay Area Bike Share is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Purchasing a 24-hour pass or an Annual Membership lets you unlock any bike at any Bay Area Bike Share station. You can use bike share to connect from Caltrain to work, ride down the Embarcadero, or go on an adventure with friends. If your trip lasts less than 30 minutes you won't pay anything extra, and for longer jaunts you can pay an overtime fee or just re-dock your bike at any station and take out another one. And because stations have twice as many docking spots as bikes, you should never have trouble finding a space.
First conceived nearly 50 years ago, the dream of the Oshman Family JCC officially came to fruition in 2009 as a sprawling, 8.5-acre campus that welcomes people of all backgrounds. The Richard & Rhoda Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex hosts more than 150 group fitness classes per week, complementing these sessions with basketball and volleyball games. A heated outdoor pool supplies six lanes for swimming laps and connects with a sun deck that's ideal for relaxing with a good book or identifying barbell-shaped cloud formations. But the center focuses on enriching people's lives through other means as well. It supports families via kid-friendly camps, activities, and early-childhood education programs. It also hosts cultural events in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, spotlighting the works of renowned artists, musicians, and authors.
Surrounded by craggy peaks, three men in bright red helmets stand in the midst of wilderness, surveying the mountains around them as their group of hikers break for a snack on the rocky ground. This interface with the majesty of nature is all in a day's work for this trio of adventurers: Paul Mangasarian and Jakob and Daniel Laggner. Still, their passion for open-air exploration grows with each expedition they lead. Paul, Jakob, and Daniel cofounded Treks and Tracks with the dream of orchestrating excursions into nature that combine ancient means of travel—such as sailing, horseback riding, and hitchhiking on a centaur—with modern sports ranging from surfing to rock climbing. Though they focus on introducing novice outdoorsfolk to unspoiled wilderness around the world, Treks and Tracks' cofounders also strive to leave the awe-inspiring surroundings they visit as pristine as they found them by rigorously upholding practices of environmental stewardship on each expedition.
Mike's Bikes isn't an outdoor shop. It doesn't sell snowboards, kayaks, or sleeping bags. It sells bikes, because its staff knows bikes. In fact, every new hire spends three full days working one-on-one with Mike's Bikes' owners. So when customers walk in, they can expect to ride out on a cycle—whether a mountain, road, leisure, or BMX bike—that's been custom-fitted to their body and tuned to perfection by Wheelsmith-Certified mechanics. And that's how it's been for more than half a century.
Of course, some things have changed since Mike's Bikes' first outpost opened in 1964. Technology, for instance, has improved a bit. Nowadays Certified Master Body Geometry Fit Specialists are always on hand to use a Video Capture system and a new invention called geometry to ensure that your handlebars are the proper width, your seat is at the best height, your position is optimized to your riding goals, and your pedal rotation is as smooth as possible. The result: Mike's Bikes creates people who love to ride.