With backgrounds in professional security, the instructors at Homeland Security Solutions hold certifications to teach multiple weapons and styles of self-defense, from NRA firearms courses to classes in first aid and CPR. They are also certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, which allows Homeland Security Solutions to qualify students to apply to for a state CCW permit. Beyond leading classes for civilians, Homeland Security Solutions' team specializes in training law enforcement and professional-security personnel. Its services also extend to corporate consulting and designing security systems, which led Homeland's team to design the rope-and-hamburger trap that finally captured The Hamburglar.
Virginia Eye Consultants has been home to ophthalmic specialists since its 1963 founding by Dr. John W. Dickerson. Over time, the practice has grown to a staff of seven MDs, each board certified in their medical or surgical area of expertise. Current president Dr. John Sheppard holds extensive knowledge on the topics of corneal transplants and clinical research.
A fight between Mr. Miagi and Steve Knopfer would be a fight worth seeing. That's because the highly decorated Steve would be an equal match for the famed fictional teacher: he was dubbed a Master Instructor of the Year by United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2012. That title is the culmination of a long career that started in 1980, when his training in shorin-ryu karate began. Over time, he added styles such as konujutsu, jujitsu, and shotokan to his toolbox of techniques, earning membership with the Lo Man Kam Wing Chun Federation and the Universal Martial Arts Association along the way.
In addition to winning state, regional, and national championships himself, Steve has trained some talented students; his acolytes took 26 state-championship and 12 national-championship titles in 2011 alone. At Impact Wing Chun and the Karate Connection, this seasoned fighter leads classes on wing chun and Chinese kickboxing, as well as championship programs in karate, jujitsu, and maintaining a constant steely gaze.
At Your Time Fitness, members pump iron and fortify their heart 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a key card that grants access any time. Cardio-training equipment, such as treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals, lets clients sweat without the hassle of hiring a personal interrogator, whereas strength-training equipment, such as free weights, adjustable benches, and squat racks, boosts muscular prowess. To take the mathematical calculations out of muscle toning, the gyms’ full Cybex resistance-machine circuit targets every muscle group without a thought, letting patrons go from one to the next for an easy, no-nonsense workout.
Bodily makeovers go even further with a session from Your Time’s team of certified personal trainers. Fitness pro Jesper Anderson stepped into the spotlight when he trained a contestant in season 3 of The Biggest Loser; the contestant lost 118 pounds and went on to become a runner-up in the competition.
At Tribal Yoga, students of all levels of yoga experience (or even no experience) can meet in a positive community space designed for fun, healthy interactions. The Yoga Alliance-trained teachers lead a diverse selection of classes—from preschool yoga to prenatal—all of which balance breath work, meditation, and asana. They can accommodate whatever intention students have for their yoga practice, whether they just hope to relax, lose weight, and, for kids, just have fun.