What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Using martial arts as a platform we aim to promote growth in students whether it is physical or mental. Songahm Taekwondo promotes self defense to their students and for them to always be aware of their surroundings. Teaching students that confidence is key.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Every single person in the school was where you are currently at. We all started at the beginning and had to work our way up. Have an open mind and come have fun!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To be able to change people's lives. The ability to impact as many people as possible sharing knowledge through martial arts and creating leaders within the community. Loving martial arts is an added bonus.
What do you love most about your job?
We love being able to see the growth of students. Having a student that comes in to the school shy and by the time they reach black belt they are a completely different person. Seeing growth through physical and mental ways is amazing as well: flexibility, strength, focus, discipline, confidence!
Before founding World Sports Fitness, Pierre F. Mouele routinely went toe-to-head in the ring, earning a kickboxing championship title. Finally, he hung up his gloves and retired his cactus-covered shoes so that he could use his boxing training to whip people into shape. Today, he puts his clients and classes through the same demanding conditioning regimen that prepared him to lay out his opponents.
His students cut swathes of muscle pummeling red, black, and blue punching bags in Shotokan karate and self-defense classes. Alternatively, clients heft weights and toss heavy balls during strength-conditioning courses, which help them sculpt a fighter's body without any of the impact exercises associated with traditional boxing training, such as getting constantly punched.
Blue and red padded squares glow underfoot in the vast gym, unused punching bags standing in neat ranks to the side of the space. Above them hang tidied rows of flags, representing the many nations and organizations from which World Sports Fitness draws its curriculum.
On August 17, Kensington Metropark will play host to a horde of salty dogs competing in The Pirate Run. A nautically-themed obstacle course, the event invites competitors to don kerchiefs, corsets, and eye patches and compete under the banner of the Jolly Roger. The race features five kilometers of pirate-worthy challenges such as the Abandon Ship wall-climb, the frisbee-focused Gold Doubloon Toss, and the Defeat Jack Sparrow pirate shooting gallery, where they can take down buccaneers and ne'er-do-wells with tennis balls and Victorian insults. And the obligatory plank-walking obstacle adds a few twists to the classic scenario by requiring the cooperation of teammates, or at least a recently conscripted crew, to overcome it.
At the finish line, organizers hand out best-dressed prizes to pirates and wenches, as well as an award for most creative team name. Awards are doled out at the after party, which features live music, a Talk Like a Pirate Contest, and beverages over which runners can recount the harrowing tales of their race.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and one to the ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
Playing with improperly fitted golf clubs can create havoc for one’s swing and, ultimately, scorecard. A club that’s too long or too short can decelerate swings, and an improper loft angle can cause slices or hooks. Pure Impact Golf Studio’s technology-driven systems eliminate poorly fitted clubs by measuring players’ swings in meticulous detail.
Inside the 12,000-square-foot golf facility, staff members monitor golfers’ natural movements using TrackMan Doppler radars that track ball trajectories in real time. As they record measurements, technicians modify the clubs by switching out shafts and heads, fine-tuning the combinations until the ideal configurations are found. The final specifications give players the information they need to swap ill-fitting gear with manufacturer-tailored clubs or whittle their own sets out of reclaimed driftwood. The center also helps players fine-tune their games with onsite lessons and fitness-training services.
Instructors Brandon and Shawn named their fitness studio Function of Fitness to keep clients—and themselves—reminded of what wellness is all about. "You are a function of your fitness," they explain, and "the better your function, the greater the you." When we're fit, we're able to feel our best and accomplish more, and Brandon and Shawn like helping each client on their personal journey. The class schedule features boot camp, boxing sessions, and TRX workouts, along with lower-impact workouts such as slow flow candlelight yoga. Personal training affords clients one-on-one attention and tailors workouts to fit their individual needs.