Things to do in San Jose This Weekend

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    Photography (Online)

    Point, click, shoot...perfection! During this in-depth workshop that's perfect for absolute beginners or pros who just need a brush-up on the basics, you'll receive powerful advice and effective tricks from respected, professional photographer Stephen W. Oachs. You'll cover the basics of camera operation, as well as an overview of photographic methods fit for various subjects and situations. Included in this class will be advice about aperture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, and more! And -- just to add to the photo fun -- there will be a chance to win free prizes! In other words, this class really gets the perfect shot!
    Photography (Online)

    2290 N 1st Street, San Jose

    • Gain a grasp on the fundamentals of photography in this professionally-taught class
    • Pick up simple yet powerful techniques, including how to control aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and more
    • Enjoy the chance to win free prizes in a positive, learning-focused environment
    • Get the photographic skills you need to make your lasting memories even nicer
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    T'ai Chi (55 min)

    Self improvement is like an Oreo. Sometimes it's best to start on the inside and work your way out. This holistic T'ai Chi class does just that! Connect with the movements and balance of your body as you develop body awareness during this session. This martial art was created thousands of years ago to look inward and master your body from the inside out. During this class you'll learn the techniques used by the masters in order to become a T'ai Chi master in no time. You will learn discipline and control of both the mind and body, while strengthening muscles, improving agility, and releasing stress. By the end of the class you will have increased your capacity to conquer your fears and any obstacles in your life. So it's a complex and intricate Oreo -- maybe even a Double Stuffed Oreo -- but the results are sweet nonetheless.
    T'ai Chi (55 min)

    748 Coleman Ave, San Jose

    • Learn the basics of the ancient art of T'ai Chi
    • Exercise your mind and body through this disciplined form of self defense
    • Develop the strength to overcome fears and obstacles in your life
    • Build muscle, increase agility, and gain a piece of mind
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    Half Day Wine Tastings

    What can you do in a half day? You can clean the garage. You can mow your lawn and possibly your neighbor's too. You can read nearly all of the Berenstain Bears books. Or you could push all that stuff to the backburner and spend a lovely afternoon tasting some of the region's finest wine. You can expect to meet other wine enthusiasts on this social tour that stops at three wineries. Not only will you make friends and taste good vino, you'll also spot landmarks and notable wineries, and learn about local history. Then you'll have the rest of the day to take care of those other activities.
    Half Day Wine Tastings

    Downtown, Paso Robles

    • Spend a lovely afternoon tasting some of the finest wine in the area
    • Visit three wineries, getting a first hand look at how the wine gets made
    • Learn about the history and culture of the region from your expert guide
    • Meet fellow wine enthusiasts in a social, friendly atmosphere
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    Martial Arts - All Ranks

    Turn off Enter the Dragon. You've seen it ten times already. It's time to try out those moves yourself! In this 45 minute course, you'll learn basic martial arts moves and gain an understanding of how these mind-body exercises can influence your life outside of the gym. Buhisan's mission is to make a positive difference in the community by providing martial arts instruction with committed instructors who are educated, supportive and understanding. They aim to help you understand your potential and grow into an individual who is confident, capable, compassionate, and committed to continual improvement in all aspects of life. Even Bruce Lee had to start somewhere -- begin your training today!
    Martial Arts - All Ranks

    4692 Meridian Ave, San Jose

    • Learn martial arts from experienced instructors in a 45 minute class
    • Focus on character development, practical self-defense, and functional fitness
    • Improve your health and understand the value of martial arts outside the gym
    • Leave your workout with a boost of energy and confidence
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    Jeet Kune Do

    Being able to defend yourself doesn't only involve an acute understanding of your own abilities, but also the ability to understand your opponent's. During this free trial class, you'll practice close range sensitivity and energy drills from Wing Chun and Jun Fan Kung Fu, which will help you understand your opponent's energy. You'll also execute joint manipulations, traps, sweeps, and strikes to boot! With practice comes development of skill, athleticism, and overall fitness.
    Jeet Kune Do

    1931 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View

    • Learn the fundamentals of Jeet Kune Do, which integrates Wing Chun and Jun Fan Kung Fu
    • Practice close range sensitivity and energy drills to help you understand an opponent's energy
    • Develop skill, athleticism, and overall fitness through consistent body training
    • Execute joint manipulations, traps, sweeps, and strikes like Bruce Lee!
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    Online Krav Maga

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    If you're going to emulate anyone in terms of fighting style, why not an undefeated military? Learn Krav Maga, the martial-arts style developed by the Israeli Army. Krav Maga puts emphasis on real-life situational fighting, so you'll be able to walk down the streets ready to take on all comers. You'll also get in great shape, learn self-discipline and focus, and meet friendly new people. You'll start with basic moves, learning the fundamentals in isolation -- but then you'll be able to apply those moves during live-sparring. Look out world, here you come!
    Online Krav Maga

    3475 Woodward Ave, Santa Clara

    • Learn the basics of Krav Maga, an extremely effective fighting style developed by the Israeli military
    • Acquaint yourself with real-world combat skills so you can live your life fearing no man or woman
    • Receive expert instruction tailored to your personal needs
    • Make new friends in a warm and welcoming environment in this online class
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    Natural Light Portrait Photography

    Time to upgrade your friends' profile pictures with this professionally-taught portrait class! In this 3-hour workshop, you'll learn how to capture professional-level portraits both in a classroom and in a real photoshoot setting. You'll also learn how to get the most out of natural light -- a necessary skill for any photographer (and also for selfies)! You'll pick up quality tips in key elements of portrait photography, including subject poses, how to choose pleasing backgrounds, avoiding shadows, building a relationship with your subject to capture candid moments, and more! Now, just where was all this knowledge when your yearbook picture was taken?
    Natural Light Portrait Photography

    2290 N 1st Street, San Jose

    • Learn how to take professional-level portraits in natural lighting during this all-levels-welcome class
    • Gain knowledge in elements such as subject posing, background choice, and light manipulation
    • Work in both a classroom setting as well as in a photoshoot with live models
    • Become the most popular person at parties as you learn to take professional-quality, flattering portraits
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    Zumba with Sheila by Zoom

    Why hit the gym when there's a party to go? Ditch your typical workout regimen for a dance-fitness party with Latin flair! That's right, we're talking about ZUMBA -- a fitness practice that has taken the world by storm... and for good reason! You'll execute easy-to-follow and crazy effective moves inspired by a variety of dance styles including hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, and beyond! Squats and lunges are also thrown in for good measure. Yes, you'll thoroughly enjoy dancing to catchy music, but you'll enjoy the benefits of this full-body workout even more! You'll develop increased strength, improved endurance, and better coordination. Not to mention the insane amount of calories you'll be burning.
    Zumba with Sheila by Zoom

    58 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

    • Ditch the treadmill and hop on the zumba bandwagon for a fitness party
    • Execute easy-to-follow, effective moves inspired by hip-hop, salsa, merengue, and more
    • Reap the benefits of a full-body workout, such as improved strength, endurance, and coordination
    • Party yourself into shape with a calorie-burning regimen like no other
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    Wrangler Adventure Tour Paso Robles

    Pop the cork on some good times with this awesome wine adventure tour from the Wine Wrangler! This affordable and social tour is The Wine Wrangler's most popular, and it's easy to see why. You'll visit between 4-6 wineries alongside fellow wine-enthusiasts who will be just as excited as you are to get a taste of some of the region's wine. Just say the word to receive a proper wine tasting lesson, and you'll also be able to learn plenty about the area's history and culture. A deli style lunch will be provided, with vegetarian options available upon request. And the clincher? The itinerary of the tour can be completely customized, based on what wineries you'd like to visit. This tour is the grapest thing since sliced bread!
    Wrangler Adventure Tour Paso Robles

    Downtown, Paso Robles

    • Visit 4-6 of the region's best wineries alongside fellow wine enthusiasts
    • Learn about the area's history and culture, as well as the basics of winemaking and tasting
    • Taste delicious samples that will be available for subsequent purchase
    • Receive a complimentary deli-style picnic lunch, with a vegetarian option upon request
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    Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals (Online)

    Get your kicks at this fundamentals Jiu Jitsu class! Heroes Martial Arts aims to please with this offering that is open to all ability levels. With the help of an expert instructor, you'll learn the basics of jiu jitsu, including throwing, countering, chokeholds, and submissions. You'll start simply before putting your moves to the test with live sparring sessions. You'll also quickly realize that getting a full body workout and having a great time are not mutually exclusive! You'll make new friends who have a similar interest: jiu jitsu! Once participating in a pod a student may not change a pod for a period of at least three weeks. No member of a pod should be forced to train with another member of a pod that they do not feel comfortable with for any reason, and it has been expressed by more than a few that testing is what gets them to that comfort level.
    Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals (Online)

    460 S Market St, San Jose

    • Learn Jiu Jitsu fundamentals that are equally effective in the gym and in real-life situations
    • Discover various safety techniques that will help give you peace of mind
    • Gain a big boost in confidence as you set goals and then work hard to reach them
    • Make new friends while working on your skills in a warm and welcoming environment
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