With more time on our hands since COVID-19, everyone is looking for something to do. Battle Axe Coronado, which opened last month before the stay at home order and social distancing, continues to offer this fun activity you can enjoy outdoors. Battle Axe is one of the new activities many are enjoying all over the country where many facilities have opened. Battle Axe throwing facility is something you can enjoy with friends and family or people who you are already in close contact, such as co-workers.
After opening in the middle of February, owner Brian Tucker has made some changes to maintain social distancing. He explained that basically he’s gearing the activity to a family who lives in the same household or to a group who works together in an office who do not need to worrying about social distancing. All axes are hand sanitized with lemon scented Lysol and are safe. Right now Battle Axe is offering the entire facility for private groups of 5 to 9 people for $30 per person. This offer has been called the Zombie Apocalypse Special with the tagline, “Don’t let the zombies catch you and your kids cooped up in the house playing video games.”
Before the stay at home order, Battle Axe Coronado could have five people per lane or 25 people at a time throwing axes; now it’s only available to small groups.
Tucker is also the founder of Proteus Academy, a 501(c)(3) gym facility located in the same space as Battle Axe. Proteus is dedicated to people who want to become Navy SEALs, Navy personnel, and their spouses. “We help people who want to train and prepare them mentally and physically for the rigors of BUDs. The money that Battle Axe makes goes into the 501(c)(3) and raises funds… It’s also a place where Navy moms can work out and bring their kids; we have childcare,” explained Tucker.
Battle Axe Coronado has five lanes divided by a 20-ft high chain link fence, a wooden target 12 feet away and a variety of axes to chose from. “Basically a family of 4 or 6 already together [during] quarantine at their house can walk over and have access,” said Tucker.
An “Axe Axepert” is present to show the group how to throw the axes, explain techniques, safety measures and games they can play. One hundred percent of the process from Battle Axe is donated. “This is away to receive more revenue for the non-profit. All the money goes to helping military families and future SEALs,” said Tucker.
Tucker is also the owner of Skydive San Diego and Tactical Air Ops with Jeff Bramstedt, a former Navy SEAL. Tactical Air Ops is a military contractor which has worked with the Navy for the past 15 years to train all their special ops forces in static line and military free fall.
Tucker worked on Wall Street as a Charles Schwab executive for a number of years, later moving to Coronado in 2006. He then worked at the Punta Brava Golf Club in Ensenada designed by Tiger Woods, located at the tip of Punta Bands peninsula which extends 7 miles into the Pacific Ocean. Tucker owns a real estate company and invests in high end homes and multi-family dwellings in Coronado, Imperial Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar.
“It’s empowering. One of the things that people like the most, if they have never thrown an axe before and it sticks in the bulls’ eye, it’s exhilarating from 12 feet away,” he explained.
Each game has three rounds and players get five throws each. The winner is the Battle Axe champion. “It’s a fun thing to do outdoor and a group can have the place to themselves,” said Tucker. This activity is perfect for birthday parties, team building, bachelor and bachelorette parties - once our lives go back to normal.
Axe throwing is a new trend believed to have stared in Canada in 2011. Axes, of course, have been around since the fifth century. They were not used for fun, but as weapons that were thrown at enemies. These days Axe throwing championships are held and The World Axe Throwing League is the global governing body of axe throwing. Axe throwing is also part of lumberjack competitions.
“Everybody assumes everything is closed except take out food. People have been coming slow and steady when they realize it’s safe,” said Tucker.
Battle Axe Coronado is located at 841 1/2 Orange Avenue in the alley. To book for your family or group log on here.