Headed by tae kwon duo Steve and Kathy Carter, Athens Tae Kwon Do Center has instilled generations of technicolor-dreambelted high-kickers with the tenets of their discipline. An introductory course includes a complimentary uniform, private lesson, and one month of unlimited classes. Check out the schedule online for your age group and specific class times. All ages can move up the belt line, from Little Ninjas ages 4–5 to adult classes for novices and veteran ninjas. The Carters trace their martial heritage back to Grand Master Chung, who founded the American Taekwondo Foundation and helped introduce the sport to the United States.
Trained by his father, professional boxing coach Doc Keppner, Keith Keppner built his skills in the ring until a 2010 injury retired him from the sport. Rather than hang up his gloves permanently, Keith followed in his father?s footsteps and turned to full-time coaching, counting Golden Glove state champions and pro boxers among his clientele. Today, the licensed USA Boxing coach teaches men and women of all skill sets at Keppner Boxing, which houses a 22-foot professional ring, seven heavy bags, and full sets of dumbbells and kettlebells.
He uses this equipment to help improve his pupils' punching and footwork during one-on-one training, while also toning bodies and instilling fundamentals during cardio-boxing and adult boxing classes. For these group workouts, Keith incorporates exercises such as pad work and shadowboxing against the actor who played Peter Pan?s shadow in the original Broadway musical.
At AKF Athens Martial Arts, students not only sharpen their ability to defend themselves, but also gain the mental toughness to grow as individuals and only fight when absolutely necessary. Under the direction of Grandmaster Tommy Lunsford and Master Lloyd Holden, head instructor Ken Blumreich teaches his proteges the techniques and discipline of kyuki-do, which is a mixture of taekwondo, hapkido, and judo. Students as young as 3, aka "little dragons," learn how to be polite and respectful before joining older students in the Kyuki-Do Basic program, which focuses on introductory stances, strikes, and conditioning. Those who graduate from the basic program move onto more difficult techniques in the Kyuki-Do Leadership program.
The award-winning trainers at The HardCore Gym understand that, in the world of martial arts, intelligence and discipline often trump size and strength. For the past 15 years, their 12,000 square foot gym has been one of Georgia's go-to destinations for aspiring grapplers young and old. These professionally trained and background checked black belts tackle all of their students' needs, whether they're training gym members in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing or enhancing fitness with yoga and personal-training sessions. Thanks to its mammoth size, the gym also features ample mat space, as well as strength and conditioning equipment.