To weather his career as a master sergeant and a decorated Special Forces combat veteran, Shihan Randy McElwee needed a solid grasp on combat maneuvers. Nowadays, the retired McElwee teaches the pragmatic self-defense skills that got him through battle at his martial-arts studio, American Black Belt Academy. The school specializes in the official hand-to-hand combat system of the US military: Gracie Brazilian jujitsu. The system’s standing and ground moves harness leverage to take on larger opponents as well as help participants neutralize surprise attacks. For a broader focus, students can opt for an integrated martial-arts fitness workout, which combines jujitsu with muay thai kickboxing and Japanese shotokan karate. Regardless of their specificity, all of the studio’s classes enhance focus, self-confidence, and courage when the laundry room’s light goes out.
Dolphin Dive Center owner and master diver Tim Bridgham has a philosophy a lot of people can relate to: we spend much of our lives standing on our feet, sitting on our butts in chairs, or sleeping?so getting in the water can be a blissful alternative. As a full-service dive center, Dolphin Dive is a place where students and seasoned divers can get all their gear, as well as the knowledge to put it to good use. Beginners can splash into the heated, indoor pool to get the hang of breathing underwater during the try scuba course, while more seasoned divers and mermen in disguise can take the advanced open water class.
At Tango Evolution, passionate, experienced dance-floor denizens whisk students of all ages and shoe sizes through six hip-swiveling sessions of Argentina's sultriest export. Luxuriate in risqué rhythms and fiery footwork via one of three class series: walking and turning, musicality and rhythm, or leading the cross and ochos. Class sizes range from 20 to 40 students, and dance partners switch throughout the lesson, which means tango newbies need not cajole their spouses, roommate, or rhythmically inclined patent lawyer into partaking. Students will also receive 50% off one of Tango Evolution’s milongas, monthly tango dance parties in which footwork fledglings can flutter across the floor, displaying their blossoming tango talents and impressive wingspan in a lively, sociable atmosphere.
Double Oaks Golf Club forces a player to find his groove quickly. The hardest hole on the course?assigned a handicap of 1?is also the very first one, a long par 4 of 428 yards from the championship set of tees. Things relax somewhat after this initial hurdle, but that doesn't mean the player can lose focus or trade his windbreaker in for a smoking jacket. Hazards such as fairway bunkers are scattered throughout the course, derailing rounds even if they started out strong. Meanwhile, a driving range and coterie of PGA-certified teaching professionals are also on hand to help with shoring up weak spots, be they accuracy off the tee or scoring around the green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,823 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 128 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
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.