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, however, Keith followed in his father’s footsteps and turned to full-time coaching. 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.
Since 2009, Studio Dance Academy’s team of highly trained instructors has been leading students age 3 and up in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, lyrical, theatrical, hip-hop, and Irish dance classes. Now operating from a newly renovated space, the academy is committed to teaching proper technique to dancers of all abilities in a supportive and nurturing environment. In addition to keeping the local tutu industry afloat, seasonal dance recitals give students a chance to show off what they’ve learned in front of an audience.
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.
Fountain-frothed ponds and rolling hills of bermuda grass encircle Traditions of Braselton’s tree-line grounds designed by famed link-itect Mike Dasher. Five tee placements offer alternate takes on the expansive course, all of which are a par 72 for average golfers, and a par 0 for those taking an existential approach. The multiple tee offs allow players to tailor a game according to their skill level, while the included golf cart ensures an invigorating round of walk-spoilage in every sense of the word. Check out a hole-by-hole walk-through of the fair-looking fairways here.