The owner of W.I.S.E. Women, LLC takes the subject of domestic abuse very seriously. That’s why she’s made it her mission to arm other women against potential attacks through female-only self-defense classes. W.I.S.E. stands for the four steps taught at each class: watch your surroundings, initiate verbal contact with attacker, scan your attacker for weapons and weak points, and execute your defense and escape.
Isudu students are like water—agile, responsive, and able to adapt to any situation they encounter. The passionate trainers at Isudu preach preparation, focus, and mental discipline as they help everyday people and athletes alike reach their fitness and performance goals. Trainers also help participants shave off pounds and tone their body through cross-training, boot camp, and personal-training sessions.
Aqua-Tots Swim School trains and encourages swimmers in the art of buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast national certification, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.
Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from Tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to Stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a climate-controlled indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.
The students at West Cobb Martial Arts know that a fight isn't won with a series of memorized punches and kicks. That's because they learn how to apply each goju-ryu karate technique to a real-life situation. While their instructor imparts wisdom gained from more than a decade of experience, they build strength and coordination. Trim waistlines lead to bolstered confidence, and longer attention spans make it possible to read all the way to the end of recipes, avoiding any future birthday-cake tragedies.
Smith's Martial Arts Academy founder Lorenzo Smith and his staff of tae kwon do instructors follow the simple slogan, “Teach more than kicking and punching.” During classes, students as young as five years old don crisp white uniforms and pounce across red-and-blue mats, learning a combination of combat and self-defense techniques. Each class encompasses the five tenets of tae kwon do: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.