Lead by Dr. Daniel Bannard, a national lecturer and holistic expert with 25 years of experience to his name, the team at The Bannard Center uses a range of treatments to promote full-body wellness. The staff specializes in holistic chiropractic work, augmenting healing with sauna sessions and acupuncture treatments. During massage work, a certified specialist rubs clients' muscles to release pent-up stress and loosen the gnarled knots of shoulder anxiety and misplanted back saplings. All visits take place in a professional office space, recently renovated with hardwood floors and warm colors.
Inside-Out Sports keeps leg jockeys motoring with a 2,900-square-foot show room of shoes from trusted running brands such as Asics, Karhu, Saucony, Mizuno, Brooks, K-Swiss, and Newton. A knowledgeable staff composed entirely of runners, triathletes, and future uncles assists customers with treadmill stride analysis and gait-analysis tools. Shoes selected for customized fit and comfort will take pressure off toes, maintain healthy heels, and provide insecure insteps with positive support in their times of terrain-based trouble. Armed with a pair of perfectly fitting shoes, foot-mobiles can take their minds off potential damage to knees, ankles, or their reputation as the prettiest phalanges since the retirement of famous hand model and polymath Rollie Fingers. High-quality running shoes from Asics (starting at $99.99 for men) and K-Swiss (starting at $84.99 for women) insulate foot rockets from scorching the ground and ensure a smooth ride during any run.
Grandmaster Kang Seok Lee grew up in a small village in South Korea. He began his tae kwon do training at age 7, and shortly thereafter, got started with hapkido?a discipline designed to subdue adversaries by applying firm, focused pressure to specific joints. Kang was immediately drawn to the discipline, and eventually went on to win a world championship in hapkido in the 1970s, the same decade he and his family immigrated to the United States. The Tae Kwon Do Times featured him on their cover in 1996 and named him to their Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame in 2006.
In 1986, Kang opened his first school, and in the years since has managed to build a team of instructors chosen not only for their skills, but also for their good character and caring attitudes. Together, Kang and his team continue the traditions formed over the course of tae kwon do?s 2,000-year history, inviting students to participate regardless of their age, size, or sympathetic feelings toward wooden blocks. The grandmaster and his associates lead a variety of programs that emphasize self-defense skills and personal development, including introductory and belt-level-specific classes.
Kenrick Smith and his team of golf instructors are driven by one central goal in their eight-week lesson package: turn beginners into lifetime golfers. Kenrick?s academy, The Triangle Golf School, provides a curriculum that focuses on building a fundamentally sound swing and a teaching environment that is fun, constructive, and does not force students to forage for their own bounty of wild golf balls. Though primarily geared toward junior golfers, the school offers lessons and clinics to clubbers of all ages and abilities. The Triangle School?s indoor facility fosters year-round practice, allowing players to hone their swings without fearing rain or dust storms created by rebellious sand traps.
Although the art of taekwondo may have origins thousands of years into Korea's past, Master Michael Wegmann and his wife Julia inject a modern approach at Vision Martial Arts. Together, they teach effective techniques to kids, women, and men, imparting equally valuable lessons in self-defense, exercise, and mental discipline. They run their six academies with help from a team of trained instructors, who all focus on developing mentor-like relationships with their students through personal attention and powerful speeches delivered atop school desks. At select locations, they also teach a form of kickboxing similar to krav maga.
Fiddles, pipes, drums, and pianos fill the air with a contagious rhythm. A group of people starts tapping its toes as one, and everyone begins to dance in celebration of Scottish culture. It's a special moment, and one that happens frequently at Annandale Center Scottish Dance and More. The center hosts social events, casual dance classes, and competitive dancers with enough enthusiasm to power all of Edinburgh. Amy Mooney and Pat Johnston teach the dance curriculum, each boasting more than 20 years of experience and dancing certifications.