Masters Studios trains students to defend themselves using the traditional styles of Shaolin Kempo karate, kung fu, jujitsu, and tai chi. After an introductory lesson, instructors pace students according to their skills in programs designed to heighten mental focus, improve strength and technique, develop responsive strategies, and build a healthy lifestyle. In addition to standard classes, the studio runs summer camps and maintains a list of its black belt team.
It's well-documented that relationships blossom when groups of individuals work together toward a shared goal. It's equally true that every golfer who has ever played the game wants to get better. Enter Executive Golf Links LLC, an enterprise that uses the game of golf to help individuals build business relationships. The company matches businesspeople and their clients—or potential clients—up with a golf professional for playing lessons out on the course. As each participant works to shave strokes and demonstrate ethical cork-free putters, the enjoyment of being out on the course and improving encourages interpersonal bonds to develop and strengthen.
With three back-to-back US championship and five East Coast Surfing Championship titles to his name, Josh Wilson is no stranger to the allure and thrill of riding waves. He's spent nearly 30 years on the water, and for 10 he's been a CPR-certified instructor, teaching his skills to students of all ages and experience levels. At Charleston Surf Lessons' private, semiprivate, and group sessions, he covers techniques such as moving from a lying to standing position on the board before joining students for an hour of surfing. Beyond introductory lessons, Josh offers one-on-one training for surfers interested in the sport's competitive side.
Kirk Sprinkles abides by the philosophy "Once a dancer, always a dancer," which he's shown over the course of a decades-long career. Kirk, who has performed on Broadway, at venues across the country, and even on the open seas aboard cruise ships, now imparts his expertise to students of all ages and abilities during dance classes and private lessons. At Sprinkles Productions, students can stop in for a ballet, jazz, or pointe tutorial, or schedule one-on-one sessions to perfect new skills or correct left feet.
Trees draped in spanish moss catch the wind along the edges of the fairways at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club, where designer Russell Breeden sculpted a 6,701-yard course into the verdant grounds of a former plantation. Throughout the par-72 layout, ponds and streams ripple on the borders of nearly every hole, often forcing golfers to choose from taking a conservative line, challenging the hazard with a big swing, or releasing their golf ball to a family of catfish. Breeden's artful use of waterways is most noticeable at the par-5 eighth hole, where a stream splits to cut across the center of the fairway and wraps two watery prongs around both sides of the hole to add pressure as golfers contemplate their approach to the green. Bermuda-grass fairways and greens await golf balls that steer clear of the course's water hazards and the various sand traps occasionally populated by disoriented sunbathers.
Before taking to the first tee, clubbers can warm up their swings and rehearse their putter-twirling routine at a practice complex that includes a driving range and a putting green. To keep golfers fresh during rounds, the club offers on-course beverage service and a full-service snack bar and lounge.
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The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.