Winner of the 2009 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick award for Best Martial Arts Class, the trophy-hoarding instructors from Cheatwood’s Family Martial Arts enlighten pupils of all ages in the art of self-defense. With its smorgasbord of classes, the dojo specializes in everything from kids’ karate and anti-bullying to adults’ kickboxing and extreme body makeovers, all without the hassle of spirit possession. Between them, instructors Troy and Chris Cheatwood and Jim Butin have won world championships in kickboxing and continuous sparring. Cheatwood’s furnishes all necessary equipment for each class, and today's deal also includes either a uniform or gloves, tailored to the physical demands and psychic brainwaves of each class. Alongside lessons in throws and submission holds, children’s classes promote self-esteem by instilling young karate choppers with a sense of confidence and self-discipline.
Earlywine Tennis Center helps amateur racket-wielders ascend to excellence with 12 well-lit outdoor courts and a fully stocked modern pro shop. Young beginners camps focus on imparting the fundamentals of the game to children age 5–9, and are held 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. More mature players looking to pick up a racket or those with prior forehand experience can take a swing at the older beginners or intermediates classes, which are designed for tennis lovers age 9–17, and are held 9 a.m.–11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Concentrating on footwork, score keeping, and ref flattery, older beginners or intermediates classes employ strategy and drills that become more challenging as the player's ability improves. Small class sizes ensure that each student receives individual instruction as focused as a laser beam viewed head-on through a microscope. All camps also include a free T-shirt and hard-court-flavored victory taffy.
Kim Massay offers a plethora of classes to motion mavens of all ages, levels of skill, and areas of interest. The small sessions consist of 12–18 dancers, under the tutelage of the studio's expert instructors. Both casual and competitive classes are available, allowing students to kinetically express their joyful release or horseradish craving in the appropriate setting. Age-specific classes match students of similar skill levels in classical twirling callings including jazz, tap, and ballet. More modern movers can move to the beat of hip hop, contemporary, and Zumba drums, and ballroom courses challenge duos of hoofers to perform in a room full of colorful plastic orbs. Each course begins with a warm-up session, followed by floor exercises, a technical skill workshop, and choreography practice in the bright, polished studio, lined with photos of dancers in motion. Kim Massay's studio is open Monday through Thursday. Classes for all ages take place in the afternoon and evening, and students can take up to five per week. Because of the broad range of class offerings, students should call the studio for a full schedule.
A mainstay at local art festivals and cultural events, the belly-dance troupe comprised of confident ladies and their twisty abdomens also tutors rigid tummies in the art of undulation. The staff’s extensive training in Middle Eastern and North African dance prompts shimmying amateurs to loosen up their abs, enhance their posture, and build core-muscle strength. Within a friendly, open environment that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, students will ripple and roll like the waves of the ocean or silk bloomers billowing on the clothesline. Though the sensuous belly rolls, hip drops, and shoulder shimmies appear effortless, seminar students will isolate core muscles to perform each gesture with precision and hone their bodies into lean, serpentine shapes that are perfect for catching field mice or navigating gutters.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws and strengths and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval whenever you execute a perfect stroke or crack an especially witty golfing joke.
Ralph Latimer, the head of Phoenix Rising Kung Fu San Soo, is devoted to kung fu?so devoted that he has even practiced it underwater.
It was his only option at the time, because he was in the Navy and working aboard a submarine for four months. What's more, his boat was a compact one, with little room for martial-arts practice. He decided to train in the submarine's largest open space, which meant practicing kung fu atop a nuclear generator.
Today, Latimer?an eighth-degree black belt?shares that unyielding passion for kung fu with his students, through classes that emphasize the art in martial arts. Though the lessons serve practical self-defense purposes, as well as muscle-toning ones, Latimer and his team focus more on technique and discipline, spurred on by the etymology of the phrase kung fu itself. The Chinese phrase translates roughly to working man, and it has craftsman connotations, much like the phrase lanyard braider in English.