Hittersbox Baseball lets hitters battle against pros without ever leaving the batting cage. With its ProBatter PX2 Professional Baseball System—one of several training tools used by major leaguers—a virtual pitcher winds up just as a ball is launched through a hole in the video screen by a pitching machine hidden behind it. For a greater challenge, batters can change the location, pitch type, and sequence of pitches, or just close their eyes.
After practice, Pro Mirror video training allows players to relive their swings and analyze any pitfalls by watching five minutes of batting-cage video. These modern takes on traditional baseball practice, which Hittersbox coaches use for beginners and serious players alike, boast approval from owner Jasha Balcom, a former Chicago Cub, as well as an elite list of major-league clients.
An ECHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, the Gwinnett Gladiators skate constant circles in pursuit of the Kelly Cup. After joining the league in 2003, the team reached the playoffs in seven of its first nine seasons, netting one trip to the finals. Since its inception, the team has played at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, entertaining up to 13,000 fans with fast-paced hockey action and tense moments when the Gladiator's goalie sticks his tongue to the ice at crucial moments.
Featured on Access Atlanta, JapanFest's two-day festival gives crowds of more than 17,000 people a chance to taste varied Japanese cuisine, watch live performances from Japanese musicians and artists, and practice traditional arts in hands-on exhibits. The tunes of Grammy-winning recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama, whose compositions feature the traditional stringed koto, drift through the air as festival-goers watch the hands of professional calligrapher Kotaro Hachinohe bring a large paint-sodden brush down on paper in bold strokes. Pairs of guests can practice the art of petal positioning at the Japanese flower-arranging exhibit, then carefully prune miniature trees at the bonsai demonstration, pruning branches as gingerly as generals clipping budding turrets from the potted tanks in their offices. A range of other participants fills the center's showroom, including anime collectors, kimono crafters, and sake sellers. After perusing the swarm of exhibitors, visitors can reboot with traditional Japanese fare from vendors such as Kotobuki Cafe and Sushi Niko Niko.
Party radio station WiLD decks Wild Bill’s halls with subwoofers and strobe lights as it gears up for its annual Holiday Bash, a Yuletide celebration of party music powered by Lil Jon’s raspy shouts and Flo Rida’s slick rhymes. Fans throw their hands in the air as they locate long-dormant grooves and mumble along to the incessant stream of rap lyrics that pours forth from the stage. Before the headliners emerge to bring down the house with rapid-fire recitations of their Christmas lists, up-and-coming artists heat up the dance floor for crowds coming in from the chilly winter air. Hip-hop duo New Boyz brightens up the stage with neon tracksuits as fans swoon to their auto-tuned ballads, and debonair rapper Roscoe Dash spits his words into a microphone wearing a bow tie. DJ Andre Perry and DJ Kidd rain down a flurry of beats and synthesized sounds on joyful young ears while eyes scan the stage in search of surprise guests.
Born from the passion and ability of world champion kickboxer Khunpon Dechkampu, Bangkok Boxing Fitness challenges newcomers and veterans alike to enter the rough-and-tumble world of muay thai, otherwise known as the science of eight limbs. Harnessing the power of a fighter’s elbows, knees, hands, and feet, the martial-arts style is a favorite among MMA fighters. Bangkok Boxing Fitness' instructors fully embrace the style, and some are quite decorated, in addition to possessing extensive mixed martial arts fighting experience. Beyond fitness classes, they also lead beginner-friendly sessions that cover MMA techniques.
Welcoming pure fitness-seekers and fighters alike, they've created a lineup of fitness Thai kickboxing and boot-camp classes that focus more on fitness than combat, unlike full-contact stationary cycling.
Venture Cinema is a second-run theatre that showcases mainstream movies at discounted rates, currently just $3 per ticket. Below are some things to know before grabbing your popcorn (which is also just a couple of bucks).