More than a form of self-defense, judo ranks among the most popular sports on the globe. Texans have enjoyed watching and even participating in bouts since 1956, thanks to Forth Worth Judo Club. The school’s top-notch teaching staff brings together years of experience and training for the top tiers of competition. Its ranks include 2004 Athens games competitor Nikki Kubes, her sister Brigette Kubes, and 1988 Seoul South Korea OIympic Games alternate Tommy Dyer. The coaches pass the torch, so to speak, of their gold-medal ambitions on to students, including occasional training from Leo White Jr., two-time United States summer-games competitor and current member of the USA Judo team’s coaching staff.
Garden Golf & Country Club celebrates its centennial in 2012 and looks back on a rich history as the course where golf legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson first learned the game. Despite a $1.5 million renovation in 2001, the course retains the character and charm of its early days, including a unique layout with a par 37 front nine and par 34 back nine that incorporates back-to-back par 5s. Just as they did during the Roaring '20s and the nationwide golf ball shortage that followed, players carefully guide their golf balls down wide fairways lined with pockets of dense forestation. A large lake and postcard-worthy fountain form the centerpiece of the course, surrounded by manicured fairways on each side. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,166 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 66.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 109 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Cofounded by dancing legend Fred Astaire to train new generations of rug cutters with his signature easy grace, Fred Astaire Dance Studio uses a unique curriculum to create comfort on the dance floor. Instructors start with steps and rhythms common to most social dances, steadily building toward more specialized combinations of moves for a variety of rhythm-dance styles such as cha-cha and samba and smooth-dance styles such as the foxtrot and waltz. Once they've learned to follow, lead, or just pare down unnecessary finger-snaps, students can take to the purple-walled dance floor to practice their steps and try on new partners at social parties.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Going toe-to-toe in a ring with a veteran boxer sounds like a nightmare, but when it happens at TITLE Boxing Club, the veteran is a benevolent personal trainer. In sparring with their clients, trainers help chip away at personal weaknesses as part of custom fitness regimens.
Budding boxers can also train in a group setting, spending their class time pummeling heavy bags to perfect their jabs, crosses, and hooks. Group kickboxing classes, alternatively, combine punching-bag exercises with training on roundhouse kicks, front kicks, and back kicks guaranteed to enhance skittish horse impressions.
At Lone Star Gymnastics, each summer day camp boasts a different energetic theme and activity plan. With camp titles such as Splish Splash, Mad Scientist, and Crazy Cooking, the gym aims to expand the campers' interests while maintaining a balance of physical and cranial activities. Enrollment is generally capped around 30 campers, but if more enroll, Lone Star will add instructors to maintain a perfect kid-to-adult weight ratio.