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James Rothery served as a military policeman for 10 years, serving two tours of duty in Iraq and training other military personnel in hand-to-hand combat. It was telling, then, that after investigating many styles of martial arts, he chose to stick with wu zu quan kung fu. The name of his chosen art translates as "Five Ancestor Fist," describing its history as a combination of styles. James breaks those styles into digestible chunks for his students, arming them slowly with more advanced skills or simply focusing on fitness and self-defense for those interested in purely practical applications.

5198 U.S. 49
Hattiesburg,
MS
US

Head Master Park and the staff at Martial Arts Academy help students find a path of total lifestyle wellness, building their physical strength and character during tae kwon do classes. Having been awarded the Presidential Sports Award and taught in England, Korea, and the United States, Head Master Park possesses the know-how to lead students of all ages, experience levels, and body types. In his classes, he teaches students valuable self-defense and martial-arts techniques while instilling the tenets of the martial-arts way: respect, self-confidence, and discipline. Martial Arts Academy follows 10 distinct teaching principles that include aspects such as staying faithful to friends, respecting elders, and celebrating every life milestone by breaking a board in half.

1149 Old Fannin Rd
Brandon,
MS
US

Equipment: Kicking shield, hand pads, cushioned mat for training

Students should bring: For the first class, come in shorts or sweat pants and a t-shirt.

Average class length: 30-60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2012

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Seating is available for all guest watching class. Bottled drinks are available for purchase

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330 Falconer Drive
Covington,
LA
US

Established: 1995
Reservations/Appointments: Required for first class only.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: American taekwondo association certified
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fitness, confidence, discipline
Recommended Age Group: All Ages

2201 11th St.
Mandeville,
LA
US

Over 150 students of ATA Martial Arts have attained their black belts since Philip Hayes first opened the club in 1998. As a fifth-degree black belt with multiple certifications, Philip knows that it takes discipline and commitment to excel at the sport, not just carrying around a backpack full of sports drinks. Under his leadership, his instructors teach classes to kids, teens, and adults. In these classes, students condition not only their bodies, but also their minds as they learn to respect themselves and others as part of the ancient sport.

1261 Hillcrest Rd
Mobile,
AL
US

Between fists whooshing through the air and feet stomping on the ground, SCS Martial Arts and Fitness can be a pretty noisy place. Under the tutelage of sensei like Sam Boyer, students master both the traditional forms of karate and modern methods of mixing martial arts. They learn strikes and kicks, grappling techniques borrowed from jiu-jitsu, and fitness routines based on fighters' workouts. Teachers maintain a sense of fun throughout the workouts, especially in kids' classes, which focus as much on character-building and confidence-boosting as they zero in on self defense techniques.

1802 U.S. 98
Daphne,
AL
US