Behind the name of Two Gold Taekwondo is a man's accomplishments. Master Ha Tae Kyung seized gold medals in his sport while representing Korea in the 1988 and 1992 games. He then moved to Georgia and founded a dojo to train the world's next crop of Taekwondo stars. Today, his staff oversees two dojos in the state, training pupils for high-level competition and imparting the many benefits of the sport: improved agility, discipline, fitness, and ability to defend themselves. These skills are especially important for youth, so Two Gold Taekwondo offers after-school training programs that include bus transit from school and time to complete homework or write screenplays for martial-arts movies in the margins of their textbooks.
A lush labyrinth pressed against the banks of the Chattahoochee River, River Pines Golf Club's 18-hole, par 70 Championship Course spans 6,602 yards of bucolic, tee-to-green terrain. Fortify club-flailing skills before taking to the fairways with a stint at the club's driving range, which deftly emulates course challenges with grass hitting areas, contoured target greens, a practice sand bunker, and a loitering gang of feral flagsticks. A nimble golf cart accompanies golfers throughout the round, helping track down flush power-draws that bisect the course's immaculate, bermuda fairways or precise approaches that halt pin-high on the slick surfaces of bent-grass greens. A 32-ounce fountain drink, side of chips, potato salad, or coleslaw, and sandwiches loaded with turkey, ham, or chicken salad can provide gracious postround sustenance or help bribe the ravenous beaks of belligerent waterfowl.
Georgia Elite All Stars' staff of professional gymnasts, martial artists, and other folks who travel exclusively by cartwheel lead tumbling and cheer classes for students 18 months to 18 years old in a state of the art facility. Programs range from weekly tumbling sessions for toddlers new to walking to grade-school cheer teams competing in Cheersport Cheerleading and Dance Championships. But the activities offered here encompass much more than just straightforward tumbling and cheer. In the tricking class, second-degree black belt instructor covers martial arts moves that incorporate tumbling that can be seen from the facility's observation deck.
At Total Boxing, students study under experienced athletes and instructors, learning the swift leg strikes, powerful blocks, and delicate balancing skills of muay thai. Adults and children alike hone their agility, strength, and speed during invigorating lessons, safely sparring with other fighters, or practicing fist and footwork on the gym's ample collection of specially designed training bags. In addition to perfecting a blinding flurry of high-kicking feet, visitors to Total Boxing turn abs and core muscles into rippling sinew, and learn effective self-defense strategies. The part-gym, part-dojo operates with its own in-house graduated belt system to mark students' progress and development, shunning the meaningless belt-doling and cupcake-gifting of corporate academies. Other classes include the core building of Pilates, the chokes and locks that make up Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and the functional workouts in boot-camp classes.
Though Clinch Martial Arts Academy undoubtedly teaches their students the most effective way to fend off attacks, the core of its teaching is made up of something less tangible, but much more important. Kids Karate classes, for example, give youngins the fortitude to not only stand up to bullies, but to not fall victim to peer pressure. Using games, rather than four-hour marathons of The Karate Kid, instructor Chin Lee imparts sound self-defense strategies, including how to use words rather than fists to resolve conflict.
That discipline extends to adult classes as well. In sessions such as Muay Thai kickboxing, students push themselves to the blurred edge of their physical limits while lambasting heavy bags and thai pads. Though each session is physically demanding, the state-of-the-art studio emphasizes safety, outfitting its floors with shock-absorbent padding to drastically reduce taxing joints.
Golfsmith's online and in-store storerooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge and tennis gear to help them overcome the bunkers’ tricky nets.