Golf Instructor John Marshall can hit the golf ball a long way. While some "big hitters" are merely the product of boasting, John has the hardware to back it up. He won the American Long Drivers Association Super Senior National Championship in '05 And '06, and is a five-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship finalist.
These unconventional results come from a somewhat unconventional method. John has long used—and now teaches—a swing developed by legendary long driver Mike Austin, who once crushed a 515-yard drive at the 1974 U.S. Senior Open, the longest ever recorded in competition. As an instructor at Steel Canyon Golf Club, John illuminates the principles behind this swing that generate high club head speed without sacrificing accuracy. Lessons combine one-on-one coaching to help students get comfortable with the technique, which is likely a little different from the swing they're used to.
Former Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year, Jim Goergen has guided the game improvement of students ranging from amateurs to the PGA Tour. Whether coaching a first-time player, US Amateur Champion and PGA professional Matt Kuchar, or a sentient 6-iron, Jim seeks to hone what he calls the game’s true fundamentals. Boiled down to their most essential components, good swing mechanics consist of a single-plane swing of the club shaft, a square clubface through impact, and an athletic movement to make them happen in unison. All other variables, such as grip, posture, and takeaway, can only enhance the true fundamentals. Additionally, Jim places a great deal of emphasis on the short game, where the average golfer can make the largest improvements in number of strokes and number of putters saved from an angry knee smash.
Star high school quarterback. Naval Academy graduate. Silver Star-recipient. If Captain America was real, he might be jealous of Brian “All-American” Stann's résumé. Following his first tour in Iraq, Brian tried his hand at mixed martial arts, knocking out his first opponent in the opening round and garnering the attention of various promoters. While on his second tour, he personally negotiated a professional fighting contract that he honored upon his return.
At Warrior Legion Academy, Brian calls on his vast experience to cultivate an intense and supportive environment for aspiring fighters of all ages and skill levels. Children increase their self-confidence and discipline through a Kids MMA program, while adults practice the strikes and holds of muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and MMA. Along with managing his own professional career and mentoring fellow UFC fighters, Brian Stann operates the non-profit organization Hire Heroes USA, which provides job training for returning veterans.
Though flamenco dancings has its roots in Spain, its influence has spread throughout the world, something the staff members at Calo Gitano Flamenco Dance Company know personally. The instructors and dancers, who hail from countries including Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, and Japan, share their passion for the traditional Spanish folk dance in an array of classes. They welcome children and adults alike, teaching beginners proper technique and showing more advanced students rapid footwork skills for lighting floors on fire. They also dazzle onlookers with performances throughout the Southeast, and have appeared on CBS' Better Mornings Atlanta.
The instructors at Premier Martial Arts of Atlanta must complete at least 40 hours of training each year. Those hours keep the instructors who teach Premier's youth and adult training programs from becoming rusty. That's a good thing, too, since they teach everything from kickboxing, which is more focused on burning calories, to krav maga and kali, which are entirely focused on teaching real-world self-defense tactics such as neutralizing a knife-wielding attacker or a laser-wielding Martian.
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.