Newnan Belly Dance owner and instructor Hollie Morgan Schmidt shakes abs and shimmies hips in her females-only, beginners-only American Tribal Style belly-dance classes. With torsos draped in stretchy fabrics and feet enveloped in socks, dance shoes, or human skin, Newnan's newbies learn a blend of traditional and innovative belly boogies. Classes take place once a week, and begin with a rundown of American Tribal Style history and an introduction to basic steps. As classmates become acquainted with early material and each other's navels, the courses slowly progress to Turkish Shimmy breakdowns and torso rotation instruction. The 10-week sessions begin seasonally, with the April course approaching. Classes are typically scheduled on Wednesday nights.
As he gained a reputation in the ring for being a determined and fierce fighter, Tim Stout earned the nickname “MOAB”—an acronym for Massive Ordinance Air Blast, a powerful bomb. For more than 20 years, Tim has been training in martial arts, beginning with karate before delving into muay thai, boxing, and wrestling. Along the way, the ambitious athlete earned championship titles in tournaments across the country, holding the South Carolina Grappling Championship title for three years.
When he isn’t training for upcoming matches, Tim pulls lessons from his personal playbook to teach students at his own training school, MOAB Fighting Concepts. Amidst the private studio’s cushioned floors and heavy punching bags, Tim and his staff of award-winning fighters train aspiring punch-smiths in a wide variety of martial-arts techniques, from boxing to wrestling to MMA. In addition to technique-focused kickboxing classes, the trainers lead a cardio-kickboxing class specially designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. The instructors also train up tots in kids' kickboxing and jujitsu classes, where they lead youngsters through self-defense techniques such as how to wrestle an opponent to the ground or roundhouse kick a baseball for the game-winning home run.