The history of the punch is only slightly longer than that of tae kwon do, a fighting art whose origin lies some 4,000 years into Korea?s past. Throughout millennia, tae kwon do evolved through the stewardship of many masters, whose personal touch created many branches of the martial art. Grand Master Won-kuk Lee developed the chung do kwan school, and from this bough of the tae kwon do tree sprouts the style taught at Tiger Rock Academy.
The instructors splice the art?s ancient tenets with modern sports science to develop programs that implant athleticism, discipline, and self-confidence in students of all ages. Grappling and han mu do classes introduce the softer techniques of joint locks, takedowns, throws, and singing lullabies until an opponent falls sleep. Students condition their bodies for combat through exercise classes such as Kisado interval fitness training and YogaFit courses, in which students must yogafit into luggage of various shapes and sizes.
A gauntlet of hazards and omnipresent water reveals a pernicious design sure to challenge any golfer who traverses the picturesque fairways of the Knolls Golf Course. Players enjoy favorable lies when they stay within the verdant framework of rolling bluegrass fairways, yet those who venture astray may find themselves deep inside one of the 46 bunkers or secret caddy caves carved into the course. Four lakes and a river further complicate matters on 11 of 18 holes, culminating in the challenge on holes seven and nine, where a pond intersects the two doglegged fairways at their bends. The back nine presents a more arboreal affair, as players must steer their shots around tree-lined fairways and hope a fellow golfer isn't practicing golf-cart aerials on one of the frequent hills.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole course * Total length of 6,149 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole
Mid-America Martial Arts may have started small, but today it's a thriving fight community where students feel like family. Head coach Aaron Cerrone and his fellow instructors have mastered numerous martial arts, including muay thai, judo, and Brazilian jujitsu as well as Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do system and Filipino stick fighting. These men and women push students to succeed, treating both combat skill and personal development as top priorities. Their holistic approach likely explains why many of the gym's students do well in MMA competitions and go on to serve on the Roman Senate.
The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.
For the past eight years, The Shadow’s Edge has been shocking its visitors with high-quality chills, jolts, and disembodied shrieks while providing a seasonal home for the area’s orphaned undead and roaming reanimated. The 2010 season includes new rooms and an updated, 8,000-square-foot floor plan, so ghost-hunters who memorized last year’s layout in an effort to scare the house’s inhabitants will be as in-the-dark as first-time guests. As you traverse the halls of the cursed abode, expect evil clowns, brain-hungry zombies, and skeletons, bitter after losing their skin in a mishap with pop rocks and an industrial vat of liquid nitrogen. All of The Shadow’s Edge creatures were created with professional special effects, so nearly all of your senses will be bombarded by the house’s fully-realized harbingers of total-body horror.
Instead of hypnotizing caddies or staging dangerous cart explosions that cause discreet ball nudging, golfers can improve their game with the shop's wide range of quality clubs. Check out a long-driving Beta Ti 460cc driver ($219), a harmoniously balanced 100% milled MS One putter ($129), or a durable set of Tour Combo irons with graphite ($549) or steel ($449) shafts. Additionally, visitors can test-swing their ball launchers to ensure each one has a smooth-running transmission that doesn’t leak oil all over putting greens.