One family, six brothers, and they’re all Masters or Grand Masters in the Korean art and sport of tae kwon do. It’s the youngest of the Lee brothers—Master JungHo Lee, who is also the 1992 US national tae kwon do champion—who heads up Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do in Raleigh. There, he and a staff of trained martial-arts experts lead students of all ages through tae kwon do, adult fitness-kickboxing, and women’s self-defense classes.
TAG focusses on running tennis programs for children and adults that emphasizes personal growth as well as competitive play. With an experienced staff, including a former player for the International Tennis Federation and Women’s Tennis Association, TAG crew help students master tennis by building their skills, no matter their baseline of athletic ability.
With a practice putting green, a driving range with 33 hitting stations, and more than 250 yards of driving distance, Triangle Golf Complex offers golfers a playground upon which to improve their games, both short and long. PGA professional instructors can also assist players by analyzing their swings and giving them ways to lower their scores.
A 36-month-old strokes his arms through clear water as his mother gently holds him afloat with her hands. Over the past few swim sessions, the little student has learned to submerge his face in the water and float on his belly as well as his back. After he and his fellow swimmers finish their parent/baby swimester, it's likely they may never experience the fear of swimming that many children begin to encounter around age 3. This type of insight into the developmental importance of swimming is what informs the instruction at Swim-U, Leesburg's child-oriented swimming school. The school's curriculum opens its lessons to newborns as young as 6 months old and to kids up to age 12 to instill water skills and the joys of fitness swimming from a young age. The Swim-U team comprises upbeat swimming professors who are the brains behind the company's special brand of instruction in swimming, as well as in child CPR and first-aid training and dunk-tank pitching.
As one of the four PGA pros on staff at John Budwine Golf Academy, Jimmy Hamilton treats each golfer as an individual project with specific objectives, teaching the basics to a beginner and intricate swing developments to a seasoned player. Jimmy’s knowledge of golf—the product of lettering three times at the University of Maryland and qualifying for the 1976 NCAA Championship—allows him to accurately determine where students need the most attention. Before addressing game aspects such as course management or shot selection, Jimmy first factors in the student’s goals, existing abilities, and willingness to live on a diet of fairway grasses. Each lesson is held at Wildwood Green Golf Club’s private teaching area, where students will be able to practice shots on a driving range, practice putting green, and a target chipping area.