Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Tiger-Rock
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Martial Arts
Grandmaster Rick Hall, owner and chief instructor at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts
in Hixson, has provided traditional martial arts training to thousands of students in the Chattanooga area for over 25 years. He has 37 years of experience as an instructor and an 8th-degree black belt in taekwondo. He brings taekowndo's ancient traditions of courtesy, honor, and respect to each of his classes, blending them with modern sports science to ensure that students are moving healthily as they hone their body and mind. Ideal for both children and adults, he says that classes "improve focus, attention span, and self confidence," three ingredients for success in any situation.
Chu's Martial Arts imbues students with confidence and self-defense skills through martial-arts lessons taught by black-belt instructors. Tae kwon do classes teach techniques officially recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation, passing a 2,000-year-old torch onto a new generation of martial artists. Judo lessons teach throwing techniques, balance, and speed, and hapkido sessions cover pressure points, evasion, and up-close combat situations.
At Hixson Riding Academy, a staff of equestrian experts lead horseback riding programs throughout the year. The riding school invites students of every background and ability level into its embrace, furnishing each with a quality equestrian education regardless of their age or goals. The academy's directors also host parties and field trips, and can even escort their horses to shows and equestrian events of all kinds.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months to 12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
After spying his first electronic bike while teaching in China, owner Garnet Caldwell vowed to bring the unique and potentially revolutionary vehicles to his hometown. He told the Times Free Press, "These bikes are for people who just want to get out and ride," explaining that they can go about 20 miles before needing to be charged and, like a championship racewalker, can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
The bikes, available at the shop for rental or sale, come in all sizes and run off a battery that is recharged via a traditional wall outlet. Chattanooga Electric Bikes caries models from Ezip, Izip, Stromer, and Pedego, as well as conversion kits to help traditional two-wheelers to make the jump to electric. Certified technicians ensure bikes are held to the highest safety standards and don't become sentient, and they can service any brand of electric bicycle.
Rocky Top Guides LLC's AMGA-certified instructors take their customers on outdoor expeditions to scale rocky terrain across scenic Lookout Mountain and through regions in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. The expert climbers lead both half- and full-day trips that can cover climbing styles such as standard rock climbing, solo climbing, and aid climbing, which teaches how to ascend fixed ropes without a bat cape. With a 6:1 climber-to-guide ratio, the staff easily customizes each trip to clients' individual skill levels and goals. They also include all requisite climbing gear for free, asking that climbers only bring a few essential items and pens to get autographs from mountain trolls.