Kieran P. McCarthy has amassed an impressive list of golf-related accomplishments. When you consider he didn't even play the game until he was a senior in high school, those accomplishments become all the more impressive. Kieran has been a PGA member since 2001, and has even had the honor of caddying for such legends as Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to the sport, though, has been his readiness to share the wisdom that he's learned over his career. Kieran does just that through clinics, camps, and private lessons, where he emphasizes the game's fundamentals above all. Instead of having students practice secondary skills, such as the ability to juggle flaming nine irons, Kieran has them work from the ground-up: grip, posture, and, finally, the swing itself. It's an approach that maximizes efficiency and one that Kieran enhances by offering optional video analysis.
Having garnered a black belt under the Brazilian tutelage of Renzo Gracie and his family, professional mixed-martial-arts fighter Jamal Patterson mentors students in "The Gentle Art" of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as other martial-arts forms. Whether he and AllStar's coaches are leading women's self-defense seminars, children's anti-bullying classes, or advanced Brazilian jiu-jitsu sessions, they focus on self-reliance and body awareness through the use of fluid motions and poise. Participants in various classes learn movements that stave off attacks without the need for weapons, name-calling, or balloons filled with spoiled milk.
At Duncan Martial Arts, instructor Gregory Duncan carries on his father’s legacy by teaching the Way of the Winds system. The first martial artists to bring ninjutsu to the United States, Gregory’s father, Professor Ronald Duncan, created a system that emphasizes rapid-fire striking patterns, evasive movements, and joint locking. Implementing elements of traditional taijutsu and jujitsu, the Way of the Winds system also includes education in traditional weaponry, such as sais, tonfa, han-bo, nunchakus, and more. Classes help build self-confidence and mental focus as students learn control over their bodies and responses to high-stress situations, such as a stranger approaching them in a dark alley and asking them to name all the vice presidents in alphabetical order. To expand upon the influences of Eastern fitness traditions, the center also offers yoga classes designed to center the mind and strengthen the body.
Fifteen thousand square feet of colorful training equipment beckons to be tumbled upon. That's where the dedicated staff comes in, working with students of all skill levels to build confidence and coordination through gymnastics programs. With classes designed for students between 18 months and 18 years old, gymnastics programs provide a well-rounded curriculum that helps motivate students while honing concentration and basic motor movements.
Classes for tots and kindergarten-age students include practice on obstacle courses, trampolines, balance beams, and tumble tracks. Girls and boys older than 5 1/2 years learn fun and challenging exercises while climbing rock walls, swinging on uneven bars, and attempting to bridle wild pommel horses. Sunburst Gymnastics also offers competitive programs, in which students train for state, regional, and national events.
The PGA instructors at SwingPlane Productions have a noble mission: make the game of golf more enjoyable for everyone. The team uses video swing analysis technology to help achieve this by providing instant, on-screen feedback of swing mechanics. A high speed Sony Action Cam camera breaks down players' swings frame-by-frame, revealing subtle flaws such as an awkward hitch in the backswing or the use of performance-enhancing hockey sticks. Lessons can be taken in person to combine the forces of video analysis and real-time professional advice or conducted over the internet, during which the instructor will analyze videotape of the student?s swing and prescribe specific drills to help improve results.
The dedicated instructors at Kids Love Martial Arts teach children the techniques of self-defense styles such as karate and tang soo do. But they are just as focused on imparting lessons on discipline, focus, and confidence. The studio's websites shares stories of youngsters who were constantly distracted in school or picked on by their peers. The teachers always prescribe the same medicine: a few weeks in Kids Love Martial Arts classes. The physical aspect of the training engages the youthful participants, but it's the less tangible results that can help them positively channel their energy and confidently stare down the karate-practicing monster under the bed.