The story of Grand Master YooJin Kim is worthy of the greatest martial arts films. A frequent national and continental tae kwon do champion, Kim joined the Korean Army as a young man, where he served as captain and taught martial arts to servicemen for nearly two decades. After 23 years of military service, Kim decided to move to the United States to continue his teaching career. It was there that the magic happened: after only 18 months of training, Kim's martial-arts team qualified to compete in the International World Competition in Japan—the only American team to achieve such a feat. What's more, they won third place, beating out countless teams from around the globe.
It's this legacy that underpins every lesson at Kim Brothers Martial Arts. No matter the training area, teachers strive to instill confidence, discipline, self-control, and inner strength while also training the body. Children as young as 4 can learn to defend themselves and even start on the path toward a black belt in tae kwon do classes. Krav maga teaches students a practical self-defense technique used by the Israeli Defense Force that's based on instinctive movements that don't depend on size or strength, making it useful for men, women, and leprechauns of all abilities. To burn calories and build strength, students can opt for cardio kickboxing, which combines the health benefits of a fitness class with the utility and fun of martial arts.
Longtime fitness enthusiast LaTasha "Tadda" Lewis earned her nickname as a child, but today is prone to saying it like a magician at the culmination of a trick. Yet the shrinking waistlines and decreasing scale readings seen after spending time in her company are no illusion. Rather, these results are commonplace for adherents to the six-week main program the registered nurse, certified fitness trainer, and longtime distance runner has designed. Therein, participants might burn calories and carve muscles with cardio exercises, kickboxing, yoga and Pilates, and functional-fitness workouts, forging a body fit to show off at the beach or display on the fireplace mantel. Tadda rounds out this program with a thrice-weekly Run Club, which includes optional registration in 13 races over the year, as well as CPR certification courses and Vitamin B12 injections that boost metabolism.
Renee and Cintron know firsthand that it's not enough to simply bring your body to the gym. An effective workout should be driven by positive energy, not a sense of weary obligation. And, ever since losing weight with a Zumba fitness regimen, Cintron has tried to spread this outlook through festive dance.
The instructors lead invigorating classes at RC Fitnez Studio, transforming exercise into a celebratory event. Their Zumba sessions teach groups intuitive dance moves that match up to Latin and world music. On certain Saturdays, students even come together for Zumba dance parties, a better way to socialize and shed pounds than bench-pressing your blind date. Cintron also hosts Power X 15 classes, which tone muscles with strength-based routines. Specialty classes on the schedule can vary, but may include offerings such as Turbo Kick kickboxing and Identities of Hip Hop.
A fleet of dentists and oral surgeons at various dental offices have banded together with one aim: to keep Georgians' smiles as bright and healthy as possible. Managed by the same business, each Dental Practice Group of Atlanta office has its own name and staff. Patients at each location recline in comfy chairs as licensed dentists and experienced technicians remove excess plaque, inspect gums for signs of disease, and x-ray chompers for cavities. Available at every office, Venus White teeth-whitening treatments improve upon pearly whites' luminescence and ability to serve as a projection surface for miniature film festivals.
Started by owners Mark and Dave, Decatur Bikes moved to Decatur three years ago and still continues to cater to fellow athletes in the community with equipment, repair services, and advice. Mark and Dave guide patrons through the shop?s selection of high-quality brands to find a ride that will maximize efficiency and comfort without replacing the seat with a La-Z-Boy. Each bike bought at the shop comes with free basic adjustments for life, and the shop?s experienced technicians are always available for more extreme fix-ups. Decatur Bikes also sells a variety of bike apparel, nutritional bars, and supplements for athletes' various needs.
Within the onsite optical lab at each Eyeworks location, opticians perform virtually any act of optical alchemy, whether forging new bifocals, mending bent or broken frames, or glazing lenses in protective coatings that cut down on glare and scratches. Armed with a knack for style, opticians cull from the stores' collection of designer frames?including popular models from Dakota Smith and Lafont and exclusive lines from Soho and Okki?to match each customer with a look to suit their personality and facial structure. Before either can get to work, however, optometrists conduct comprehensive eye exams, helping patients maintain healthy, focused vision by honing new prescriptions and diagnosing potential diseases such as cataracts or early-onset googly eyes.