The lead instructor at World Jiu-Jitsu Academy has a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and karate. So when he steps in front of a class, he's more than just a teacher rattling off directions—he's an unflinching source of wisdom in his craft. During mixed martial-arts classes, for instance, the academy’s instructors transform students into swift, powerful fighting machines, regardless of a student’s age or gender or the type of metal in their bones. Sometimes, multiple skills come into play, such as in the academy’s adult karate program—which fuses elements of Western boxing, Muay Thai, and Judo to help students become well-rounded forces—and kids martial-arts classes, where youngsters also learn the importance of respect, focus, and perseverance.
Walking on water is an impressive feat, but at Lake Lanier, flyboarders do more than that?they glide above the water?s surface, suspended in the air by their boards? downward-facing water jets. Extra water shoots from hand nozzles, which help fliers stabilize their flights without using pool noodles as crutches. Unlike many other airborne water sports, flyboarding is easy to learn; many people get the hang of it within the first few minutes of their first lesson.
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
The sound of fans cheering the Atlanta Braves or the neon lights beaming from the nearby laser-tag course signals to guests entering Stars and Strikes' 55,000-square-foot facility that they are far from their neighborhood's bowling alley. At state-of-the-art bowling lanes, guests enjoy food and bar service while watching sporting events on large TVs. An adjacent room crisscrossed with a thicket of neon-green lasers joins a bumper-car arena where players raucously prepare for their workday commute. Complimenting the myriad activities and arcade with more than 100 games is a restaurant and bar boasting gourmet pub fare such as blackened-tilapia salads, popcorn-shrimp wraps, and green-bean fritters.
The professional instructors of Flowered Rock Farm introduce visitors to equestrianism through Western-style riding lessons, trail rides, and themed camps. On a picturesque farm with six riding areas adjacent to the Chattahoochee National Forest, the team hosts riding lessons, where kids' learn while collecting achievement stickers that recognize mastery of more than 60 equine-related skills. Instructors also lead trail rides that wind through natural Georgia habitats, where riders can catch a glimpse of native fauna, including majestic geese, frolicking deer, and beavers hunched over scale models of their dream dams. An annual camp instills skills during a week of lessons and activities, such as the World of Horses interactive farm experience. A 12,000-square-foot barn hosts themed birthday parties, where tots play the part of cowpokes on the dusty trail, dress an enchanted pony in ribbons and a princess tiara, or join a band of knights to seek out the king's missing car keys.